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Somerville, MA- Former Seattle Mariners farmhand Paul Covelle fired a four hitter, striking out 11, when the Royals knocked off the Chiefs 6-1 at Trum Field on Tuesday night.
Covelle was dominant throughout and had at least one strikeout in every inning but the first.
The Royals broke a scoreless tie when they scored five times in the bottom of the fourth and chased Chiefs’ starter Nick Remy. Remy had wiggled out of jams in each of the first three innings primarily due to his wildness. A two run double from Jonathan Rodriguez finally gave the hosts a 2-0 lead that they never relinquished. Somerville added three more runs on a wild pitch and singles from Adam Johnson and Rob Caggiano.
The Chiefs only run came in the top of the sixth when Tony Serino singled, went to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a Ben Waldrip RBI single.
Covelle (3-2) finished things off in style when he struck out the Chiefs’ side in order in the top of the seventh.
Remy, the rookie from Central Catholic, fell to 1-1 with the loss. The righty allowed only two hits (both doubles), struck out five, but walked seven and hit two batters in his 3.2 innings of work. Nate Witkowski allowed a run on two hits in an inning and a third and Matt Maloney worked the bottom of the sixth and gave up the final run.
Chiefs Chatter… The Chiefs host the Royals at Maplewood on Wednesday at 8:00 PM and conclude the regular season on Thursday vs. the Melrose Americans at Morelli Field at 7:30 PM……
Malden, MA- Reading pitching dominated the evening as the Chiefs lost both ends of a doubleheader, 4-0 and 5-1, to the Bulldogs on Monday night at Maplewood.
Anthony Sapenza (1-2) struck out nine Chiefs and allowed only three hits in the opener. Chris Bosco led the Bulldogs’ offense going 3-4 with a double and two RBI’s. Tyler Cedeno and Kyle Hawes each added two hits.
It was a 1-0 game heading into the sixth inning as Chiefs lefty Evan Walsh was nearly as effective as Sapenza over the first five. Walsh (2-3) ended up striking out 12 batters before allowing a couple of runs in the sixth. He gave way to Ben Waldrip who allowed a run in the seventh.
R.J. Libby had two of the Chiefs hits while Tony Serino had the other.
Andrew Moccia (2-2) tossed six innings of five hit ball to get the Bulldogs the 5-1 win in game two. Darren Hartwell and Cooper Marengi had two hits each for Reading while Bosco, Mike Taylor and Marengi supplied the RBI’s.
Zach Kirby (4-5) allowed only six hits himself, and struck out six, but was tagged with the loss.
The Chiefs only run came in the first inning when Steve Passatempo drove in Serino who had walked.
Nate Witkowski and Gino DeSimone each had doubles for the Chiefs.
Chiefs Chatter… The Chiefs begin a home and home series with the Somerville Royals tonight at Trum Field at 8:30 PM. On Wednesday they will host the Royals at Maplewood at 8:00 PM…. The regular season will conclude with a trip to Morelli Field and a visit to the Melrose Americans on Thursday at 7:30 PM….
Malden, MA- The Lexington duo of Junior Pena and Jake Vesling combined for 12 strikeouts when the Chiefs fell to the Blue Sox 5-2 at Maplewood on Thursday night.
Chiefs’ lefty Tim Dunphy allowed only one earned run in his five innings but was victimized by a couple of errors in the three run Blue Sox third inning.
The Chiefs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on singles by torrid Tony Serino, Nate Witkowski, and Steve Passatempo (RBI).
The Sox went the three single route themselves and knotted things up in the top of the second when Julian Alvarez, Mitch Schroeder and Morgan Brown (RBI) turned the all singles trick.
Pena retired the bottom third of the Chiefs order in the bottom of the second. The Blue Sox then capitalized on some shabby Chiefs defense, along with two hits. to grab a 4-1 lead in the top of the third. A John Barry leadoff single, followed by a couple errors from second baseman Evan Reynolds, an RBI fielders’ choice off the bat of Tyler Ferguson, and finally a two RBI single by Alvarez, accounted for the runs.
Dunphy and Pena matched zeros in the fourth and fifth innings as the game headed into the sixth with the Blue Sox still in front 4-1.
Lexington padded their margin to 5-1 in the top of the sixth when Nate Wolf walked, when to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a Brown RBI double off reliever David Kerns.
Vesling came on for Pena and shut the Chiefs down with two K’s in the bottom of the sixth and Kerns held Lexington scoreless, despite an Alvarez one out double, in the top of the seventh.
The Chiefs picked up a run and threatened for more when they brought the tying run to the plate with two outs in the seventh. Michael Nestor and Serino both reached on one out singles. After Nate Witkowski lined to right for the second out, Ben Waldrip (pictured) singled to right, scoring Nestor, to make it 5-2. With Serino at third and Waldrip at first, Vesling secured the win when he got Passatempo swinging to end the game.
Pena (2-0) got the win. The former Kansas City Royals’ farmhand went five innings, allowed five hits, and struck out eight. Vesling worked the final two frames and gave up a run and four hits while striking out four.
Dunphy now 3-3 took the loss. The veteran southpaw allowed just one earned run and surrendered seven hits in five innings. Kerns allowed a run and two doubles and struck out three.
Chiefs Chatter… Both the Blue Sox and Chiefs had nine hits in the game……The Chiefs now have a few days off to regroup and will return to action in a rare twi-night doubleheader against the Reading Bulldogs on Monday starting at 6:45 PM at Maplewood….The ICL regular season will conclude next week with the first round of the playoffs scheduled to begin on August 11th…..Due to the high number of rainouts this summer, both the first round and the semi-finals will be best of three series….Serino remains hot at the plate and with his three for four performance raised his average to .433 on the season….
Torrential downpours have caused the postponement of all three ICL games that were scheduled on Wednesday evening.
The Reading-Wakefeld game at Walsh Field, the Lexington-Melrose game at Morelli, and the Andre Chiefs-Somerville game at Trum have all been rained out.
The Andre Chiefs at Somerville game will be made up on Tuesday, August 6th at Trum Field at 8:30 PM. No dates for the other two rainouts have been announced as yet.
Watertown, MA- Evan Reynolds had the best night so far in his young ICL career, leading the Chiefs to a hard fought 8-4 win over Alibrandis at Victory Field on Tuesday evening.
Reynolds (pictured) led the 11-hit Chiefs offense going a perfect 3 for 3. He reached base four times, drilled a three-run homer in the second inning, scored twice, and drove in four runs.
Along with Reynolds’ heroics, the Chiefs got a quality pitching effort from rookie Nick Remy who went five innings in his first ICL start. They got closed things out with a stellar two inning relief performance from shortstop turned reliever Nate Witkowski.
The Chiefs fell behind early when Alibrandis put up a two-spot in the bottom of the first inning on five singles from Mike Maguire, Teddy Dziuba, Dave Lightbody, Jake Miller and Anthony Perry.
Reynolds put the Chiefs in front 3-2 in the top of the second when his home run to right-center scored Brian Bessler and Andrew Caulfield in front of him.
Alibrandis tied things up at 3-3 in the bottom of the second on a Lightbody sacrifice fly.
The Chiefs went back in front 4-3 in the top of the fourth when Reynolds singled, Nick Leva sacrificed him to second, and Witkowski plated him with a double.
Lightbody tied the game up once again in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single.
Caulfield came up huge and delivered a bases loaded and game winning triple for the Chiefs in the top of the seventh, followed by another Reynolds RBI single, that gave the Chiefs an 8-4 lead.
Witkowski closed the game by retiring the Alibrandis side in order in the bottom of the seventh.
Remy worked the opening five innings and didn’t allow a hit after the first. Witkowski (1-0) spelled him to begin the sixth and gave up one hit and one run as he picked up his first win.
Chiefs Chatter…. Remy, from Atkinson, NH, is coming off a fine season for Central Catholic. He made his ICL debut last week striking out four batters in two innings against the Melrose Americans……Reynolds (Everett, MA) hit .279 in 21 games for Pine Manor this past spring….The Remy/Witkowski combo allowed only one hit over the final six innings…. The Chiefs stay busy for the next two nights. They travel to Trum Field to meet the Somerville Royals on Wednesday at 8:30 PM. On Thursday, the Lexington Blue Sox pay a visit to Maplewood at 8:00 PM….