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.