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DATE - 08/19/2018

Lexington wins 6-1 to take 2-0 lead in finals

By Bruce Hack

Lexington Blue Sox

Media Relations Director

Melrose – Blue Sox starter Mike Geanellis (Williamstown/UMass-Amherst) pitched a complete-game three hitter against Watertown on Friday night to give Lexington a 2-0 lead in the best of five finals.

Game three will take place Sunday night at Morelli with an 8:00 pm start.

Geanellis, 1-1, in his first year with the Sox, had a no hitter through three innings. Ben Johnston reached on an infield single, his fourth hit of the finals, to start the fourth inning and snap the no hit bid. Geanellis set down the next three Reds and faced two batters over the limit through four.

As their starter was shutting down the Reds, the Blue Sox offense was giving him run support. For the second straight game, the Sox scored in the first inning. Dom Zaher (Chelmsford/Fisher) and Jeff Vigurs (Alston/Bryant) walked on a combined nine pitches. The second wild pitch of the inning by Reds starter Nate Beck put runners on second and third. Taylor Ferguson (Holden/Rollins) grounded out to second to drive in Zaher for a 1-0 lead. Richie Burgos (Ponce, PR/Mt. Vernon Nazarene) received the third walk of the inning putting Sox runners on the corners. Dorian Rojas (Boston/Cumberland) followed with a sacrifice fly to center that scored Vigurs and it was 2-0.

Lexington added two more runs in the third on three hits. Zaher led off with his second of three walks on the night. Vigurs bunted and third baseman Dan Chaisson came in to field the bunt, but could not handle it. Zaher headed for an uncovered third, but Chaisson recovered and threw to shortstop Will Brennan who outraced Zaher to third and made the catch and tag for the out. Ferguson singled through the left side and Vigurs took third. Burgos delivered a line drive single to center to drive in Vigurs. Rojas had his second productive at bat bringing in Ferguson with an infield out to give the Sox a 4-0 lead.

Jake Miller led off the fifth with the Reds second hit a single up the middle. Sean Callahan followed with a double to right and Watertown had runners on second and third with no outs. Faced with a threat for the first time, Geanellis got Justin Forman to hit a foul pop up that Rojas caught off first. He then got Steve Tramontozzi on an infield out, but Miller scored the lone Reds out. Geanellis ended the threat by inducing leadoff hitter Kyle LaVigne into a ground out. He finished off Watertown with 1-2-3 innings in the sixth and seventh and retired the last nine Reds batters he faced.

The Sox added single runs in the fourth and sixth innings. In the fourth, Ross Curley (Lexington/Bentley) reached on an error to start the inning. He moved to second on a walk to Thomas Russo (Weston/Holy Cross) and both runners moved up on Beck’s third wild pitch of the game. Curley scored on a sacrifice fly by Zaher, who had no official at bats on the night as he walked three times along with the sac fly.

In the sixth, Curley and Zaher each walked, Zaher’s coming with two outs. Vigurs singled, his second hit of the night and fifth of the finals, to drive in Curley.

Blue Notes – In the last 11 games in the finals at Morelli the Sox are hitting .345 with 77 runs and 10 home runs. The six runs and seven walks tied the Sox playoff high for this season. Watertown came into the finals hitting. 388 in six game, but have been held to a .173 average in the finals. The Sox have scored in seven of a possible 14 innings in the first two games. The Reds have only scored in three of a possible 14 innings, this after scoring in 18 out of 39 innings in the first six games.

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