- Bruce Tilman for the Andre Chiefs
The Lexington Blue Sox took Game Five of the Intercity League Championship Series, beating the Chiefs 7-2 at Maplewood Park on Sunday night. With the win, Lexington reclaims the ICL crown that the Chiefs took from them in five games last season.
The Chiefs and Blue Sox have now played 15 championship series games in the last three seasons with the Blue Sox holding a narrow 8-7 edge in the games played.
The Sox took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Dave Ahern hit a solo homer to left off Chiefs’ starter Mike DiCato.
Lexington added four more runs in the fourth against DiCato and reliever Tim Dunphy. Steve Gath walked, Ahern singled, Jeff Vigurs drew another walk. and Josh Klimkiewicz delivered Gath with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. Dunphy replaced DiCato to face a couple of left-handers. Tom Haugh then lined a single to right scoring Ahern and Tom McKenna reached on an infield single scoring Vigurs to increase the lead to 4-0. Ross Curley’s double down the left field line scored Haugh to jump the margin to 5-0.
Klimkiewicz’s two run homer gave the Blue Sox a 7-0 lead in the fifth inning.
The Chiefs scored a single run in the bottom of the fifth on singles from Nick Leva, Tony Serino and Tony Deshler, and a sacrifice fly from Juan Portes.
Nate Witkowski hit a solo home run to centerfield in the bottom of the sixth to account for the 7-2 final.
Drew Brzozowski went the distance to get the win while DiCato took the loss going 3.1 innings.
Both the Chiefs and Blue Sox each had seven hits in the game. The Blue Sox made the most of their opportunities while the Chiefs left six men on base.
The Chiefs conclude the season with the 2013 Intercity League’s regular season pennant and an overall final record of 29-9.