Posted Jun 1/12 - Dodgers Look to Redeem After Loss to Angels
The Langley Aldergrove Dodgers will be looking for redemption Saturday after falling to the Abbotsford Angels in well-played Bantam AAA action Wednesday evening. The Dodgers, taking the field as the 'visitors', appeared to start strong on in the first inning on singles by Cole Cantelon, Ethan Kano McGregor and John Lipp, but were stymied by the strong arm of Angels catcher Tanner Rempel and a missed hit-and-run signal that doomed Cantelon at second. In the bottom of the frame Cantelon, the Dodgers' starter, threw strikes and avoided trouble with the benefit of a beautiful 6-4-3 (Kano McGregor to Arnold to Yi-Fan Pan) double play. However, in the bottom of the second the disciplined and well-coached Angels found their groove and broke the game open with a series of hits against Cantelon, eventually putting 6 earned runs on the board. Although the Dodgers had base runners in the 4th and 5th innings, the hometown squad was unable to plate anyone as the Dodgers' offense was held in check by Angels pitcher Austen Zacher.
James Hardy came into the game in relief of Cantelon in the 3rd inning and was very effective. However, he did give up a run in the bottom of the third and another in the 4th, but only one of those was earned. In the bottom of the 5th the Angels scored one run and were again threatening. With one out, Hardy pitched around heavy hitting Jereymi Longpre to load the bases and set up a double play situation. Unfortunately, the Angel's batter was able to hit the ball over the drawn-in Dodger outfield to score the 10th and game-ending run.
Next Up: The Dodgers hope to return the favour when they again host the Angels on Saturday at noon at beautiful Devon's Diamond. The team will then make its way to Kamloops on Sunday, June 3rd to play a pair of games against the Kamloops Riverdogs.