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DATE - 08/19/2018

Lexington evens series at 1-1 with 6-0 win over Alibrandis

By Bruce Hack

Lexington Blue Sox

Media Relations Director

Malden –The Blue Sox needed a big play, or a big hit. They were looking for a play that would jump start the offense and get the team going. After losing on Friday night and only scoring two runs, the offense was quiet again with no runs and three hits through the first five innings. Finally, in the sixth the offense was ignited and went onto a 6-0 win Friday night at Malden Catholic’s Maplewood Field.

Dan Graham (Lowell/Central Connecticut) started the sixth with a single to left. After a Julian Alvarez (Boston/Lee) single put runners on first and second, Morgan Brown (Alstead, NH/Harvard) had a pinch-hit sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position. Graham got a great read on the ground ball off the bat of Dorian Rojas (Boston/Cumberland) and scored with the only run Lexington would need. Dom Zaher followed with his second straight RBI single (he drove in a run on Friday night) and it was 2-0 Blue Sox.

The Sox offense struck for four runs in the top of the seventh on Brown’s grand slam home run that clanged off the flagpole in left increasing the lead to 6-0.

Starter Drew Leenhouts (Franklin/Northeastern) and relievers Manny Delcarmen (Hyde Park/Boston Red Sox) and Nick Godfroy (Lowell) combined on the five hit shutout. Delcarmen picked up the win, his first in postseason play for the Sox, pitching 1 1/3 innings, giving up two hits and striking out two. Godfroy closed out the game with two strikeouts in the seventh.

For Leenhouts it was his third start in a game two after a first game loss and ended the same way – a Blue Sox win and a shutout. The first innings was his only 1-2-3 inning, but he pitched out jams in every other inning until he left in the fifth. He left bases loaded in the third, getting out of the jam with two strikeouts.

Lexington had three hits through the first five innings and then went 6-for-11 in the sixth and seventh innings to finish with nine hits including a double and home run.

Taylor Ferguson (Holden/Rollins) had two hits, including a double, and scored. Zaher had two singles and now has three straight hits in his first two playoff games for Lexington.

Brown’s home run was his first in Intercity League play in the regular or postseason. In his ninth season in the league, his first eight were with Arlington; his ability to play multiple positions and his experience has had an impact on the Blue Sox.

Game three is Sunday night in Lexington starting at 8:00 pm. Game four will be back at Malden Catholic on Monday, also an 8:00 pm start.

Blue Notes – Since 2006, this was the 16th postseason shutout for Lexington hurlers. In Drew Leenhouts six playoff starts, four of them ended in a shutout. Lexington is 6-1 in game threes when the series is tied 1-1.

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

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