Post 38 base­ball ral­lies past Columbia

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­pub.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @DEa­gle_s­ports

As the Amer­i­can Le­gion base­ball sea­son en­ters the fi­nal weeks of the reg­u­lar sea­son, it’s ap­par­ent the Dun­dalk Post 38 team must set­tle for lesser goals.

The Iron Ea­gles won’t be chal­leng­ing Ce­cil County for the top spot in the Anne Arun­del/ North County Di­vi­sion, or be ad­vanc­ing to the state tour­na­ment.

Post 38 can still strive for an­other sea­son of 10+ wins, and can fin­ish third in the eight-team di­vi­sion.

Dun­dalk broke a three-game los­ing streak with a 5-3 win over vis­it­ing Columbia Post 300 on July 12, rais­ing its record to 6-7 for the sea­son.

Ce­cil County (15-2) and Sev­erna Park Post 175 (13-2) are bat­tling for the top spot in the re­gion. But third place cur­rently be­longs to Sev­ern Post 276 (8-6).

The Iron Ea­gles have chal­lenged peren­nial di­vi­sion power Ce­cil County the past few years, but were de­feated hand­ily in three straight meet­ings with Ce­cil that de­cided the sea­son.

Dun­dalk lost to vis­it­ing Ce­cil 15-4 on June 28, than dropped a dou­ble­header at Ce­cil on July 9, 11-2 and 5-1.

Out­side of the top two teams, the rest of the di­vi­sion has been bal­anced. Post 38 has gone 2-1 against An­napo­lis Post 7 (7-11), 1-1 against Columbia (5-10), 1-1 against Sev­ern, 0-1 against Glen Burnie (3-10) and 2-0 against Pasadena (4-13).

(When the top two teams are 28-4 against the rest of the di­vi­sion, there are go­ing to be a lot of los­ing records. Ce­cil’s two losses have come against Sev­erna Park and Sev­ern; Sev­erna Park has lost to Ce­cil and Columbia.)

The Iron Ea­gles have not yet played Sev­erna Park this sea­son.

Against Columbia, Dun­dalk ral­lied from an early two-run deficit to get back to within a game of a .500 record.

With the score tied 3-3 in the bot­tom of the fifth, Chris­tian Cariello hit a sac­ri­fice fly to left field to score Casey Drech­sler with the win­ning run.

Drech­sler drew a walk to lead off the in­ning, and Darius Speaks fol­lowed with an in­field sin­gle.

Ian Tokof­sky ad­vanced the run­ners with a sac­ri­fice bunt, set­ting up Cariello.

Dun­dalk added an in­sur­ance run in the bot- tom of the sixth in­ning. Al­lan Rud­dles­den sin­gled with one out, and reached sec­ond when the ball slipped past the cen­ter­fielder.

With two outs, David San­ders blooped a triple down the right field line, scor­ing Rud­dles­den.

Post 38 pitch­ers, mean­while, re­tired seven of the fi­nal eight Columbia bat­ters af­ter the vis­i­tors tied the score in the top of the fifth in­ning.

Two Dun­dalk er­rors had helped Columbia to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third in­ning, but Post 38 re­sponded im­me­di­ately.

Ken­dall Good­win led off with a walk and scored on Drech­sler’s dou­ble to right-cen­ter.

Drech­sler stole third af­ter a walk to Speaks and scored on a throw­ing er­ror when Columbia tried to pick off Speaks at first. Speaks went to sec­ond on the play, stole third base, and scored on a sin­gle by Noah Labonte.

Jake McEl­fish pitches dur­ing Dun­dalk Post 38’s win over Columbia last week.

Ron­ald Dent has his eye on the ball dur­ing an at-bat last week against Columbia.

Post 38 sec­ond base­man Ken­dall Brown scoops up a ground ball dur­ing the win over Columbia last week.

PHO­TOS BY BILL GATES

Post 38’s David San­ders and two Columbia coaches fol­low the flight of his sixth-in­ning triple that gave Dun­dalk a 5-3 lead over Columbia.

Darius Speaks of Dun­dalk Post 38 snags a bounc­ing ground ball dur­ing a win over Columbia last week.

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