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Andre Chiefs topple Blue Sox to capture Intercity League title

The Andre Chiefs ended the five-year reign of the Lexington Blue Sox and in the process put to rest a franchise-long 15-year drought with a 3-0 victory in Game 5 of the Intercity League championship series at Lexington High Sunday.

Malden's Jared Freni stifled the Blue Sox bats in a complete game effort for the Chiefs, striking out five batters and yielding only six hits and a walk.

“They became the dominant teams of the 2000s,’’ said Chiefs' manager Chuck Andre on Lexington's run of eight titles since the turn of the century.

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“It was like what we were in the ’90s, so it was great to get this one over a team like that.’’

The Medford-based Chiefs, who had lost to Lexington in the finals twice in the previous three seasons, won the first two games of the series.

Lexington battled back to take Games 3 and 4, shutting down the Chiefs’ offense to force the decisive fifth game.

In the clincher, former Minnesota Twins farmhand Juan Portes (Malden) drove in Hal Landers with a first inning double for a 1-0 lead. The Chiefs tacked on two insurance runs in the top of the sixth.

Portes delivered an RBI and two doubles and Mike Baillargeon (Worcester) had a double and an RBI to lead the Chiefs offense, with Jeff Bercume driving in the other run.

Freni tossed 14 innings of shutout ball during the finals, going 2-0 while striking out 17 and scattering 10 hits and four walks.

“After winning so many titles in the past, and to go a long time without winning one, you really appreciate them,’’ said Andre. “It was a fantastic season and this [title] is a good one.’’

It was the 18th championship for the Chiefs franchise, dating back to their days in the Suburban Twi-League during the 1960s.

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