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Somerville earns Masters' Title in epic series

Posted: October 22, 2016 | View Comments


2016 MSBL Masters Champs - Somerville Alibrandis

In a heart-pounding postseason that involved a walk-off HR, a historic 10-run comeback and an extra inning 2-night affair, the 2016 Masters playoffs did not disappoint to the delight of many spectators who tuned in via Facebook Live.

Through all of the drama and exciting action, the best of three championship series would come down to two teams, the Lawrence Pirates and the Somerville Alibrandis. The Pirates, however, would come into the series with all of the momentum after earning their spot with an extra innings walk off HR from Darwin Hernandez in the semi-finals. This momentum would carry over in Game 1 as the Pirates' offense would continue where they left off, quickly putting up five runs in the first inning en route to an 8-4 victory.

In a must-win Game 2 for Somerville, the momentum appeared to change as Somerville would take an early 11-1 lead going into the bottom of the 4th inning. The Pirates however, would not go down without a fight, chipping away at the score and staging an epic comeback, putting up 3 runs in the 4th, 4 runs in the 5th and 6 runs in the 6th to tie the game at 14 before the lights would go out in Melrose. The game would continue two nights later where in the top of the 9th, a lead off error and a hit by Tracy would give Somerville two men on with no outs. Pirates' pitcher Mercendes was able to get two big outs but league MVP Rich Iandoli would provide the clutch game-winning hit, lining a single up the middle to score two runs and help lead Somerville to a 16-14 win in a historic Game 2.

After both teams took a long deep breathe, the deciding Game 3 would begin. Somerville would jump out on top in the first inning with a Chris Deane double and Marc Desroches Sac Fly. Somerville would add another run in the 3rd inning with one-out hits by Mitrou and Deane. Desroches would knock in Mitrou with a single, giving Somerville a 2-0 lead after three innings. The Pirates would once again stage a come back in the 4th with a Toledano two RBI single, scoring Norris and Hernandez to tie the game 2-2. The game remained tied with fabulous pitching from Mercendes of Lawrence and Desroches of Somerville, until the bottom of the 6th, when Winant lead off with an infield single followed by a SAC bunt from Stephenson that was mishandled and lead to runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs. In what proved to be the game winning hit and RBI, Strassmann's single would bring home Winant and start the 3-run 6th inning rally. Somerville would go on to win the game 5-2 and take home the 2016 Masters' Championship.

Congratulations to the 2016 Masters Champion Somerville Alibrandis and to the runner-up Lawrence Pirates on a terrific and entertaining series!


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