Chiefs Take Series Lead with Friday Night Win

CleggBilly Mottram’s two out opposite field single down the left field line scored Paul Yanakopulos, who had tripled in the bottom of the eighth inning, to give the Chiefs a 2-1 extra inning walkoff win in Game Three of Intercity League’s best of five championship series on Friday night at Morelli Field.

With the win, the Chiefs take a 2-1 series lead over the Lexington Blue Sox with Game Four scheduled for Sunday at 7:30 PM at Morelli Field.

The Chiefs got the opportunity for the win thanks to the lights out pitching of Mitchell Clegg (pictured at right). The big lefty scattered just three hits and was virtually untouchable after Lexington got an unearned run in the top of the first inning. The Washington Nationals product retired the last eleven batters of the game in a row.

The Chiefs got off to an ominous start when Mike Barbati bobbled Jeff Vigurs grounder on the first pitch of the game for an error. Clegg struck out Ross Curley before walking his only batter of the game when he issued a free pass to Steve Gath on four pitches. The Blue Sox took advantage and a quick 1-0 lead when Dave Ahern doubled to right, scoring Vigurs and sending Gath to third. With runners at second and third and one out, the Chiefs escaped pretty cheaply when the Blue Sox ran themselves out of the inning. With the Chiefs infield playing halfway, Dan Graham was thrown out at first on a bouncer to Juan Portes at shortstop. After the putout, Ahern got hung up in a rundown between second and third before being tagged out by Portes to end the inning.

Mottram (pictured below) singled off Blue Sox starter Drew Brzozowski with one out in the bottom of the first before getting both Portes and Johnny Welch to fly out to send the game to the second.

Justin Silvestro led off the Lexington second with a single to left and Tommy Haugh moved him into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Clegg left Silvestro at second when he struck out Mike Hart and then retired Tommy McKenna on groundout to Barbati.

Brzozowki enjoyed a rocking chair six pitch 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the second.

The Blue Sox got their final runner of the night into scoring position in their half of the third. Vigurs reached on a tough chance error by Portes in the shortstop hole and Curley bunted him to second. Clegg kept it a one run deficit when he got Gath on a grounder to Welch at third and then put down the side when Ahern flew to Mike Gedman in right.

Brzozowski cruised through the bottom of the third with a strikeout and two grounders and Clegg returned the favor when he got the Lexington side in order in the top of the fourth.

The Chiefs broke into the scoring column and got the equalizer when Portes hit a one out solo homer to left-center, knotting the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth.

Hart recorded Lexington’s last hit of the night when he led off the top of the fifth with a single up the middle. Lexington played small ball again when McKenna dropped a bunt that Clegg fielded but threw late to second, setting them up with two men on and nobody out. Clegg then recorded a big out when he struck out Vigurs on three pitches. The Chiefs got out of the scrape when they turned a Barbati to Portes to Copa doubleplay, off the bat of Curley, to end the inning.

MottramCopa led off the bottom of the fifth and legged out a slow infield roller to the left side. The first baseman went down in a heap after crossing the bag and had to be helped off the field with an apparent quad injury. Mike Burgoyne came on to pinch run and he was promptly sacrificed to second on a text book bunt by Mike Andre. Brzozowski then got Barbati to pop to Haugh for the second out of the inning. Yanakopulos followed and drilled a single to left. McKenna put a charge on the ball and came up throwing and fired a perfect strike to Vigurs who applied the tag on Burgoyne to end the inning and keep it a 1-1 game.

Clegg meanwhile was assuming command on the mound. He retired Gath on a grounder to Portes, struck out Ahern, and then got Graham to foul out to Welch, in an eleven pitch top of the sixth.

Brzozowski was equally as tough in the bottom of the inning when he retired Tony Serino and Mottram on grounders, walked Portes, before Welch lined out to second.

In the top of the seventh, Clegg caught Silvestro looking at strike three, got Haugh to line out to Barbati, and then struck out Hart swinging.

The Chiefs went quietly in the bottom of the seventh. Gedman grounded to Gath and Burgoyne and Andre both flew out to send the game to extra innings.

Clegg set the Sox down in order for the third straight time in the top of the eighth on a grounder and a couple of popups that set the stage for the bottom half of the inning’s dramatics.

Barbati led off the bottom of the eighth and lined to Ahern in right for the first out. Yanakopulos followed and delivered one of the biggest hits of his Chiefs’ career when he sent a line triple to the wall in straightaway center. Serino was next, and after going to a 3-0 count, Brzozowski came up money and struck out the leadoff hitter with a high fastball for the second out. Mottram then stepped to the plate with the series lead on the line and supplied the game winner. The lefty lofted a 3-1 pitch just inside the leftfield foul line and barely out of the reach of McKenna to send the Chiefs pouring out of the dugout as Yanakopulos came across the plate with the winning run.

Clegg, who struck out seven, evened his postseason record at 1-1 and improved his overall season mark to 4-1. The southpaw threw 102 pitches of which 67 went for strikes. In addition to retiring the last 11 batters in a row, he set down 19 of final 20 Blue Sox he faced.

Brzozowski also was impressive. The former Brandeis standout, who entered the game with a 9-1 ICL postseason record dating back to 2009, allowed just six hits and struck out four in 7.2 innings.

Mottram, a Haverhill, MA product, was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2007 out of Dowling College.

(Bruce Tillman, Bruce Hack-Stats & Boxscores-www.Pointsteak.com, Jim Valente-Photos)

Peter McGaffigan, 85

Peter W. McGaffigan, Jr. passed away peacefully at his Andover home after a long illness. He was 85.

Peter McGaffiganRaised in Medford, he was the son of the late Peter and Celia (Judge) McGaffigan. After graduating from high school, Peter enlisted in the Marine Corps and served during the Korean War attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. Upon his discharge, Peter returned to Medford and was appointed to the Medford Police Department. He served on the department for 38 years. Peter was active in the community and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Irish American Club, American Legion, VFW and the Norman Prince Drum and Bugle Corps. Devoted to his family and always wishing to provide the best he could, Peter worked many part-time jobs throughout his life to make life better for his loving wife and children.

The beloved husband of Carol (Byrnes) McGaffigan, he was a devoted father to: Peter McGaffigan and his wife Ruth of Woburn, Susan Monaco of Andover and her late husband Ronald, Richard McGaffigan and his wife Beth Ann of Tewksbury, Patricia Coccoluto and her husband John of Wilmington, Kevin McGaffigan and his wife Kathleen of Medford, Paul McGaffigan and his wife Donna of Wilmington, Maj. Michael McGaffigan and his wife Roxanne of Hampstead, NH. Peter was a loving grandfather to 14 grandchildren and a dear brother to Rosemary Moran of Woburn and the late Elizabeth and John McGaffigan.

Relatives and friends may visit at the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St. Medford, Monday from 4 thru 8 PM and again on Tuesday August 26 at 10:30 AM followed by a funeral mass celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church, 600 Pleasant Street, Malden at 11:30 AM. Services will conclude with burial at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Peter’s name to iPods for Wounded Veterans, 4 Heather Drive, Wilmington, MA 01887.

- Submitted by Dello Russo Funeral Home

Big Papi Visits Medford Resident in Hospital

On Friday beloved Red Sox player David Ortiz took time to visit Medford resident Eric Ferrazzani, who is recovering from a spinal cord injury he suffered while on a senior trip abroad.

A fundraiser for Eric is taking place Friday night at the Medford Elks.

Eric and Papi

Eric and Papi

Photos courtesy Jose Flores

Chiefs Tie Playoff Series 1-1 With Lexington

Peter CopaJustin Silvestro’s bases loaded infield single, with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, proved to be the difference when the Lexington Blue Sox edged the Chiefs 3-2 in the second game of their best of five Intercity League championship series.

The series is now tied at one game each with the pivotal third game scheduled for Morelli Field on Friday night at 8:00 PM. Game Four will be played at Morelli on Sunday night at 7:30 PM. If a Game Five is needed, it will be contested on Tuesday night at 8:00 PM.

The game featured a fine pitching matchup between two seasoned ICL veterans, Mike DiCato of the Chiefs and Matt Karis of the Blue Sox.

Karis set the Chiefs down in order in the top of the first inning. The Blue Sox used doubles from leadoff man Jeff Vigurs and cleanup hitter Dave Ahern to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the inning.

The Chiefs came right back to tie things up at 1-1 in the top of the second, without the benefit of a hit, but could have come away with much more. Karis hit Johnny Welch with the first pitch of the inning and Mike Gedman reached on an error by shortstop Steve Gath. Peter Copa (pictured) then drew a walk to load the bases with nobody out. Mike Andre was next and he hit a sharp grounder down the first base line that was knocked down by a diving Tommy Haugh. Welch scored on the play and Andre got an RBI, but was thrown out at first with Karis covering the bag. Karis then came up huge, with two runners in scoring position, when he struck out Mike Barbati and Paul Yanakopulos in succession to keep it a tie game.

DiCato struck out Mike Hart and Ross Curley in a 1-2-3 bottom of the second. Karis matched that plus in the top of the third, when he struck out the Chiefs’ side (Tony Serino, Juan Portes & Welch) with a walk to Billy Mottram mixed in.

It was solo home run derby in the fourth inning. Copa gave the Chiefs a 2-1 when he sent a Karis pitch off the light pole in left. Ahern went the same route in the bottom of the inning with a shot to left-center that tied the game back up at 2-2.

Karis set down the top of the Chiefs order again in the top of the fifth (Serino & Mottram groundouts and Portes strikeout).

The Blue Sox got a leadoff single from Haugh leading off the bottom of the fifth. Will Marcal attempted to bunt him to second but a charging Welch made a fine play and gunned out Haugh at second for the first out. Hart was next and he bounced into a 6-4-3 doubleplay.

The Chiefs had a bigtime chance to take the lead in the top of the sixth but came up empty. Welch and Gedman led off the inning with consecutive singles. With Copa at the plate, Welch went to third on a wild pitch to put runners on the corners with no outs. Copa then hit a fly to medium depth centerfield that was caught by Hart who then threw a perfect strike to the plate to get the tagging Welch on a close play. With Gedman still at first, Karis got Andre to groundout to end the inning.

The Blue Sox got the game winner without getting the ball out of the infield in the bottom of the sixth. DiCato started the inning strong when he got Vigurs to groundout and then struck out Curley. Trouble began to brew when DiCato walked Gath on a 3-1 pitch and then hit Ahern with a 1-0 pitch. With the left-handing hitting Graham at the plate and the go ahead run in scoring position, Gedman came on in relief but walked him to load the bases. Another lefty was next in Silvestro and he hit a hard grounder up the middle that Barbati made an extraordinary diving stop on. The second baseman just couldn’t recover in time to get the force at second as Gath came across the plate to make it 3-2. With the bases still loaded, Gedman got Haugh on a groundout to Barbati to keep it a one run contest heading into the seventh.

Barbati grounded out to Gath at shortstop for the first out of the seventh. The Chiefs then caught a brief break when Yanakopulos reached on Gath’s throwing error. The veteran shortstop quickly made amends and gloved a Serino grounder up the middle and turned it into 6-unassisted-3 doubleplay to end the game.

DiCato worked 5.2 innings, allowed four hits, walked one and hit a batter.

Karis went the distance giving up just four hits as well while striking out eight and walking a couple.

The # 1 seeded Chiefs will be home team in Friday’s Game Three at Morelli.

(Bruce Tillman- www.andrechiefs.com , Bruce Hack-stats& boxscore (Pointstreak.com), Jim Valente-photo)

Tufts Study: Kids’ Lunches, Snacks from Home Could be More Healthy

A recent study by Tufts nutritionists of the food brought from home by over 600 Massachusetts students found room for improvement. Read more in the following news release from Tufts:

Open a child’s lunch box and you’re likely to find that the lunches and snacks inside fall short of federal guidelines. Those are the findings of a study conducted by researchers at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. The findings are published online ahead of print in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Led by senior author Jeanne Goldberg, Ph.D., R.D., a professor at the Friedman School, the study is among the first to examine what children bring to school for lunch and snack. The researchers used digital photography to document the lunches and snacks of more than 600 Massachusetts third and fourth graders in 12 schools in six public school districts. Goldberg and colleagues compared students’ lunch and snack items to federal National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and Child and Adult Food Care Program (CAFCP) standards, respectively. They found that only 27% of the lunches met at least three of the five NSLP standards, and only 4% of snacks met at least two of the four CAFCP standards, both of which emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low- or non-fat dairy.

The findings highlight the challenges associated with packing healthful items to send to school. “When deciding what to pack, parents are juggling time, cost, convenience, and what is acceptable to their children. Unfortunately, these factors are not always in harmony with good nutrition,” Goldberg said.

“Lunches were comprised more of packaged foods than anything else,” Goldberg said. “Almost a quarter of the lunches lacked what would be considered an entrée, such as a sandwich or leftovers, and were instead made up of a variety of packaged snack foods and desserts.”

“The few existing studies on packed lunches report that children who bring their lunch tend to consume fewer fruits and vegetables, less fiber and more total calories than those who participate in the National School Lunch Program,” Goldberg said. “Given that over 40% of U.S. schoolchildren bring their lunches to school on a given day, it’s important to consider how nutrition experts and policymakers could help parents meet the challenges of cost, convenience, and child preference and add nutrition to the equation.”

The researchers also found considerable room for improvement in school snacks. Goldberg and colleagues found that a typical snack consisted of one or more sugar-sweetened beverages paired with a packaged snack food or dessert. “Few studies have evaluated snacks from home and our data suggest that classroom-based snacking presents another opportunity for kids to eat and drink high calorie and nutrient-poor foods and beverages,” said corresponding author Kristie Hubbard, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., a research associate at the Friedman School.

“Although water was slightly more common than sugar-sweetened beverages at lunchtime, we saw many children with two or three sugary drinks in their lunchboxes,” said Hubbard. “Replacing sugary drinks with water – the drink recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics – keeps children hydrated without adding extra sugar to their diet.”

The current study evaluated one day’s worth of lunches and snacks in 12 schools. Goldberg and colleagues acknowledge the need for larger studies of more diverse groups of students over an extended period of time.

This study points to the need to help parents find ways to build nutrition into the packed-lunch routine. The researchers acknowledge that this is a challenge that will require creative approaches to packing lunch boxes with affordable, easy-to-prepare, and healthy options while at the same time creating a demand for these options among children.

This research was conducted as part of the GREEN (Growing Right: Eco-Friendly Eating and Nutrition) Project Lunch Box study, which aims to improve the nutritional quality of foods brought from home to school through the creation of a communications campaign that also emphasizes foods that generate minimal trash and waste. The current study is supported by grant R01HD065888 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIHCHD) and by the Boston Obesity Research Center.

Co-authors of the paper are Aviva Must, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine and dean of the public health and professional degree programs, both at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM); Misha Eliasziw, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at TUSM and Sara C. Folta, Ph.D., assistant professor at the Friedman School.

Chiefs Win Playoff Series Opener

Jared FreniJared Freni (pictured, right) spun a six-hitter to lead the Chiefs to a 6-0 win over the Lexington Blue Sox in Game One of the Intercity League’s best of five championship series.

The big right-hander was solid from start to finish, striking out eleven batters.

The game remained scoreless, although both teams had their chances, over the first two and one-half innings.

The Blue Sox got two men aboard in the top of the first inning on a leadoff single by Jeff Vigurs and a two out single from Dave Ahearn. Freni struck out Dan Graham looking to end the inning.

Lefty starter Jimmy Hill set the Chiefs down in order in the bottom of the first inning.

It was three up and three down for the Blue Sox in the top of the second and Hill kept the Chiefs off the board in their half of the frame.

The Blue Sox threatened and loaded the bases in the top of the third inning after two were out. Ross Curley drew a walk on a 3-1 pitch. Steve Gath followed and singled deep into the shortstop hole. Freni then walked Ahearn on a count full to load the bases before striking out Graham to keep the scoreboard showing blanks.

The Chiefs broke through and took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Mike Barbati led off and reached on error by Hill when he missed first base covering on a grounder to Tommy Haugh. After a couple of missed sacrifice bunt attempts, Hill struck out Mike Burgoyne for the inning’s first out. Tony Serino was next and he legged out an infield single to the right side. Hill stayed tough and chalked up his second strikeout of the inning when he got Paul Yanakopulos swinging. The Chiefs got what proved to be the game winner when Juan Portes singled to center, scoring Barbati. Cleanup hitter Johnny Welch gave the Chiefs a 2-0 lead when he lined a double down the leftfield line that scored Serino and sent Portes to third. Hill got a big out when he struck out Gedman looking at a pitch on the outside corner that ended the inning.

Both teams got a runner to second base in the fourth inning. In the top half, the Blue Sox got a leadoff single from Justin Silvestro and he was sacrificed to second by Will Marcal. Freni kept the shutout intact by getting Haugh to ground to Barbati at second and then striking out Tommy McKenna on a 2-2 breaking ball. Similar scenario for the Chiefs in the bottom of the inning. Peter Copa drew a walk and Mike Andre moved him up a base with a bunt. Copa was stranded at second when Hill struck out Barbati and then retired Burgoyne on a hard liner to Ahearn in right.

The Blue Sox got Curley to second base in the fifth after he singled sharply to left with one out and then advanced into scoring position on a passed ball. Burgoyne then made the co-defensive play of the night and the inning when he went a long way to track down a Gath fly ball down the leftfield line for the second out of the inning. Ahearn was next and Copa turned in the second defensive gem of the inning when he made a big pickup of low Welch throw to retire the side.

The Chiefs threatened to add to their lead in the bottom of fifth. After Serino grounded out to Gath, Yanakopulos singled to left-center. Portes was next up he was called out on strikes for the second out. When the Chiefs’ shortstop he protested the call, he was ejected by home plate umpire Rick Cacciatore. It stayed a two run game when Hill got Gedman to fly to Marcal in left.

After issuing leadoff walk to Graham in the sixth, Freni bore down and struck out Silvestro, Marcal and Haugh, in order, to end the inning.

The Chiefs came up with four two out runs to give Freni some more breathing room in the home half of the inning. After Hill retired Copa and Andre, Barbati kept the inning alive with a single to right. Burgoyne followed and lined a single to center with Barbati moving to second. Serino then drew a full count walk, on a close pitch, to load the bases for Yanakopulos. The Chiefs’ catcher delivered when he singled to center, scoring both Barbati and Burgoyne, for a 4-0 lead. On the throw home to try and get Burgoyne, Yanakopulos went to second. That was the evening for Hill as righty Chris Law came out of the Lexington bullpen. Nate Witkowski, who took over at shortstop after Portes’ ejection, then hit a grounder over the third base bag then was gloved by Curley. Curley came up with the ball but skipped the throw low to Haugh at first with both Serino and Yanakopulos coming across the plate to make it 6-0. The play was scored as an infield single and an RBI for Witkowski and a throwing error. Law then struck out Welch to end the inning and send the game to the top of the seventh.

Freni caught McKenna looking at strike three for the first out before Vigurs lined an opposite field single to left. Curley legged out the backend of a doubleplay ball to Witkowski at short that forced Vigurs at second, to keep the game alive. Gath then drew a full count walk before Ahearn flew out to Serino in center to put the series opener in the win column.

With the win, Freni’s overall 2014 record jumps to 10-2, including 2-0 in the postseason.

Hill took loss for the Blue Sox and saw his season mark drop to 5-2, 0-1 in the playoffs.

Game Two is scheduled for Thursday night at Morelli Field at 8:00 PM.

(Bruce Tillman, Bruce Hack-Stats & Boxcore, www.Pointsreak.com, Photo by Jim Valente)

Benefit for MHS Student Injured Abroad Friday

Eric Almighty benefitA benefit is planned to help a Medford resident who was recently injured while on a senior trip abroad.

The “Eric Almighty Benefit” on Friday, August 22 will help cover the medical expenses of Eric Ferrazzani, a 2014 Medford High School graduate. The event is taking place from 7-11PM at the Medford Elks, located at 19 Washington Street. The 21+ event will include a DJ, silent and live auction, raffles, and a cash bar.

Tickets are $20 each. A table for ten can be reserved for $200. 100% of the event’s proceeds will go directly to the Eric Ferrazzani Benefit Fund.

For more information contact: Jackie Covino – 781-391-5860, pjpckmcov@hotmail.com; Marie Giannino, 781-799-4068, iluvmaddi@aol.com; or Tina Dell’Anno, 617-851-9409, Tina.dellanno@yahoo.com.

According to an online fund established to support Ferrazzani, nearly $30,000 has been raised from over 300 people in the last month.

- InsideMedford.com

Chiefs Advance to Intercity League Championships

Story Updated 10:16AM, August 20, 2014

- Bruce Tillman, special to InsideMedford.com

The Andre Chiefs will be returning to the Intercity League’s Championship Series for the fourth consecutive season and the for the fifth time in the last six years.

Mike AndreLefty Tim Dunphy assured the franchise would make yet another trip to the late summer classic with a nifty four-hitter that lifted the Chiefs to 6-2 win over the Reading Bulldogs on Monday.

A familiar dance partner will await the Chiefs on Wednesday in the best of five series in the presence of the Lexington Blue Sox. For Lexington, it will be their seventh straight trip to the finals. All of the games will be played at Morelli Field in Melrose.

The Chiefs’ franchise will be seeking their 19th championship, having won 13 as the Hosmer Chiefs from 1960-1984, and five as the Andre Chiefs from 1990-present. The last crown came in 2012 when they defeated the Blue Sox in five games.

Some fairly sloppy defense was the early theme of the Reading game.

The sloppiness began in the top of the first inning. Colby Maiola led the game off with a bouncer up the middle for a single. Ryan Wolfsberg followed and hit a hard grounder at Mike Barbati that had doubleplay written all over it after the second baseman made nice pickup of a short hop. But his throw to second base was low and skipped into leftfield with Maiola able to go to third. With runners on the corners and nobody out, the Chiefs came out of it unscathed when Dunphy got Kyle Devin to pop up, Harrison Smoske on a called third strike, and Mike Taylor to ground to Juan Portes at short.

Reading starter Sean Boyle struck out both Tony Serino and Billy Mottram to open the bottom of the first. Juan Portes followed and found himself standing on second base after right-fielder Aaron Santos misplayed his long fly ball to the rightfield fence. After the count went to 2-0 on Johnny Welch (pictured, left) the Bulldogs chose to intentionally walk him. Portes and Welch then moved up to second and third on a wild pitch before Mike Gedman legged out an infield single, scoring Portes, to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead. Gedman stole second uncontested before Boyle got Copa on a grounder to end the inning.

Dunphy retired the Reading side in order in the top of the second.

Boyle hit Mike Andre (pictured above) with a pitch to open the Chiefs’ second but rebounded when he got Barbati to pop up and Paul Yanakopulos to bounce into a doubleplay.

Johnny WelchReading took advantage of some poor Chiefs’ defense to tie things up in the top of the third and should have taken the lead but ran themselves out of the inning. Bill Cataldo got things underway when he reached on an error by Welch at third. Maiola then dropped a sacrifice bunt down the first base line which Dunphy fielded and then threw the ball low and into rightfield, sending Cataldo to third. Wolfsberg was next up and he grounded out to Portes at short with Cataldo scoring on the play. Maiola then tried to advance to third and was gunned out by Copa for an unusual 6-3-5 doubleplay. Dunphy then struck out Taylor to end the inning.

The Chiefs used four hits, combined with another error, to score four times and take a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the third. Serino reached on an infield single and Mottram promptly plated him with a triple to right to make it 2-1. Portes gave the Chiefs a 3-1 lead when he drilled Boyle’s first pitch to center for an RBI single that scored Mottram. Welch followed with a single to left and Gedman moved both runners up with a two strike sacrifice bunt. That bunt paid dividends when Copa hit a sacrifice fly to shallow center to that scored Portes. Devin fielded the throw at the plate and then tried to get Welch, who was going to third, but threw the ball wildly into leftfield, allowing Welch to score and increase the lead to 5-1.

The margin went to 6-1 in the bottom of the fifth when Welch doubled to right-center and scored on Copa’s long single to left. Copa was thrown out on a close play at second trying to extend it to a double.

After an uneventful sixth, the Bulldogs scored a run in the top of the seventh on a Burton Deady double and a couple of infield grounders. Dunphy ended the night when he got Maiola on a grounder to Barbati.

For Dunphy, it was his 30th win in a Chiefs’ uniform. He struck out six and didn’t issue a walk. The former pro and Brandeis standout raised his overall record to 9-1 this season

Chiefs Chatter….The Chiefs’ roster features five Medford players. Johnny Welch, Mike Andre, Mike Burgoyne, Matt Boleski and Paul Yanakopulos. Welch, who spent seven seasons as a professional, returned to Medford this year and led the ICL with eight homers and 32 RBI. Andre, a former Merrimack College standout and nine year ICL veteran, is hitting .346 with 21 RBI…..Fans can follow the series at www.andrechiefs.com and www.intercityleaguebaseball.com.

Intercity League Championship Series

#2 Lexington Blue Sox (24-6-2) vs. #1 Andre Chiefs (25-8-0)
(Best of Five)

All Games at Morelli Field, Melrose MA
Game 1: WEDNESDAY, 8:00 PM
Game 2: THURSDAY, 8:00 PM
Game 3: FRIDAY, 8:00 PM
Game 4: SUNDAY, TBA (if nec)
Game 5: TUESDAY, 8:00 PM (if nec)

(Stats from Bruce Hack, photos Jim Valente)

State Rep Candidate DiBenedetto Receives Endorsement

Erin DiBenedetto, Medford School Committee member and candidate for State Representative announced today the endorsement of the Somerville Labor Coalition – a group representing over six-hundred employees in the City of Somerville.

“Erin is a no nonsense Democrat that will work hard to support all workers’ rights. She recognizes that it is the unions that are working hard to preserve the middle class. She understands that meaningful collective bargaining should be a fundamental right for all workers. She shares the value that people who keep our cities safe, clean and in good order should be treated with respect,” said the Somerville Labor Coalition in a release.

“Erin DiBenedetto embodies the spirit of a true advocate of the working class. It is no surprise Her tireless community involvement and experience make her a great choice to send to Beacon Hill.” they continued.

A coalition of local unions in Somerville, the Somerville Labor Coalition is comprised of hundreds of hard working union members representing Somerville firefighters, municipal employees, school custodians, police patrolmen, 911 operators, crossing guards and police superior officers.

“I am proud and humbled to be endorsed by such a great organization like the Somerville Labor Collation,” said DiBenedetto. “I am in this race to represent the hard working people of Somerville and Medford and the SLC is a tireless advocate for their members. I look forward to working with them to protect working families in our community and across the Commonwealth.”

DiBenedetto is a current member of the Medford School Committee and a Democratic candidate for State Representative for the 34th Middlesex District. A former resident of Somerville and graduate of Saint Clement High School, DiBenedetto currently lives in Medford with her husband and children.

- Submitted by the Committee To Elect Erin DiBenedetto

City Seeking Volunteers to Carry Flags on Community Day

National Flag Exhibit Coming to Medford; First Time Since 2000!

Mayor Michael J. McGlynn is calling upon all Medford’s citizens to volunteer to carry one of ten flags from the National Flag Exhibit during Community Day, being held Sunday, September 21st at the McGlynn & Andrews School campuses, adjacent to Hormel Stadium.

Community Day is a free family event, dedicated to Wally Kountze and the late Ben Averbook, two residents who devoted countless hours of volunteer time to help improve the quality of life in Medford.

The National Flag Exhibit is a collection of historic flags (each 90 feet by 45 feet, nine stories high) led by the famous Mount Rushmore Flag commissioned by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service. It has represented the United States in over 30 countries and was the first American flag to be carried under the English Channel. It was sewn together and dedicated at the Kennedy Library in Boston. It has traveled to the outback in Australia, the beaches in Normandy, France and the Iditarod in Alaska.

“This is only one of our many scheduled events for Community Day. We are trying to break the record of 8 National Flags displayed in Medford Square during the Millennium Celebration in 2000, with over 2500 volunteers,” said Mayor McGlynn.

Flags available to carry and unfurl:

- Mt Rushmore American Flag – which will be raised by a crane

- 48 Star American Flag – also known as the World War II Flag

- 50 Star American Flag

- 50 Star American Flag

- Australian Flag

- Italian Flag

- Irish Flag

- Canadian Flag

- United Kingdom (British) Flag

- United States Navy Flag

Each flag requires 100 volunteers.

If your church, school, civic or social organization wishes to participate, and unfurl a flag, or if you are a veteran and want to choose which flag to unfurl, or you and your neighborhood or friends want to join us, please email Mary Merrill at mmerrill@medford.org, with your name, address, phone and how many people are planning to attend with you. You may also call the Mayor’s Office at (781) 393-2409. For those residents of Medford who do not see the flag of their nation’s birth, please call Linda or Addie at (781) 393-2407 and we will attempt to provide that flag for you, and hope you will participate in the procession with us. The deadline for signing up is Friday, September 5th at noon.

- Submitted by Mayor McGlynn’s office