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.
The Flying Dogs rode a complete game gem from Dustin Pease and a solid offensive output from Ian Eberly and Matt Myers to beat the Brunswick Express 6-2 on Wednesday evening at Tuscarora High School.
Pease made his long awaited return to the Dogs and did not disappoint, going the distance while allowing only two runs on three hits and striking out 15 while walking none.
Offensively, the Dogs were able to score two in the first following a walk to Eberly and a bunt single by Myers as Matt Buchholz drove a single up the middle to score Eberly and Myers. They increased the lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the second as Kyle Watkins reached on a hit by pitch and Eberly singled. Matt Myers hit a comebacker to the pitcher who threw it away allowing Watkins and Eberly to score. After that, the Dogs were kept in check until the 6th when Steve Shriner walked and Kyle Watkins singled. Eberly came up and provided the insurance runs needed with his third hit of the game to make the score 6-2.
Eberly and Matt Myers had five of the seven hits for the Flying Dogs on the night while Buchholz and Watkins provided the other two. Eberly also stole two bases. Buchholz and Eberly had two RBIs apiece.
With the win, the Dogs move to 9-4 in the Blue Ridge League. They now have to run through a gauntlet of five games in the next three days starting with a trip to Brunswick High to take on the Orioles at 6:30 on Thursday. After their Thursday matchup, they welcome the Hedgesville Pirates to Tuscarora for a Saturday Doubleheader. Then on Sunday, the Dogs head to Hedgesville to finish a suspended game and make up the second game of the doubleheader.
The Frederick Flying Dogs made the trip to the Jefferson School to take on the Maryland Renegades. The last time the two teams met, the Renegades embarrassed the Flying Dogs. The Flying Dogs made up for this with a 7-3 win on Thursday evening, their fifth win a row.
Randy Baugher was given the start on the mound and he responded by going five strong innings, allowing only one run and three hits and striking out three. Ray Riggles and Matt Hughes were able to keep the Renegades from breaking out after Baugher left the game, locking up the win for the Dogs.
Offensively, the Dogs got a three run home run from Baugher and a solo homer from Nat Puryear. The Dogs had two hit games from Ian Eberly, Matt Buchholz, Mick Myers and Puryear. Baugher and Brandon Roebuck had one hit apiece.
With this win, the Dogs move to 8-4 on the year in the Blue Ridge League. Now they have a four day break before they are back in action for a game Tuesday July 5th against the Brunswick Express at Tuscarora High School.
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.