Peter Frates 1984-2019

Peter Frates of the Lexington Blue Sox passed away today. The following is a statement from the Frates Family.

Today Heaven received our angel: Peter Frates. A husband to Julie, a father to Lucy, a son to John and Nancy, a brother to Andrew and Jennifer, Pete passed away surrounded by his loving family, peacefully at age 34, after a heroic battle with ALS.

Pete was an inspiration to so many people around the world who drew strength from his courage and resiliency.

A natural born leader and the ultimate teammate, Pete was a role model for all, especially young athletes, who looked up to him for his bravery and unwavering positive spirit in the face of adversity. He was a noble fighter who inspired us all to use our talents and strengths in the service of others.

Remarkably, Pete never complained about his illness. Instead, he saw it as an opportunity to give hope to other patients and their families. In his lifetime, he was determined to change the trajectory of a disease that had no treatment or cure. As a result, through his determination—along with his faithful supporters, Team Frate Train—he championed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In August of 2014, the historic movement pioneered social media fundraising and garnered donations globally that resulted in better access to ALS care, genetic discoveries, treatments and, someday, a cure. He was a beacon of hope for all.

On behalf of Julie, Lucy, John, Nancy, Jennifer and Andrew, along with his extended family and multitude of friends, we ask that you celebrate Pete and the hope that he has given to so many by following his daily affirmation: Be passionate, be genuine, be hardworking and don’t ever be afraid to be great.

As we prepare to lay Pete to rest, we ask that you respect our privacy while we mourn his loss. For those who would like to extend an expression of sympathy, please consider making a donation to the Peter Frates Family Foundation, 21 Landers Drive, Beverly, MA 01915 or online at Pete’s foundation’s mission is to aid progressed ALS patients in their desire to stay at home with those who love them most.

Pete’s funeral Mass will be held at St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish, located at 28 Commonwealth Ave. in Chestnut Hill, Mass., alongside the campus of his beloved alma mater, Boston College. The date and time of the service will be announced as soon as it is finalized. A celebration of his life will be held on the North Shore of Boston at a later date.

The Frates family wishes to express its sincere gratitude for the abundant love, kindness, and support we have been the recipients of during the past eight years.


May 2003: Graduates from St. John’s Prep, Danvers, Mass.
May 2007: Graduates from Boston College with a degree in communication.
March 2012: Named director of baseball operations for Boston College baseball.
March 2012: Diagnosed with ALS at age 27.
June 1, 2013: Marries Julie Frates (nee Kowalik).
August 2014: Ice Bucket Challenge raises more than $220 million for ALS research.
August 31, 2014: Lucy Frates born.
December 2014: Nominated along with fellow ALS warrior Pat Quinn for “Person of the Year” by Time magazine.
2014: Co-recipient of Sports Illustrated’s Inspiration of the Year honor.
2014: ESPN SportsCenter’s “Pete’s Challenge” is nominated for an Emmy (produced by Drew Gallagher BC ’99).
March 3, 2015: BC Baseball and Boston Red Sox wear No. 3 in Pete’s honor at the annual spring training game Ft. Myers, Fla.
April 13, 2015: Red Sox sign Pete to an honorary contract on Opening Day.
2016: Pete’s No. 3 jersey retired by BC Baseball & St. John’s Prep.
2016: St. John’s Prep baseball field dedicated as “Pete Frates ’03 Diamond”
2016: Endicott College (Beverly, Mass.) opens Pete Frates Hall.
2017: NCAA Inspiration of the Year Award.
June 2017: Frates family donates the bucket used for Pete’s own Ice Bucket Challenge, along with memorabilia from his playing days at BC, for a display in the Baseball Hall of Fame (Cooperstown, N.Y.).
Sept. 5, 2017: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh declares Pete Frates Day in Boston at a ceremony outside City Hall.
Sept. 5, 2017: The Ice Bucket Challenge biography is released.
Dec. 2018: Netflix announces production based on biography.
June 26, 2019: Boston College announces that Phase II of the Harrington Athletics Village will be named the Pete Frates Center.
Sept. 6, 2019: The Boston Red Sox present Pete with a custom 2018 World Series ring.


North Reading, MA– Over 100 golfers will be teeing off on Friday in the RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services’ Intercity League Golf Tournament at Hillview Country Club.

This year’s tournament will be played in memory of Bertha Brickley who passed away in 2018. Ms. Brickley was an avid supporter of the ICL. Her sons John, George, Quintin, Matt and Andy were all involved in the ICL while her daughters Lila and Raina were fans of the league. Andy is presently the Boston Bruins’ color analyst on NESN. The ICL is thankful to the Brickley Family for their generosity.

The response has been overwhelming for the first annual tournament according to event chairman Orazio Azzarello. The shotgun start will begin at 9:00 AM with lunch and the awards ceremony to follow.

The event has drawn ICL alumni as well as many present players and fans.

RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services, whose connections have long standing ties to the ICL through owner/broker John Veneziano and founder Chuck Andre both of the Andre Chiefs, is the main sponsor for this year’s tournament. The company has offices in Medford and Stoneham.

Other sponsors include Rick DeAngelis of the Lexington Blue Sox, Mike’s Pastry of Medford and the North End, and On Demand Storage, both thanks to James McConville of the Somerville Royals.

Hole and tee sponsors to date include; Umpire-in-chief Joe Cacciatore, the Melrose Americans, Speakeasy Sports Bar, Luke Begley, Bob Iandoli, Rob Zorian of Zorian Bat Company, Mike Kalfopoulus, the Somerville Senators, Universal Screening Studio, the Middlesex Reds, Lucky St. Pierre, Sammy Greenwood, Evan Green, North Shore Acapella, the Melrose Rams, Bob DeFelice, Frank’s Steakhouse, Crack’d Kitchen & Coffee, Walter Bentsen of the Boston Park League, and Bay State Financial.

Registration begins at the Hillview on Friday at 8:00 AM.


RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services will be the sponsor of the 2019 Intercity League Golf Tournament that will be held on Friday, October 4 at the Hillview Country Club in North Reading, MA.

The company and its connections have long standing ties to the Intercity League through Founder Chuck Andre and Owner/Broker John Veneziano. Both Andre and Veneziano began their ICL careers playing for the Hosmer Chiefs in the 1970’s & 1980’s.

Following their playing days, Andre and Veneziano entered the real estate business in 1986. They took over the Chiefs’ franchise in 1989 and renamed it the Andre Chiefs.

Andre served as Chiefs’ Manager from 1989-2018 while Veneziano has been part of the coaching staff.

The RE/MAX Andrew Realty ICL Golf Tournament begins with a shotgun start at 9:00 AM.

RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services has offices in Medford and Stoneham.

Intercity League to host Inaugural Golf Tournament Oct. 4

The Intercity Baseball League will host it’s Inaugural Golf Tournament on Friday, October 4 at Hillview Country Club in North Reading. Lunch will be provided after the tournament @ Theresa right next door.

Registration 8am-8:30am

Start time 9:00am

Registration Form: 2019 Intercity League Golf Tournament



Have the 2019 tournament named for your company or an individual. Includes tournament naming rights for one year, 8 playing spots, 4 carts, driving range, bag check-in, lunch for eight, website recognition and banners at the golf course. COST $2,500
(Only one available)

Includes 4 playing spots, 2 carts, driving range, bag check-in, lunch for four, website recognition, 2 green or tee box signs & special mention at Awards Presentation. COST: $1,000

Includes 2 playing spots, 1 cart, driving range, bag check-in, lunch for two, website recognition, 1 green or tee box sign & special mention at Awards Presentation. COST: $500

Includes 1 green or tee box sign and website recognition. COST: $100

Includes 4 playing spots, 2 carts, driving range, bag check-in and lunch for four. COST: $500

Includes 1 playing spot, ½ cart, driving range, bag check-in and lunch. COST $125

Includes 1 playing spot, ½ cart, driving range, bag check-in and lunch. (Must be on a 2019 ICL Team Roster) COST $100

Please call Orazio Azzarello if interested – 617-839-6843

We accept Check, Cash or Vemno and are working on online registration

Vemno – @intercityleaguebaseball

Download the flyer – 2019 Intercity League Golf Tournament Flyer


Malden Maddogs 7, Somerville Royals 0
(Malden Maddogs get 6th seed)

FIRST ROUND (Best of Three)
G1-Andre Chiefs 6, Reading Bulldogs 3
G2-Andre Chiefs 6, Reading Bulldogs 1
(Andre Chiefs win series 2-0)

G1-Wakefield Merchants 3, Malden Maddogs 1
G2-Wakefield Merchants 4, Malden Maddogs 1
(Wakefield Merchants win series 2-0)

SEMI-FINALS (Best of Three)
G1- Lexington Blue Sox 1, Andre Chiefs 0
G2- Lexington Blue Sox 9, Andre Chiefs 6
(Lexington Blue Sox win series 2-0)

G1- Alibrandis 9, Wakefield Merchants 0
G2- Wakefield Merchants 2, Alibrandis 1 (12 innings)
G3- Alibrandis 4, Wakefield Merchants 3
(Alibrandis wins series 2-1)

G1- Lexington Blue Sox 5, Alibrandis 2
G2- Lexington Blue Sox 6, Alibrandis 2
G3- Alibrandis 8, Lexington Blue Sox 4
G4- Lexington Blue Sox 3, Alibrandis 2
(Lexington wins series 3-1)

Lexington wins its 15th Intercity League Title

By Bruce Hack

Lexington Media Relations Director


Melrose – John Puttress’ clutch two-out, two-run single in the top of the fourth gave Lexington a 3-2 lead. A lead the Blue Sox would hold on to and come home with their 15th Intercity League Championship.

Blue Sox celebrate 2019 title


The title was the 11th in the past 13 seasons for Lexington and fifth straight.

The final pitch of the game was a Manny Delcarmen breaking ball that was a called third strike on Juan Parra and the Blue Sox began the celebration.

All of the scoring came within the span of the third and top of the fourth innings.

The winning rally started with two outs and no Blue Sox on base. Richie Burgos received a four pitch walk to initiate the rally. Dom Zaher drove a line drive into center for a single and the Sox had two runners on. Morgan Brown then sent a pitch through the left side of the infield and the bases were loaded. Puttress wasted no time and lined the first pitch into left to drive in Burgos with the tying run and Zaher with the go-ahead run.

This game started off differently than the first three games as neither team scored in the first inning. The Blue Sox had runners on the corners with one out, but a 4-6-3 double play got Alibrandis starter Ryan Corriveau out of trouble. Lexington starter Mike Geannelis pitched a 1-2-3 first inning with two strike outs.

Geannelis had another 1-2-3 inning in the second. In his second inning, Corriveau was again bailed out by a double play, this one with one on and no outs.

In the third the Sox finally got to Corriveau. Brown reached on a bunt single and took second on the throwing error. Puttress sacrificed him to third. A walk to Aaron Barbosa put Sox on the corners with one out. Taylor Ferguson beat out the throw to first as Alibrandis attempted to pull off their third double play and Brown came home with the first run of the game and a 1-0 lead for Lexington.

The Alibrandis came right back in the bottom of the third with their own two-out rally. Number nine hitter Mark Addesa walked to be the first Alibrandis base runner and snap Geannelis’ streak at eight straight outs. Parra walked to put runners on first and second. Michael Maguire and Teddy Dziuba then delivered RBI singles and it was 2-1 Alibrandis.

Corriveau, 1-1, pitched six innings for Alibrandis. After the Puttress single he retired five straight and seven of the last eight batters he faced. For the night he gave up seven hits, walked three, struck out five.

For Geannelis, who improved to 3-0 in the playoffs, it was much of the same. He left a runner stranded at second in the fourth and sixth innings. A 6-4-3 double play ended the fifth inning. His night ended with six innings pitched, four hits, two walks, and five strikeouts.

Winning pitcher Mike Geannelis hoists the Trophy

The Alibrandis Baseball Club joined the Intercity League in 2018, coming over from the Yawkey League. The team had won eight consecutive YBL titles and 17 overall. Last season they reached the semifinals where they were knocked out by Lexington in five games. In 2019 they finished second and received a first-round bye. The team beat Wakefield two games to one in the semifinals to advance to the finals.

Another Intercity League season has come to a close. It was a season in which ICL fans witnessed some outstanding amateur baseball. They saw young players beginning their ICL career and veteran players showing they were naught ready to hang up their cleats. So as the lights go off at Morelli Field for the final time the teams and players of the ICL thank the fans for their support and look forward to seeing everyone in the 2020 season.


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Alibrandis wins game three 8-4, Finals go to game four on Friday.

By Bruce Hack

Lexington Media Relations Director

      Melrose – Ryan Leung’s two-run double in the top of the seventh broke a 4-4 tie and propelled Alibrandis to an 8-4 win over Lexington Wednesday night. The victory cut the series lead to 2-1 and sent the finals to a fourth game for the first time since 2014.

Game four will be at Morelli Field on Friday night at 7:45 P.M. as the Intercity League will take Thursday night off due to Steve Buckley’s Old Time Baseball Game played at St. Peter’s Field in Cambridge.

Leung’s heroics were set up when the Alibrandis loaded the bases with one out on two walks and a single off of Junior Pena, who started the seventh for Lexington. Manny Delcarmen entered the game at that point and battled Leung for eight pitches, six of them foul balls off Leung’s bat, a college rising sophomore at UMass-Boston, before he drove the ninth pitch into center for the tie-breaking double. The final two runs came on a Texas looper down the left field line by JP Songin that drove in a run and a wild pitch.

Game three was a tale of three different games.

It started like the first two games as again both teams scored in the first inning.

Alibrandis scored three times in the top of the first. Bobby Barrett doubled to drive in Juan Parra (walk) with the first run. Jake Miller also doubled to center driving in Teddy Dziuba (single) and Barrett and it was quickly 3-0 five batters into the game.

Lexington responded with its own crooked number tying the game at three in the bottom of the first. Aaron Barbosa and Kyle Adie walked and Barbosa scored on Ross Curley’s RBI single. Julian Alvarez singled to load the bases with no outs. After an infield popup, Ryan Beradino walked to force in Adie. Morgan Brown completed the scoring with a sacrifice fly to center for the 3-3 tie.

Matt Henriksen singled to start the Alibrandis second. A sacrifice and a single put him on third where he scored from on Michael Maguire’s single for a 4-3 lead.

After the second inning the game quieted down. Alibrandis starter Chris Costa set down 12 straight Blue Sox batters until Barbosa singled with one out in the fifth. Costa struck out the next two Sox to make it 14 out of 15 batters retired from the first through fifth innings.

Meanwhile Borja Jones-Berasaluce had replaced Sox starter Matt Karis in the third and set down eight of the nine batters he faced. He stranded Leung at second, after his first double of the game, in the third. Jake Vesling pitched the sixth for Lexington and walked one batter, but did not allow a run.

The Sox tied the game in the sixth and in the process knocked Costa from the game. Alvarez doubled to left for his second hit of the night. Anderson Jimenez entered the game as a pinch runner for Alvarez. After an infield out, Beradino doubled to center to scored Jimenez and knot the game at 4-4. It was Beradino’s second RBI of the game and fifth in the finals. James Cramphin came in for Costa and struck out the first batter he faced for the second out. Dom Zaher was intentionally walked and a wild pitch moved him and pinch runner John Barry to second and third. Nate Wolf popped out in foul territory to third and the Blue Sox could not take the lead.

Lexington had runners on first and second with two outs against Cramphin in the seventh but he closed the door on the Sox for the win. In his 1.2 innings Cramphin he allowed one hit, walked two and struck out two as he earned his first win of the playoffs.

Pena took the loss for the Blue Sox. He pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit, two walks and three runs.

There were no errors in the game, the first errorless game of the finals. The pitchers for each team combined to throw 252 pitches (126 by each team), 142 for strikes.

Lexington goes up 2-0 with game two win

By Bruce Hack

Lexington Media Relations Director

      Melrose – Lexington moved to within a win of the Intercity League Championship with a 6-2 victory over Alibrandis Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the best of five finals.

For the second straight night both teams scored in the first inning, but this time it was Lexington that struck first as the teams switched home and visitor roles.

Aaron Barbosa started off the first for Lexington by reaching on an infield error. After two outs, Richie Burgos doubled to the fence in center and Barbosa came all the way around to score for a 1-0 lead.

Alibrandis quickly tied the game in the bottom of the first. Juan Parra singled through the left side to start the inning. After a strikeout by Blue Sox starter Drew Leenhouts, a walk to Teddy Dziuba and David Lightbody reached on an error to load the bases. Bobby Barrett hit a high chopper that Leenhouts fielded behind the mound. His throw to second was not in time and Parra come home on the fielder’s choice.

The home squad took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second, but it could have been more. With one out Ryan Leung reached on an error. He stole second and when Parra singled down the leftfield line Leung tried to score, but was thrown out by Blue Sox left fielder Dom Zaher on a perfect strike to catcher Nico Frelick. Parra took second on the throw to home. Michael Maguire reached on an infield single, but when second baseman Anderson Jimenez made a throwing error attempting to get Maguire, Parra was able to come home for the 2-1 lead.

The lead did not last long as for the second consecutive night Ryan Beradino gave Lexington the lead for good.

Beradino drove a pitch from starter Anthony DelPrete well over the right field fence for a two-run home run, his first in a Blue Sox uniform. Kyle Adie scored ahead of Beradino after reaching on a one-out walk.

After the second Alibrandis run, Leenhouts retired the last seven batters he faced, including 1-2-3 innings in the third and fourth. He pitched four innings and earned his first win of the 2019 playoffs. The veteran southpaw gave up three hits, two uneared runs and struck out five.

The Blue Sox bullpen took over in the fifth and shutout Alibrandis over the final three innings.

Dawy Lebron pitched the fifth and sixth innings. He got out of a bases-loaded two-outs jam in the fifth by getting Jake Miller on a called third strike. Lebron pitched a 1-2-3 sixth for the third such inning for the Blue Sox.

Bill Christopher started off the seventh and retired the first batter, Parra, on a ground out. A walk, single and hit batter loaded the bases for the Alibrandis. Christopher struck out Barrett for the second out, but was relieved by Sox skipper Rick DeAngelis who brought in closer Manny Delcarmen. Three pitches later Delcarmen got a ground ball by Miller for the final out to secure the win.

Taylor Ferguson and Morgan Brown drove in the last three Lexington runs, Brown with a two-run single through the left side to make it 6-3 in the top of the fifth.

Game three is scheduled for Wednesday night with first pitch coming at 7:45 at Morelli Field.

Lexington wins game one of the Finals, 5-2

By Bruce Hack
Lexington Media Relations Director

Melrose – Lexington grinded out a 5-2 win over Alibrandis Monday night at Morelli Field to take a 1-0 lead in the best of five finals.

Game two of the finals is Tuesday night at Morelli Field in Melrose. Game time is scheduled for 7:45.

The Blue Sox knocked out 14 hits, 13 of them singles. The Sox had a hit in every inning, including two four-hit innings.

Despite all that offense it was Alibrandis who struck first. In the top of the first, with two outs Teddy Dziuba homered to right, his first of the playoffs, to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Lexington wasted no time and came right back in the bottom half of the first. Aaron Barbosa, Kyle Adie and Ross Curley hit three straight singles, with Curley driving in Barbosa to knot the game at 1-1. After a strikeout, Richie Burgos knocked out the fourth single of the frame to load the bases. Ryan Beradino grounded out to second driving in Adie and Lexington took the lead for good at 2-1.

Dom Zaher had a leadoff double to start the second inning. John Puttress dropped down a sacrifice bunt and Matt Horan came off the mound to field it, his throw to first was high and sailed into foul territory allowing Zaher to come home and give the Sox a 3-1 lead after two.

A Juan Parra solo home run, also his first, to left in the third cut the lead to 3-2, but Alibrandis would not cross home plate again.

Lexington added on two insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

In the sixth Zaher singled to drive in Beradino. In the sixth it was Burgos who singled to drive in Adie with his second run of the game.

Mike Geannelis pitched five innings to improve to 2-0 in postseason play. He scattered four hits, walked three and struck out five.

Zaher and Burgos each had a three hit night. They also each drove in a run and Zaher scored once.

Matt Horan, 1-1, pitched a complete game for the Alibrandis. He gave up 14 hits, five runs, four earned, struck out eight, and walked two.


Intercity League to host Inaugural Golf Tournament Oct. 4

The Intercity Baseball League will host it’s Inaugural Golf Tournament on Friday, October 4 at Hillview Country Club in North Reading.

For more information on the fund raising event check the ICL website for updates.