Malden, MA - Beacon Hill's Steve DeFusco hit a solo home run in the top of the tenth as the Dodgers defeated the Malden Bulldogs tonight, 1-0.
Malden got a strong performance from its pitching staff as they only allowed the one run in ten innings of work. Starter Jason Paul tossed two innings, striking out two and giving up one hit. He was removed due to the fact that he is starting in the YBL vs Military All Star Game on Thursday night. Ken Olisky came in and got to job done for five innings, escaping a couple of jams in the process.
With one out and the bases loaded in the fifth, Olisky got the next two batters to fly out to second and ground out to short to keep the game scoreless. Brian Duplissie helped Olisky escape in the seventh as he was able to run down a hard hit ball in the left-center gap with a runner on second to end the inning.
Jon Shepard (0-1) would throw 2.1 innings before surrendering a home run to center, which bounced off the top of the fence and went over. Shepard struck out two Dodgers in his three innings.
Malden had its chances to score off of Beacon Hill's starter Kyle Breidenstine (3-4). After a leadoff triple by Chris Deane, Breidenstine retired the next three Malden batters to strand the runner at third.
In the bottom of the tenth, Malden loaded the bases with two outs. Deane walked and then Billy Sinoploi was hit by the pitch. That was the end for Breidenstine as DeFusco came in to close. He would hit Rob Mondello to load the bases but he was able to strike out Anthony Perry on three pitches to end the game.
Malden (15-3-0) will travel to Trum Field in Somerville, MA and take on the Winter Hill Cyclones tomorrow night, Wednesday, July 7. In their previous meeting, Malden beat Winter Hill, 8-0 behind a dominating pitching performance from Olisky.