Somerville, MA - David Scioli's three run homer to left put the Albrandis ahead for good as they go on to beat the Malden Bulldogs, 6-3.
Patrick Shanahan (5-2) was the starter for Malden and pitched five innings, allowing six runs (two earned) on eight hits and striking out six.
Heading into the top of the fourth down by two, the Bulldogs staged a comeback. Jonathan Pollard singled, Brad Tardugno was hit by the pitch and Brian Duplissie singled to left to begin the inning. Evan Tardugno, Brad's younger brother, walked - which forced in Pollard. Christopher Deane then grounded into a fielder's choice which allowed Brad Tardugno to score and Duplissie scampered home on the errant throw to first. That gave Malden the slim 3-2 lead.
That lead was short lived as Somerville came right back in the bottom half of the frame. After retiring the first two batters, ground out and strikeout, Shanahan allowed Bernie Driscoll to lace a single to left field. With the count at 0-2 to Matt Deeb, Shanahan's slider bounce in the dirt and Deeb offered at it. However, the ball got away from Malden catcher Joey Eugenio. That allowed the inning to continue and it also brought Scioli to the plate. Shanahan got ahead in the count 1-2 before Scioli drilled the next offering deep over the left field fence for the go ahead three run home run that gave Somerville a 5-3 lead.
The Albrandis would add another run in the fifth to extend their lead to 6-3, which was the final score.
Malden, now 20-5, will take the field tonight at home against the Beacon Hill Dodgers. Game time is set for 8 pm at Maplewood Park.