The Reading Bulldogs and Somerville Royals both took 1-0 leads in their Best of Three First Round Series with wins on Monday night.
READING BULLDOGS 3, MELROSE AMERICANS 1
The Bulldogs got a complete game three-hitter from Jack Burke and beat the Melrose Americans 3-1 at Endicott College in Beverly. Burke outdueled Americans’ righty Zack Kirby, who allowed just six hits. Harry Oringer had a triple and two RBI’s, Mike Taylor a hit and an RBI, and Steve Busby a couple of hits for the Bulldogs.
Kevin Kelley had a double and drove in the Melrose run.
Burke struck out four and walked three while Kirby had eight K’s.
Game Two of this series, will be played at Morelli Field on Wednesday at 8:00 PM.
SOMERVILLE ROYALS 7, LEXINGTON BLUE SOX 2
IMPORTANT UPDATE: GAME TWO OF THIS SERIES, ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO BE PLAYED AT MORELLI FIELD, WE NOW BE PLAYED ON TUESDAY AT TRUM FIELD IN SOMERVILLE AT 8:15 PM.
In Lexington, the Royals got a complete game four-hitter from Chuck Gibson, and 13 hits from their offense, to lead them to a 7-2 win over the Blue Sox. Wagner Gomez had two doubles and an RBI, John Collette two singles and an RBI, and George Crowley and Luke Ronchi two RBI’s each to pace the Royals at the plate.
Dan Graham hit a solo homer in the second inning and Dave Ahern had two of Lexington’s hits.
Rob Caggiano and Adam Johnson added two each for the Royals.
Matt Karis (0-1, 3.0 innings), Ryan Filipwoicz (2.2 innings), and Jimmy Hill (1.1 innings), all worked on the mound for the Blue Sox.
Gibson (1-0), struck out seven and walked five in gaining the win.
Game Two of this series will be played on Tuesday at 8:00 PM at Morelli Field in Melrose.