Flying Dogs Reach Semifinals before falling in the Reno Powell Tournament

After a win against the Legion and an unforgettable scrimmage on Thursday, the Flying Dogs started off their Reno Powell tournament with a game against the Brunswick Orioles. The Orioles jumped out to an early 6-0 lead on their way to a 6-2 win over the Flying Dogs. Matt Buchholz went 4 innings, allowing 6 runs on 6 hits hits, while striking out 6. Matt Hughes came in relief and did a masterful job to keep the Flying Dogs in the game, throwing 3 shutout innings while allowing 2 hits and striking out 1. The Flying Dogs bats were held hitless by Austin Main through 6 innings until Dave Hostetter doubled in Kyle Watkins who had reached earlier on an error. Ian Eberly provided the last run for the Flying Dogs with a RBI groundout to score Hostetter. Mick Myers provided the only other hit in the 7th.

Game 2 against Linglestown became a must-win and the Flying Dogs were able to come through with a 5-2 victory. The Flying Dogs scored their first run on an error in the first before Miguel Pereira got the first hit of the day in the second inning and then scored on Ian Eberly’s RBI triple. The Flying Dogs other runs came courtesy of a wild pitch and two bases loaded walks. Eberly had 2 hits in the game while Steve Shriner, Matt Buchholz, Mick Myers, and Kyle Watkins had the other hits on the day, with Myers being a double. Dave Hostetter went 5 innings, allowing only 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out 4. Matt Smith came in relief and earned the save, throwing 2 hitless innings and striking out 4.

After a Linglestown lost to Brunswick and a forfeiture by Linglestown, the Flying Dogs went into the first game of the day against Hagerstown knowing it would advance no matter what happened. It was a good thing too because the Flying Dogs were stomped by the Hagerstown Braves in the third game. The Braves scored 8 runs in the first as the Flying Dogs starter wasn’t even able to get out of the first inning, as he walked 7, hit a batter and was then pulled. On a whole the Flying Dogs walked 11 and hit 3 in the 14-2 loss.  On the offensive side, Chris Godfrey had a 2 hit game while Matt Buchholz, Brandon Roebuck, Kyle Watkins and Steve Canale each had 1 hit.

After limping into the semifinals, the Flying Dogs got a valiant effort from Tim Martin, but the Hagerstown Braves were able to take advantage of some defensive miscues to overcome an early 2-0 Flying Dogs lead to comeback and win 3-2. Martin went 5.2 innings, allowing only the 3 runs, only one of those being earned, while striking out 3 and walking none. The Flying Dogs jumped out to the early 2-0 lead following back to back hits by Ian Eberly and Dave Hostetter but that was all they could muster for the day. The Flying Dogs had 3 hits, two from Eberly and the RBI single from Hostetter.

The Flying Dogs now prepare for Blue Ridge League opener at the Jefferson School in Jefferson, MD vs. the Maryland Renegades on Thursday June 2nd.

Solid Pitching Performance, 7th Inning Rally Leads to 4-2 win over Legion

Playing for the first time ever at Harry Grove Stadium, the Flying Dogs faced off with the FSK Post 11 Legion Baseball team. Ray Riggles was given the opportunity to make the start and he came through with 3 solid innings, allowing only 1 earned run on 3 hits. Following his lead, Dustin Pease pitched 2 scoreless innings, striking out 4 while only allowing a baserunner on a hit by pitch. Not to be outdone, Matt Smith came in and gave up only 1 hit while walking 2 and striking out 6. Despite all of this, the Dogs still trailed 2-1 heading into the 7th inning.

In the top of the seventh, the first three batters reached and then Chris Godfrey hit a sacrifice fly to even the score at 2. Steve Canale then came up and delivered the go ahead single to make it 3-2. The lead went to 4-2 on a passed ball while Sean Withers was hitting. FSK Post 11 was not able to muster a hit in the bottom of the 7th and the Flying Dogs were able to close out a come from behind victory.

Ian Eberly made his Flying Dogs debut and lead the team with two hits, including a double. Dave Hostetter, Mick Myers, Randy Laugher, Matt Myers and Kyle Watkins also provided hits on the day.

The win should be a springboard into the Reno Powell Memorial Day Weekend Tournament in Hagerstown. The Flying Dogs will start off the tournament with games on Saturday vs, the Brunswick Orioles and Linglestown Twilight before taking on the Hagerstown Braves Sunday afternoon.

Flying Dogs place 2nd in the Battle of Baltimore Tournament

The Frederick Flying Dogs traveled to Harford County to participate in the Battle of Baltimore tournament on April 23rd and April 24th. After two days and five games, the Flying Dogs were able to reach the finals before finally running out of gas in the Championship Game.

The Flying Dogs kicked off the tournament on Saturday the 23rd in the rain against the Baltimore Brew Crew of the Susquehanna League. The Brew Crew scored early and often in an easy 12-2 romp over the Flying Dogs.

Whatever rust they had from the first game wore off in the second game when the sun came out and the Flying Dogs erupted for 15 runs on 18 hits to beat the Chesapeake Red Sox of the Chesapeake Men’s Baseball League 15-4. Matt Buchholz was the winning pitcher and the Flying Dogs had multiple hit games from six Dogs. Dave Hostetter and Tyrone Stansberry had 3 hit games while Mike Bronakoski, Mick Myers, Christian O’ Reilly and Sean Withers had 2 hits apiece.

On Sunday, the Flying Dogs arrived to see the Brew Crew get hammered by the Red Sox which meant that if Frederick wanted to advance, they had to beat the Chesapeake Angels and not give up more than 6 runs. All was well until the fifth when the Angels tied it up at 5-5. Matt Smith came in relief of Tim Martin to hold the Angels in check and then the Flying Dogs bats woke up to score 6 runs in the 6th to win 11-5 and advance to the semifinals. Smith pitched 1.2 innings, striking out 4 and earning the win. Steve Shriner, Dustin Pease and Brandon Roebuck had two hits apiece for the Dogs, with Shriner driving in 3 in the victory.

Next up was a trip to Patterson Mill High School as the Flying Dogs faced the Susquehanna Braves, who went 3-0 in the other pool of the tournament. Dustin Pease made his first start of the year and not only did he pitch a complete game allowing only 1 run while striking out 6, he also went 4 for 4 at the plate. The Dogs scored three early runs and won 4-1 to advance to the Championship game. Steve Canale and Matt Buchholz were the other hitting stars of this semifinal game as Canale had 3 hits while Buchholz had 2, with one of those hits being a triple. Mick Myers, Steve Shriner and Ray Riggles also had hits in the 4-1 victory.

The Flying Dogs advanced to the championship, but had to wait to see who they would play, as the Chesapeake Dodgers and Baltimore Brew Crew played an 11 inning semifinal game. The Brew Crew eventually won the semifinal game, setting up a rematch of the first game of the tournament. Playing three games in one day caught up with the Flying Dogs as they made multiple errors in a 5-0 loss to the Brew Crew. Brew Crew starter Zach Nadolny limited the Flying Dogs to 4 hits, striking out 9. Dustin Pease was asked to go again in the final and even though he just went 7 innings and then endured the hour long wait, he went three innings, surrendering only 2 hits while allowing three runs, none of them earned. Matt Smith came in and allowed two unearned runs as well on only 1 hit. The Flying Dogs were only able to muster singles from Steve Shriner, Matt Buchholz, Brandon Roebuck and Sean Withers.

The Flying Dogs will be back in action May 25th when they take on the FSK Post 11 Legion at Harry Grove Stadium.

2016 Preview

The Frederick Flying Dogs are preparing to open a new season in a new league as they join the Blue Ridge League. The Flying Dogs will be joining a strong league that includes the Brunswick Orioles, Brunswick Express, Boonsboro Pirates, and Martinsburg Blue Sox. The Flying Dogs have had some tough games with these four teams in the past during NABF Regional Play or during the Reno Powell Memorial Day tournament. The Maryland Renegades are also in the Blue Ridge League and June 2nd will mark the first ever meeting between these two teams.

The Flying Dogs will play a 20 game schedule in the Blue Ridge League. Before the season kicks off, the Flying Dogs will play in the Reno Powell Memorial Day Tournament in Hagerstown. Additionally, there will be the annual game with the FSK Post 11 Legion. This year it will take place May 25th at Harry Grove Stadium. FSK Post 11 is a loaded squad this year and it should be a good test as the Dogs prepare for the loaded schedule this year.

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