The Dodgers Drop another One in the Late Innings
June 23rd, 2017 2:01 am

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...

Josh Hejka: Hopkins Hurler from "Down Under"
June 22nd, 2017 11:39 am

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.
 
In his...

Dodgers Knock Off Express in Pitcher’s Duel
June 22nd, 2017 11:36 am

By Connor Newcomb

HANOVER, Md. – Coming into Wednesday’s game against the Rockville Express, the Dodgers were a perfect 2-0 in games started by Josh Hejka.
 
Hejka got the call on the mound again, and that record moved to 3-0.
 
On the back of another gem from Hejka and a two-run seventh inning, the Dodgers pulled off an 8-2 victory over the Express to move to 4-10 on the season.
 
Hejka was cruising along until the third inning, when he allowed the first two batter to reach. However, the righty worked out of it allowing only one run. It would be the only run allowed by the Johns Hopkins product who worked through eight innings and struck out three batters.
 
The Dodgers offense was also quiet against Rockville starter Clay Conoway (Delaware), who allowed only one run through six innings of work. However, the Dodgers finally broke through against the righty in the seventh.
 
After a walk, an error and a wild pitch, Joey Ortiz gave the Dodgers the lead with a sacrif...

Dodgers Look to Rebound at Home Against Express
June 21st, 2017 5:20 pm

By Joey White

After stormy skies plagued the Cal Ripken League schedule, action resumes normally across the docket as the Baltimore Dodgers (3-10) take on the Rockville Express (5-8).
 
The Express made up their rain-canceled game Tuesday night, and were routed by the Herndon Braves 8-0. The team has hit an offensive slump over the past four games, accumulating a total of only five runs.
 
Don’t expect the slump to last very long, however. The Express are led by outfielder Eddie Nevins, whose .414 average, two homeruns, and eight RBI’s pace a lineup raring for a big performance.
 
The Express also have Pearce Howard (Southeastern CC) and Andrew Valichka (North Carolina Central) spraying the ball around the field, both hitting well over .300 this season.
 
After a pair of losses to the S.S. Takoma Thunderbolts Sunday, the Dodgers were blessed with two days of rest thanks in large part to storms that cancelled a slew of Monday games. With a couple of days to recharge, t...