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DATE - 08/19/2018

Alibrandis wins game one of semis, 5-2

By Bruce Hack

Lexington Blue Sox

Media Relations Director

Lexington – The Alibrandis Baseball Club accomplished something that Lexington fans had not seen in two years – beat the Blue Sox in a playoff game. The Sox last loss in postseason play was on August 14, 2016, 731 days ago, when Watertown defeated them 4-1 in the first game of the semifinals. Lexington went on to win six straight and take the 2016 championship.

The game was looking like it would be a pitchers’ duel as both starters had two 1-2-3 innings in the first three innings of the game.

Alibrandis starter, Anthony Delprete, was perfect in the first, third and fourth innings, but allowed two singles in the second. Delprete stranded the Blue Sox runners as he struck out the next two batters to end the threat.

Alsis Herrera (Santo Domingo, DR/Unv. Science & Arts, OK) retired the first seven batters he faced before Jamill Moquette had a 13-pitch at bat that resulted in a single, snapping the perfect game. Herrera retired the next two batters, facing one batter over the limit through three innings.

The Alibrandis broke through in the fourth as Mike Maguire (single); Teddy Dzuiba (sacrifice, error) and David Lightbody (single) loaded the bases with no outs. Bobby Barrett, who had a grand slam in game two against Reading that gave Alibrandis a 5-2 win, this time only managed a single that scored Maguire for a 1-0 lead. Herrera then settled down, struck out Gordie Gronkowski and Matt Henriksen for the first two outs, and retired Moquette on a pop up to second baseman Thomas Russo (Weston/Holy Cross) to end the threat.

In the fifth, the Alibrandis broke the open scoring three runs and knocking Herrera out of the game. Teddy Dziuba’s two-run double drove in the first two runs of the inning. Dzuiba later scored on a wild pitch and the visitors were up 4-0.

Thanks to Dzuiba’s fielder’s choice, for his third RBI of the night, the Alibrandis took a 5-0 lead in the top of the seventh.

Lexington did not go quietly as it mounted a rally in the bottom of the seventh, but came up short.

Dan Graham (Lowell/Central Connecticut) started the rally with a double to left. After an out, Jeff Vigurs (Allston/Bryant) reached on a two-base error, but Graham could only get to third as he held up to see if the ball would be caught. Dom Zaher (Dracut/Fisher) in his first at bat of the night, lined a single to center that scored Graham and put runners on the corners with one out. A sacrifice fly by Ross Curley (Lexington/Bentley) brought home Vigurs and it was 5-2. That was all the Sox would get as relief pitcher Lamarre Rey retired Taylor Ferguson (Holden/Rollins) on a ground ball.

Rey entered the game in the fourth and the Sox loaded the bases against him on a walk, single and error with two outs. Alibrandis first baseman Gronkowski made the defensive play of the game. Curley hit one down the first base line headed for right field when Gronkowski dove to his left and caught the ball as it bounced over him and then got up and beat Curley to the bag, thus ending the Sox threat.

Blue Notes – Lexington has won six of its nine playoff series in which it lost the first game. The last time this happened was in 2016 when Somerville won game one of the first round and Watertown won game one of the semifinal round. The Sox came back and won each series without losing another game.

The Sox are 5-3 in game two of a series after losing the first game, with three of the wins being shutouts. Both game two wins in 2016 were shutouts with Drew Leenhouts starting on the hill.

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

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