The unbeaten East Boston Expos began their quest for a Yawkey Baseball League title Tuesday night with a convincing 8-1 win over the Brighton Black Sox at East Boston Stadium. The Expos were powered by a five-run fourth inning that featured a grand slam homerun by centerfielder Philip Gaines and a solo homer by catcher Derek Adamson.
Mike Oliveira also walloped a two-run homer for the Expos. David Kerns held the Black Sox scoreless after surrendering an unearned run in the second-inning.
The Expos raced through the YBL’s shortened 14-game season unscathed and drew a bye in the first round of the tournament. Brighton had advanced to the semi finals with after taking the best-of-three series from The BASE team over the weekend. The series continues with games Wednesday in East Boston, Thursday and Friday at Rogers Park, and Saturday at Alumni Field if necessary. Meanwhile, the second-place Charlestown Townies (10-3-1) are facing the Stoneham Sabers in the other semi-final round.