SERIES SWEEP OF BURLINGTON PUSHES SEASON RECORD TO 20-11
GREEN BAY, WI – The Dodgers earned a sweep of their three-game series with Burlington, winning both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Joannes Stadium.
The bats were working early for the Dodgers, who sent 14 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first inning of game one, as they jumped out to an early 8-0 lead.
After Noah Robinson was hit by a pitch and Griffin Summers drew a walk, Jayden Adrians belted a double to center, driving in both runners. Mike Manns followed with a walk and Luke Gajewski singled to load the bases, then Jacob Lacy drew another base on balls and Jake Thyes lined a double to left, increasing the lead to 5-0. Matt McNabb then walked and a Matt Bald RBI single was sandwiched between two wild pitches, extending the lead to 8-0 as Burlington was forced to go to their bullpen in the first inning.
The Dodgers added to their lead in the second, thanks to first baseman Jake Thyes, who crushed his first home run of the season. After Jacob Lacy draw a one-out walk, Thyes stepped to the plate and lined a 2-0 pitch over the wall in left to make the score 10-0.
Starting pitcher Noah Robinson would take advantage of the early run support, shutting down the Burlington hitters, scattering just three hits while striking out five as the tossed a complete game shutout to earn the win.
Game two proved to be a bit more competitive, but the Dodgers again took an early lead. A single, an error and a walk loaded the bases, and Adrians came through with a sacrifice fly to drive in Bald with the game’s first run. An RBI single by Bald drove in Jake Fietz in the second inning, but the Barons chipped away at the lead when they scored a run in the top of the third.
The Dodgers answered right back with a run in their half of the inning, making the score 3-1, and it stayed that way until the sixth, when Burlington manufactured a pair of runs to tie the ballgame.
The game didn’t stay tied for long however, as the Dodgers showed their resilience once again when they came to bat. Cole Clark laced a one-out double to right and then McNabb followed with a clutch single to center, driving in Clark to re-take the lead at 4-3.
Luke Gajewski finished it off from there, shutting down the Barons in the seventh to close out the game and give the Dodgers their fifth consecutive win. Gajewski wound up pitching all seven innings in game two, allowing three runs while striking out five to earn the win.
The Dodgers have the day off on Sunday before wrapping up their six-game homestand on Monday night, when they welcome Wisconsin State League rival, the Sheboygan A’s, to Joannes Stadium. Monday night is Youth Baseball/Softball night with FREE ADMISSION and special in-game recognition for young fans who show up to the game in uniform. Gates and concessions open by 6:30 with first pitch scheduled for 7:30 PM.