The Flying Dogs have reclaimed the Mid-Maryland Semi-Pro Baseball League Title, their fourth in five years. The Dog’s captured the title by defeating the Carroll Spartans 11-8 and 10-3 in the first two games in the best-of-three League Championship Series. They will be heading to Salisbury, MD Thursday August 9th to take part in the National Amateur Baseball Federation Major Division Regional Tournament. The tournament will consist of teams from Maryland, New York and New Jersey. The Dog’s finished in second place in the tournament last year, falling to the Perdue Chicks from Salisbury, MD 2-0 in the final. The winner of the regional tournament will move on to the NABF World Series in Buffalo, NY. To cap the season, the team will take part in the Maryland Semi Pro Baseball State Tournament.
The Flying Dogs captured the Donna Sisk Memorial Tournament Championship Sunday defeating the Los Teltecos Navigators 11-1 in the final. The Dogs went 4-1 during the tournament, their only loss was to the Navigators during pool play on the first weekend. On the final day of the tournament, the Flying Dogs won 3 consecutive games first defeating the Richmond Mustangs 11-1 in a 6 inning game shortened by the mercy rule. Tim Martin pitched the complete game for the win. In game 2 Matt Buchholz led the way with a complete game victory and a grand slam to pad the lead as the Dogs defeated the Drury Giants 6-1. Newcomer Patrick Lehmann took the hill in the championship game picking up the victory, taking a no-hitter into the 5th inning as the Flying Dogs defeated the Navigators 12-1 for the Championship.
The Flying Dogs wrapped up their season with a great showing at the NABF Regional Tournament in Salisbury, MD. Although they fell short of an NABF World Series berth the Dog’s made it out of pool play for the first time in 4 appearances and made good of the opportunity finishing runner up to the Maryland Semi-Pro Baseball #1 ranked Perdue Chicks. Rich Ropp was the Flying Dog M.V.P. in the tournament hurling two complete 9 inning games on consecutive days, picking up the win against a hard hitting Newark Athletics club in the semi-final. Rich also added 2 RBI in a win over Hagerstown in pool play.
The Flying Dogs finished with an overall record of 32-12 during the 2011 season.
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.