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Malden, MA- Evan Walsh fired a complete game three-hitter, striking out a dozen, when the Chiefs beat the Reading Bulldogs 6-1 on Monday night at Maplewood. With the win, the Chiefs sweep their first round series 2-0 and will now move on to meet the Lexington Blue Sox in the semifinal round beginning on Wednesday night in Lexington.
The Chiefs grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third. R.J. Libby started things by drawing a walk off Reading starter Anthony Sapienza and Tony Serino followed and reached on an infield error. Ben Waldrip then gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead when he doubled into the right-centerfield gap, scoring Libby and sending Serino to third. Sapienza struck out Mike Gedman for the first out before Steve Passatempo and Nate Witkowski drew back to back walks forcing home Serino for the second run of the inning. Sapienza escaped further damage when he got Kyle Dembrowski to bounce into 1-2-3 doubleplay.
The Chiefs lead doubled in the bottom of the fourth. Andrew Caulfield worked a one out walk and Libby singled to center. Serino then grounded out to Liam Merlin, forcing Libby out at second and moving Caulfield to third. An error, a Waldrip single, followed by a Gedman double, jumped the margin to 4-0.
Walsh continued his wizardry as the Bulldogs remained hitless over the first five innings.
The Chiefs loaded the bases with one out against reliever Jack Theriault in the bottom of the fifth but couldn’t add to their lead. Dembrowski reached on an error, Nick Leva singled, and Caulfield was issued a four pitch walk. The lead stayed a 4-0 when Theriault caught Libby looking and then got Serino on an inning ending grounder to Merlin at second.
The Bulldogs finally broke into the hit column when Zac Talis led off the top of the sixth with a double to left-center. Walsh stranded Talis when he got Chris Bosco to lineout to Gedman in right, and then struck out both Kyle Hawes and Mike Taylor in succession to end the inning.
The Chiefs picked up a couple of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth against Gabe Van Emon, Reading’s third pitcher of the game. Waldrip drilled his second double of the night and advanced to third on a one out wild pitch. Passatempo then walked to put runners on the corners before Witkowski singled to right scoring Waldrip. The Chiefs final run came when Leva drilled a single to right that plated Passatempo making it a 6-0 lead.
Reading averted the shutout in the top of the seventh. Mike Debenedetto led off with a double. Walsh K’d Merlin and Donovan before Darren Hartwell beat out an infield chopper to Waldrip at first. When Debeneedetto made a wide turn at third, Waldrip’s throw sailed past Gino DeSimone allowing him to score the unearned run. Passatempo then made a nice stop of a Tyler Cedeno grounder, and from his knees, threw him out at first to end the series.
Chiefs Chatter….. Wednesday’s game one in Lexington will start at 7:45….Walsh improved to an overall 3-1 against Reading this summer. The lefty has struck out 54 Bulldogs and allowed just 16 hits against them in 26.0 innings…..The #3 Wakefield Merchants won game two of their series 4-1 over the Malden Merchants. They will now move on to meet #2 Alibrandis in the ICL’s other semifinal. Game one of that series is scheduled for Wednesday at 7:30 PM at Victory Field….
Reading, MA- The Chiefs knocked off the Bulldogs 6-3 in game one of their best of three first round series on Sunday afternoon at Morton Field.
Zach Kirby went the route on the mound as the Chiefs handed him a 2-0 first inning that he never relinquished.
R.J. Libby and Tony Serino got things underway when they both singled off Reading starter Jack Wallace. Wallace then got Ben Waldrip to bounce into a 4-6-3 doubleplay with Libby moving to third. Mike Gedman drew a walk, and when catcher Chris Bosco’s attempt to pick Libby off third sailed into leftfield, the Chiefs had a 1-0 lead. Kyle Dembrowski’s single to right then scored Gedman to give the Chiefs a 2-0 jumpstart.
The lead went to 5-0 in the top of the third on walks to Libby and Gedman, errors of the bats of Waldrip and Dembrowski, a fielders’ choice from Serino, and an infield grounder RBI from Andrew Caulfield.
The Bulldogs capitalized on some Kirby wildness and closed to 5-2 in the bottom of the fourth. A Tyler Cedeno single and walks to Zac Talis, Kyle Hawes, Mike Taylor and Liam Merlin accounted for the runs.
Waldrip got a run right back for the Chiefs when he led off the fifth with a solo homer to right making it 6-2.
The Bulldogs added the game’s final run in the bottom of the inning when Cedeno’s double scored Darren Hartwell who had walked.
Kirby allowed five hits, walked six, and struck out 11.
Chiefs Chatter….. Game two of the series will be played at Maplweood on Monday night at 8:00 PM. If a game three is needed it will be played at Morelli Field in Melrose on Tuesday at 7:45 PM…… In the ICL’s other first round series, the Wakefield Merchants took game one from the Malden Maddogs 3-1 at Walsh Field….
The Chiefs will begin the 2019 ICL Playoffs when they meet the Reading Bulldogs in the opening game of a best of three series on Sunday at 4:00 PM at Morton Field/Reading HS.
Game Two of the series will be played on Monday night at Maplewood at 8:00 PM.
If a Game Three is needed, it will be contested at Morelli Field in Melrose at 7:45 PM.
Go to www.intercityleaguebaseball.com for complete playoff schedules.
Malden, MA- The Chiefs saved their biggest offensive outburst for last as they beat the Melrose Americans 22-7 in the regular season finale at Morelli Field.
Kyle Dembrowski led the attack with two homers, while R.J. Libby, Mike Gedman, Andrew Caufield and Ben Waldrip, all had one homer. The Chiefs hit a season high six round trippers and had 23 hits in the game.
Dembrowski (pictured) added a double and three RBI’s, Gedman totaled six RBI’s on a grand slam and a single, Libby had a 4 for 5 night with five RBI’s, Waldrip finished 5 for 6 with four RBI’s, and Manny Cabral (2), Brian Bessler (2) and Evan Reynolds (3), all chalked up multi-hit games.
Josh Bosh added a two run homer for the Americans.
David Kerns (1-0) went the six innings to record the win.
Chiefs Chatter… The Chiefs will meet the Reading Bulldogs in the best of three first round of the playoffs. Complete playoff schedules will be posted soon at www.intercityleaguebaseball.com
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….