In game one of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Reading High School, the Bulldogs dropped a close one to the Somerville Royals. Coming out swinging in the first two innings, the Bulldogs managed to put up 7 runs. In the 1st, Zac Talis crushed a three-run homerun to dead center. Later in the inning, with runners on 1st and 2nd, Chris Seidl roped an RBI single to push the lead to 4-2. The very next batter, Rosario Missiti, hit a 2 RBI double to score Seidl and Johnny Hayes. The 2nd inning started the same way with back to back singles by Cory DiLoretto and Talis. DiLoretto ended up crossing the plate after a walk with the bases loaded making it 7-2 after two innings.
With a 7-2 lead in the 2nd, Reading was not able to put any more runs on the board for the rest of the game, leaving room for Somerville to inch their way back. They did just that by putting across one run in the 5th, and then tying the game at 7 runs after scoring 4 more in the 6th. Headed into the top of the 7th inning the Royals took the lead after an RBI single. This was enough to seal the win as Reading could not put one up in the bottom half.
DiLoretto and Talis each finished with 2 hits. Jack Burke started the game for Reading and went 5 1/3 innings.
In game two, Reading was able to come away with the 4-2 win after timely hitting and a great pitching performance by Alex Mandrus. The game was scoreless until the 4th inning when Cory DiLoretto doubled home Darren Hartwell to score the first run of the game for the Bulldogs. In the 5th the Bulldogs again tacked on 2 more runs from a Chris Seidl 2 RBI single, making it 3-0. Reading was able to add one more run in the 6th inning when DiLoretto scored on a double play ball to put Reading up 4-0. Somerville managed to score two runs in the top of the 7th, but that was all as Reading came away with the victory.
On the mound for Reading, they saw an excellent performance from Alex Mandrus who went 6 1/3 innings of 5 hit baseball, allowing only 2 runs. Mandrus earned his first win of the season, and Zak Levine earned the save after recording the final two outs of the game.
At the plate for Reading, Cory DiLoretto and Steve Busby each had big games with two hits. Zac Talis, Macyn Clifford, and Chris Seidl also contributed with one hit a piece.
After splitting Sunday’s doubleheader, they travel to play the Melrose Americans on Monday night.
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