MELROSE — The Melrose Americans continued their torrid winning streak through the Intercity League by beating the Andre Chiefs 9-4 on Monday, their seventh straight victory, to move into first place in the Intercity League.
The Americans were 4-6 through their first 10 games before going on their winning streak that started with another 9-4 win over Andre on July 7. Since then, they’ve defeated the Lexington Blue Sox (5-3), the Malden Maddogs (16-6), Alibrandis (9-4), Andre again (6-4) and the Reading Bulldogs (5-2).
The Americans had six games left as of press time. They have no more regular season home games at Morelli Field this summer but will likely host a playoff game should they continue their hot streak.
Melrose has scored 90 runs this season, more than any other team. They also lead the league in home runs (11) RBI (80) and slugging percentage (.381).
Leading the charge at the plate are Bobby Losanno, John Jennings, Pat Costigan and Mike Sorrentino.
Losanno is second in the league in batting average at .400. He is first in hits (20), second in home runs (3), first in RBI (18) and first in runs scored (15).
Jennings leads the league in homers with four. He is third in the league with a .396 average, second in hits (19), second in RBI (11) and third in runs scored (11).
Costigan is hitting .311 with 14 hits, a homer, 10 RBI and 11 runs scored.
Sorrentino is hitting .275 with 11 hits and 11 RBI.
The Americans have a good group of arms as well. Mike Andrews is 2-0 in 15.1 innings pitched with a 0.46 ERA, 11 K’s and 3 walks. Bobby Tramontozzi is 1-0 in 13 innings with a 2.69 ERA, 15 K’s and 3 walks. Chris Mitchell is 2-2 with a 2.69 ERA in 13 innings along with 11 K’s and 2 walks. Colin Jaena is 2-1 in 11.2 innings with a 4.20 and six K’s. Joe Maguire has a 1.20 in 11.2 innings and a 1-0 record. He has 14 strikeouts.
Melrose (11-6) is tied with Lexington (11-5) for first as both have 22 points. The Blue Sox are perennial contenders and multi-champions of the ICL. The relatively new to the league, Middlesex Expos (10-5), are close by in third with 21 points.