Dunphy's 50th Career Win Punches Chiefs Playoff Ticket
Malden, MA- Tim Dunphy tossed a tidy six-hitter, and Kyle Dembrowski supplied the offense with a two RBI single in the sixth inning, when the Chiefs outdueled the Somerville Royals 2-1 at Maplewood on Wednesday night.
Dunphy’s 50th win in Chiefs’ uniform proved to be just another in his long line of big time victories for the club. This time around the complete game effort clinched a playoff berth for his squad.
The game featured an outstanding old fashioned lefthanded pitcher’s duel with Dunphy and the Royals’ Jonathan Richard as the feature combatants. The duo matched zeros until the bottom of the sixth. Richard was nearly untouchable over the first five innings with an Andrew Caulfield fifth inning single as his only blemish.
The Chiefs finally got things going in the bottom of the sixth when Tony Serino and Ben Waldrip led off with back to back singles. Mike Gedman then drew a walk to load the bases before Dembrowski drilled a single up the middle, scoring Serino and Waldrip, to give the Chiefs a 2-0 lead. After Richard struck out Caulfield for the first out, Player-Manager Steve Gambale, making his season debut between the lines, drilled a single to center that moved Dembrowski to second. Richard kept the Royals in range when he got Nick Leva to pop up and then Matt Maloney to fly to Nick Valdario in center.
The Royals made things interesting in the top of the seventh when Joe Ward led off with a double, moved to third on an infield grounder, and then scored on Ryan Noone’s grounder to Waldrip. Jonathan Rodriguez drew a two out walk before Dunphy punched the Chiefs’ playoff ticket by getting Graham Smith to ground out to Matt Maloney at second base.
Dunphy (4-3) ended up allowing six hits and striking out two. Richard, who fell to 2-6 with the loss, surrendered just five hits and struck out five.
Chiefs Chatter….. Dunphy became only the third pitcher in Andre Chiefs history to reach the illustrious 50 win plateau. The former Brandeis standout joins Dave Marsters (99 wins) and Jared Freni (71 wins) in that elite circle. He has appeared in 111 games and has thrown 536 innings for the club since 2010. After Wednesday’s win, his overall Chiefs’ record is an exceptional 50-21-4 and along the way added three saves. After a stellar career with the Cassell Club, and a stint playing pro ball in Europe, Dunphy’s first appearance for the Chiefs came on June 16, 2010 in a 7-4 win against the then Medford Americans at Playstead Park. Dunphy went four innings in that game before giving way to Mike Gedman who worked 2.1 innings to get the win…. The Chiefs are expected to send David Kerns to the hill when they conclude the regular season on Thursday vs. the Melrose Americans at Morelli Field at 7:30 PM…. Information on the upcoming ICL Playoffs will be posted tomorrow….