Hits galore as Alibrandis improves to 22-3

On July 31, 2013, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
~Photo by Harry Kane

– Photo by Harry Kane

By Mike Stoller

Seventeen hits, including five doubles, propelled the Somerville Alibrandis baseball team to a solid 11-3 victory over the host Savin Hill Hornets last week. A 3-3 game was put out of reach when Alibrandis scored two in the second inning, three in the fifth, two in the sixth, and one in the seventh.

“It was a confidence builder to get all those hits this late in the season,” said Alibrandis assistant coach Cam Lynch, whose squad improved to 22-3 in the Yawkey League.

Alibrandis had a number of hitters who drove the ball well as the Somerville team scored in every inning except the third and fourth.

Mike Maguire, Teddy Dziuba, Steve Rogers, and Bobby Barrett all drove in two runs while having terrific nights at the plate. Maguire went for 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles; Dziuba also had two doubles while going 2-for-3; Rogers went 3-for-5 with a triple; and Barrett also had three hits in five tries.

“It’s good to have Bobby back at 100 percent now,” said Lynch, noting Barrett had injured his elbow earlier in the season.

Lynch also praised Rogers for his strong presence in the lineup.

“He’s starting to really hit,” the coach said. “It’s definitely good to have his bat going.”

Also contributing were Logan Gillis and Justin Crisafulli. Both players went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

John Morse, meanwhile, improved his record to 7-1 on the hill. Morse allowed three runs on six hits in five innings of work. He struck out seven and walked only one.

“After a shaky start, he bounced back and pitched a good game,” Lynch said.

Ryan Cosmopulos gave up just one hit in two solid innings of relief.

Alibrandis also had a good night on the bases, as Gillis and Rogers each swiped two bags.

“We play aggressive,” Lynch said.  “At least four of our guys all have the green light, to go whenever they can get a good jump, especially Mike Maguire. He’s on his own. He’s probably one of the best base stealers in the league. When he knows he can go, he goes.”

Alibrandis played only one game last week due to rainouts. The Somerville squad has four more games on the slate this week, visiting the East Boston Knights, Brighton Minutemen, and Al Thomas Athletics on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, respectively, before returning to Trum Field on Friday to host the Stoneham


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