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DATE - 08/19/2019

Lexington wins game one of finals, 5-2

By Bruce Hack
Lexington Media Relations Director

Melrose – Lexington grinded out a 5-2 win over Alibrandis Monday night at Morelli Field to take a 1-0 lead in the best of five finals.

The Blue Sox knocked out 14 hits, 13 of them singles. The Sox had a hit in every inning, including two four-hit innings.

Despite all that offense it was Alibrandis who struck first. In the top of the first, with two outs Teddy Dziuba homered to right, his first of the playoffs, to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Lexington wasted no time and came right back in the bottom half of the first. Aaron Barbosa (Northeastern), Kyle Adie (UMass) and Ross Curley (Bentley) hit three straight singles, with Curley driving in Barbosa to knot the game at 1-1. After a strikeout, Richie Burgos (Mt. Vernon Nazarene) knocked out the fourth single of the frame to load the bases. Ryan Beradino (Bentley) grounded out to second driving in Adie and Lexington took the lead for good at 2-1.

Dom Zaher (Fisher) had a leadoff double to start the second inning. John Puttress (Northeastern) dropped down a sacrifice bunt and Matt Horan came off the mound to field it, but his throw to first was high and sailed into foul territory allowing Zaher to come home and give the Sox a 3-1 lead after two.

A Juan Parra solo home run, also his first, to left in third cut the lead to 3-2, but Alibrandis would not cross home plate again.

Lexington added on two insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
In the sixth Zaher singled to drive in Beradino. In the sixth it was Burgos who singled to drive in Adie with his second run of the game.

Mike Geannelis (UMass) pitched five innings to improve to 2-0 in postseason play. He scattered four hits, walked three and struck out five.

Borja Jones-Berasaluce (Guilford) and Manny Delcarmen (Boston Red Sox) pitched the sixth and seventh innings for the Blue Sox. Jones-Berasaluce got out of runners on first and third with two outs jam by getting a fly out to center by Parra. Delcarmen walked the lead-off batter and then retired the next three on two fly outs and a pop up for his third save of the playoffs.

Zaher and Burgos each had a three hit night. They also each drove in a run and Zaher scored once. Adie, Barbosa, and Curley each had two hits, to give the Blue Sox five players with multiple hits.

Matt Horan, 1-1, pitched a complete game for the Alibrandis. He gave up 14 hits, five runs; four earned, struck out eight, and walked two.

The two teams will meet up for game two of the finals on Tuesday night at Morelli Field in Melrose. Game time is scheduled for 7:45.

Blue Notes: The 14 hits in game one is tied for the fifth most in a Blue Sox playoff game since 2006 … The five players with multiple hits is tied for the second most by the Sox in a playoff game … they had seven players in that 2015 classic four-day finale against the Chiefs … that was a nine inning game, both of the five players have occurred in seven inning games … the Blue Sox and Alibrandis met in the semifinals last year with the Sox winning 3 games to 2 … Sox have won three straight playoff games against Alibrandis.

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

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