By Benjamin Klein
The Somerville Alibrandis will enter the Yawkey Baseball League playoffs as the No. 1 seed after finishing their regular season schedule with the league’s best record. Somerville still has one game remaining against the Revere Rockets, but has already clinched the top seed with their 24 victories.
Somerville has won two of their last three games, defeating the Beacon Hill Dodgers on back-to-back nights before losing to the Stoneham Sabers on Saturday.
The Alibrandis dominated the Dodgers on Monday night in a 12-0 beat-down. Justin Crisafulli, whose bat has been hot lately, led the offense, going 4-for-4 with two doubles and a home run. Mike Maguire and Mark Addesa also added home runs for Somerville. Chris Foundas, Bryant Guilmette and Brian Tanguy combined to give up just two hits in the victory.
Somerville would get the best of the Dodgers the next night, but that game was much closer. Somerville scored three runs in their first two innings and another in the fourth to just hold off the Dodgers, 4-3. Maguire was 2-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI. Sean Sullivan won his fifth game of the season while allowing two runs and striking out six.
The Alibrandis were shut down over the weekend, losing 6-1 to the Sabers in what was a game with little meaning to Somerville. Their only run came in the fourth inning and was scored by Marc DesRoches. Eddie Fitzpatrick was on the mound for the first time all year, allowing two unearned runs in five innings of work. Even though Fitzpatrick took the loss, he did record 10 strikeouts.
The No. 1 Alibrandis will face of in a best-of-five series against either the Rockets or the South Boston Saints in the weeks to come.