|The Langley Aldergrove Dodgers used a total team effort on Saturday afternoon defeating the visiting Abbotsford Angels 3-0. The high-flying Angels were 19-3 on the season coming into the game, but the hometown Dodgers played nearly flawless ball to handily defeat one of the top 3 teams in the Province. Through a combination of dominant pitching, sparkling defence and timely hitting the Dodgers really seemed to come together as a team. Starter Ethan "Big E" Kano McGregor, who later in the game made a fabulous diving grab in centre field to rob an Angel of a sure double and thereby earn the Dirty Dodger award for the game, went 3 scoreless innings before reaching his pitch count. He then handed the ball off to Spencer "Sparky" Barkes who built on his recent strong outings and went the remaining 4 innings mowing down the Angels hitters one after another to preserve the joint shutout. Indeed, the Angels were only able to muster 4 base runners on the day and none of those reached second base safely as catcher Mitchell Taylor threw out one runner and a crisp twin killing disposed of another.
Angels starter Jonah Swanson was effective, but the Dodger bats came alive in the bottom of the third inning. The rally was started by "Beatle" Bailey Roope who lashed an 0-2 curveball over the infield for a single. James Hardy then earned a walk before Cole Cantelon stroked a solid single to score Roope from third for what would turn out to be the winning run. Justin Arnold then stood up to the plate and belted a 2 RBI double to the fence to extend the lead.
The Dodgers coaches are extremely proud of the team and pleased with the progress. Infield, outfield, pitching, catching, hitting, base running: everywhere you looked the Dodgers were playing up to the early season expectations. Obviously, the long hours of practice are paying off.
Next Up: Double Header Sunday vs. Kamloops in the River City.