For the sixth straight season, and for the seventh time in the last eight years, the Lexington Blue Sox and the Andre Chiefs will meet to decide the Intercity League Championship.
Jared Freni punched the Chiefs’ ticket to the dance with a lights out eleven K, six-hitter, when the he blanked the gutsy and game Reading Bulldogs 3-0 in the deciding game of their best of five series at Maplewood Park in Malden on Thursday night.
Peter Copa was the offensive standout of the night with a first inning RBI single and a third inning solo homer. Steve Gambale drove in the final Chiefs run with a two out single in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Bulldogs’ starter Jack Burke allowed only four hits, and struck out four, in four innings, before giving way to veteran Steve Hueston in the fifth inning.
The best of five Championship Series will get underway on Sunday at Morelli Field at 8:00 PM. All games will be played at the Melrose venue, with Games Two and Three planned for Monday and Tuesday, and if necessary, Games Four on Wednesday, and Game Five to be determined.
All games in the series will begin at 8:00 PM.