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Watertown, MA- Alibrandis scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and went on to beat the Chiefs 6-2 on Tuesday night at Victory Field. It was the Chiefs second loss in as many nights as they saw their record fall to 7-4 on the season.
Second year righty Jack Fargo (pictured) kept the Chiefs in the game over the first four frames. The only run he allowed over that span was of the unearned variety in the bottom of the fourth. The depleted Chiefs offense was unable to provide him any support.
Matt Horan (1-1) went six innings to grab the win.
Fargo was relived by David Kerns after walking Juan Parra leading off the Alibrandis four run fifth. A Dave Lightbody double and a Mark Addesa single against Kerns gave the hosts a 5-0 lead.
The Chiefs cut the lead to 5-1 on Brian Bessler’s RBI double in the top of the sixth, scoring Manny Cabral who had singled. Alibrandis got that run right back in the bottom of the inning on Teddy Dziuba’s RBI groundout. They inched a bit closer in the seventh when R.J. Libby drilled his first homer of the year to right with two outs to account for the 6-2 final.
Libby and Bessler both ended up with two hits on the night as the Chiefs outhit Alibrandis 7-6 in the loss.
Chiefs Chatter.… The ICL’s annual Fourth of July Break begins today. The Chiefs return to action next Monday when they travel to Lexington to meet the Blue Sox at 8:00 PM….
Malden, MA- Despite Chiefs’ pitching striking 16 batters the Wakefield Merchants used a two-run homer from Bobby Losanno and took advantage of some sloppy defense to take a 5-2 win at Maplewood on Monday night.
Zach Kirby’s 13 K’s in 6 innings and Mitchell Clegg, who was making his 2019 debut, striking out the side in the seventh was not enough to hold off the Merchants.
The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Ben Waldrip (pictured) hit his second homer of the year off Merchants starter James McNamara.
Wakefield erased that lead and took the lead for good in the top of the third on a Jon Luders single and Losanno’s two run shot.
The Merchants’ margin went to 4-1 in the top of the fourth on a Chris Butler double, a Kirby error, and a RBI fielders’ choice grounder from Kevin Lucey. They padded the lead in the top of the sixth when Bryant Dana reached on an error and came around to score on a Luders double.
The Chiefs picked a run in the bottom of the seventh on a R.J. Libby RBI double, scoring pinch-hitter Gino DeSimone who had walked.
McNamara evened his season mark at 2-2 with the win. He went 6.1 innings, allowed six hits, and struck out three. Joseph Maguire came on in the seventh and closed the game with two strikeouts.
Kirby dropped to 2-2 with the loss. He allowed five runs, two earned, and gave up seven hits around his 13 strikeouts. Clegg gave up a leadoff single to Losanno in the seventh before getting the next three batters on strikeouts.
Chiefs Chatter.… The Chiefs fall to 7-3 with the loss. They travel to Victory Field in Watertown tonight to take on Alibrandis in a 7:45 PM start…..
The Chiefs will be looking to improve on their 7-2 record as they prepare for their final two games before the ICL’s annual Fourth of July Break.
The club will host the Wakefield Merchants at Maplewood/Malden Catholic on Monday at 8:00 PM before travelling to Victory Field in Watertown to visit Alibrandis at 7:45 PM.
Following the break, the Chiefs will return to action on Monday, July 8 when they meet the Blue Sox in Lexington at 8:00 PM.
Malden, MA- Newcomer R.J. Libby turned in a four hit and three RBI performance in his ICL debut, and Andrew Caulfield and Matt Nuzzo hit back to back fourth inning homers, when the Chiefs held off the Malden Maddogs 11-8 on Tuesday night at Maplewood.
Libby(pictured), who hit .294 this spring in 42 games for Assumption, gave the Chiefs a 2-0 lead with an RBI single in the first, singled in the third, and drove home two more runs with a sixth inning double and a seventh inning single.
The offense moved into high gear when Caulfield and Nuzzo’s consecutive dingers put the Chiefs up 4-3 in the top of the fourth.
They opened up some space scoring five times in top of the sixth to take a 10-3 lead before the Maddogs closed the gap with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Both teams scored single runs in the seventh to account for the 11-8 final.
Nuzzo, Caulfield, Tony Serino and Michael Nestor all had two hits apiece to contribute to the Chiefs’ 12 hit attack.
Lefty Tim Dunphy worked into the sixth inning to raise his record to 3-0 on the season. David Kerns spelled Dunphy and registered his fourth save.
Chiefs Chatter…… The 7-2 Chiefs are now off until Monday when they host the Wakefield Merchants at Maplewood at 8:00 PM. On Tuesday they travel to Victory Field in Watertown to visit Alibrandis at 7:45 PM before embarking for the ICL’s annual Fourth of July Break…..
Malden, MA- Zach Kirby fired a neat one-hitter, striking out 11, when the Chiefs rolled to their second straight shutout win, blanking the Melrose Americans 10-0 on Monday night at Maplewood.
Kirby followed Saturday’s record setting 20 strikeout one-hitter from Evan Walsh with a jewel of his own. The only hit he allowed was a single to Elias Varinos leading off the game.
Ben Waldrip had a mammoth game at the plate. The Chiefs’ cleanup man went three for three including a homer, a double, and five RBI’s.
Waldrip, a Colorado Rockies 10th Round selection out of Jacksonville State in 2012, provided the Chiefs with a quick 2-0 lead when a he drilled a two-run homer to center with two outs in the bottom of the first inning.
The lead went to 5-0 in the bottom of the fourth on singles from Waldrip and Nate Witkowski, a two RBI double from Manny Cabral, and an RBI ground out from Mike Burgoyne.
The Chiefs put the game away with three more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Doubles from Matt Nuzzo, Witkowski and Cabral, sandwiched around a Waldrip sacrifice fly, upped the lead to 8-0.
Waldrip was at it again in the home half of the sixth when his two RBI double scored Nick Leva, who was hit by a pitch, and pinch-hitter Gino DeSimone, who singled, to make it 10-0.
Kirby was on cruise control all night long, retiring the side in order in the second, third and sixth innings. The Americans had only three baserunners over the final six frames, all via the base on balls route.
Former Colby-Sawyer standout Chris Mitchell (1-2) worked into the fifth for the Americans before giving way to Matt Lessard and then Nick Colluci in sixth.
Chiefs Chatter…. Kirby raised his record to 2-1 on the season. The Rochester, MA product has now struck out 32 batters in 21 innings while allowing just 11 hits. With Monday’s effort he lowered his ERA to 1.67 on the year. The big right-hander pitched in both the Frontier and Pecos Independent League’s since graduating from Framingham State in 2016…. Over the last two games, the Walsh-Kirby combo has allowed just two hits while striking out 31 batters in 14 innings…..The Chiefs pitching staff has now struck out an ICL leading 84 batters in only 56 innings so far this season….The staff also owns a league best 2.00 ERA over the first eight games….. Manny Cabral had his best offensive night at the plate so far with a couple of doubles and three RBI’s. Cabral was the captain of the 2012 Northern Essex CC World Series team before moving on to appear in 26 games for Texas Southern in 2013….. The now 6-2 Chiefs will meet the Malden Maddogs on Tuesday night in a 7:45 PM start at Maplewood. Lefty Tim Dunphy (2-0, 1.75 ERA) is expected to draw the starting nod…