Reading Wins Big, Alibrandis Beats Royals Behind Costa’s 13K Effort

Mike Taylor had four hits, and Darren Hartwell, Cooper Marengi and Chris Webster drove in two runs each, when the Reading Bulldogs knocked off the Wakefield Merchants 12-1 at Walsh Field. Gabe Van Emon (1-0) didn’t allow a hit and struck out five in four innings to get the win. Zac Talis contributed three hits to the Bulldogs’ 15 hit offense. Joseph Maguire (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season for the Merchants.

Alibrandis scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning, breaking a 1-1 tie, and went on to defeat the Somerville Royals 4-1 at Victory Field. Chris Costa (1-0) struck out 13 batters and allowed just two hits to grab the complete game win. Jake Miller had a double and two RBI’s and Dave Lightbody added two hits for Alibrandis. Jonathan Richard (1-3) allowed only five hits in six innings but took the loss.

On Thursday, the Bulldogs and Merchants are at it again in a 7:30 PM makeup game at Morelli Field and the Blue Sox host the Malden Maddogs in Lexington at 8:00 PM.