Dodgers rally for first wins since June

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Story And Photo By Jackson Mcmurrey
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Laurel infielder, Keagan Campbell, tags out an opponent attempting to slide into second base.

Laurel infielder, Keagan Campbell, tags out an opponent attempting to slide into second base.

The Laurel Dodgers had a round of games in Billings and Laurel over the course of last week and have successfully brought up their number of wins into double-digits. Laurel lost two games against the Billings Blue Jays on Thursday, July 9, the first ending 6-1 and the second resulting to 3-2, but the Dodgers would then see three consecutive wins in their home stadium at Thompson Park. These home games took place on Saturday and Sunday, the former against the Glendive Blue Devils and the latter against the Billings Cardinals.

The first of a double-header matchup where the Dodgers faced the Blue Devils, Laurel needed five innings and 11 hits to win 14-4 by the run-rule. Scoring five runs in the first inning and and six more in the second, the Dodgers held their lead all the way to the end. Richie Cortese and Kayne Johnson both went 2-3 at the plate, while Jaxon Wittmayer earned two RBIs adding to Laurel’s success.

The second game against Glendive on Saturday went even better for Laurel, surviving the entirety without a single error. This six-inning matchup ended in mercy for the Blue Devils after Laurel claimed victory with a 15-5 score. Ricky Temporal ended up being the big hitter for the Dodgers, going 3-5 and getting in three runs himself.

Bringing their valiant attitude into Sunday, the Dodgers welcomed the Billings Cardinals into their home stadium for the two teams’ second twin bill together, the first being only a week and a half prior which ended in double-defeat for the Dodgers. This time around ended in a high scoring flip-flop where the Dodgers won the first game but lost the second.

The initial Sunday afternoon game came to a 18-8 win for Laurel against the Cardinals. The outcome was unsure as the Dodgers were down 7-6 in the bottom of the fourth inning, but Braeden Foos singled on a 2-0 count and scored two runs. Laurel put an anchor on the lead and allowed Billings only one more run the rest of the game; the Dodgers went on to score eight more runs. The Cardinals couldn’t compare with the Dodgers 18 hits tallied up over the course of the game.

Laurel fell behind against an early lead put up by the Cardinals in the second game and would eventually lose 19-13. Keagan Thompson did prove himself to be a worthy opponent and assisted the Dodgers with a dinger in the fourth inning and ended the game at five RBIs. Johnson led the Dodgers in hits going 3-4 with two RBIs.

On Tuesday, July 14, the Dodgers travelled to Cowley, Wyoming to face the Lovell Mustangs in a doubleheader. Laurel was defeated in the first game 15-1 but overcame the resistance for a 10-9 win in the second game. The record for the Dodgers now sits at 11-19-0.

Laurel is set for another series of double-headed home games this coming Friday versus the Glasgow Reds, Saturday against the Bozeman Bucks A, and Monday against the Froid Bulls.

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