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Americans Win Opener, Silence Thunder 3-0

Posted by Kevin Burgoyne at Jun 8, 2015 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

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 

  Summary  Box Score
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Somerville Thunder 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2
Melrose Americans 0 0 2 0 1 0 x 3 8 2
 

 

Melrose Americans AB R H RBI BB SO AVG
Vinny Scifo 4 1 1 0 0 1 .250
Mac Singleton 3 0 1 0 1 0 .333
Harrison Smoske 3 1 1 1 1 0 .333
Matt Brown 4 1 2 0 0 1 .500
Steve Passatempo 4 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Colby Maiola 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000
   Chris Sharpe  0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Chris Salvati 1 0 0 0 2 0 .000
Brian Carney 3 0 2 1 0 0 .667
Anthony Licciardello 3 0 1 0 0 0 .333
Totals 27 3 8 2 4 3 .296
 
2B: Brian Carney, Anthony Licciardello
RBI: Harrison Smoske, Brian Carney
E: Chris Salvati, Brian Carney

 

Melrose Americans IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Mike Andrews (W 1-0) 7 6 0 0 1 1 0.00
 
HB: Mike Andrews 3

 

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2014 Americans Young and Talented

Posted by Kevin Burgoyne at May 30, 2014 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

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.

Americans' 2014 regular season schedule. 

 

Melrose Americans - 2014 Boston InterCity
Current Roster

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# Name School  
25 Mike Addesa R/R Salem St.  
2 Mark Addesa R/R Suffolk  
11 Orazio Azzarello L/L Framingham St.  
28 Pete Bocchino R/R Governor's Academy Inactive 
31 Matt Brown R/R Merrimack  
  Kevin Burgoyne R/R Boston University Inactive
18 Brian Carney R/R Oberlin  
22 Shawn Doyle R/R Northern Essex  
10 Patrick Duffy R/R Medford High School  
13 Gianni Esposito R/R Hillsboro  
4 Mark Fusco R/R Suffolk  
19 Derek Galante R/R Salem St.  
43 Chris Hayes R/R Wentworth  
34 John Jennings R/R UMass Amherst  
16 Mike Kalfopoulos L/L Cornell  
23 John Lavoie R/R St. Anselm  
  Kevin McGlinchy R/R Atlanta Braves Inactive
17 Ryan McNiff R/R Vanderbilt  
20 Dan Moran R/R Framingham St.  
  Sean Napier R/R Madford High School Inactive 
  Tom O'Connor R/R Bentley Inactive 
6 Cam O'Neill R/R Holy Cross  
42 Andy Padarat R/R USSA  
14 Devin Perry R/R Florida A&M  
55 Mike Peters R/R Colby-Sawyer  
15 Mike Pizzi R/R USMC  
26 Jake Rayner R/R Northern Essex  
8 Mike Richardson R/R Salem St.  
5 Harrison Roberson R/R Amherst  
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 
37 Greg Wilson

 

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Americans Visit Mooney Dental Friday

Posted by Kevin Burgoyne at Jun 19, 2013 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
After enduring four consecutive rainouts, the Americans finally get to play ball Friday night when the travel to Ferullo Field in Woburn to take on the Mooney Dental Tanners at 8:00. Suffolk University lefthander, Steve Chamberland, will be on the mound for Melrose. image
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Hank Landers Passing

Posted by Kevin Burgoyne at Jun 11, 2013 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

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.

RIP Hammer. 

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Rain Postpones Americans and Blue Sox

Posted by Kevin Burgoyne at Jun 10, 2013 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

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.

 

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