After a win against the Legion and an unforgettable scrimmage on Thursday, the Flying Dogs started off their Reno Powell tournament with a game against the Brunswick Orioles. The Orioles jumped out to an early 6-0 lead on their way to a 6-2 win over the Flying Dogs. Matt Buchholz went 4 innings, allowing 6 runs on 6 hits hits, while striking out 6. Matt Hughes came in relief and did a masterful job to keep the Flying Dogs in the game, throwing 3 shutout innings while allowing 2 hits and striking out 1. The Flying Dogs bats were held hitless by Austin Main through 6 innings until Dave Hostetter doubled in Kyle Watkins who had reached earlier on an error. Ian Eberly provided the last run for the Flying Dogs with a RBI groundout to score Hostetter. Mick Myers provided the only other hit in the 7th.
Game 2 against Linglestown became a must-win and the Flying Dogs were able to come through with a 5-2 victory. The Flying Dogs scored their first run on an error in the first before Miguel Pereira got the first hit of the day in the second inning and then scored on Ian Eberly’s RBI triple. The Flying Dogs other runs came courtesy of a wild pitch and two bases loaded walks. Eberly had 2 hits in the game while Steve Shriner, Matt Buchholz, Mick Myers, and Kyle Watkins had the other hits on the day, with Myers being a double. Dave Hostetter went 5 innings, allowing only 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out 4. Matt Smith came in relief and earned the save, throwing 2 hitless innings and striking out 4.
After a Linglestown lost to Brunswick and a forfeiture by Linglestown, the Flying Dogs went into the first game of the day against Hagerstown knowing it would advance no matter what happened. It was a good thing too because the Flying Dogs were stomped by the Hagerstown Braves in the third game. The Braves scored 8 runs in the first as the Flying Dogs starter wasn’t even able to get out of the first inning, as he walked 7, hit a batter and was then pulled. On a whole the Flying Dogs walked 11 and hit 3 in the 14-2 loss. On the offensive side, Chris Godfrey had a 2 hit game while Matt Buchholz, Brandon Roebuck, Kyle Watkins and Steve Canale each had 1 hit.
After limping into the semifinals, the Flying Dogs got a valiant effort from Tim Martin, but the Hagerstown Braves were able to take advantage of some defensive miscues to overcome an early 2-0 Flying Dogs lead to comeback and win 3-2. Martin went 5.2 innings, allowing only the 3 runs, only one of those being earned, while striking out 3 and walking none. The Flying Dogs jumped out to the early 2-0 lead following back to back hits by Ian Eberly and Dave Hostetter but that was all they could muster for the day. The Flying Dogs had 3 hits, two from Eberly and the RBI single from Hostetter.
The Flying Dogs now prepare for Blue Ridge League opener at the Jefferson School in Jefferson, MD vs. the Maryland Renegades on Thursday June 2nd.