Dodgers Travel to Loudon Looking to Get Back to .500
June 8th, 2017 1:44 pm

by Conno Newcomb

HANOVER, Md. – After a heart-breaking extra inning loss to the Alexandria Aces Wednesday night, the Baltimore Dodgers will look to get back to winning ways on the road against the Loudon Riverdogs.
 
The Riverdogs opened their season Wednesday night against the Herndon Braves, falling 6-4. Loudon used a three-run sixth inning to take a 4-2 lead, but couldn’t stay on top. The Braves scored one run in the sixth and then three in the eighth to secure the comeback victory with the help of four Riverdogs errors.
 
Despite the loss, designated hitter Caleb Beatty (Pitt CC) and left fielder Patrick Jackowski (Old Dominion) both had a productive day at the plate and will the hitters to watch out for against the Dodgers. Beatty went 2-for-3 and worked a pair of walks while Jackowski gave his team the lead with a three-run home run in the sixth.
 
Dodgers left-hander Kacey Gast (Southeastern) will have to deal with the Loudon lineup Thursday night, looking to build...

Dodgers Bullpen Falters Late in Loss to Aces
June 8th, 2017 9:42 am

By Connor Newcomb

HANOVER, Md. – Down to their last strike and trailing 2-1 in the top of the ninth inning, the Alexandria Aces’ last hope was left-handed hitter Ray Zuberer.
 
On a 3-2 pitch against Dodgers’ righty Edwin Lopez, Zuberer came through. The infielder from Western Kentucky lined a double into the right-center field gap, scoring Kam Smith from first base, who reached on an error earlier in the inning.
 
With all the momentum in hand, the Aces got right back to work in the tenth inning, taking a 3-2 lead on a Logan Goodnight RBI double after Eli Boggess singled to lead off the inning.  Unfortunately for the Dodgers, the scoring wouldn’t stop there, as a two-RBI single from Kam Smith would extend the lead to three.
 
The Aces would score two more times in the frame and hold on for a 7-2 victory.
 
Starting on the mound for the Dodgers was Mark Watson, and he turned in a stellar performance.
 
Watson got in trouble early, when the game’s leadoff batter M...

Dodgers Look to Defend Their Home Turf Against Alexandria Aces
June 7th, 2017 3:16 pm

By Joey White
 
HANOVER, Md. – Following a nail-biting 1-0 victory over the Baltimore Redbirds Tuesday night, the Baltimore Dodgers will try to grab their second win of the season in a matchup with the Alexandria Aces.
 
The Aces come into Joe Cannon Stadium riding high after a 10-3 blowout of the DC Grays in the season opener, and are looking to build off last summer’s postseason appearance to contend for a Cal Riken League championship.
 
Several fresh faces joined the Aces roster this season, including Morehead State utility man Eli Boggess. The junior was a key bat for one of the best offenses in the country, hitting .425 with 40 RBIs in 55 games for the Eagles this spring. Boggess is also versatile defensively, playing both the infield and the outfield for Morehead State last season.
 
The Aces also have a pair of Wofford players that could spell trouble for the Dodgers’ pitching staff. Outfielder Mack Nathanson provides a power bat in the Aces lineup, hitting .25...

Dodgers Pitching Staff Helps Secure 1-0 Win Against Baltimore Redbirds
June 7th, 2017 5:42 am

By Joey White
 
HANOVER, MD– On a night where offense was scarce, it was the Dodgers’ pitching staff that carried the team to a 1-0 victory over the Baltimore Redbirds.
 
The Dodgers secured their first win of the season in large part to starting pitcher Josh Hejka, whose shutout start kept Redbirds hitters at bay all evening.
                          
Hejka, who normally pitches in a relief role for John Hopkins University, went five and two-thirds innings allowing three hits, three walks, and one hit batter to go with six strikeouts in his first win of the season.
 
Once Hejka left the mound, right-handed reliever John Sakowski continued an evening of dominant pitching. Sakowski threw another three and one-third innings of scoreless baseball to get the extended save.
 
“When you play the Redbirds you have to keep the ball low, and use off-speed pitches a lot,” said Dodgers assistant coach Juan Waters. “They executed that very well.”
 
The pitching staff was al...