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DATE - 08/19/2018

Alibrandis hold on for 2-1 win take a 2-1 series lead

By Bruce Hack

Lexington Blue Sox

Media Relations Director

Lexington – The Alibrandis Baseball Club is now one win away from the Intercity League finals after a 2-1 win on Sunday night over Lexington in their semifinal series.

Down 1-0 going into the fifth, Matt Henrickson singled to left to start the rally. A sacrifice bunt moved him to second and a fielding error by Lexington third baseman Justin Silvestro (Waltham/Wheaton) allowed runners on first and second. Henrickson was waved home on Mike Maguire’s single through the right side, only to be thrown out by right fielder Aaron Barbosa (Lowell/Northeastern) on a perfect strike to catcher Jeff Vigurs (Allston/Bryant). With runners on the corners and the wind seemingly taken from their sails, two veterans stepped up for Alibrandis and delivered big hits. On the first pitch Catcher Teddy Dziuba singled to right to score Juan Parra. Player-manager David Lightbody followed with a single to center that plated Maguire and give Alibrandis a 2-1 lead.

The Blue Sox went up 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Silvestro reached on an infield single. A five-pitch walk to Thomas Russo (Weston/Holy Cross) put runners on first and second. Barbosa ended an 11-pitch at bat with a single to left that scored Silvestro with the 1-0 lead.

Lexington starter Mike Geanellis (Williamstown/UMass-Amherst) pitched five innings, gave up seven hits, but unfortunately, four of them came in the fifth, and he took the loss. He gave up 2 unearned runs, walked none and struck out four in his first playoff appearance for the Blue Sox.

The Sox had at least one runner on in every inning and stranded runners on first and second in the second, third, fourth, and fifth innings for 10 runners left on base in the game. The Sox were walked six times, they received seven walks on Friday, and have 15 walks in the three games, but only one of them has scored.

Lew Jensen picked up the win in his five innings of work as the Alibrandis starter. He gave up four hits, a run, walked six and struck out four. Chris Costa pitched the final two innings for the save and had four strikeouts.

The Lexington hurlers, Geanellis and Borja Jones-Berasulce (Newton/Guilford), each went to three balls on a batter once and the only walk was an intentional walk to Dziuba in the seventh. Since there are no pitches thrown during an intentional walk, the Sox pitchers never threw a ball four in the game.

In the first three games of the series the visiting team has won each game. Game four is tonight at Malden Catholic’s Maplewood Field with first pitch scheduled for 8:00pm. If the Blue Sox win game five will be Tuesday night in Lexington with an 8:00 pm start time.

All of the Blue Sox games are viewable atwww.Pointstreak.comthrough the live scoring software used by Lexington.

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