Dodgers fall to Redbirds in rain-shortened regular season finale
July 22nd, 2017 1:50 am

By Joey White
 
Hanover, Md.– After eight innings of play and a sudden downpour, the Baltimore Dodgers lose a rain-shortened contest to the Baltimore Redbirds 11-6.
 
With a postseason position clinched for the first time in team history, the Baltimore Dodgers had the opportunity to accomplish another historic feat– take the season series from the Redbirds.
 
Things started well in the early going with an RBI double from Jaren Shelby (St. College of Florida) and a pair of errors which helped the Dodgers take a 3-0 lead in the second inning.
 
That’s when things got out of hand. With Huai-Pin Chiang (Taiwan National University) on the mound, the Dodgers proceeded to give up seven runs in the top of the third, only two of which were earned.
 
Chiang was relived quickly of Kasey Gast (Southeastern), who managed to get the Dodgers out of the jam, but the damage had already been done.
 
The Dodgers offense managed to pick up three runs over the next six innings, inclu...

Dodgers close out regular season against Redbirds
July 21st, 2017 3:32 pm

By Joey White
 
HANOVER, Md.– After clinching the first postseason berth in franchise history, the Baltimore Dodgers (18-21) close out the regular season at home against the Baltimore Redbirds (24-14).
 
This is the fifth game between the two teams this summer, splitting the season series 2-2 so far. If the Dodgers win, the team would win the Battle of Baltimore for the first time in the team’s short history.
 
The Redbirds come into Joe Cannon Stadium with some momentum, winning their last three games including a 7-1 dismantling of the Alexandria Aces. The team locked up the top spot in the North Division earlier in the week, sitting six games ahead of the second-place Gaithersburg Giants.
 
Leading the way for the Redbirds offensively is infielder Cole Zabowski (Ole Miss). The rising sophomore’s .350 batting average is best on the team, and good for fifth in the Cal Ripken League.
 
Zabowski is complimented well by incoming freshman Randy Bednar (Maryland), who in...

Dodgers look to clinch playoff spot in doubleheader with Grays
July 20th, 2017 2:52 pm

By Connor Newcomb

HANOVER, Md. – With three games remaining in the season, the Dodgers are in a place they have never been before.
 
Baltimore currently holds the Cal Ripken League’s second wild card playoff spot and is in line to make the playoffs for the first time in team history.
 
However, the Dodgers need to handle their business down the stretch, which starts with Thursday’s doubleheader against the D.C. Grays. Holding a half-game lead over the Herndon Braves and a one-game lead over the SS-Takoma Thunderbolts, Baltimore will need to have a strong showing against the Grays.
 
Conor Grove will take the mound in game one for the Dodgers, sporting a 5.19 ERA on the summer. In 17 1/3 innings over six appearances and two starts, Grove has allowed 17 hits while striking out 16 batters and walking 13.
 
Grove will have to face a Grays lineup that has had success this season despite their last-place standing. Outfielder Lamar Briggs ranks second in the league in batting...

Dodgers Seal the deal late in important win over Thunderbolts
July 17th, 2017 8:56 pm

By Connor Newcomb

HANOVER, Md. – It was the same old story for the Dodgers through seven-and-a-half innings Monday night.
 
Holding a 4-0 lead in the top of the eighth inning, the Thunderbolts scored four runs with two outs against Dodgers reliever Alex Cuas to tie the game.
 
Baltimore has lost many games this way this season, but Monday was different. The Dodgers struck right back, scoring two runs in the bottom of the eighth on a pinch-hit, two-run single from Zach Seal.
 
John Sakowski came on in the ninth and closed it out to secure a 6-4 Dodgers victory. The win improved Baltimore to 15-20 on the season and moved the team into sole possession of the first wild card playoff spot. The loss dropped the T-Bolts to 15-21 and into the second wild card spot.
 
Mark Michael started on the mound for the Dodgers and again was spectacular. The right-hander pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and striking out four T-Bolts hitters.
 
Michael continue...