The second place Brunswick Orioles came to Tuscarora to face the third place Flying Dogs but the Dogs winning streak stopped at six in a row due a sloppy, lackluster effort all around.
It all started in the first inning when the Orioles scored their first two runs on no hits thanks to an error by Randy Baugher and a passed ball by starter Dave Hostetter. The Flying Dogs were able to tie it up at two following an RBI single by Matt Buchholz and a fielder’s choice by Mick Myers which scored Baugher who doubled earlier in the inning.
With the score tied at 2, the Orioles scored again as Joey Zuniga picked up a RBI on a bases loaded walk. Brunswick added two more in the fourth courtesy of two passed balls. Another unearned run scored as Zuniga scored on an errant throw by Buchholz making it 6-2 in the sixth.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Dogs started a rally as Baugher singled, Buchholz walked and Myers was hit by a pitch. Nat Puryear added a RBI on a hit by pitch making it 6-3. With the go ahead run at the plate and no outs, the Dogs luck ran out as Chris Godfrey and Dustin Pease struck out and Kyle Watkins grounded out to end the inning and the last threat of the game. Brunswick tacked on two more runs in the seventh and once the Dogs went down in order, the Dogs were the losers.
Baugher had two of the five Dogs hits on the night while Buchholz, Puryear and Steve Canale had one hit apiece. Hostetter was settled with the loss despite going the distance, allowing eight runs of only which three were earned. He struck out only three while walking seven and hitting three.
A special mention to Kyle Watkins who made the play of the game for the Dogs as he sacrificed part of his face making a diving catch on a foul ball and managing to hold onto the ball while running into the L-screen in the field of play.
The Dogs look to regain some form of normalcy when they welcome the Hedgesville Pirates in for a doubleheader at Tuscarora tomorrow.