Malden, MA - The Malden Bulldogs became the first team in the Yawkey League to win 20 games as they squeaked out a close one against the Brighton Black Sox.
The Bulldogs got on the board first when Brad Tardugno knocked in Mike Terrio on a RBI ground out in the home half of the first inning. Malden continued to score runs in the frame when Brian Duplissie doubled home Anthony Perry and Jonathan Pollard to make it 3-0, then Tom Englehardt connected on a 1-0 pitch and hit his second home run to give starting pitcher Ken Olisky a 5-0 lead.
Malden would push the lead to 6-0 in the second when Pollard doubled home Perry with two outs. The Bulldogs added two more runs in the fifth inning as Brad Tardugno doubled home Luis Lara and Duplissie lifted a sacrifice fly that plated Brad Tardugno.
The game got close in the seventh when Brighton was able to push four runs across. Jon Shepard was able to get the leadoff batter, Nick Jones, to ground out to second to end the game.
Olisky improves to 6-0 on the season. The right-hander tossed five innings, allowing the Black Sox to score three runs (one earned) on three hits while striking out five. Shepard earned his sixth save of the season.
Rookie and soon to be Malden Catholic High School junior, Paul Covelle Jr. recorded his first career Yawkey League hit in the game. He drilled a two strike pitch from Sean Tupper over the left fielders head for a ground rule double.
Malden returns to action tonight as they travel to Rogers Park in Brighton, MA to take on the Brighton Minutemen. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 pm. In their previous meeting, Malden beat the Minutemen, 6-0 back on June 22nd. Evan Tardugno got the win after throwing five strong innings for the locally televised game.