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DATE - 08/16/2019

Lexington wins game one of semis, 1-0

By Bruce Hack

Lexington Director of Media Relations

Lexington – Lexington scored the only run of the game in the fifth and held on for a 1-0 win over the Andre Chiefs Wednesday night. The Blue Sox take a 1-0 lead in the best of three semifinal series.

Mitch Schroeder (Johns Hopkins) started the rally with a one-out opposite field single to right. Morgan Brown (Harvard) followed with an infield single putting runners at first and second. Dom Zaher (Fisher) grounded out to second to move the runners up. Aaron Barbosa beat out a ground ball in the hole at shortstop and Schroeder crossed home with what would be the sole run of the game.

The game was a classic pitcher’s duel as starting pitchers Mike Geannelis (UMass) for the Sox and Tim Dunphy for the Chiefs matched zeroes.

Geannelis retired the last 12 batters he faced and the first five. His only rough spot was in the second when the Chiefs loaded the bases after two outs on two singles and a hit batter. He induced an infield popup from Mike Burgoyne to end the threat. In his six innings of work, Geannelis threw 66 pitches, 49 for strikes. He also threw a first-pitch strike to 20 of the 22 batters he faced.

Dunphy was also efficient facing two batters over the minimum through four innings. He retired nine of ten batters before the fifth inning rally by the Sox.

The Chiefs rallied in the seventh against Lexington closer Manny Delcarmen (Boston Red Sox). Kyle Dembrowski and Andrew Caulfield each reached on infield singles to put runners on first and second with no outs. Both runners moved up when an attempted pickoff of pinch-runner Evan Reynolds (Dembrowski) failed. Delcarmen then struck out the next three Chiefs on 10 pitches to close out the game.

Geannelis and Delcarmen combined on the shutout, the second straight playoff shutout for the Blue Sox. The Sox blanked Watertown in the last game of the 2018 season with Delcarmen on the mound in the seventh of that game. Lexington now has a streak of 16 consecutive shutout innings in postseason play.

The teams play game two of the series Thursday night at Pine Banks Park in Malden. Game time is scheduled for 7:45.

Wednesday night’s game will not be the first time the two teams have met at Pine Banks Park in the playoffs. In 2011 finals Lexington had a 2-0 lead after the first two games were in Lexington. The Chiefs pulled off consecutive walk-off wins to tie the series at 2-2. In the double elimination round of the 2014 playoffs Lexington defeated the Chiefs 6-1.

Blue Notes: This was the 35th post season meeting between the two teams since 2006… Lexington leads the series 24-11 and is 6-2 in series … the teams last meet in the semifinals in 2008 with Lexington winning the series 2-0 … the teams have met six times in the finals in 2009, and 2011-15 … with Lexington winning five titles … this was the second 1-0 playoff game between the Chiefs and Blue Sox … the Chiefs won the first game on 8/23/13 in game four of the finals.

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