L.L. Baseball All-Stars clinch playoff berth
By KEITH LEWIS
BILLERICA — With five players in a regional tourney in Cooperstown, N.Y. and another coming down sick, the Wakefield Little League 12-year-old Baseball All Stars were forced to not only use two alternates against a talented Somerville team Sunday but also only had nine players in uniform for their Medford Invitational Tournament contest at Pollard Field.
With middle-of-the-order hitters Jake Regan (Cooperstown) and Ryan Chambers (ill) unavailable to provide the usual comfortable lead, the pressure was even greater on the kids who filled in. But don’t tell the Somerville All-Stars that, since Tyler Parrish and Enzo Gallotta both made major contributions in a hard-fought 6-4 victory that sends Wakefield into the next round as the top seed in the American League division.
Merchants-Reds Intercity League
playoff series tied at 1-1
WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Merchants were a very busy ballclub yesterday playing two Intercity League playoff games with one contest being in Watertown and the other at Walsh Field.
When the day ended the best-of-three first round series was tied at 1-1 as the home team prevailed in the two contests. The Merchants dropped Game 1 of the Watertown Reds by a 2-0 score at Victory Field but then came back and edged the Reds, 4-3, at Walsh Field.
The third and decisive game of the series is scheduled for tonight at 7:45 p.m. at Morelli Field in Melrose. Watertown, the third-seeded team, will be the home team.