June 28th, 2017
TOWSON, Md. – Back on June 16, the Dodgers and Baltimore Redbirds played 12 innings of thrilling baseball.
Unfortunately, after Dodgers RHP Mark Michael worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the 12th to keep the game tied at five, the lights at Calvert Hall High School had to be turned off, thus suspending the game.
But, in true American fashion, that game can’t be left as a tie, so the two teams will pick up where they left off starting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
LHP Kasey Gast was the starter in that game and LHP A.J. Korczynski was used in relief, so those two pitchers will be unavailable. However, Michael, who worked 5.1 innings of scoreless relief, could be given the ball to continue his dominance as the 13th inning begins.
For the Redbirds, Zach Thompson (St. Mary’s College) was given the start and allowed three runs over five innings, and the team will also be without the services of LHP Jon Dignazio, RHP Parker Caracci and LHP Lae...
June 28th, 2017
By Rob Stadnik
Baltimore, Md. - On July 1st the Baltimore Dodgers will take the field at Johns Hopkins University to play in the team’s first annual homecoming double header, against the Rockville Express. On Wednesday, they were invited to a press conference at City Hall with Mayor Catherine Pugh.
Playing a game in the city of Baltimore has been something the Dodgers have been wanting to do for a while. “We’ve been trying to get here for some time, since our in inception into the [Cal Ripken] League.” said team president and co-founder Juan Waters.
The goal of the Baltimore Dodgers is to give an opportunity to a wide range of players to participate in high level baseball. Many Cal Ripken League games are attended by pro scouts and 41 players from the league were selected in this year’s MLB entry draft.
The majority of the Dodgers’ roster is comprised of players from Mid-Major, division II, division III, and JUCO schools. Four such players, Joey Ortiz (New Mexico State), E...
June 23rd, 2017
By Robert Stadnik
Hanover Md. – The Baltimore Dodgers just can’t seem to put thigs together this season when it comes to closing out game. After taking a 4-0 lead into the seventh inning they allow Gaithersburg to score 10 runs over the final three frames to drop their record to 4-11.
The night started out well for the Dodgers as pitcher Mark Michael, making his first start of the summer, worked around a lead-off single and a walk to keep Gaithersburg off the board.
Baltimore would take the lead in the bottom of the inning when Brandon McIlwain (UC Berkley) doubled off the left field fence to bring in Nick Ortega (Creighton), who had worked a one out walk.
The score would remain 1-0 until the Dodgers came to bat in the fifth, and the bats woke up. Shane Coker (Creighton), making his 2017 debut, drew a walk to lead off the inning. After a fly out, catcher Shamoy Christopher (Tennessee Wesleyan) doubled to left to put runners at second and third.
Joey Ortiz (New Mexico State), t...
June 22nd, 2017
By Joey White
When the Baltimore Dodgers have home games, players aren’t required to arrive at Joe Cannon Stadium until 4:30 p.m. to get ready for batting practice. With such a late start, it can be easy to fall into a routine of staying up late at night, and sleeping in the next morning.
Dodgers’ pitcher Josh Hejka, however, wakes up at 6 a.m. to head to his job at the medical software company Digital Innovations Incorporated (otherwise known as Di-Corp).
“I have to leave work early to come to baseball,” Hejka said. “It’s tough, but I’m getting a lot of good experience in both the working world and in baseball.”
After work as he’s warming up for a start, the song “Down Under” by Men At Work playing on the loud speakers, you can tell that Hejka still means business.
Like the technology he’s working on, Hejka has been a well-oiled machine for the Dodgers this season. The rising junior from Johns Hopkins is 2-0 in three appearances with a 0.56 ERA.