Saturday slugfest

Close games haven’t been kind to the Bees during their current roadtrip.

In the last week, they’ve lost four games — two by one run, and two by two runs — with three losses coming at Fort Wayne and the fourth one coming yesterday in Dayton.

Still, your Bees are 9-6, good for a second-place tie with Peoria, just one game behind 10-5 Clinton in the Midwest League’s Western Division.

So far, the highlight of this 2-4 roadswing has to be Saturday’s 14-7 slaying of the Dragons. Every Bee who came to the plate collected at least one hit in this football-score win, as the team pounded out 16 total. Shortstop Chris McConnell led the Bees with three hits, while outfielders Joe Dickerson and O.D. Gonzalez and catcher Brady Everett each homered for the first time in 2007.

The 14 runs were the most scored by the Bees, whose previous high this season was eight. What made this offensive outpouring all the more significant was that it came against a Dayton team that has been thoroughly dominant. The Dragons won their first nine games of the season and are 11-2 at the moment. They eeked out one-run wins in their first two games, then reeled off seven more consecutive wins by a total win margin of 38 runs. This from a team that from 2003 to 2006 lost 86 more games than it won!

The Bees wrap up this eight-game roadtrip with 6 p.m. (central time) games against the Dragons today and tomorrow. Tune in to Randy on the Bees Radio Network (1490 AM KBUR or 1360 AM KBKB The Ticket) or listen on-line at to see if the Bees can pick up more wins and move into first place in the division.


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