By: Matthew Klinedinst
Hanover, Md.-The Dodgers’ bats came alive late Friday night to overtake the Alexandria Aces and stay alive in the wild card hunt.
Trailing 2-1 entering the bottom of the 8th inning, Alex Taylor and Trevor Doyle got on base thanks to two fielding errors by the Aces. Left fielder Jake Ruby advanced both runners into scoring position off a sacrifice bunt.
The Aces gambled by intentionally walking Jared Melone to try to set up the double play to end the inning. Colin Bergh made the Aces pay by hitting a double down the right field line, scoring both Taylor and Doyle.
The 3-2 victory improves the Dodgers’ record to 9-17 and inches them closer to the wild card slot.
The Dodgers jumped off to an early lead at Joe Cannon Stadium off a Jared Melone RBI-single. Despite the early lead, the Dodgers only recorded two hits in the first five innings. Jake Vance worked to maintain the Dodgers lead by recording seven strikeouts against the Ace batters.
The Aces would get on scoreboard in the top of the 4th inning off an RBI-double by Reid Powers. Powers would later score in the inning off a dropped 3rd strike, giving the Aces a 2-1 lead.
Despite fanning seven batters, Jake Vance gave up six hits through six innings pitched and walked three batters. The Aces bats were finally silenced when Kasey Gast was sent in to relieve Vance. Through three innings, Gast struck out three batters and allowed no hits, walks, runs, or errors, securing him as the winning pitcher.
The Baltimore Dodgers stay home at Joe Cannon Stadium for a double-header against the Gaithersburg Giants. Game one is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., while game two is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.