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Reading Bulldogs

Posted by John Halsey at May 4, 2019 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )


Owner/Founder/General Manager:  John Halsey

Player/Coach: Len Ferrari  


Director of Operations: Anthony Zeolie          

Operations Staff: Addison Bowden, Chris Puiia

Phone: 781-929-5795   Team Colors:  Red,White,Black

Home Field: Morton Field, Reading High School




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At Morelli Field in Melrose on Thursday night, the Reading Bulldogs faced off against the Lexington Blue Sox in the 3rd game of a best of 5 series for the Intercity League Championship. The Bulldogs needed a win to extend the series, whereas the Blue Sox were looking to end the series with a win. Both starting pitchers and bullpens pitched extremely well as the game went ten innings after being tied at 1-1 through seven. The Blue Sox’s came away with the victory after a walk-off single, making it their third consecutive year of winning the ICL Championship.

Lexington’s lead-off batter was the first run to come across in the game after reaching by error and scoring off of a double. After this lone run in the first, Reading starting pitcher Alex Mandrus looked dominant in his 4.1 innings of work. Jack Burke relieved Mandrus of his duties with the bases loaded in the 5th and got out of it unscathed.

Down 1-0 in the 6th inning, the Reading Bulldogs put together a string of great at bats to tie the game at 1. It started when Darren Hartwell singled and advanced to third on a Kevin Marciano sacrifice bunt. Mike DeDonato then hit a fielder’s choice where everyone was safe to put himself at first and Hartwell at second. Now with 2 outs and runners on 1st and 2nd, Mike Taylor came up to the plate and brought home Hartwell with a clutch RBI single.

Knotted at 1 apiece, Jack Burke finished pitching the 6th and was relieved by Jack Theriault for the 7th inning. Theriault threw three innings of 1 hit baseball with 4 strikeouts through the 9th inning. Heading into the bottom of the 10th still tied at one, JP Songin took the mound for Reading. The Blue Sox were able to get some momentum going with two straight infield singles and a sacrifice bunt which was followed by an intentional walk to load the bases with 1 out. The next batter ended the game with an RBI single to give Lexington a 2-1 win and their 13th overall Intercity League Championship.

Despite being the last seed in the playoffs and finishing with a losing record, the 2017 Reading Bulldogs proved through their play in the playoffs that they were one of best teams in the league with their dirt dog “never quit” mentality. They were the first team in Reading Bulldogs history to make it to the ICL Championship series, and look to build off that come next year.

The 2017 Reading Bulldogs season has come to an end as they finish in second place, runner up to the Lexington Blue Sox.

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The Blue Sox Take Game 2 of the Series 8-1

Posted by John Halsey at Aug 22, 2017 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

In Wednesday’s game 2 matchup between Reading and Lexington, the Lexington Blue Sox came away with the 8-1 victory. This win put them at 2-0 in a best of 5 series.

Offensively the Bulldogs were hitting the ball hard all night but just weren’t seeing much drop in for them. In the 3rd inning, Johnny Hayes hit an impressive solo homerun to left field which made the score 3-1 at the time. Besides Hayes’ homerun, the Bulldogs only had more hit in the game that came during the 1st inning.

Lexington’s offense continued to show why they are one of the best in the league by slugging 4 homeruns out of their 10 hits. The Bulldogs made some mistakes at times and allowed the Blue Sox to extend their innings with 3 errors in the game, which Lexington capitalized on.

Colby Morris pitched 6.1 innings for Reading and JP Songin came in for relief to record the final two outs of the game.

Game 3 will be held at Morelli Park again at 8:00pm tonight in what will be a must win game for Reading.

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In game 1 of the championship series on Tuesday night, the Reading Bulldogs faced off against the Lexington Blue Sox. The Bulldogs were out scored 7-3 by the Blue Sox and dropped game 1 of the series.

The Blue Sox scored 6 runs in the first two innings off of 7 hits to start the game. However, in the 4th inning Mike Taylor continued to stay hot in the playoffs and crushed a two-run homer making it 6-2. The Blue Sox would score another run in the 5th to put them up 7-2 before the Bulldogs posted one more run in the 6th. The run came after Mike DeDonato and Zac Talis hit back to back singles and DeDonato was brought in to score from a Mike Taylor sacrifice fly. The game would end with the score of 7-3 Lexington.

Mike Taylor, Mike DeDonato, and Darren Hartwell all had two hits a piece. Mike Taylor also recorded all 3 RBI's for the Bulldogs offense.

Zak Levine started the game for Reading and went 5 full innings before being relieved by Jack Theriault in the 6th inning.

Reading and Lexington will matchup again Wednesday night in game 2 of the series at Morelli Field in Melrose.

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The 6th seeded Reading Bulldogs advanced to the Intercity League Championship round after beating the 1 seeded Andre Chiefs 5-3 in a do or die game 5.

After going scoreless in the 1st and giving up a homerun to Andre making the score 1-0, the Bulldogs went on to score one run every inning in the 2nd through 6th innings. The Bulldogs scoring started when Chris Bosco walked and advanced to third on Mike Taylor’s single before scoring on a double play ball to knot the game up at 1. In the 3rd inning Darren Hartwell lead things off with a triple and scored off of an RBI single by Kevin Marciano to push the lead to 2-1. The 4th inning started with back to back singles by Chris Bosco and Mike Taylor and then both advanced a base when Macyn Clifford laid down a sacrifice bunt. The next batter, Corey DiLoretto, walked to load the bases before Johnny Hayes came through with an RBI single of his own making the score 3-1. With 2 outs in the 5th inning, Chris Bosco drilled a triple to right field and ended up scoring after an error from the right fielder. The final run for Reading came in the 6th inning when DiLoretto walked and advanced to third base on a Johnny Hayes single. DiLoretto came home to score when Kevin Marciano hit a fielder’s choice which pushed the Bulldogs lead to 5-2 through 6 innings of play.

On the mound for Reading starting pitcher Jack Burke was locked in all game and was able to throw 6.2 innings. He allowed only 3 runs on 5 hits while rolling up 14 ground ball outs. Burke’s performance was just what the Bulldogs needed for game 5 as he kept the power offense of Andre to a minimum. Alex Mandrus came in for the one out save where he threw only 2 pitches before getting a ground ball to second base which ended the game. The Chiefs ended up scoring one run off of Burke in the 7th making the final score 5-3 Reading Bulldogs, advancing them to the championship series.

On offense for Reading, Chris Bosco recorded a walk, single, double, and triple while also scoring three runs. Mike Taylor had a three-hit day at the plate with 3 singles and a walk. Johnny Hayes recorded 2 hits with an RBI and Kevin Marciano had one hit with 2 RBI’s. The Bulldogs offense stayed consistent the entire game and came up with multiple clutch hits to help add on to their lead every inning.

The Reading Bulldogs advance to the finals for the first time in team history and will face off in a best of 5 series against the Lexington Blue Sox starting with game 1 on Tuesday. All games will be played at Morelli Field in Melrose.

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