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Lexington, MA- The Chiefs will open their best of three semi-final series against the Blue Sox tonight at Lexington High at 7:45 PM.
The game will be broadcast live by Local Sports Productions. Click on https://www.localsportsproductions.com/live/
The Chiefs and Blue Sox have met in the ICL Championship Round seven times in the past ten years. Game two will be played on Thursday at Pine Banks located on the Malden/Melrose line at 7:45 PM. A potential game three would be back in Lexington on Friday at 7:45 PM.
Manager Steve Gambale (pictured) is expected to give veteran lefty Tim Dunphy the starting nod in game one.
The Chiefs got to the semifinal round by sweeping the Reading Bulldogs. The Blue Sox won the regular season pennant and received a first round bye.
The winner of the Chiefs-Blue Sox series will move on to meet either Wakefield or Alibrandis in the best of five championship round.
All games in the championship series will be played at Morelli Field in Melrose.
Malden, MA- Evan Walsh fired a complete game three-hitter, striking out a dozen, when the Chiefs beat the Reading Bulldogs 6-1 on Monday night at Maplewood. With the win, the Chiefs sweep their first round series 2-0 and will now move on to meet the Lexington Blue Sox in the semifinal round beginning on Wednesday night in Lexington.
The Chiefs grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third. R.J. Libby started things by drawing a walk off Reading starter Anthony Sapienza and Tony Serino followed and reached on an infield error. Ben Waldrip then gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead when he doubled into the right-centerfield gap, scoring Libby and sending Serino to third. Sapienza struck out Mike Gedman for the first out before Steve Passatempo and Nate Witkowski drew back to back walks forcing home Serino for the second run of the inning. Sapienza escaped further damage when he got Kyle Dembrowski to bounce into 1-2-3 doubleplay.
The Chiefs lead doubled in the bottom of the fourth. Andrew Caulfield worked a one out walk and Libby singled to center. Serino then grounded out to Liam Merlin, forcing Libby out at second and moving Caulfield to third. An error, a Waldrip single, followed by a Gedman double, jumped the margin to 4-0.
Walsh continued his wizardry as the Bulldogs remained hitless over the first five innings.
The Chiefs loaded the bases with one out against reliever Jack Theriault in the bottom of the fifth but couldn’t add to their lead. Dembrowski reached on an error, Nick Leva singled, and Caulfield was issued a four pitch walk. The lead stayed a 4-0 when Theriault caught Libby looking and then got Serino on an inning ending grounder to Merlin at second.
The Bulldogs finally broke into the hit column when Zac Talis led off the top of the sixth with a double to left-center. Walsh stranded Talis when he got Chris Bosco to lineout to Gedman in right, and then struck out both Kyle Hawes and Mike Taylor in succession to end the inning.
The Chiefs picked up a couple of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth against Gabe Van Emon, Reading’s third pitcher of the game. Waldrip drilled his second double of the night and advanced to third on a one out wild pitch. Passatempo then walked to put runners on the corners before Witkowski singled to right scoring Waldrip. The Chiefs final run came when Leva drilled a single to right that plated Passatempo making it a 6-0 lead.
Reading averted the shutout in the top of the seventh. Mike Debenedetto led off with a double. Walsh K’d Merlin and Donovan before Darren Hartwell beat out an infield chopper to Waldrip at first. When Debeneedetto made a wide turn at third, Waldrip’s throw sailed past Gino DeSimone allowing him to score the unearned run. Passatempo then made a nice stop of a Tyler Cedeno grounder, and from his knees, threw him out at first to end the series.
Chiefs Chatter….. Wednesday’s game one in Lexington will start at 7:45….Walsh improved to an overall 3-1 against Reading this summer. The lefty has struck out 54 Bulldogs and allowed just 16 hits against them in 26.0 innings…..The #3 Wakefield Merchants won game two of their series 4-1 over the Malden Merchants. They will now move on to meet #2 Alibrandis in the ICL’s other semifinal. Game one of that series is scheduled for Wednesday at 7:30 PM at Victory Field….
Reading, MA- The Chiefs knocked off the Bulldogs 6-3 in game one of their best of three first round series on Sunday afternoon at Morton Field.
Zach Kirby went the route on the mound as the Chiefs handed him a 2-0 first inning that he never relinquished.
R.J. Libby and Tony Serino got things underway when they both singled off Reading starter Jack Wallace. Wallace then got Ben Waldrip to bounce into a 4-6-3 doubleplay with Libby moving to third. Mike Gedman drew a walk, and when catcher Chris Bosco’s attempt to pick Libby off third sailed into leftfield, the Chiefs had a 1-0 lead. Kyle Dembrowski’s single to right then scored Gedman to give the Chiefs a 2-0 jumpstart.
The lead went to 5-0 in the top of the third on walks to Libby and Gedman, errors of the bats of Waldrip and Dembrowski, a fielders’ choice from Serino, and an infield grounder RBI from Andrew Caulfield.
The Bulldogs capitalized on some Kirby wildness and closed to 5-2 in the bottom of the fourth. A Tyler Cedeno single and walks to Zac Talis, Kyle Hawes, Mike Taylor and Liam Merlin accounted for the runs.
Waldrip got a run right back for the Chiefs when he led off the fifth with a solo homer to right making it 6-2.
The Bulldogs added the game’s final run in the bottom of the inning when Cedeno’s double scored Darren Hartwell who had walked.
Kirby allowed five hits, walked six, and struck out 11.
Chiefs Chatter….. Game two of the series will be played at Maplweood on Monday night at 8:00 PM. If a game three is needed it will be played at Morelli Field in Melrose on Tuesday at 7:45 PM…… In the ICL’s other first round series, the Wakefield Merchants took game one from the Malden Maddogs 3-1 at Walsh Field….
The Chiefs will begin the 2019 ICL Playoffs when they meet the Reading Bulldogs in the opening game of a best of three series on Sunday at 4:00 PM at Morton Field/Reading HS.
Game Two of the series will be played on Monday night at Maplewood at 8:00 PM.
If a Game Three is needed, it will be contested at Morelli Field in Melrose at 7:45 PM.
Go to www.intercityleaguebaseball.com for complete playoff schedules.
Malden, MA- The Chiefs saved their biggest offensive outburst for last as they beat the Melrose Americans 22-7 in the regular season finale at Morelli Field.
Kyle Dembrowski led the attack with two homers, while R.J. Libby, Mike Gedman, Andrew Caufield and Ben Waldrip, all had one homer. The Chiefs hit a season high six round trippers and had 23 hits in the game.
Dembrowski (pictured) added a double and three RBI’s, Gedman totaled six RBI’s on a grand slam and a single, Libby had a 4 for 5 night with five RBI’s, Waldrip finished 5 for 6 with four RBI’s, and Manny Cabral (2), Brian Bessler (2) and Evan Reynolds (3), all chalked up multi-hit games.
Josh Bosh added a two run homer for the Americans.
David Kerns (1-0) went the six innings to record the win.
Chiefs Chatter… The Chiefs will meet the Reading Bulldogs in the best of three first round of the playoffs. Complete playoff schedules will be posted soon at www.intercityleaguebaseball.com