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Medford- The Andre Chiefs will return to the semi-professional Intercity League after a two year absence when they host the Gately A’s at Playstead Park on Wednesday, May 31 at 6:00 PM. The Chiefs franchise has won seventeen league championships under both the Hosmer and Andre name since 1960. The Chiefs will call Playstead Park home for the first time since 1984, having played at Tufts University from 1988-2003. “We are returning with the youngest team in franchise history”, said manager Chuck Andre. “The majority of our players are under twenty years old and this is real break from the Chiefs veteran laden championship teams of the past. It is going to be a real challenging season,” he added. There are three exceptions to the young roster. Former Red Sox draftee and Cleveland Indians farmhand Justin Crisafulli (Medford, Central Missouri) returns to the Chiefs for his eleventh season. Crisafulli leads the Chiefs in virtually every career offensive category including home runs with 78. Along with Crisafulli, veteran righty Dave Marsters (Malden, Suffolk) will begin his 17th Chiefs season. Penciled in for some spot duty, Marsters is all time leader in ICL wins with 110, 97 of those coming in a Chiefs uniform. Also returning is centerfield veteran Brian Macrina, who joined the Chiefs in 1999 and played for the Lowell Braves during the last two seasons. Macrina holds many hitting records at Merrimack College where he was an all-Northesat selection. Joining Marsters on the Chiefs staff will be righthanders, Mike Coppinger (Medway, Merrimack), Mike Lanciani (Andover, Merrimack), Mark Blake (Medford, UMass-Amherst), Mike DiCato (Winthrop, UMass-Amherst), Matt Phelan (Medford), Mike Chandler (Hamilton, Merrimack) and Paul Bratton (Medford). The Chiefs staff has three lefties in Connor Bishop (Arlington,Bridgewater St.), Jeff DeCarlo (Medford, Michigan) and Dean Corsi (Watertown, Boston College). Catchers are Sean O’Brien (Arlington, St. Joseph’s), Ryan Sheehan (Lynnfield, Assumption) and Bob McCarthy (Chelmsford, Merrimack) Along with Crisafulli and Macrina, patrolling the Chiefs outfield will be Matt Boleski (Medford, Mass Bay CC), Phil Costello (Medford, Nichols) and Jimmy Buldini (Medford, Salem State). Infielders will include Rich Montecalvo (Medford, UMass-Boston), Doug Heald (Tewksbury, Merrimack), Andrew Fleming (Medford, Mass. College of Pharmacy), Mike Andre (Medford, Merrimack), Eric Mattos (Arlington, Eastern Connecticut) and Jim Swift (Medford, Fitchburg State). Paul Crisafulli will serve as Andre’s top assistant with Anthony Durkee, Nick McLean and Kevin Allen, who is lost for the season with a knee injury, all serving as members of the Chiefs staff. Fans can follow the Chiefs and the Intercity League on the internet at www.andrechiefs.com and www.intercityleaguebaseball.com.
Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team and All-Championship Team ... One of 35 national semifinalists for the Tino Martinez D-2 Player of the Year Award ... Voted All-Region ACBA first team, All-Region Daktronics and NCBWA second team ... Division II Rawlings Gold Glove Starting Pitcher ... Became all-time strikeout leader at Merrimack (193 in three seasons) with 93 strikeouts in 13 appearances and 5-2 record ... Threw six games of 9.0 innings or more ... Had a career-high 16 strikeouts vs. Franklin Pierce on 4/8/10 and American International on 4/24/10 ... Strung together 24.0 scoreless innings mid-season ... Finished season with 1.95 career ERA..... Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Week on 4/19/10 & 5/4/10....