Ryan Morse, Chris Fulda, Steven Shriner, Brandon Roebuck, Mick Myers, Matt Buchholz and Ryan Harrison were all selected to represent the MMSPBL squad in the 3rd annual All-Star Game against the South Penn League. Flying Dog manager Nick Collingham lead the team for the 3rd consecutive year as the skipper of the defending league champions. The All-Star team showed well this year in Littlestown, PA winning 8-3, their first all-star victory since the annual event began in 2009.
The Dogs picked up 2 wins in the play-in and semi-final games of the Heritage Classic on Sunday in convincing fashion defeating Western Charles and George Mason University by a combined score of 26-0. Matt Buchholz was in mid-season form allowing no runs on 4 hits while recording 12 strikeouts. Chris Fulda lead the offense with 3 hits including 2 doubles. RJ Morse, Brandon Roebuck and Rich Ropp each had 2 hits in the game.
Seth Sherwood provided all the offense the Flying Dogs would need in the top of the 1st in game 2, blasting a 3 run homerun far over the left field wall. The team pounded out 15 hits in rout to a 17-0 victory. Rich Ropp started on the hill going 3 innings, allowing only 1 baserunner while striking out 5. Nick Bourque pitched the final 2 frames to preserve the shutout.
The Flying Dogs dropped both games Sunday to open the Heritage Classic Tournament falling to the host Prince William Yankees 2-0 in game one and 7-5 to the NOVA Knights in the afternoon game. The Dogs stranded several base runners in game 1, failing in multiple opportunities to hit with runners in scoring position. Steve Shriner swung the loan hot bat in game 1 going 3-3 with 2 doubles. Both Matt Buchholz and Ryan Harrison pitched well in the loss surrendering only 1 run each.
In game 2 the Dogs rallied for 5 runs late in the game but fell short to the NOVA Knights. Steven Shriner added his 3rd double of the day in the loss and Scott Epling had a 2 RBI single in his Flying Dog debut.
The Flying Dogs will face Western Charles in the continuation of the Heritage Classic on Saturday 4/7 at 12:00 PM. The Flying Dogs will need a win to continue on to face the 1 seeded GMU team in the semi-final.
Frederick, MD — The team is returning intact after a long winter, retaining nearly all of the team that helped lock down the Flying Dogs 3rd consecutive MMSPBL title and earned the 4th spot in the Maryland Semi-Pro Baseball rankings. The Dogs also improved their pitching staff with the additions of Ryan Harrison and Will Delawter. Harrison is a former Washington Nationals farmhand while Delawter was a standout at UMBC. The Delawter will also help to bolster the Flying Dogs offense adding a strong left handed bat in the heart of the lineup. Also new to the team is Scott Epling, a switch hitting infielder who played his college ball at Allegany College.
The Dog’s will also have a new home field, playing at the recently renovated Tuscarora High School. After a total makeover for the infield in late 2009 and the addition of a new drainage system and watering system, Tuscarora has become one of the nicest fields in the area. The Flying Dogs plan to do their part to keep it that way by maintaining the field through the Summer months.