It took a few years, but the Dodgers are finally back in the win column.
The Dodgers defeated the Riegelsville Reds on Sunday at Riegelsville Borough Park in 45 American Division action in the Lehigh Valley Men’s Baseball League Game of the Week.
The Dodgers overcame a strong pitching performance by the Reds’ Wayne Cawley with a strong pitching performance of their own. Dan Robertson fanned five in a complete-game performance.
Manager Dick Prue’s club returned to the MSBL this season after several seasons away. Maybe the the Dodgers (1-6) took a while to warm back up. But they and the Reds (0-7) each have more than half a season to go to run up the standings.
They’re chasing the Diamondbacks (8-1), who split a doubleheader Sunday with the second-place Patriots (7-3).
One had a Key Hit, One Didn’t
Dennis Ritter set the table and Steve Ramer cleared it.
The Dodger’s Ritter finished 2-3 with a run scored and Ramer was 1-3 with a double and two RBI. Ramer was instrumental as the three-hole hitter doubled in two runs in the first inning for a lead that held up.
“Timely hitting and a well-pitched game,” said Prue, the Dodgers manager. “Dennis Ritter played good defense and John called a good game and played well behind the plate.”
Cawley kept it close.
“Wayne pitched very well with several one-two-three innings,” Reds Manager Greg Stokes said. “We as a team played very good defense (but) they hit the ball where we weren’t. It as a well-played game on both sides.”
The Reds couldn’t seem to find the key hit that Ramer did.
“The Dodgers hit well and we hit okay,” Stokes said. “We had the winning run on base but couldn’t close the deal.”
In 45 National Division action, the second-place Cardinals (7-1) laid the first loss on the first-place Springtown Mudcats (9-1). The Gorilla A’s (2-6) and the Kings (0-9) were rained out