By Harry Kane
The Somerville Alibrandis Baseball Club has been unstoppable for the first six games of the season. At 6-0, the Alibrandis are sitting in the catbird seat with a perfect record.
In the second game of the season on May 13, the Alibrandis beat the Boston Dodgers 3-1. Sean Sullivan was the starting pitcher. Sullivan pitched six innings, getting seven strikeouts, giving up only one run, and getting the win.
Chris Foundas pitched a scoreless seventh inning and got the save. Center Fielder Mike Maguire went three for four at bat. Maguire had one stolen base and one double. Right Fielder Sal Mendonca had the base hit that drove in the winning run.
In the third game on May 13 against the Medford Maddogs, the Alibrandis won 5-3. Pitcher Lamarre Rey, 22, made his Alibrandis debut, pitching two innings. Rey had four strikeouts and allowed no hits. Chris Foundas pitched 3 2/3 innings, picking up the win. Brian Tanguy came in and picked his second save of the season. Catcher Mark Annese had a big base hit in the fourth inning to drive in the first of four runs in that inning. Mike Maguire, Justin Crisafulli and Bob Barrett all had one stolen base.
In the fourth game against the Malden Bulldogs, who the Alibrandis played in the championship the past couple seasons, the Alibrandis won 6-3, on May 17. Jon Morse pitched 4 1/3 innings, getting five strikeouts and picking up the win to make him 2-0 on the season. Brian Tanguy pitched a scoreless seventh inning and got his third save on the season. Justin Crisafulli had a 2-run homerun.
“He hit that homerun in the third inning. He’s a veteran presence that never seems to change,” said former Mets minor leaguer Teddy Dziuba. “He instills fear when he steps up to the pate. Having him in the line-up makes the other players better.”
Marc DesRoches went 2 for 2; Bobby Barrett went 2 for 3; one stolen base for Mike Maguire.
In Game 5, East Boston Knights played the Alibrandis on May 20. The final score was 3-0, in favor of the Alibrandis. Lamarre Rey pitched 4 innings getting 5 strikeouts, giving up only one hit. “He’s got a fastball that hits 90 miles an hour,” said Dziuba. “You don’t see guys that have that much power.”
Ryan Tanguy pitched a scoreless seventh and picked up a league leading fourth save of the season. Marc DesRoches hit 2-run homer, Teddy Dzuiba had an RBI and Steve Rodgers hit a double in his Alibrandis debut.
In Game 6, on May 22, the Alibrandis beat the Brighton Braves, 7-3. Chris Foundas pitched four innings, getting six strikeouts, and moving to 2-0 on the season. Mike Maguire had two RBI’s; Mark Addesa and Sal Mendonca both had one RBI. Steve Rodgers made a “Web Gem play to end the game,” said Assistant Manager Cameron Lynch.
Catcher Teddy Dziuba said game 6 was especially good for team morale. “We beat a former Major leaguer Mike Smith,” he said. Smith was a former pitcher on the Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins. “To get a win against him was definitely a highlight,” said Dziuba.
“We’ve got veteran leadership mixed with guys that are young and hungry, and when you put those two together it makes for a really tough time for opposing pitchers,” added Dziuba.
Players Steve Rogers, Mike Cunningham and Lamarre Rey are new blood for 2013. “They are all professional, and they may make our squad very tough to beat,” said Dziuba.
Dzuiba said that some of the new players might be lost to the draft in June. “The good news is that in the event that we do lose those guys, we still have confidence that we can compete for another championship this year. That being said we would hate to lose those guys.”
The Alibrandis play the Stoneham Sabers at 8 p.m. at Trum field on May 29, and play the Revere Rockies at 8 p.m. at Trum Field on May 31.