After starting the Blue Ridge League with a 3-2 record through their first five games, the Dogs continued to slump, dropping a 10-1 heartbreaker at home to the Maryland Renegades and then being defeated 4-1 in Game 1 of a doubleheader to the Brunswick Express. Tensions were high as the Flying Dogs had to regroup for Game 2.
Tim Martin took the hill for the Flying Dogs and delivered a 2 hit shutout as the Flying Dogs bats broke out in a 13-0 victory. After scoring 4 runs through the first 5 innings, the Dogs exploded for 9 runs in the 6th. Every Flying Dogs starter had at least 1 hit with Dave Hostetter pacing the Dogs attack with three hits while Matt Buchholz, Brandon Roebuck and Miguel Pereira had two hits apiece.
After a rainy week which saw the postponement of one game, the Flying Dogs hosted the Martinsburg Blue Sox for a doubleheader at Tuscarora High. Game 1 saw the Flying Dogs jump out to a 7-0 lead through 5 innings. Learning from the mistakes of last year’s NABF Regional where the Flying Dogs allowed a 7-0 lead to slip away in two innings, the Dogs kept their starters in order to try and finish up the victory. Martinsburg mounted a furious comeback to cut the lead to 7-4 with no outs, knocking Matt Buchholz out of the game. Matt Smith came in relief of Buchholz and was able to get out the inning without allowing anymore runs and then he pitched a scoreless seventh inning to earn the save. The Flying Dogs bats stayed hot as they had 13 hits, three of which came from Nat Puryear. Randy Baugher had two hits including his first homer of the year while Ian Eberly added two hits as well.
The Flying Dogs carried that momentum into Game 2 with Martinsburg as they were able to come away with a 5-2 victory. The Dogs jumped out to a 3-0 lead only to watch Martinsburg get it to within 3-2 in the 6th. With tensions building again, Mick Myers singled to start the bottom of the 6th inning and advanced to second on a passed ball. Dave Hostetter came to the plate and lined a double out of the reach of the Martinsburg left fielder to score Myers. Frederick tacked on another run and Matt Smith came on for his second save of the day. Tim Martin earned the victory going six strong innings allowing only five hits in six innings of work.
Mother nature struck again on Tuesday afternoon making Tuscarora High unplayable, but with the help of the Brunswick Orioles, the Flying Dogs and the Brunswick Express were able to play a night game at Brunswick High School. Matt Myers was handed the start and he did not disappoint as he twirled a five inning no-hitter in the Flying Dogs 12-0 victory. Myers allowed only two baserunners, both on errors, while walking none and striking out two. Nat Puryear continued his torrid hitting as he added two hits. Randy Baugher added two hits as well while Ian Eberly and Jesse Scheufele added doubles for the Flying Dogs. Eberly and Miguel Pereira led the Dogs with 2 RBIs apiece.
The Flying Dogs head into the home stretch of their schedule starting with a trip to Jefferson, MD to take on the Maryland Renegades on Thursday. After that game the Flying Dogs are not back in action until Tuesday July 5th when they will meet the Brunswick Express and then they host the league leading Hedgesville Pirates and they also have to find time to make up a couple of games with the Brunswick Orioles before the start of the playoffs in two weeks.
Hope to see you all at the field.