Dodgers go 3-1 in road games to bolster their season record

Connor Waddingham
Thursday, June 6, 2019

The temperature isn’t the only thing that is warming up in Laurel lately. Don’t look back now, but the Laurel Dodgers have now won seven of their last eight games, and are 11-4 since the start of May. Overall, the Dodgers are sitting at 13-5 on the year.

Last season, the Dodgers reached 17 wins before suffering their sixth loss. With rematches against the Malta Royals and Miles City Mavericks on the horizon for the Dodgers, it’s looking very likely that they can get to that 17-5 mark they reached last season.

 

6/2 Laurel 5, Billings Blue Jays 0

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E   

LAU 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 5 6 0

BIL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

 

This was a very impressive game for the Dodgers. The Blue Jays are viewed as one of the tougher opponents in Legion Baseball, but their offense was no problem for starter Cash Golden.

Cash pitched six innings total, allowing only two hits and no runs. Cash also fanned nine batters while only walking four.

The offense got a quick jump start in the top of the first inning ascribable to the struggles of the Blue Jays starter. He couldn’t control any of his pitches in the beginning of the first frame, and wound up hitting three of the first five batters in the lineup for the Dodgers. The third HBP was awarded to Richie Cortese, who wore a wild pitch to drive in a run with the bases loaded.

Richie Cortese drew in another singular run in his next at bat. In the top of the third inning, Richie singled to center field to drive in Keagan Thomspon, but was thrown out on his way to second. The Dodgers were up 3-0 at the end of three.

In the fifth inning, Cortese drove in yet another run. For his third straight RBI for the team, Cortese smashed a ball to left field with the bases loaded to drive in Deklan Harper. A later bases-loaded walk for Landen Peak increased the Dodgers lead to four. Their final run in this game came in the sixth inning on a hard ground ball from Cash Golden. He drove in Harper and the Dodgers wound up winning this game emphatically, 5-0.

Stats:

D. Harper: 2/3, 2 R K. Thompson: 0/2, 2 R, K C. Polkowske: 0/1, R, 3 BB Cash Golden. 1/3, RBI, BB, K R. Cortese: 2/3, 3 RBI, K R. Temporal: 1/4, 2 K L. Peak: 0/3, RBI, BB, 2 K A. Wightman: 0/3, BB, 3 K Canu Golden: 0/4, K Pitching: (W) Cash Golden: 6 IP, 2 H, 9 K, 4 BB C. Polkowske: 1 IP, 3 K, BB

 

6/2 Laurel 3, Billings Blue Jays 4

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E   

LAU 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 6 3

BIL 1 0 0 2 0 1 X 4 4 3

 

The Blue Jays and Dodgers kept this game competitive throughout. There were three runs in total in the first inning, then just four the rest of the game.

This game marked the return of sus- pended players Keagan Campbell, Car- son West, and Colton Ludwig. The three had been suspended for five games after an off-the-field incident involving the three of them. Carson West got the start on the bump in his first game back, and he had a solid five innings of work. Through five innings, West allowed just three runs, two hits, with a 5/3 K/BB ratio. Ludwig came in in relief of West in the bottom of the sixth, and let up the winning run to the Blue Jays. In a rather dull offensive game from both team (just 10 combined hits), the Dodgers ended up losing 4-3.

Stats:

D. Harper: 2/4, R, 2B, K K. Thompson: 1/3, R, K C. Polkowske: 1/4, 2B, 2 RBI, K Cash Golden: 0/2, K C. West: 1/3 R. Cortese: 0/3, K K. Campbell: 1/3, K Canu Golden: 0/2, BB C. Ludwig: 0/3, K Pitching: C. West: 5 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 K, 3 BB (L) C. Ludwig: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER

 

6/4 Laurel 15, Miles City 4

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E   

LAU 1 1 0 4 6 1 2 15163

MLSC 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 4 2 3

 

In their first game this season against the Miles City Mavericks, the Dodgers’ offense exploded. With the 15 runs in this game and the 13 runs the Dodgers would score in the second game against the Mavericks, the Dodgers combined for 28 runs and 27 hits in these two games.

It was a good game to have Campbell, West, and Ludwig back. The three, who were previously suspended, combined to go 7/13 at the plate and score seven runs. Campbell and West each had two assists a piece.

Laurel scored a lone run in each of the first two innings. In the third, they didn’t score at all, but combined for 13 runs in the next four frames. A four-run fourth inning, followed by a six-run fifth inning, sealed the victory for the Dodgers. The Mavericks had just four runs in them in this game, and the Dodgers coasted to an easy win in the end, 15-4. Laurel also outhit Miles City 16 to two in this game.

Stats:

C. Polkowske: 0/2, 2 R, 3 RBI, K K. Campbell: 4/5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI D. Harper: 2/5, 2 R, 3B, 2 RBI, K Cash Golden: 1/4, R, BB, 3 K C. West: 2/4, 3 R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB R. Cortese: 3/3, 2 R, 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, 2 BB K. Thompson: 2/5, R, RBI Canu Golden: 0/3, RBI C. Ludwig: 2/4, 2 R, 2B BB K Pitching:

(W) D. Harper: 5 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 7 K, 8 BB

Canu Golden: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 2 BB

 

6/4 Laurel 13, Miles City 2

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E  LAU4 2 0 0 2 2 3 139 1 MLSC0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 3 2

 

Another game against the Mavericks, another dominant offensive performance from the Dodgers. On top of their offense already hot from the previous game, the Dodgers’ manager Doug Studiner penciled in Connor Polkowske as the starter in this one and he did not disappoint. Polkowske pitched a quality start, going six innings and allowing just three hits, one earned run, and fanning through eight batters. Polkowske picked up the win to increase his record to 3-0 on the year. This helped lower Connor’s ERA by nearly an entire point.

Offensively, only Keagan Campbell and Cash Golden raked in multiple hits, but all but two Dodger starters were able to cross home plate at least once. Cash went 3/3 at the plate, and drove in four runs in this game. Campbell went 2/3, but his base running was responsible for three Dodger runs.

Richie Cortese was brought in to relief Polkowske in the bottom of the seventh. He hit the first batter, and walked the next two batters. A bases loaded in the bottom of the final inning scenario is usually a high-stress situation for most pitchers. But, the Dodgers had an 11 run lead at this point, so Cortese finished the inning strong. He struck out the next batter in three pitches, and induced the game-winning double play the very next at bat.

This final out cemented a 28-run day for the Dodgers, as well as a series sweep of the Mavericks. The Dodgers won this game 13-2.

Stats:

C. Polkowske: 0/3, 2 R, RBI, BB

K. Campbell: 2/3, 3 R

D. Harper: 1/3, 3 R, 3B, 2 RBI, BB Cash Golden: 3/3, 2 R, 2B, 4 RBI, BB

C. West: 1/4, RBI, BB

R. Cortese: 1/2, R, RBI, 3 BB

K. Thompson: 0/1, R, RBI, 2 BB

L. Peak: 0/1, K

R. Temporal: 1/4, RBI, 2 K

A. Wightman: 0/1, K

C. Ludwig: 0/3, R, BB, 2 K

Pitching:

(W) C. Polkowske: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 8 K, 2 BB

R. Cortese: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, K, 2 BB

The Dodgers next opponents will be two familiar foes. The Miles City Mavericks, whom the Dodgers just played on Tuesday, will travel to Laurel to face off with the Dodgers Friday at Thomson Park. Games are scheduled to start at 5 pm/7 pm.

Following their final regular season meeting with Miles City, Laurel will travel to Malta on Saturday to face off with the Royals. Dodgers supporters know how easily they handled the Royals back in early May, so these should be two easy matchups for the Dodgers.

Laurel has four wins combined against these two teams this season. The combined score of those games was 50-8, in favor of the Dodgers.

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