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The Reading Bulldogs- Chiefs play-in game was suspended due to heavy rain in the bottom of the first inning on Monday night at Maplewood.
The game will resume tonight (Tuesday) at Victory Field in Watertown starting at 7:00 PM.
When the game was stopped the Chiefs were leading 3-0 . The game will be resumed at that point this evening.
The winner of tonight’s game will move on to play #4 Alibrandis on Wednesday night at Lexington High School at 8:00 PM.
The Middlesex Expos beat the Malden Maddogs 7-2 on Saturday afternoon to eliminate the Maddogs from the 2021 ICL playoffs and clinch the sixth seed for the Reading Bulldogs.
As a result, the #6 Bulldogs will now meet the #5 Chiefs on Monday at 8:00 PM at Maplewood in a play-in game. The winner of Monday’s game will move on to a second play-in game vs. the fourth seed (Alibrandis or Melrose) on Tuesday night to determine which team will advance to the best of three semi-final round.
Sunday’s Alibrandis at Melrose Americans game at Morelli Field at 3:00 PM will determine who will be the ICL’s third and fourth seed. The winner of the game will meet the #2 seeded Middlesex Expos on Wednesday while the loser drops to fourth and will be forced to meet the Bulldogs-Chiefs winner on Tuesday to determine who will move on to battle the #1 Blue Sox in Lexington on Wednesday night at 8:00 PM. Heading into Sunday’s game, the Americans stand at 13-10 (26 points) and Alibrandis enters the game at 12-10-1 (25 points).
The Chiefs and Expos will conclude their respective regular seasons when they meet at Maplewood tonight at 8:00 PM.
Malden, MA- The Chiefs took two games from the Reading Bulldogs 9-4 and 3-2 on Thursday night at Maplewood.
In the 9-4 win, a game that was suspended in July due to rain, Jonathan Richard (2-0) got the complete game win. The former Suffolk lefty struck out seven and scattered ten hits. Andrew Caulfield and Graham Smith led the Chiefs at the plate with a couple of RBI’s apiece.
In the nightcap, Cal Carroll (1-0) struck out ten and allowed just two hits in 6.1 innings to gain his first win of the season. Kyle DeRoma (3-4) lead the Chiefs offense and delivered a walk off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh.
Malden, MA- The Chiefs turned around a 4-1 fifth inning deficit, scoring three times in top of the sixth and adding a couple more runs in the seventh, on the way to a 6-4 win over Alibrandis on Tuesday night at Maplewood.
Nick Valdario (triple, 3-4, RBI), Graham Smith (2-3, 2 RBI’s), and Andrew Caulfield (double, 2 RBI’s), led the Chiefs in backing Tim Dunphy’s (3-2) complete game win.
Gordie Gronkowski hit a homer for Alibrandis.
Sean Sullivan (1-3) went the distance but took the loss.
By Bruce Hack
Lexington, MA – The Blue Sox won their fourth straight game Monday night with a 10-1 win over the Chiefs at Lexington High School.
The Sox broke open a 4-1 game with a six-run sixth to improve to 17-6-0 for 34 points and keep hold of first place.
Lexington took a 4-0 lead after three innings. In the second Drew Michaud drove in both runs with a double. Dahiandy Johnson’s 2-run single drove in the two runs in the third.
Lexington starter Pat McGowan was the beneficiary of the offense as he improve to 5-0 and struck out a season-high 14 batters. McGowan set down 10 of the first 11 Chiefs, seven on strikeouts.
The Chiefs lone run came in the fourth. With one out Ryan Noone doubled to left. Andrew Caulfield singled to bring in Noone and it was 4-1. Caulfield had two of the Chiefs four hits in the game.
In the sixth the first six Blue Sox batters reached base on four hits and two errors. Michaud drove in his third run of the night with a single and Gage Gaunt doubled to drive in a run. Luke Hall and Peyton Heisner finished off the scoring with a sacrifice fly each.
Michaud finished with two hits and three RBI to pace the Lexington offense. Johnson had 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Chiefs starter Tommy Leone (0-1) pitched five plus innings giving up nine hits, walking three and striking out three. Jared Frohne came in from the bullpen and finished off the game.