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, including an RBI walk from Colin Bergh (Villanova) in the third and an RBI single from Austin James (St. College of Florida) in the eighth.
Unfortunately, the Redbirds didn’t stop hitting. And RBI single from Randy Bednar (Maryland) in the sixth, a 2-RBI double from Jack Cunningham (Boston Col.) in the seventh, and an RBI double from Cole Zabowski (Ole Miss) in the eighth helped the Redbirds pitchers fight through some adversity and maintain a sizable lead.
Then suddenly, the rain came down, and it came down hard. With Gast still on the mound and a runner on for the Redbirds in the ninth, the umpires called the game due to an unplayable field.
The Redbirds (26-14) once again finish the regular season in the top spot in the North division. They will graciously accept a first-round bye and will be off on Sunday.
The Baltimore Dodgers (18-22) locked up the fifth seed Friday night and will face the Gaithersburg Giants in a one-game playoff on Sunday.
The Dodgers may have lost the Battle of Baltimore, but they’re looking to win the war in their first postseason run to a Cal Ripken Champtionship.