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After three straight rainouts, the Americans finally got their 2015 Intercity League season underway Sunday afternoon at Morelli Field. Mike Andrews, a former Wakefield Merchant making his first start for Melrose, tossed a complete game, 7 hit shutout to lead the Americans over the Somerville Thunder 3-0.
Andrews (1-0), who won 5 games as a member of the Framingham State Rams' rotation during the just concluded college season, walked one and struck out one. He also hit 3 batters, including 2 in the seventh, but was able to pitch around the plunkings and preserve the shutout.
Jonathan Richard (0-2) went 5 innings for Somerville and pitched almost as well as Andrews, but he was victimized by a pair of 3rd inning errors. Americans' shortstop Vin Scifo led off the 3rd and skied a popup to short rightfield that was lost in the sun and dropped by the second baseman. Scifo, hustling all the way, ended up at second on the miscue. After Mac Singleton flied out to left, Harry Smoske lined a single to left scoring Scifo with the game's first run. Matt Brown followed with another single to left pushing Smoske to second. Steve Passatempo then hit a twisting fly ball toward the rightfield line that was misplayed by the rightfielder for the inning's second error, allowing Smoske to score and making it 2-0. Colby Maiola was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Richard escaped further damage when he got Chris Salvati to hit into a 4-6-3 double play.
The Americans closed the scoring in the 5th. Brown singled leading off. With two outs Salvati walked pushing Brown to second before Brian Carney doubled to drive Brown home with the third and final run.
Brown and Carney each had two hits for the Americans. Scifo, Singleton, Smoske and Anthony Licciardello, who doubled, each had one.
The Americans return to action on Tuesday night when they visit Trum Field in Somerville for an 8:30 rematch with the Thunder. Northern Essex Righthander Gianni Esposito will be on the mound for the Americans.
Sun, 7 June, 4:00PM, at Morelli Field
Melrose Americans 3, Somerville Thunder 0
In the 2014 Intercity League season, Melrose residents will be treated to a revamped Americans' roster filled with young but talented players capable of bringing a championship to Morelli Field. If you're a baseball fan, do yourself and the team a favor, come down to Morelli on game nights to watch a top-notch brand of amateur baseball and cheer the Americans on.
|25||Mike Addesa||R/R||Salem St.|
|11||Orazio Azzarello||L/L||Framingham St.|
|28||Pete Bocchino||R/R||Governor's Academy||Inactive|
|Kevin Burgoyne||R/R||Boston University||Inactive|
|22||Shawn Doyle||R/R||Northern Essex|
|10||Patrick Duffy||R/R||Medford High School|
|19||Derek Galante||R/R||Salem St.|
|34||John Jennings||R/R||UMass Amherst|
|23||John Lavoie||R/R||St. Anselm|
|Kevin McGlinchy||R/R||Atlanta Braves||Inactive|
|20||Dan Moran||R/R||Framingham St.|
|Sean Napier||R/R||Madford High School||Inactive|
|6||Cam O'Neill||R/R||Holy Cross|
|14||Devin Perry||R/R||Florida A&M|
|26||Jake Rayner||R/R||Northern Essex|
|8||Mike Richardson||R/R||Salem St.|
|3||Bobby Rosano||R/R||Massachusetts Maritime|
|1||Vinny Scifo||R/R||UMass Amherst|
|8||Mac Singleton||R/L||Northern Essex|
|7||Shawn Smeglin||R/R||Wakefield High School|
|Bill Smeglin||R/R||Salem St.||Inactive|
The Melrose Americans Baseball Club is grieved to announce the tragic passing of Intercity League Hall of Famer, Hank Landers. After battling cancer the past few years, Hank died peacefully on Sunday morning at 52 years of age. Our condolences go out to the Landers family.
One of the league's all-time great players, Landers was inducted into the Intercity League Hall of Fame in 2011. He was a member of Augustines A's, Somerville Elms and Somerville Red Sox before joining the Andre Chiefs in 1989, helping them win four Intercity League championships over the next ten seasons.
Following his senior season at Somerville High School, the three sport athlete was chosen by the Oakland A's in the 24th round of the 1979 Major League Baseball Draft. Rather than sign a professional contract, he opted to attend Brown University where he excelled as quarterback on the gridiron and enjoyed a Bears' Hall of Fame career on the baseball diamond. In 1982, the Milwaukee Brewers drafted Landers in round 12 and he signed with them that year. By 1984, he was out of professional baseball and playing in the Intercity League, where he would remain until retiring in 1998. His son, Hal Landers, took up the family baseball baton and has been patrolling the Chiefs' outfield since 2009.
Hank Landers was one of the league's most respected figures as well as one of its greatest players. He was loved by teammates, and by long time opponents who were fortunate enough to get to know him over many summer seasons. Soft-spoken and the most unassuming star athlete anyone could ever meet, his demeanor never changed no matter the situation, but Hank Landers was as fierce a competitor as there was in the game. Above all, he was a friend who is missed.
Steady rain postponed all Intercity League games Tuesday night, including the Melrose at Lexington contest. The game will be rescheduled on a future date.
Weather permitting, the Americans head to Walsh Field in Wakefield Wednesday night at 6:00 to meet the Merchants. Righthander Connor Columbo will take the mound for the Americans, who will be looking to get back on track following two consecutive losses to the Reading Bulldogs and the Andre Chiefs. Melrose (1-2) defeated Wakefield 8-3 on opening day.
The Americans remain on the road Friday when they vist Summer St. Field in Arlington at 7:00 to play the Trojans. Melrose righty, Rob DiFranco, will make his second start of the season. In his previous outing, DiFranco earned a no-decison in the loss to Reading.