The Middlesex Expos beat the Malden Maddogs 7-2 on Saturday afternoon to eliminate the Maddogs from the 2021 ICL playoffs and clinch the sixth seed for the Reading Bulldogs.
As a result, the #6 Bulldogs will now meet the #5 Andre Chiefs on Monday at 8:00 PM at Maplewood in a play-in game. The winner of Monday’s game will move on to a second play-in game vs. the fourth seed (Alibrandis or Melrose) on Tuesday night to determine which team will advance to the best of three semi-final round.
Sunday’s Alibrandis at Melrose Americans game at Morelli Field at 3:00 PM will decide who will be the ICL’s third and fourth seed. The winner of the game will meet the #2 seeded Middlesex Expos on Wednesday while the loser drops to fourth and will be forced to meet the Bulldogs-Chiefs winner on Tuesday to determine who will move on to battle the #1 Blue Sox in Lexington on Wednesday night at 8:00 PM. Heading into Sunday’s game, the Americans stand at 13-10 (26 points) and Alibrandis enters the game at 12-10-1 (25 points). The Chiefs and Expos will also conclude their respective regular seasons when they meet at Maplewood tonight at 8:00 PM. The Maddogs-Bulldogs game has been cancelled.
In Saturday’s game, the first ICL game ever played at Lawrence Academy, the Expos rode the complete game three hit, 12 strikeout, pitching of Ryan Qualey (3-1) to the win. Andrew Mazzone (3-4) led the Expos at the plate with a homer, double, and two RBI’s, while Michael Oliveira also went 3-4 including two doubles. For Mazzone, it was his league leading eighth round tripper of the season.