Post 38 baseball rallies past Columbia
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.
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.