by Matthew Peterson
TOWSON, Md. – The Dodgers dropped game one of a doubleheader 9-8 against the Gaithersburg Giants Saturday afternoon at Joe Cannon Stadium.
In a back and forth game in which the Dodgers never led, they came back from a four run deficit twice to pull within one run of the Giants; however, they were never able to get the tying run home.
Leading the Dodgers’ offense was the senior from West Chester University, Jared Melone. He tailed four RBIs on four hits and scored a run. He hit a triple to right In the 7th to kick-start the first comeback to help bring the Dodgers within one.
The Giants, however, would defend their lead adding three runs in the 8th to extend their advantage to 9-5.
Pacing the Giants offensively was Saul Garza, a sophomore from Louisiana State University. Garza hit a two run shot over the fence in the 5th inning and ended the day with two hits, runs, and RBIs.
William Kirwan ended up being credited for the loss for the Dodgers after throwing five innings and giving up six runs. He also added two strikeouts and two walks given up in the start. The loss brings him to 1-2 on the season with an ERA of 6.84.
For the Giants, Aaron Hussan picks up his second win of the season after pitching one inning, giving up three runs on two hits.
The Dodgers were able to take game two 6-2, to split the doubleheader.