Kirby K’s 18 Batters in 2-0 Expos Win, Bulldogs-Blue Sox Suspended in Lexington

Former Framingham State righty Zach Kirby (1-1) tossed a one-hitter, striking out 18 batters, when the Middlesex Expos shutout the Andre Chiefs 2-0 at Trum Field on Thursday night.

Kirby was overpowering all game long, striking out the side in the second, third, fourth, sixth, and seventh innings. The only hit he allowed was a Gino DeSimone two out double in the top of the fourth inning.

The Expos scored their runs on a first inning RBI single from Andrew Mazzone and a single by Matt Ferro and a Bret Samboy double in the sixth.

Tim Dunphy (0-1) worked the first three innings for the Chiefs allowing one run. Jonathan Richard held the Expos scoreless in the fourth and fifth frames before giving way to Silas Reed in the sixth.

In Lexington, the Reading Bulldogs-Blue Sox game was suspended in the second inning due to a power failure.

The Expos and Alibrandis meet on Friday night at Trum in the only game on the ICL schedule.

Americans, Blue Sox & Expos Win on Wednesday

Bobby Losanno, Scott Searles and Noah Jankowski all homered when the Americans came from behind to knock off the Reading Bulldogs 5-2 on Wednesday night in Melrose. Mike Andrews (1-0) went the first 5.1 innings, allowing three hits and striking out two, to pick up the win while Bobby Tramondozzi got his first save. Conor Gaughen (1-1) took the loss for the Bulldogs.

The Lexington Blue Sox scored twice in the fifth then added four more runs in the top of the seventh to draw away from the Andre Chiefs 8-1 at Maplewood. Julian Alvarez led the way with a double, single, and three RBI’s while Jose Feliciano and Will Potdevin each had two hits and two RBI for Lexington. Ryan O’Rourke (1-0) allowed two hits and struck out eight in five innings. Evan Walsh (0-1) had nine K’s and surrendered just three hits in four innings but was tagged with the loss.

The Middlesex Expos used a leadoff homer from Jose Paulino and got 4.2 innings of two hit, seven strikeout pitching from Ryan Qualey (1-0), to beat the Malden Maddogs 3-1 at Trum Field. Dan Shaw picked up the seventh inning save.

Two games are on Thursday’s ICL slate. The Blue Sox host Reading in Lexington at 8:00 PM and the Chiefs travel to Trum to meet the Expos in an 8:30 PM start.

Blue Sox and Alibrandis Get Tuesday ICL Wins

The Blue Sox erupted for nine second inning runs and went on to beat the Melrose Americans 12-5 in Lexington on Tuesday night. Alez Krylov, with a bases clearing double, and Brendan Jones, with a single, double, and a couple of RBI’s, led the Lexington offense. Jack Schwartz (1-0) picked up the win. Bobby Losanno had three hits and three RBI’s for the Americans.

In Tuesday’s other game, Alibrandis knocked off the Malden Maddogs 9-1 at Trum Field in Somerville. Gordie Gronkowski and Charlie Auditore knocked in a two runs each as Evan Christoplos (1-0) went five innings to get the win.

On Wednesday, the Americans host the Reading Bulldogs at Morelli Field in Melrose at 7:30 PM, the Blue Sox meet the Andre Chiefs at Maplewood (Malden Catholic) at 8:15 PM, and the Maddpgs and Middlesex Expos play at Trum at 8:30 PM.

Alibrandis, Expos & Chiefs Grab Sunday Wins

Bentley University’s Jared Brooks (pictured) struck out 10 and allowed just three hits to pitch Alibrandis to a complete game 2-0 shutout win over the Melrose Americans at Morelli Field. Kyle Halloran, Kenny Polanco and Joe Boushell each had two hits each for Alibrandis. Four Melrose pitchers, Joe Maguire, Mike Peters, Colin Jaena (0-1) and Bobby Tranondozzi allowed just six hits.

Bret Samboy’s RBI single in the top of the ninth inning broke a 1-1 tie and sent the Middlesex Expos to a 2-1 extra inning win over the Reading Bulldogs in the first ICL game ever played at Austin Prep. Scott Hall went the first six innings for Middlesex allowing just one hit and striking out ten. David Kerns (1-0) picked up the win with two innings of relief while Ryan Qualey got his first save.

Graham Seed (2-0) and Luke Gustavson combined on a neat four-hitter, striking out eleven, and the Andre Chiefs erupted for eight first inning runs on the way to an 11-3 win over the Malden Maddogs at Trum Field. Mitch Schroeder led the Chiefs’ twelve hit attack going a perfect four for four including a double and two RBI.

There are no ICL games scheduled on Monday.

Blue Sox Hold Off Alibrandis, Expos Edge Americans 4-3 in Friday Action

Luke Hall drove in two runs and Dom Zaher added an RBI to lead the Blue Sox to a 3-2 win over Alibrandis at Lexington High. Pat McGowan (1-0) went five innings to get the win and Brett Parker and Jack Schwartz threw a scoreless frame each to preserve the lead. Sean Sullivan (0-1) pitched well for Alibrandis but took the loss.

The Middlesex Expos recorded their first ICL win in a 4-3 victory over the Melrose Americans at Trum Field. Cam Monagle (1-0) struck out 11 and allowed six hits over six innings to record the win while Dane Lebert got the save. Jose Paulino with two hits and an RBI and Andrew Mazzone, with a triple and two RBI’s, led the Middlesex offense. John Jennings went 3 for 3 with an RBI for the Americans.

ICL play resumes on Sunday with three games. The Americans host Alibrandis at Morelli Field in Melrose at 4:00 PM, the Expos visit the Reading Bulldogs at Austin Prep at 5:00 PM, and the Andre Chiefs and Malden Maddogs tangle at Trum Field in Somerville at 8:30 PM.

ICL Hall of Fame & Awards Dinner Still on Hold

With Covid-19 restrictions being eased, the Intercity League anticipates announcing a new date for the Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner that was originally scheduled to be held on November 21, 2020 at Anthony’s in Malden, MA.

Details will be announced when a decision is made.

Here are the newest ICL Hall of Fame inductees:

Chuck Andre – Chiefs
Dave Ellegood– Merchants
Peter Ferrari – Blue Sox
Don January – Umpire
Tommy Haugh – Blue Sox
Mike Kalfopolous – Rams, Chiefs & Americans
Sammy Steed – A’s & Blue Sox
Cary McConnell – Chiefs & A’s
John Gnieski – Mustangs
Dave Martin – Guinness, Americans, Chiefs & Reds
John Veneziano – Chiefs
Jerry Tabler – Peter Fuller & Chiefs
Gary Kiel – Chiefs & Rams
Dave Vigliotti – A’s
Peter Albano – Somerville & Rams
John “Pancho”Webb – Mustangs & Chiefs

Bulldogs Beat Maddogs 12-4, Chiefs Win in Lexington 3-2

Tufts University’s Patrick Solomon had five RBI’s, including a home run and a triple, when the Reading Bulldogs broke into the win column with a 12-4 victory over the Malden Maddogs at Maplewood. Starting pitcher Conor Gaughan (1-0) threw four innings of two-hit ball to grab the win as Andrew Croteau chalked up the save. Steve Shamnoski had a double on the way to a 3 for 3 night for the Maddogs.

Nick Valdario had two hits and scored twice to lead the Andre Chiefs to a 3-2 win over the Blue Sox in Lexington. Silas Reed (1-0) picked up the win with three innings of scoreless relief. Tim Dunphy worked the first three innings for the Chiefs and Tommy Leone got the seventh inning save. Mark Maestri (0-1) took the loss in relief of starter Ryan O’Rourke.

ICL action continues on Friday night with two games on tap. The Blue Sox and Alibrandis meet in Lexington at 8:00 PM and the Middlesex Expos host the Melrose Americans at Trum Field in Somerville at 8:30 PM.

Chiefs Get Walk Off HR, Americans & Alibrandis Gain Opening Night Wins

R.J. Libby’s two out ninth inning homer gave the Andre Chiefs a 3-2 come from behind and walk off opening night win over the Reading Bulldogs at Maplewood. Chiefs’ pitching recorded 18 strikeouts in the game. Evan Walsh (5 K’s), Jonathan Richard (2 K’s), Tommy Leone (3 K’s) and Graham Seed (1-0, 8 K’s) held the Bulldogs to just three hits. Tyler Cedeno gave Reading a 2-0 lead with a first inning RBI double and a sixth inning RBI single.

Paul Frisoli (1-0) went the distance, striking out 11, when Alibrandis edged the Middlesex Expos at Trum Field 2-1. Kenny Polanco drove in both of Alibrandis runs in the top of the fourth inning. Zach Kirby (0-1) struck out 10 and allowed just two hits in six innings but took the loss.

John Jennings had a homer and three RBI to lead the Melrose Americans to a 8-3 come from behind win over the Malden Maddogs at Morelli Field. The Americans overcame a three run first inning deficit keyed by a Jared Beradino two run homer. Bobby Losano (2-2, single, double, 2 BB) reached base four times and Mike Sorrentino had two RBI’s for Melrose. Paul Giagrande (1-0) picked up the win with two innings of one hit, three strikeout relief.

Two ICL games are on Thursday’s schedule. The Maddogs host the Bulldogs at Maplewood at 7:45 PM and Blue Sox open up and tangle with the Chiefs in Lexington at 8:00 PM.

ICL Returns Tonight with Three Games on the Schedule

We are back!!!

After seeing its 2020 season cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns the Intercity League swings into full action tonight with a slate of three games.

Things will kick off at Morelli Field in Melrose when the Americans host the Malden Maddogs at 7:30 PM. At 8:15 PM the Reading Bulldogs visit the Andre Chiefs at Maplewood Park, on the Malden Catholic campus, and finally Alibrandis entertains the Middlesex Expos at Trum Field in Somerville at 8:30 PM.

League play continues on Thursday when the Bulldogs play the Maddogs at Maplewood at 7:45 PM and the 2019 defending champion Lexington Blue Sox open against the Chiefs at Lexington High at 8:00 PM.

The ICL’s slightly abbreviated 24 game schedule will continue through early August with the always exciting playoffs to follow.

The league promises to be ultra competitive this season and is sporting a new look lineup. The Wakefield Merchants have merged with the Melrose Americans while the Somerville Royals have been absorbed by the Andre Chiefs. The newest entry to the ICL are the Middlesex Expos who were champions of the Yawkey League last season.

ICL Umpire Joe Pascucci has Passed Away

Longtime ICL Umpire Joe Pascucci passed away on January 4, 2021.

May Joe Rest in Peace. He will be missed.
Joseph “Joe” Ernest Pascucci, 70, of Middleton, MA passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 4th, 2021. In his final moments, he was surrounded by his three beautiful, grown daughters. Joseph was born in Revere, MA to Antonio “Tony” and Evelyn Pascucci. He was the oldest brother to Stephen “Stevie” Pascucci and Anthony M. Pascucci. As a teen, he loved spending his time playing baseball, football, and hockey and was selected as an All-District in baseball, football, and hockey, which granted him the opportunity to attend Ted Williams’ Baseball Camp back in the 60s. As he got older, he became a professional baseball umpire and was a part of the MLB Gulf Coast League (July 1970 to July 1971), Florida State League (June 1971 to June 1973), Southern League (January 1973 to January 1976), and Pacific Coast League (December 1975 to December 1977), and then moving to Double-A Baseball after, giving him the opportunity to travel to almost every state in the continental US and abroad, including Mexico and South America. According to those who watched him behind the plate, he called balls and strikes like no one else. Joseph worked as a professional baseball umpire for over 25 years.

Aside from being on the baseball field, Joseph was an assistant football coach at Curry College alongside his best friend, Michael Brown, known as “Brownie”. Later in his life, Joseph was a football official for the ANEFO association and other various MA football associations. He never truly gave up on the chance to coach football again and was the Assistant Head Football Coach to Lynn Classical High School.

Joseph was a man who had a passion for serving his community. Joseph served as a Selectman for the Town of Middleton for nine years. In addition, he served as the president of the Eastern Massachusetts Baseball Umpires Association (EMBUA) from 2009-2010. He continued to be recognized as a great community leader and won various community service awards up until the end of his life.

Joseph was also blessed to have three beautiful daughters, Christina Pascucci-Ciampa, Stephanie Pascucci, and Kimberly Pascucci. As a family, they loved to travel to places like Disney World, Niagara Falls, and throughout the Midwest. The girls enjoyed watching their Dad umpire baseball games and sing Earth, Wind & Fire while doing the Pascucci version of “Carpool Karaoke”. Being a loving, caring, and dependable father was of the utmost importance to Joseph and he certainly did not disappoint when it came to wholeheartedly loving his family, especially his three girls. What he enjoyed most was spending time with his daughters Christina, Stephanie, and Kimberly, playing golf, and bringing love to every meal he made. Joseph was a culinary expert. Always in the kitchen whipping up Italian dishes and delicious meals that filled the belly and heart. He would do anything for anyone – always putting others before himself. His generosity was unsurpassed. Joseph found tremendous joy in the relationships he built with friends and family and will be greatly missed by the many people he loved so much.

He leaves behind his three daughters Christina Pascucci-Ciampa, Stephanie Pascucci, and Kimberly Pascucci. He was the brother of the late Stephen A. Pascucci. Joseph is survived by his brother, Anthony M., wife Joanne, and nephew, Anthony D. Pascucci.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Joseph Pascucci, Intercity Baseball C/O Rick DeAngelis 123 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 02421.

Visitation Notes:

***All attendees are required to wear face coverings, practice social distancing, and are respectfully asked for no physical contact with the family.***