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DATE - 08/15/2017

Blue Sox win game one of semis 3-2 over Somerville


Lexington - The Blue Sox opened the second season, or the playoffs, with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Somerville at Center 1 Field in Lexington Monday night in game one of the semifinals.

Lexington went into the bottom of the sixth down 2-1, but quickly turned that around. Jeff Costello (Lexington/Northeastern) singled to right to begin the rally. On the second pitch to Aaron Barbosa (Dracut/Northeastern) Costello stole second to move into scoring position. The steal paid off as Costello came around to score on Barabosa's single to right and the game was tied at two. Barbosa quickly stole second, he moved to third on an infield out and then came home with the go-ahead run when Somerville shortstop, Sean Cameron, dropped a fly ball in shallow center off the bat of Dan Graham (Lowell/Central Connecticut).

Somerville, who beat Lexington 7-2 last year in the first game of the opening round of the playoffs, jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Rob Caggiano started the inning with a leadoff double. After one out, he came home on Luke Ronchi's RBI single. After the second out, Ronchi scored on a double by Jake Cintolo.

The Blue Sox cut the lead to 2-1 in the fifth. Dorian Rojas (Boston/Cumberland) ledoff with a single. Justin Silvestro (Waltham/Wheaton(MA)) hit a ground ball to first that Royals firstbaseman James McConville threw into centerfield attempting to get Rojas at second. The error enabled Rojas to go to third, putting runners at the corners with no outs for Lexington. Thomas Russo (Weston/Holy Cross) drove a fly ball to left that was deep enough to bring in Rojas with the first Sox run.

Lexington's veteran starter, Matt Karis (Southboro/Gettysburg), was making his 20th career post season start for the Sox. He pitched six strong innings, giving up five hits, with four strikeouts and two walks. He set down 12 of the last 14 Royals batters he faced in earning his 17th playoff win.

Jeff Blout (Duxbury/Wesleyan) pitched the seventh for the save, his fourth in the post season. He struck out two, including the final batter to nail down the win.

Lexington travels to Somerville for game two Tuesday night at Trum Field beginning at 8:00 p.m.

Game three is scheduled for Wednesday night in Lexington with first pitch scheduled for 8:00 p.m.

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