DC MSBL 18+ Wood Open
Silver Spring Dodgers 5, Potomac Hawks 2
Submitted by Patrick Conley, Silver Spring DodgersThe Silver Spring Dodgers needed only two games to defeat the Potomac Hawks in a best-of-three series to earn their 8th DC MSBL Championship. During the regular season the Dodgers and Hawks faced off four times with a dead even record of one win, one loss, and two ties. The best-of-three Championship series was up for grabs between the two evenly matched teams.
The Dodgers got off to an early lead in game one scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. Jeremy Schutt and Daniel Washington had back to back singles, followed by an error and a hit batter. Jeremiah Gorospe delivered a two out single driving in the third and fourth run of the inning. In the top of the second inning, the Dodgers scored the game’s fifth run. Billy Duvall doubled and Schutt singled scoring Duvall. The Dodgers added two more runs in the fourth inning on a pair of doubles by Brian Herbek and Schutt, and a single from Washington. The Hawks answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to put the score at 7 – 2.
The Dodgers added three more runs in the seventh inning. Washington led off with a single, followed by a double from Patrick Conley and singles from Doug Remer, Matt Herbek, and Richie McMahon. That proved to be enough runs for Dodgers starting pitcher J. T. Williamson. Williamson pitched all seven innings, allowing two runs while striking out four. Game one final score was Dodgers 10, Hawks 2.
In game two, the Dodgers scored first with three runs in the third inning. Duvall singled and Schutt reached base on a fielder’s choice. Washington tripled scoring Duvall and Schutt, followed by a single from Dave Herbek to plate Washington. The Hawks answered with two runs in the top of the fourth inning. The Dodgers responded with two more runs in the 5th inning. Matt Kianka started the inning with a single, followed by two consecutive outs. Dave Herbek doubled off the left field fence scoring Kianka, and Conley singled scoring Herbek. Five runs was all Dodgers starting pitcher Matt Herbek needed, throwing a complete game allowing only two runs. Game two final score was Dodgers 5, Hawks 2.
In the two games, the Dodgers offense pounded out 28 hits. Leading the way for the Dodgers was Richie McMahon with five hits, followed by Daniel Washington with four hits, Matt Kianka, Jeremy Schutt, Patrick Conley added three hits a peace, and Billy Duvall, Brian Herbek, Dave Herbek, and Doug Remer each had two hits. Daniel Washington led the Dodgers with three RBI’s, followed by Jeremy Schutt, Dave Herbek, Patrick Conley, and Jeremiah Gorospe with two RBI’s each.