By Mike Rubin
For the Somerville Alibrandis, the victory was oh so sweet. Facing a 4-1 deficit, the Alibrandis stormed back for six unanswered runs en route to a 7-4 eight inning victory over the West Roxbury Bluefish in last Tuesday night’s match-up at Billings Field.
The Alibrandis, who captured the series by a 4-1 margin in the best of seven series, have captured their eleventh title in 14 years.
“It was just great baseball over the series,” said coach Rob McDonough. “The whole series, you couldn’t really ask for more exciting baseball. We were confident, and we played relaxed. We were able to come through with some close wins, and that really helped set the tone of the series.”
The Bluefish, who were the two-time defending league champions, kicked off to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. It stayed that way until the top of the fifth when the Alibrandis rallied for a run in the top of the fifth.
With just three outs away from facing a game six situation, the Alibrandis delivered a three run rally in the top of the seventh, tying the contest at 4-4. In the top of the eighth, the Alibrandis secured the win with another three run surge.
Offensively, Bernie Driscoll, David Scioli each recorded three hits apiece while Matt Deeb contributed with a pair of RBIs. Also contributing was Adjatay Nyadjroh, Chad Conner and Marc DesRochers, who added a hit apiece. Scioli, Deeb each recorded two RBIs while Scioli delivered an RBI double.
On the mound, Sean Sullivan earned the win, going all eight innings while allowing three earned runs on seven hits en route to striking out three and walking two.
“The eleventh championship is always the sweetest,” said McDonough. “We’d like to thank everyone who made it possible. These guys really came through all season long, and we never gave up. We had our ups and downs during the season, but we were able to play some great baseball at the right time. We had a great group of guys, who played well together as a team. It’s definitely a season that we’ll never forget.”