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Dragons eliminated from post season by Prince William Black Sox

DC Metro wasted an outstanding pitching effort by Casey Leister as he was matched up in pitching duel and the hard luck loser of a lack of offense and 2 unearned runs. Black Sox pitcher equally as dominant. Season ends in first round of the playoffs... further write up to come later.

The Bobby Simmons led G-Men sweep the Potomac Hawks in the other quarter final round. Dragons lost to Black Sox 3-6 write up to come later in game 1

BLUE AND GRAY PLAYOFFS UNDERWAY FRIDAY NIGHT The #5 DC Metro Dragons(13-9) will square off against the #4 Prince William Black Sox(13-7-1) at South County Stadium. First pitch is slated for 8pm. Both teams met on opening day and split the double header. The Sox took the first game 8-7 in the final inning of game 1and the Dragons bounced back for a 4-3 win in a rain shortened match of game 2. Each squad took different routes during their campaigns to reach the playoffs. Prince William played steady baseball, compiled a few big wins on the year and never really had a doubt of qualifying for the post season. The Dragons on the other hand got out of the starting gates slow. At one point DC Metro was actually in the basement of the division. In the second half the Dragons pieced together a five game winning streak and took 8 of their last 10 games. The strong push gave DC their post season berth on the last day of their regular season. A strong team effort was vital in the run. However, there is no denying the catalyst of that success was the tandem of P Mike Johnson and C Greg Ekimoff. MJ went 5-0 in his last five appearances. His dominant performance inlcluded four complete game wins and a victory in relief. Johnson allowed just one earned run during that stretch. The other half of the spark was from Ek. Greg rode a hot streak that saw him cash in several clutch rbis to pave the way for many of the wins. The series should be highly competitive and entertaining. The pitching advantage will go to the Black Sox as they were second in the league in runs against and have great depth. Runs scored are about even between both teams. For DC Metro to stay competitive they will have to play scrappy and smart baseball.

The other opening series Friday night will be between the #3 Potomac Hawks(14-7-1) and the #6 Stafford Fredericksburg Giants(13-9). The Hawks took both games during the regular season. Win one came via a hard fought extra inning 12-11 victory. The second game the Hawks won handily with a 9-1 score. Potomac's high flying offense will make for a great contest against the G-Mens pitching. The #1 Prince William Yankees and #2 three time consecutive champion Arlington Red Sox have first round byes as they await the outcome of the quarterfinal round.

South downs North in BnG All-Star game 7-4 at Pfitzner Wednesday Night COURTESY OF BLUE GRAY LEAGUE FRONT OFFICE

Blue & Gray held their annual All-Star game under the lights last night at Pfitzner Stadium in Prince William County Virginia. The fans got to see some very good baseball and saw a rarity with an inside the Park 2-RBI HOMERUN that decided the game! Mr. Skip Sisk was the games Honorary guest; throwing out the first pitch to get this game started. Mr. Steve Ray, of the P-Nats organization, provided the "voice" of the BnG All-Star game, providing the public address announcements for the nights festivities ......a special thanks to Ray!!! The game saw some great pitching performances specifically from David Beckner of the Potomac Hawks representing the North and Chris Sommerville of the Stafford/Fredericksburg Giants representing the South; each receiving awards as they were named their teams top pitchers of the game. Gold Gloves were awarded to the North’s TJ Starkey SS of the Potomac Hawks and to the South’s Gerardo Torres SS of the Occoquan River Bandits. The most exciting of the play of the evening was produced by the Game MVP Jamien Payne with his 2-out 2-RBI inside the Park Homerun. As Commissioner of the Blue & Gray Baseball League I would like to thank all those fans that came out to support our league and the remembrance and honoring of Donna Sisk our Vice President who we lost earlier this year. A HEART FELT WARMING THANK YOU TO ALL!!!! box score provided by winning manager Alan Knapp can be found at http://www.occoquanriverbandits.com/game_120725.htm

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DC DRAGONS SWEEP WEEKEND GAMES AND QUALIFY FOR POST SEASON

Mt Vernon - Friday night's game against the Alexandria Senators (2-19) was an early nail biter. The Senators were a miscue and rain storm away from a major upset that could have possibly dashed the hopes of a post season appearance for DC Metro. In the top of the 2nd Alexandria's Doom reached via a fielder's choice. After he advanced on a stolen base, Doom scored shortly after on a routine fly ball that was lost in the low lying lights. With rain coming down, and a forecasted bigger storm front on the way, the possibility of a 5 inning rain shortened game was looming. More nerve wracking was the Dragons were scoreless through 3. Top of the 4th, in stepped Greg Ekimoff who tied the game 1-1 with a screaming double. That seemed to have an effect and loosen things up as the Dragons proceeded to score seven more runs that inning to go up 8-1 Casey Leister (7ip, 3h, 1er,hbp,bb,9k,W) was dominating on the mound. The game was stopped with mercy rule at 13-2. Greg Ekimoff led the hitting going 3-3 with a double and triple.

Veterans Field - On Saturday the Dragons Mike Johnson (9ip, 2r, 0er,8h,1bb,3k,W) picked up a complete game win against the Fairfax Division leading Red Sox(16-5). The Sox struck first in top of the 2nd when an alert Jeff Fox scored on a wild pitch. DC Metro answered back with 3 runs in the top of the third. David Johnstone lead off with by a hit batter. The next two Dragons went down on k's. DJ stole second and was knocked in by an rbi single from JC Organ. The Dragons capitalized on a walk and an error to score two more runs that inning. The Dragons added an insurance run in the 8th with a leadoff single by Greg Ekimoff that was eventually cashed in by Justin Hulse. The Red Sox scored their final run from an rbi groundout in the ninth from Ryan Dickt. The final score was 4-2 in favor of the Dragons. With that win their playoff birth was secured. For the Red Sox, Jeff Fox and Arrowood each had two hits. Arrowood also had 9 k's in 6 innings of work. Justin Hulse collected a 2 hit game of his own for the Dragons. With that win DC Metro secured their playoff berth.

Veterans Field - In the split double header , and a now meaningless game vs the Senators(2-19), DC Metro came out with the idea of tossing position players to get through the game. After being down 2-4 in the 3rd inning the plan took a detour. Fresh off his complete game win about an hour earlier, the bullpen call went to Johnson. MJ delivered , going three innings , struck out 5 and allowed an unearned run to notch his second win of the day. JC Organ (2ip,0r,2k,bb) pitched the final two innings. Meanwhile on the offensive side for the Dragons things got a little out of control and they saw themselves up 19-5 and induced the second mercy rule for the Senators in as many days ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Veterans Field - The third game of the day was a tilt for the remaing wild card. The Occoquan Riverbandits(11-11) and Stafford Giants(12-9). The G-Men took care of business and won 10-0. A final game is scheduled today that will determine seeding of upper teams between the Potomac Hawks(13-7-1) and P.W. Black Sox (12-6-1). The Dragons will likely face the loser of that game in the opening round of the playoffs. Currently the seeding is as follows for the 6 team , best of three post season. #1 P.W. Yankees (17-4) BYE, #2 Arlington Red Sox (16-5) BYE, #3 P.W. Black Sox (12-6-1), #4 Potomac Hawks (13-7-1), #5 DC Dragons(13-9) and #6 Stafford Giants (12-9) The must qualify post season will feature some of the best teams in the area. The defending champions are the three time consecutive winning Arlington Red Sox.

DC METRO INCREASES WINNING STREAK TO 5 GAMES

DC Dragons win five of last six to remain in contention for post season South County -

On Friday the DC Dragons (9-8) increased their winning streak to five games after defeating the Prince William Yankees (16-2) by a score of 3-2. In his third meeting lifetime vs the Yanks, Mike Johnson posted his third complete game. In nine innings MJ struck out 9 batters and allowed just 1 earned run while surrending 4 hits.

The Yankees starting pitcher Justin Dreschel also was dominating as he struck out 14 batters in just 7 innings of work. Greg Ekimoff(2-4,2rbi) started the scoring with an rbi in the first inning, and a much needed insurance run in the 6th with a triple. Bryan Dirosario posted the other rbi of the game and collected two hits of his own.

South County - Saturday an undermanned Dragons team ran into a buzzsaw and their winning streak came to an end. Brian Eck got the win while O'Connell earned a save the old fashioned way by closing the last four. Dan Walker and St. Clair led the offense with three hits each including a home run for St. Clair. For DC Metro Greg Ekimoff stayed hot collecting 2 hits and 2 rbis. Heading into the final week the league has 6 teams fighting for 4 playoff spots. The Yankees(16-4) and Red Sox(16-3) have clinched their respective divisions. There are multiple playoff scenarios that will play out starting Tuesday and run through until the following Monday. DC Metro sits just outside by a .5 game.

Dragons push win streak to 4 games

Olney Park - Mike Johnson(7ip,3h.0er,8k,3bb,W) dominated in his 7 innings pitched of the 8 inning game (rain delay). Kyle Skellchock returned after a long lay off from an early season injury and picked up 2 hits with 2 rbis and also pitched the final frame.

Top of the 1st , with 1 out the Dragons Csigi, DiRosario and SKellchock belted out three consecutive hits. An rbi single by Kyle Skellchock and a bases loaded walk to Puccio put the Dragons up 2-0.

In the bottom half of the inning the Patriots scored their lone run of the game off a whole lot of hustle by McEnheimer. McEneimer avoided a double play earlier by hustling down the line for a fielder's choice. Two pitches later he stole second base. After Pyatt drew a walk, Mayer hit a ball up the middle that was misplayed for an error. With the ball just behind the bag,  McEnheimer scored from second.

In the top of the second inning the Dragons added another run. Mike Appleby led off with a HBP and stole second. With one out, the run was cashed in by an RBI double from Rusty.

The Dragons would add four more runs to cushion their lead in the 3rd, 5th, and 8th innings. Those runs were knocked in by Vic Johnson, Tom Csigi (double), and Kyle Skellchock.

The Patriots Nick Nimeralla had two hits in the losing cause.

With the win and aid of loss by the Occoquan Riverbandits to the P.W. Black Sox the night before, DC Metro moved into control of the final wild card spot for the post season. With both teams having 5 games to go nothing is set in stone. After the 4th of July break the Dragons will return to action against three time champion Red Sox. 0-1 this year and 1-4 lifetime vs Arlington, DC Metro has a major road block ahead of them to remain in control of the final seed.

 

 

DC METRO DRAGONS BATTLES BACK INTO PLAYOFF CONTENTION WITH THREE WINS 

Olney Maryland - The Dragons made easy work of the undermanned expansion Fairfax Indians. The 9 inning contest was cut short with a mercy rule with and final score of 24-5. SS Bryan DiRosario led the offensive attack for DC Metro going 3-3 with 5 rbis. Andrew Ferris chipped in with 3 rbis of his own and DH Tom Castillo collected two hits.

South County - On Saturday the Dragons squared off with the red hot Stafford Giants. Led by Bobby Simmons, the G Men (9-3) came in riding a nine game winning streak. Pressed for at least a split to stay in contention, the Dragons were able to come away with two wins on the night.

Game 1- The Giants jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead against workhouse Mike Johnson in the first inning. With 1 out Stafford pieced four consecutive hits sparked by Brandon. Marshall, Simmons, and Zach G. followed pace in the the early hit parade.

The Dragons got on the board in the top of the 2nd when C Greg Ekimoff opened the frame with a solo shot to left center. DC Metro tied the game at 4-4 with three runs in the top of the 3rd. Stafford took the lead back in the bottom of the fourth.

A lead off single by Colins was eventually cashed in by an rbi base hit from Chris Sommers. Down a run Mike Johnson cruised through the final 5 innings allowing just 2 hits the rest of the way. The Dragons took advantage and plated the tying and eventual winning runs in the top of the 8th.

MJ scattered 9 hits , and allowed 5 runs in his 137 pitch complete game victory. C Greg Ekimoff went 2-2, r,2bb,2b,hr, 3rbi as he paved the way for the win both at and behind the plate. DH Camron Jones and 3b JoJo Mcdougal both had multi hit game with 2 hits. For the Giants, Zach G, Walter L., and Colins had 2 hits apiece.

Game 2 - The Dragons jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in their bottom half of the first inning. Brian DiRosario went 5 innings and surrended two runs, one earned, over 5 innings of work. Dylan Garten came in to relive the final two frames up 3-2.

He allowed just one hit in the top of the 6th and then induced to pop ups and a K to end the threat.

DC Metro was quiet in the bottom of the 6th unable to push across an insurance run. With the final inning in order and last chance for the Giants an exciting, but ugly inning took place. Garten picked up the first out of the inning with a 4-3 groundout. The Giants next batter followed up with a sharp single but made a poor base running mistake by turning into fair terrority. In a heads up play the Dragons Leister tossed the ball to Garten , who in turn tagged the runner out.

Two outs and things looked very grim for the Giants. What appeared to be the final out on a routine infield pop up was not so. On the next pitch a miscue by the middle infielder allowed the runner to steal second when no one covered the base. It wasn't over yet ... a hard hit ball was nearly tracked down and just off the glove in left field. What looked like the final page in the book now saw the score knotted at 3-3.

After a hit batter and a single the bases were loaded and the Giants seemed primed. Not so, as Garten recorded the final out himself with a much needed K. Shellshocked the Dragons went into their bottom half of the 7th and likely last inning. With one out Casey Leister walked and promptly stole second to get into scoring position. The next Dragon battered k'd. With two outs Bryan DiRosario drew a walk. The Dragons called on pinch hitter Tom Mullen. Tommy laced a 2-1 fast ball to right field for the walk off win to complete the series sweep. Not found in any stat column was the team first effort by Greg Ekimoff who caught all 16 innings on the night while battling through pain.

A great weekend of baseball for the Dragons capped off with two hard fought wins against a quality team.

DC METRO SUFFERS 1-2 PUNCH BY RED SOX AND HAWKS OVER THE WEEKEND PUTTING THEM ON THE ROPES.

Olney Manor Park - The Arlington Red Sox opened up on the Dragon starting pitching when Ralston, Ramirez,and Schourek belted out three consecutive doubles. At the end of the top of the inning the Sox were up 3-0.

The Dragons answered back in their home half of the frame with three consecutive. Organ and Ferris singled, and M. Johnson added a double. When the dust settled it was a 3-3 tie.

The score remained deadlocked at 3 until the top of the 7th. Multiple walks and errors paved the way to a four run inning and the Red Sox were ahead 7-3. Arlington then added on two more for a final of 9-3.

For the Red Sox , Rameriz, Schourek, and Netwell all had two hits apiece. For the Dragons, JC Organ and Bryan Dirosario chipped in with two hits of their own.

South County - The Potomac Hawks made easy work of the Dragons and walked away with a 7-2 win. Teller and Starkey both homered in the win. In the losing effort Bryan DiRosario had a 4-4 performance and Mike Johnson added two hits of his own.


DRAGON PITCHING DOMINATES IN BOTH WINS , DIRO THROWS NO-NO

South County - Game 1 6-0 win Mike Johnson pitched 8 effective innings , surrendered just three hits and struck out 7 Crazy Horse batters. Justin Hulse (1ip,0h,k)pitched the final frame in the non save situation. The Dragons got on the board in the bottom of the second after Puccio led off the inning via hit batter. Courtesey runner Bryan DiRosario promptly stole second and eventually scored from third.

The Crazy Horse had their first base runner reach in the top of the 5th via a bloop single by Price. A two out walk to Alex put the tying run in scoring position. Johnson quickly forced the next hitter into pop up to first and ended the threat. The Horse made some noise in the top of the 8th with their other two hits and loaded the base. Holding onto a 1-0 lead MJ didn't waiver and shut the opponent down.

The wheels fell off for Manassas in the bottom of the 8th when the Dragons scored 5 runs and pushed the score to 6-0 with hits by Organ, Diro, and Puccio, combined with the assistance of several walks. Bryan Dirosario led the offense with 2 rbi, 2 runs, and 2 stolen bases. Game 2 1-0 win The Crazy Horse's pitcher Nate(7ip,3h,1r,0er,9k,L) and Bryan Dirosario(7ip,0h,0r,1bb,12k,W) were locked in a pitching duel.

The lone run of the game was scored in the top of the 1st when JC Organ led off with a walk, stole second, took 3rd on a wild pitch, and advanced home on a passed ball.

The best opportunity for Manassas was squandered in the bottom of the third. Snyder started the inning with a walk, and Pat reached safely on the lone error of the day; a short handed exchanged from the ss to 2b. With runners on 1st and 2nd and no outs Diro induced a 1-5-3 double play.

With Nate cruising after the 1st inning and the score still just 1-0, DC Metro was looking for an insurance run. In the final inning the Dragons brought in two of their better bats to spark the offense. Nate struck out the first batter. D. Johnstone then got the call and smacked a triple to center field. With one out an no offense the squeeze was on. The attempt was unsuccessful and Nate closed the book on the final inning with his second strikeout of the frame.

The home half of final inning was quiet for the Crazy Horse as DiRosario struck out 2 batters and another was called out on a bunt attempt to break up the no hitter. Mike Johnson, Ben Hanley, and Johnstone had the lone Dragon hits. Friday's game vs the Alexandria Senators was postponed due to rain.

DRAGONS DEFEAT INDIANS 7-5

Olney - DC Metro started the weekend with a 7-5 win over the Indians. The Wahoos managed just 3 hits the entire game but had an early 4-0 lead.  Casey Leister (8ip, 5er, 1er, 13k, 3h, 2bb) picked up the win. Leister shook off a rough 2nd inning that saw 2 bb and a hit batter.  After the defense allowed another unearned run in the 3rd Casey cruised. Mike Johnson (1ip,0h,k) pitched the final frame for the save.

Down 0-4 in the bottom of the fourth, the Dragons finally got on the board. Garten, Skellchock, and Puccio all chipped in with an rbi to cut the lead 3-4.

The Dragons plated four more runs and held onto the lead. Greg Ekimoff paced the Dragon offense with 2 hits and an rbi. The Indians Jones had 2 of the teams 3 hits.

Bryant Alternative - The Occoquan Riverbandits manhandled DC Metro in game 1 winning by a score of 9-2. Graham led the attack for the opposing team having 3 hits, and 3 rbis. Ekimoff had another 2 hit game and Tom Csigi had 2 rbi in the losing effort.

In game 2 the Dragons showed signs of life. The top of the 1st, more Ekimoff. Greg launched a 2 run homer to give the Dragons an early lead. The Bandits Soldan recovered and finished the game with a 10 strikout , 8-4 win. DC Metro will attempt to regroup after the long layoff for Memorial Day Weekend

DRAGONS SPLIT OVER THE WEEKEND

Olney - DC Metro Dragons defeated the Washington Patriots by a score of 5-2. Casey Leister made his first start and went the distance for the win. Leister's line was 9ip, 2er,5h,4bb,9k W. It was a solid pitching perfomance that came at the right time. The Dragons were only were able to muster five hits. Mike Johnson had 2 rbis and Ekimoff, Csigi, and Jones chipped in with the other three. For the Patriots 1b McEnhimer led the hitting with 2 hits, 2 runs scored and a triple. Mcenhimer also made some stellar plays at first. Pyatt and Mayer were responsible for the two rbis.

South County - The Potomac Hawks put up just 4 hits but were able to walk away with the 9-6 win. The Hawks took advantage of a shakey Dragon starting pitcher who issued 5 walks in just an official inning. Putting runners on proved costly with the addition of errors and a passed ball. In the top of 5th Montgomery padded the Hawk lead with a two run shot that increased the lead to 8-0. The Hawks scored their 9th run off a sacrfice fly by Smith. The Dragons were held scoreless by the Hawks pitching until late in the game. DC Metro scored 3 runs in the 6th and 7th innings but were unable to put up any more crooked numbers against the Hawk's closer. For the Hawks Miller led the offense with 2 hits and 2 runs scored. Mike Johnson had two rbi of a double in the losing effort.

Dragons play much improved baseball but still suffer tough losses to Yankees 3-4, and 2-3

South County - Game 1 was Deja Vu in more ways than one.  Mike Johnson pitched another complete game loss to the Yankees (9ip,8h,4r,3er,3k,3bb, 163pitches,L), the score was 3-4, and out of the Twilight Zone circa 2002-2003 Ed Pearson managed to loft a short home run over the left field fence.

Prince William struck first on that 2 run homer by Pearson in the top of the 2nd.  An insurance run was added in the top of the 6th by the Yankees Adam from a solo home run.

The Dragons came back in the bottom of the 6th to tie the game on a 2 run double by Mike Johnson and a sacrfice rbi by Greg Ekimoff.

In the top of the 9th the Yankees manufactured the winning run. A lead off single by Pearson was followed up by bunt from Segal. The fielder's choice play at 2nd was late and both runners were on with no outs. Larkings hit another fielders choice that put the runners on 1st and 3rd.  Shortly after Larkins stole second and came in high with spikes.  With both the runner and fielder tangled it allowed Pearson to sprint home and score the run to go up 3-4. Johnson promptly retired the next two batters.

LF Tom Csigi led off the bottom of the 9th with a single but the bats went quiet after that and the Dragons fell 3-4.

Zig led the DC Metro with 2 hits and Mike Johnson contributed with 2 rbis.  For the Yankees it was Ed Pearson who led the offense with 2 hits and 2 rbis.

Game 2- Kyle Skellchock (7ip,3r 1er,5h,9k,L) made his first start of the year and cruised until the bottom of the 7th when two unearned runs were scored against him.  Those two runs tied the score at 2-2.  In the home half of the extra frame the Yankees Springer and Brand started the inning off with back to back hits.  The Dragons reliever gave up base on balls to load the bases then surrendered the walk off hit to Jason Bybee.

Faced with a similar start last year of 1-3 the Dragons rattled off ten wins in a row to push themselves into the top half of the standings.  With a few games under their belt the Dragons will look to make a similar run heading into next week.

Inaccurate weather reports led to the postponement of the DC Dragons and Arlington Red Sox game. Based on the information provided the decision was made in the best interest of both ball clubs to reschedule for a later date. DC Metro is still faced with the daunting task of meeting the Prince William Yankees Saturday night at South County. First pitch of the double header is scheduled for 5pm. Last season the Dragons were bounced out of the post season after being swept by the Yankees in the semi finals.

 

DC DRAGONS LUCKY TO LEAVE WITH A SPLIT VS PW BLACK SOX South County

DC Metro Dragons walked away with a 1-1 record vs the PW Black Sox. Both teams played through the rain during the twin bill. Critical base running blunders and walks contributed to the downfall of the Dragons in game one while the rains might have been the saving grace in game 2.

Game 2 4-3 win The Sox opened up the first inning with a run by an rbi double from Kilgor that scored R. Easterly from second after he stole the bag. The Dragons answered back in the bottom of the inning with a fielder's choice rbi by Ryan Roth to tie the game.

Prince William took the lead back in the top of the 3rd plating two runs with a sacrifice fly by Easterly and an rbi single by one of the Shaklee boys. The Dragons then answered back with 3 runs from an rbi single by Mike Johnson and double by Greg Eckimoff flipping the lead 4-3 in favor of DC Metro in the bottom of the 3rd.

Montgomery Barnsely (2ip,0r, 0h,bb, S) made an emergency relief appearance and pitched the next two innings during the rain shortened game. Edwin Lorenzo(3ip, 3er,4h,3bb,W) picked up his first win as a Dragon.

Game 1 7-8 loss The Black Sox struck first in the top of third as they scored 2 runs driven in by J. Shaklee and Kilgor. The Dragons loaded the bases in the bottom of the third when one of the two base running mishaps ruined the chance for a prime scoring opporutnity.

The Sox added 2 more runs off a few hits and errors in the top of the 4th to push the lead to 4-0.

Brian Zaborowski(1ip,k,hbp) made his Dragon debut in relief during the top of the 5th and held the Sox scoreless during the inning. After a passed ball strike out Zabs plunked the next batter. With runners on first and second he induced a 6-4-3 double play followed by a 5-3 groundout to end the inning.

In the bottom of the 5th , as if it wasn't enough already, the Dragons made their second inconceivable base running blunder to run them out of an inning.

DC Metro finally got on the board in the bottom of the 5th with 2 runs. The rbi's came via a bases load walk to Mike Johnson and a fielder choice to Brian Puccio.

The Sox cushioned their lead back to four in the top of the 6th with the help of the floodgate of walks aided by avoidable mental errors in the field.

Down 2-6 in the 8th inning the Dragons were given the lead 7-6 on 2 hits and six walks by the Black Sox reliever.

Not to be outdone DC Metro did one better in the bottom of the 8th(the final inning due to time limit) with three consecutive walks, 2 hit batters and then gave up the walk off walk for the winning run.

Tom Csigi led the Dragons with 2 hits and Mike Johnson and Brian Puccio both had 2 rbis. Rookie C Greg Eckimoff was more than solid behind the plate as he severely cut down both would be base stealers against him during the game.

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Yankees End Dragons Season in Semi Finals with 4-3 win

Veterans Field - Harford Juco standout and soon to be UNC Greensboro transfer held the P.W. Yankees with 2 earned runs and struck out 10 batters in the no decision.  Mike Johnson led the Dragons with two hits and two rbis in the losing effort.  Juba picked up the win for the Yankees.

Yankees Take Lead in the Series 1-0 with win 9-4

South County -  Mike Johnson did all he could to keep the Dragons competitive by striking out 9 Yankees.  A handful of defensive lapses and a thin roster allowed Prince William to capitalize.

Dragons Win Opening Series in a Wild One over the Giants 18-11

The Dragons staged their third comeback of the series in a high scoring affair.  At one point the Giants led 10-5 having just produced 3hits.  Defensively the Dragons played with just three regular position players and had to battle relentlessly to make up for the errors in the field.

Brian Puccio led the offensive attack with three hits and three rbis.  Mike Johnson drove in five rbis and Manny Revera also had two rbis.  Kyle Skellchock won his second game of the series.

The Red Beast exploded for 13 runs in the bottom of the 6th and threatened to score several more.  Unfortunately a time rule came into effect that was in strict enforcement while playing at Prince William Stadium.

For the Giants, Bobby Simmons had two rbis in the losing effort.

Dragons win 9-7 and Even the Series

As predicted the series produced scrappy, hard fought baseball with the Dragons walking away with a 9 inning rally. Kyle Skellchock earned the win in relief and Tom Csigi knocked in 5 rbi. Worn down and exhausted from on two days of on field temperatures of 105 degrees +, the Dragons laid it all on the line.

For the G-Men, third basemen Hoffman, flashed a lot of leather and produced another multi hit game.

Giants Win Game 1 in Extra Innings 10-7

Playing short handed and down 2-7 the Dragons pushed for comeback in the bottom of the 9th on a clutch hit by Ryan Cumby.  The Giants pounced on several errors and scored 8 unearned runs in the no decision against Tony Korson.  TK had managed to strike out 12 batters in just six innings of work.

In the top of the 10th the Giants put the game away after they plated 3 runs that the Dragons could not answer.

Bobby Simmons and Hoffman paced the multi hit game for the Giants.

POST SEASON SET TO KICK OFF 

It came down to the wire but the #6 seed was determined last night after the Bobby Simmons led Stafford Giants (11-11) completed an impressive second half run to finish .500.  The Giants season was capped off with last night's defeat of the Potomac Hawks.  #3 DC Metro Dragons (15-6) will square off against the Giants. The best of three series is slated for a 115pm start at Potomac Nationals Stadium.

An early season meeting against the G-Men  sparked a 10 game winning streak for DC Metro after beating them 11-8.  Reeling from two tough losses against the Blues the Dragons were sitting at just 3-4.  The next ten consecutive victories propelled the Dragons in the standings.

DC Dragons defeat the Prince William Black Sox by a score of 7-5 at  Bryant Alternative

DC Metro (15-5) walked away with the victory over the PW Sox (8-8-2) on Saturday. Mike Johnson earned his 7th win of the season. MJ went 6 innings and allowed three runs on 6 hits.

The Sox struck first in the top of the 2nd with a leadoff homerun by Gilliam. Johnson easily rebounded from the 280 foot homerun to retire the side.

The Dragons tied the game in the bottom of the inning after DH Brian Puccio drew a bases loaded walk to score Dave Fragale. In the third frame the Dragons scored three more with an rbi single by Tom Csigi (3-4,r,rbi,2b) and a 2rbi double by Kyle Skellchock.

In the 4th DC Metro struck for three more runs. Consecutive walks to Charles Flowers and Puccio were cashed in by 3b Orlando Gonzalez's 2rbi double. The Dragons picked up an additional unearned run in what would be their last of the game.

Things were quiet for the Sox until the top of the 6th when they managed to put up two runs cutting into the lead. Kyle Skellchock (3ip,1er,2h,bb,8K) came in to relieve Johnson in the 7th. The Sox were able to plate one earned and one unearned run against Skells during the top of the 7th.

In the 8th Kyle found his groove and struck out two more batters and induced a fly ball to end the inning.

In the top of the 9th the Sox managed to get the tying run to the plate after a leadoff walk by Gilliam. Skells then proceeded to strike out the side for the second time to secure the save. Tom Cgisi paced the offense with 3 hits followed by Dave Fragale and Tim Deering both chipping in with two hits each. The Black Sox Gilliam had a two hit game with two runs driven in.

Dragons win in forfeit as the Braves show up with six players

Routine ass kickings and poor management put this team up there with the other real "winners" from various leagues of the past. It is highly suggested that this team relocate where such behaviors are expected... like the DC WOOD. DC Metro squares off against the Alexandria Braves for their fourth meeting this season Wednesday night at Blake. The Dragons have already beat the Braves in three games by a total of 44-3.

July 1st

Even with the loss last Wednesday at the hands of the Fauquier Blues the DC Metro Dragons (13-5) secured a playoff spot. With just four games to go in the regular season the Dragons are just one of 3 teams from the pool of twelve to already have their ticket punched to the show. The division leading Fedlock Redsox (15-3) and Prince William division leading Yankees (13-3) are the other two teams. The Yankees picked up their 400th career win earlier last week. If the post season were to start today current seeding stands at #1 Arlington Division Red Sox(15-3), #2 PW Division Yankees(13-3), #3(13-5) Dragons, #4(11-6-1) Hawks, #5(8-6-2) Black Sox, and #6 (8-6-1) Blues. Just on the outside looking in are the Giants(7-9) Despite terrible defense this year the Dragons have exceeded their goal of .500 ball after a three year layoff. Historically known to be very strong in the field and on the mound, this year DC Metro is averaging a staggering 4+ errors a game. Of the 96 runs surrendered nearly half, 50, have been unearned. Fortunately the Red Beast is pumping out over 9 runs a game to counteract the sloppy defensive play. Wednesday

June 27th

FAUQUIER BLUES (8-6-1) CLAIM OWNERSHIP OF THE DC DRAGONS (13-5) DEFEATING THEM 9-2 TO COMPLETE THE SEASON SWEEP

Mix in an implosion with routinely absent players and the table was seat for the loss against a quality opponent.Kyle Skellchock hit his third consecutive homer in as many at bats to start off the game . All highlights ALL BLUES.

DRAGONS PUSH WIN STREAK TO 10 GAMES

DC Metro (13-4) picked up four wins over the week closing out Sunday's game with 14-4 win against the Manassas Crazy Horse. Kyle Skellchock hit two home runs and Kyle Rajotte contributed with 5 rbis in the win. Wednesday nights game at Blake will see much better competition as the Dragons will face the Fauquier Blues.

Earlier in the season the Blues swept DC Metro in a double header. stats to be updated mid week

DC Metro pulls a hatrick for their third straight come back win with walk off hit by Puccio

Blake - With a softball like score of 15-14, the Dragons(10-4) completed a thrilling come from behind win.

DC Metro took a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the third off of LF Tom Csigi's three run homer.

In the top of the 4th the Patriots pushed the first of many unearned runs across the plate cutting the lead to 4-2. The Patriots scored 10 runs off of just 3 hits aided by 6 errors 3 walks and a hit batter.

RF Charlie Flowers hit a three run shot of his own in the bottom of the fourth as he cut into the lead and brought the score to 12-8.

The Patriots knocked in two more runs during the 5th and 6 innings to increase the lead to 14-8.

Time began to factor on DC Metro after they accomodated the Patriots for running late snd allowed them to switch to the visiting team to avoid a forfeit.

All that went out the window as the Dragons woke up and cut into the lead again 14-11 in the bottom of the 6th. The stall was in effect and it was painfully obvious. Scheduled for a 9 inning game time had expired and the bottom of the 7th would be the final inning of the game.

With one out Montgomery Barnsley singled. Two batters later with two outs SS Kyle Rajotte singled. The Dragons 3 4 and 5 hitters would each come up big with 2 out 2 strike hits.

Skellchock knocked in one run. Mike Johnson doubled in Rajotte and Skellchock to tie the game. DH Brian Puccio then singled in pinch runner JC Organ for the walk off win. Top hitters for the Dragons were Charlie Flowers (3-3,2r,3rbi,hr), Kyle Skellchock (2-2,2r,2rbi,2b,sac), Mike Johnson (2-3,3rbi,2b,bb), and Brian Puccio (2-2,rbi,2bb). For the Patriots #66 had three hits and #9 had two.



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