Dodgers sweep weekend series against Lewistown, Malta

Connor Waddingham
Thursday, May 30, 2019
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Outlook photo by Connor Waddingham
          
            Cash Golden rounding the bases after hitting a deep home run to left field against the Lewistown Redbirds last friday. Cash also had a home run the following day, against the Malta Royals.

The Dodgers are now on a roll nearly half-way into their regular season. Their offense that they were struggling to find consistently early on in the season is now abundant, as the Dodgers scored seven or more runs in all four games this past weekend. A total of 39 runs, 33 hits, four home runs, and one no hitter were the highlights of a very fun weekend of Dodger baseball in Laurel.

5/24 Lewistown 6, Laurel 7

            1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E   

LEW    1 0 0 0 3 2 0 6 6 2

LAU    0 1 0 0 3 0 3 7 6 2

This game for the Dodgers got off to a slow start in comparison to their three future games they would have this weekend. Lewistown actually stole a run early in the top of the first, the last time starter Cash Golden would allow a run until the fifth inning.

Laurel managed to score a run in the bottom of the second inning. Ricky Temporal drove in Kade McIlvain on a line- drive single to left field. Three innings later, Lewistown and Laurel both scored three runs each, to keep this game tied, 4-4.

In the top of the 6th inning, coach Doug Studiner chose to make the pitching switch from Cash Golden to Keagan Thompson. Thompson came in and allowed two runs early, so the Dodgers had six more outs to score three runs. They did exactly that in the bottom of the 7th. After Connor Polkowske was hit by a pitch, Cash Golden stepped up to the plate. After drawing three balls, Cash found the pitch he want- ed, and sent in flying well over the left field wall. With an emphatic bat flip and slow jog around the base path from Cash, the game was quickly tied, 6-6.

After this chain of events, Richie Cortese, Ricky Temporal, and Andrew Wightman all found their way on base to load up the bases with one out. The other Golden, Canu, stepped up to the plate and delivered a clutch sac- fly to left field to drive in Cor- tese. The game ended on that walk-off run, and the Dodgers won this thriller 7-6.

Stats:

D. Harper- 1/2, R, 2 BB K. Thompson- 0/1, R, BB C. Polkowske- 0/2, 2 R, BB Cash Golden- 1/2, R, HR, 2 RBI R. Cortese- 1/3, R, 2 RBI, BB K. McIlvain- 1/4, R, K R. Temporal- 1/3, RBI, BB, K A. Wightman- 1/3, 2 K Canu Golden- 0/3. RBI, K Pitching: Cash Golden- 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 K, 5 BB (W) K. Thompson- 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 K, 3 BB

5/24 Lewistown 1, Laurel 10

           1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E   

LEW   1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1

LAU   1 0 2 2 1 4 X 107 1

Lewistown scored a run in

the top of the first, and then

didn’t score again the rest of the game. The Dodgers’ Deklan Harper answered in the bottom

of the first inning by leading off with a solo shot to left field. It

was quickly a 1-1 game after this.

Connor Polkowske was on the mound in this game, and he didn’t disappoint. He was in

complete control after the first

inning, pitching for six innings,

allowing just three hits, one un-

earned run, and fanning nine. A gem from the starter helped the offense settle in and get comfortable. They combined for nine

runs in the final four half innings,

and got solid base hitting from Deklan Harper and Keagan Thompson. Harper had three RBIs and Thompson had four RBIs.

After two runs in the third and fourth, followed by four in the sixth, the Dodgers nearly ended this game early as they won 10-1.

Stats:

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

5/25 Malta 0, Laurel 10

          1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E   

MAL  0 0 0 0 0 X X 0 0 4

LAU  3 6 1 0 X X X 107 0

This game was over quickly between the Dodgers and the Royals. Thanks to a no-hitter

through the game’s five-inning

total from Deklan Harper, the Dodgers quickly added 10 runs to the board to end this game

after the top of the fifth innning,

the minimum innings threshold for Legion Baseball.

Harper threw for five innings,

allowing zero hits and zero walks, while striking out 11 and walking two. He also hit a two-RBI home run in this game to go along with a great day on the mound.

Harper, Cash Golden, Cortese, and McIlvain all had two or more RBIs in this game. The Dodgers dominated in the Royals in this one, 10-0.

Stats:

D. Harper- 1/3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI K. Thompson- 0/2, 2 R, BB C. Polkowske- 0/2, R Landen Peak- 0/2, K Cash Golden- 1/3, R, 2 RBI R. Cortese- 2/3, R, 3 RBI K. McIlvain- 2/3, 2 R, 2 RBI R. Temporal- 0/0, 3 BB A. Wightman- 0/3, 2 K Canu Golden- 1/1, R, RBI, BB Pitching: (W) D. Harper- 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 11 K, 2 BB

5/25 Malta 2, Laurel 12

         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E   

MAL 1 0 0 1 0 0 X 2 4 0

LAU 1 1 3 0 2 5 X 12132

This game was another game between the Dodgers and Royals that was called off early, due to the 10-run rule. This time, though, the Royals were able to put some runs on the board. They scored off of Laurel’s starter Richie Cortese twice in a span of four innings, but that was all they had in them. Laurel already

had scored five runs by the time

Malta scored it’s second run, though.

In the bottom of the third inning, Cash Golden and Kade McIlvain both hit home runs, nearly back to back. Another combined seven runs in the the

fifth and sixth innings gave the

Dodgers 10-run lead, which was enough to end the game on a walk-off with an RBI single

from Andrew Wightman. He

drove in Richie Cortese to win the game 12-2.

Stats:

D. Harper- 1/3, 2 R, BB, K K. Thompson- 2/3, 2 R, 2 RBI C. Polkowske- 0/2, R, 2 BB Cash Golden- 1/3, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB R. Cortese- 2/4, 2 R, RBI, K K. McIlvain- 2/3, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB R. Temporal- 3/3, R, BB L. Peak- 1/1, RBI, BB A. Wightman- 1/2, RBI, K Canu Golden- 0/3 Pitching: (W) R. Cortese- 4 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 7 K, 7 BB K. McIlvain- 2 IP, 2 H, 1 K, 2 BB

The Dodgers next series will be this Sunday in Billings. They will be taking on the Billings Blue Jays at Pirtz Field, at 5/7 p.m. The ensuing week, the Dodgers will travel to Miles City to take on the Mavericks, and then play Miles City again in Laurel on Friday, June 7.

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