Dodgers try to bounce back at home against the Braves
July 5th, 2017 11:44 am

By Joey White
 
Hanover, Md. – After a break on Tuesday to enjoy the Fourth of July festivities, the Baltimore Dodgers (10-16) looking to bring the fireworks against the Herndon Braves (12-14) at Joe Cannon Stadium.
 
This is the third time the Dodgers and the Braves have squared off this summer. Both times the Dodgers lost in one-run games.
 
The Braves have dropped their last two games before the league-wide off day on Tuesday, most recently getting shelled by the S.S. Takoma Thunderbolts 11-1. For most of the season, the team hasn’t struggled to score runs, and are due for a major scoring affair sooner rather than later.
 
The Braves can score in bunches due in large part to power hitting catcher Ciaran Devenney (Delaware St.). The backstop is tied for second in the league with five home runs on the summer, and leads the team with 27 RBI’s.
 
Outside of Devenney, Chandler Miller (Trevecca Nazarene), Scott Norwood (South Florida St.) and Cayden Stover (Lock Haven)...

Dodgers offense goes quiet in loss to Giants
July 3rd, 2017 8:47 pm

By Connor Newcomb

HANOVER, Md. – With their ace Josh Hejka heading to the mound, the Dodgers looked to be in prime position to pick up their third consecutive win.
 
Hejka pitched well again, but the Baltimore bats never got going in Monday’s 6-1 loss to the Gaithersburg Giants. The loss dropped the Dodgers to 10-16 on the season, while the Giants improved to 15-12.
 
The Giants got on the board first in the second inning, scoring two runs in the frame. Steven Williams followed up a Mark Fraser leadoff double with an RBI single that gave the Giants the lead. Gaithersburg would score another run on a throwing error later in the inning.
 
Gaithersburg starter Alexander Klitsas rolled through five scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and striking out seven batters, but the Giants went to the bullpen in the sixth. LHP Kevin Graff came on and Shane Coker greeted him with a one-out RBI single to cut the lead in half.
 
The Dodgers, however, would leave the tying run in s...

Dodgers return to Joe Cannon Stadium looking to extend winning streak
July 3rd, 2017 5:15 pm

By Connor Newcomb

HANOVER, Md. – The last time the Dodgers played at Joe Cannon Stadium, it was Thursday, June 22 against the Gaithersburg Giants, a game in which the Dodgers lost 10-4.
                              
Monday night, the Dodgers return to Joe Cannon Stadium to take on those same Giants.
 
Both the Dodgers and Giants come into Monday’s game playing arguably their best baseball of the season. The Dodgers are coming off a doubleheader sweep of the Rockville Express and have won five of seven, while the Giants just wrapped up a doubleheader sweep over the Baltimore Redbirds and have won seven of their last 10 games.
 
Despite Gaithersburg’s recent success, the team will be tested against Dodgers starter Josh Hejka, who holds the lowest ERA in the Cal Ripken League. In 28 innings over six appearances this season, Hejka has posted a 0.64 ERA and struck out 24 batters while holding opposing hitters to a .204 average.
 
The Giants best two hitters, Hayden Cantrel...

A four-day drive has paid off for Brandon Hicks
July 2nd, 2017 7:31 pm

By Connor Newcomb

Brandon Hicks has been a west coast kid his whole life.
 
The left-handed pitcher played his high school baseball at Centennial High School in his hometown of Corona, California and then decided to attend Riverside City College to play at the next level.
 
After a freshman season that saw his time on the mound cut down by injury, Hicks was asked by RCC pitching coach Matt Hollod to head out to Maryland to play his summer baseball.
 
“I jumped at the decision. It was cool,” Hicks said. “I’ve never really traveled much and to be able to go see somewhere else and play, it sounded like a great opportunity.”
 
So, the kid who had never traveled further west than Arizona prepared himself for a cross-country drive as he looked for new experiences both on and off the baseball field.
 
The drive from California to Maryland took Hicks about four days to complete. He stopped in a few hotels at night but never stopped for his sightseeing.
 
“I just too...