Joey Eugenio (above) had the game winning RBI hit for Malden
Evan Tardugno pitched a complete game for Malden as he improved his record to 4-1. The right-hander from Methuen, MA allowed two runs on four hits while striking out six and issuing just one walk.
The Bulldogs struck first in the top half of the second inning. Kenny Luongo led off with a sharp base hit to left. A Chris Deane walk, moved Luongo over to second and set up first and second with one out. Rookie Hunter Caron stepped up to the plate. The soon to be sophomore at Eastern Connecticut delivered with a single down the right field line. That plated Luongo to make it 1-0 in favor of Malden.
Revere would strike back in the home half of the fourth. Micheal Close and Nate Laliberte reached base on a walk and a single, respectivley, to begin the frame. With one out, Chris Santosuosso brought home Close with his base hit to left. Laliberte would cross the plate when former Bulldog Adam Del Rio lifted a sacrifice fly to right to put Revere ahead 2-1.
The score would remain the same until the top of the sixth. With one away, Deane crushed a 0-1 offering from Kevin Christina over the left field fence to tie the game. It was Deane's first home run of the season.
After allowing two runs in the fourth, Evan Tardugno settled down and retired the next twelve Rockies in order. That effort help set the stage for Eugenio's heroics in the eighth.
Luongo began the extra frame with a lead-off walk off of reliever Marshal Miller (2-2). After a sacrifice bunt by Luis Lara, Gary Lunetta was inserted to run for Luongo. With two away and the bases now loaded, Eugenio laced the first pitch he saw past the shortstop and into left. That brought home Lunetta for the eventual game winning run.
Eugenio finished the night going 2-for-3 with a RBI. Deane went 1-for-2 with a HR and RBI and Brad Tardugno collected his league leading eighth double on his 1-for-3 performance.
Malden, now at a YBL best 17-3, will have a busy schedule this week. The Bulldogs will take on the East Boston Knights (7/12), the Medford Maddogs (7/13) and the Al Thomas Athletics (7/15 and 7/17).