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Americans Reign Over Thunder

Posted by Kevin Burgoyne at Jul 20, 2015 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

July 19, 2015


Steve Passatempo hit his league leading third home run, drove in two and scored once, Vin Scifo was three for three with a double and three RBI, Austin Masel had two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI, and Harry Smoske had two hits including a double and scored twice to pace the Melrose attack in a 11-6 win over Somerville at Morelli Field. The Americans exploded for 13 hits in the game. Dan Cacciola, John Jennings, Mike LaRovere and Mike Addesa, who doubled, also recorded hits for the winners.


Passatempo answered a three run Thunder first and reversed the momentum when he hit a three run homer in the bottom of the inning to tie the score. The Americans put the game away with a six run third before adding single runs in the fifth and sixth.


Mike Peters (1-1) earned the win for Melrose giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings. Kyle Autilio worked the sixth, allowing a run on three hits and a walk. Mike Andrews struck out a pair in a perfect seventh to end it.

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Corliss/Andrews Shut Out Red

Posted by Kevin Burgoyne at Jul 7, 2015 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Dillon Corliss kept the hard-hitting Watertown nine off the board while leading the Americans to a 2-0 victory over the Reds at Victory Field. Corliss tossed four hit ball at the Reds over 6.2 innings. He tired and walked a pair of Reds in the seventh, but Mike Andrews came out of the bullpen to strike out the final batter, secure the win and record his first save. 


In addition to the four hits, Corliss (1-3), issued four walks and hit a batter on the night. Watertown got a runner on base in every inning except the third, but Corliss was able to pitch his way out of trouble each time. 


Mike Addesa drove in both Americans runs in the third with a two-out double that scored Austin Masel and Mac Singleton, both of whom had singled. John Jennings had two hits for the Americans, while Chris Sharpe, Vin Scifo, Masel and Singleton had one.

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Americans Fall Twice

Posted by Kevin Burgoyne at Jun 21, 2015 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

The Americans' bats remained dormant as they lost to the Watertown Reds Wednesday at Bentley University by a score of 5-0 and 4-1 Thursday night to the Andre Chiefs at Morelli Field. 


Dillon Corliss (0-2) took the loss against Watertown, allowing five runs on seven hits and five walks in 4.2 innings. As usually happens, the walks hurt. Two walks in the first, including a free pass to the leadoff hitter, led to a Watertown run. Two more in the fourth, again including one to the leadoff hitter, resulted in three more runs. Another in the fifth kept a two-out inning alive long enough for a single to drive in the final run. By contrast, Reds' starter and winner, Aric Dama (2-0), didn't walk a batter. He scattered five hits in six innings before giving way to JJ Branch in the seventh. Branch allowed two hits in the inning but left the runners stranded to preserve the shutout.


Brian Carney had three singles in three trips to the plate against Watertown. Mattt Brown had two hits including a double. Colby Maiola and John Jennings had the other two American hits. 


The lack of hitting and the issuing of bases on balls continued against the Chiefs. The Americans with six hits in the game had two more than the Chiefs, but they were unable to string much together off Chiefs' starter and winner Jared Freni (4-0), even though he was uncharacteristically wild, walking five. Americans' starter Gianni Esposito (1-1) surrendered just two hits through five innings but he, too, walked five batters, three in the Chiefs' four run fourth, unlike Freni, Esposito didn't get away with it.


In the third, the Americans took a 1-0 lead. Dan Cacciola led off with a single to right. He stole second, moved to third on a Mac Singleton base hit and scored when Mike Addesa hit a double play grounder to second.


With the help of a double play grounder to end the third, Esposito had allowed one single and had faced the minimum heading into the fourth. The wheels fell off for the Americans in the inning when the Chiefs scored four runs on just one base hit. A leadoff walk to Tony Serino started things off. He stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch before Mike Burgoyne struck out. With the infield in, Billy Mottram blooped a hit behind second base to score Serino and tie the game 1-1 with Mottram taking second on a throwing error. Mike Gedman then hit a one-hopper back to the mound. With Mottram trapped between second and third, Esposito inexplicably threw to second and Mottram easily took third. With runners at the corners, Pete Copa hit a sacrifice fly to center for the second out that scored Mottram, making it 2-1. Mike Andre then walked, putting runners at first and second. Nate Witkowski also walked to load the bases. Both free passes came back to haunt the Americans when a Mike Barbati ground ball to shortstop Vin Scifo was booted, allowing both Gedman and Andre to score and push the Chiefs' lead to the final score of 4-1.


Cacciola, Singleton, Addesa and Harry Smoske all had one hit for the Americas against the Chiefs. Matt Brown added two. Mike Peters sparkled out of the bullpen in both games. He threw 1.1 innings of hitless, shutout relief against the Reds and 2 innings of two-hit, shutout relief at the Chiefs.


The Americans were rained out of Sunday's game against Arlington. They host the Wakefield Merchants Monday at Morelli Field and the Watertown Reds Wednesday at Morelli Field. Both games begin at 7:30.




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Americans' Lumber Slumbers

Posted by Kevin Burgoyne at Jun 16, 2015 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

A brilliant pitching performance from Melrose starter Mike Andrews (1-1) was wasted Tuesday night at Endicott College when the Americans' offense fell silent in a 1-0 loss to the Reading Bulldogs. Andrews tossed a complete game three hitter for Melrose, striking out three without walking a batter. He was perfect through three and two thirds before Darren Hartwell reached on a two-out bunt single in the fourth. Reading starter Tim Woods (1-0) matched Andrews pitch for pitch, allowing only four hits on the night to earn the win with seventh inning relief help from Jack Burke.


Reading got to Andrews in the fifth for the games' only run. Josh Drew lined a single to left leading off the inning. Corbin Hyde then stepped in and the lefty lined a triple down the right field line that scored Drew. Andrews got out of the inning without further damage by getting John Halsey to ground out to short with Hyde holding at third, inducing a Burton Deady ground ball to third that cut Hyde down at the plate and retiring Cody Hall on a fly out to right. Andrews completed his gem by setting down the Bulldogs in order in the sixth.


Offensively, the Americans had numerous chances to score off Woods, but they proved to be their own worst enemy. In the first, leadoff hitter Vin Scifo singled to center. Mac Singleton followed and was hit by a pitch. Number three hitter Harry Smoske then lofted a long fly ball to right that allowed Scifo to tag up and move to third. However, on the throw from right, Singleton attempted to move up a base, but he was easily cut down on the throw from the third baseman to the second baseman. That gaffe came back to bite the Americans when Mike Addesa followed with a long fly to left that would have been a sacrifice fly scoring Scifo but instead resulted only in the third out. 


In the second, Melrose again threatened but came up empty. Chris Sharpe led the inning off with a single to center and stole second a pitch later. John Jennings worked a walk to put runners at first and second but Woods pitched out of it, getting Ian Steckel on strikes, Dave Center on a pop out to second and a ground out to first off the bat of Dan Cacciola. In the third, Singleton walked with one out and stole second. But that was as far as he got as Smoske popped out to first and Addesa lined out to left. 


Another chance to score went by the boards in the fifth. Woods walked Center leading off. Cacciola, sacrificing, beat out the bunt for a base hit, pushing Center to second. Scifo was asked to sacrifice but he failed to execute in three attempts, striking out on a foul on the third try. A Singleton grounder to short forced Cacciola at second. Smoske worked a walk to load the bases but Woods got Addesa to line to the shortstop for the third out. 


In the seventh, the Americans once again failed to execute and added another base running gaffe and it again cost them. Burke came on to close out the game for Woods and promptly walked leadoff pinch-hitter Colby Maiola. Cacciola was called upon to bunt him to second but he, too, failed to execute and struck out. With Scifo at the plate, Maiola attempted a steal of second and had the bag stolen, but his momentum on the turf slid him past the bag and he was tagged out by the shortstop. That also came back to bite the Americans when Scifo lined a single to center before Burke got Singleton to hit into a force out to end the game and earn the save.


With the loss, the Americans fall to 2-3 on the young season. They travel to Bentley University Wednesday for a 6:00 game with the Watertown Reds. Dillon Corliss will be on the mound for Melrose. On Thursday, the Andre Chiefs will be the opponent as the Americans return to Morelli Field at 8:00 for their second home game of the season. The Chiefs beat the Americans last week at Maplewood Field by a score of 4-3. 



Tue, 16 June, 8:00PM, at Endicott College 
Reading Bulldogs 1, Melrose Americans 0 

  Summary  Box Score
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Melrose Americans 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Reading Bulldogs 0 0 0 0 1 0 x 1 3 0
W: T Woods (1-0), L: M Andrews (1-1), S: J Burke (1)

Melrose Americans AB R H RBI BB SO AVG
Vinny Scifo 4 0 2 0 0 2 .500
Mac Singleton 3 0 1 0 0 0 .333
Harrison Smoske 2 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Mike Addesa 3 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Chris Sharpe 3 0 1 0 0 0 .333
John Jennings 2 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Ian Steckel 3 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Dave Center 1 0 0 0 1 0 .000
   Colby Maiola  0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Dan Cacciola 3 0 1 0 0 1 .333
Totals 24 0 5 0 4 4 .208
SB: Mac Singleton 2, Chris Sharpe

Reading Bulldogs AB R H RBI BB SO AVG
Cam Farnham 3 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Harry Oringer 3 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Darren Hartwell 3 0 1 0 0 1 .333
Zac Talis 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000
   Mike Taylor  0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Josh Drew 2 1 1 0 0 1 .500
Corbin Hyde 2 0 1 1 0 0 .500
John Halsey 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Burton Deady 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Cody Hall 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 21 1 3 1 0 3 .143
3B: Corbin Hyde
RBI: Corbin Hyde
SB: Darren Hartwell

Melrose Americans IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Mike Andrews (L 1-1) 6 3 1 1 0 3 1.17

Reading Bulldogs IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Tim Woods (W 1-0) 6 4 0 0 3 2 0.00
Jack Burke (S 1) 1 1 0 0 0 1 0.00
HB: Tim Woods
Weather: Partly Sunny


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Americans Split Pair of Weekend Games

Posted by Kevin Burgoyne at Jun 14, 2015 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

The Melrose Americans split a pair of games over the weekend, losing 11-3 to the Reading Bulldogs Saturday before rebounding to defeat the Wakefield Merchants 3-2 Sunday.


Reading jumped out to an 11-0 lead Saturday and held the Americans hitless through five innings. Dan Cacciola broke up the no-hitter with a bunt single leading off the sixth. In the seventh, the Americans finally broke through for three runs on four hits, including a two-run Cacciola double, to avert the shutout.


Suffolk University righty, Chuck Gibson, took the loss for the Americans, surrendering six runs on ten hits in 3.2 innings. Ryan Colbert relieved Gibson and didn't fare any better, allowing five runs on five hits in his 1.1 innings of work. Brian Carney finished up, throwing two scoreless innings. Cacciola had two hits for Melrose. John Jennings, Ian Steckel and Anthony Licciardello had the other Melrose hits, with Jenning's single driving in a run. 


Sunday at Wakefield, the Americans held on in extra innings to secure the 3-2 victory. Anthony Dally made his first Intercity League start a memorable one as he tossed 5.2 innings of hitless ball before being lifted after hitting a batter and issuing his sixth walk of the game in the sixth. He gave up a run in the fifth when he hit Wakefield hitter Bobby Losano leading off. Running on the pitch, Losano went from first to third on a ground out to third, before Mike Sorrentino drove him in with a sacrifice fly to center. Gianni Esposito (1-0) relieved Dally and earned the win, going 2.1 innings and allowing one unearned run on three hits. 


The Americans got on the board in the second. With two men out, Ian Steckel singled and stole second. He scored on a Colby Maiola single to make it 1-0. Wakefield tied it at 1-1 on the Sorrentino sacrifice fly in the fifth. The Americans, who crushed the ball all day with little to show for it, played small ball to take the lead in the top of the eighth. Mac Singleton led off with a single and Harry Smoske reached on an error by Wakefield pitcher Jarrod Marchesi. Melrose cleanup hitter, Mike Addesa, laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third. Chris Sharpe then lined a single to right that scored Singleton and Smoske to make it 3-1. 


Wakefield refused to quit and put a rally of their own together in the bottom of the inning. With one out Esposito hit Joe Barry with a pitch. Dom Sorrentino was up next and he hit what appeared to be a double play ground ball to shortstop Vin Scifo, but the ball took a bad hop, hitting Scifo in the face, and both runners were safe. Pinch hitter, Jon Davison, grounded to first for the second out with the runners moving up to second and third. A subsequent Bobby Losano ground ball back to the mound was booted, allowing Barry to come home with the second Wakefield run, but Esposito regrouped and got Scott Searles to ground out to Scifo to end it. 


The Americans' offense was led by Maiola, who had three hits and an RBI, Steckel, who had two hits, and Sharpe, who also had two hits, along with a pair of RBI.


With the weekend split, the Americans even their record at 2-2. They play three games this week, starting with an 8:00 road game rematch against Reading Tuesday night at Endicott College. They are again on the road Wednesday against the Watertown Reds in a game being played at Bentley University at 6:00. Thursday at Morelli Field they host the Andre Chiefs, who this past Wednesday edged the Americans 4-3 at Maplewood Field.