Dodgers continue hot streak

By 
Chris Mcconnell
Thursday, July 8, 2021
Richie Cortese (#15) celebrates with his Dodger teammates as he crosses the plate after a 3rd inning homer during a 9–6 win over the Lewistown Redbirds last Thursday.

Richie Cortese (#15) celebrates with his Dodger teammates as he crosses the plate after a 3rd inning homer during a 9–6 win over the Lewistown Redbirds last Thursday.

Jaxon Wittmayer backs off a bunt attempt during a game against Lewistown on July 1st. The Dodgers picked up wins against the Redbirds and Billings Cardinals last week to extend their winning streak to nine games.

Jaxon Wittmayer backs off a bunt attempt during a game against Lewistown on July 1st. The Dodgers picked up wins against the Redbirds and Billings Cardinals last week to extend their winning streak to nine games.

After starting the season with only four wins in 18 games the Laurel Dodgers are on fire, winning 19 of their past 21 games including nine in a row.

They picked up four home wins in the past week including two against the Lewistown Redbirds on Thursday and two against the Billings Cardinals on Saturday, bringing their season record to 23–16.

On July 1st they took down the Redbirds 6–3 and 9–6.

In first game the Laurel Dodgers defeated Lewistown Redbirds 6-3 on Thursday after going down 1–0 in the 1st inning. They scored four in the 2nd then hung on for the three– run win.

Jaxon, Wittmayer, Richie Cortese, Ricky Temporal, Braeden Foos and Maverick Hoppman each had a hit with Hoppman getting two RBI’s and Temporal one.

Wittmayer got the win on the mound pitching 6.1 innings and allowing nine hits with one earned run. He walked three batters and struck out one.

In the second game on Thursday the Dodgers took the 1–0 lead after the 1st and went down 2–1 after Lewistown scored two runs in the top of the 3rd. Then Laurel’s offense came alive, scoring eight runs in the bottom of the 3rd which included a Cortese home run. The Redbirds scored four over the next four innings but the game was out of reach and the Dodgers secured the 9–6 victory.

Cortese led the team with two hits and three RBI’s and Witt mayer, Temporal and Issac Nieto each added one.

Landen Peak got the win for Laurel Dodgers, giving up four runs on four hits over six innings while striking out eight. Aiden Hill threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen and recorded the last three outs to earn the save.

Against the Billings Cardinals on Saturday, Ian Bauer pitched an outstanding two–hit shutout where he struck out 10 batters and walked two leading the Dodgers to the 6–0 victory.

Cortese, Temporal and Bauer each had RBI’s in the five–run second inning.

For the game Cortese had two hits and Evan Caton, Bauer, Nieto, Reece Dolechek and Hoppman added one each.

In their last game of the week, Laurel went down 1–0 in the first but had a big seven run 2nd inning and added three in the 3rd to put the game out of reach and win 10–2.

In the second Bauer singled on a 1-0 count scoring one run, Hoppman drew a walk and Wittmayer was hit by a pitch each scoring a run. Knaub singled and drove in two runs, Temporal scored a run on a walk and Braeden Foos had a ground–out RBI.

Knaub (three RBI’s), Nieto and Wittmayer (two RBI’s) each had two hits and Cortese and Bauer had one hit and one RBI apiece.

Cortese got the win in four innings, allowing two hits and one earned run while striking out three and walking six. JD Ketterling threw three innings of relief allowing three hits and one ER.

Starting today the Dodgers are playing in the Dickinson Tournament in Dickinson, ND. They play Dickinson today at 6:30 p.m., Laramie tomorrow at 8 a.m., Sturgis at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and a final game Sunday at noon. They are back home on Tuesday for a double header against the Miles City Mavericks starting at 5 p.m.

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