Bulldogs Edge Reds, Blue Sox Beat Merchants, Johnson Leads Royals to 7-2 Win

Mike Taylor and Darren Hartwell had three hits each to lead the Reading Bulldogs to 9-8 walkoff win over the Watertown Reds at Endicott College. Taylor had two doubles and two RBI’s and Hartwell also stole a couple of bases. Jack Burke (2-0) picked up the win with two innings of scoreless relief. Dan Chaisson and Pete Burgio hit home runs for the Reds.

In other Sunday action, Eduardo Soto hit his first home run in a Blue Sox uniform to lead Lexington to a 3-1 win over the Merchants at Walsh Field. Ryan McCarthy had two hits and scored twice and Josh Hassel had a double and two RBI for the Sox. Aidan Freeburg pitched five innings of one-hit ball to improve to 2-0. Joe Westerman (1-1) took the loss despite striking out eight batters in seven innings. Scott Searles’ sacrifice fly drove in the lone Merchants run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Adam Johnson had a homer, double, and three RBI when the Somerville Royals beat the Melrose Americans 7-2 at Morelli Field. Sean McPhee and Wagner Gomez added two hits each to pace the Royals’ ten hit attack. Ryan Covelle (1-0) got the win with five K’s in his four innings of work. Kevin Kelley and Harrison Engstrom had the RBI’s for the Americans.

Three ICL games are scheduled for Monday. The Merchants visit the Reds at Bentley University at 6:00 PM, the Blue Sox and Bulldogs tangle at Endicott College at 8:00 PM, and the Chiefs host the Americans at Maplewood (Malden Catholic) at 8:15 PM.