Koogler Dominant in 5-1 Victory


The Redlegs turned in their best weekend of the 2022 campaign on Sunday, sweeping a doubleheader from the upstart Darke County Dodgers.

Dodgers started Cameron Gordon turned Camden away in the top of the 1st and it looked like the Dodgers might get on the board in the bottom half. Andrew Hall started the game off with a single for the Dodgers, but Redlegs started Evan Koogler then induced back-to-back fly outs to center field and third base. The next hitter lined a ball into shallow left field that looked like it might score a run, but Marshall Eippert was able to make a diving catch toward the infield to end the inning.

Koogler was able to end another potential rally for the Dodgers in the 2nd when they had runners on the corners with two outs. Koogler picked off the runner at first, and Camden completed the run down before the runner could score from 3rd base.

Camden finally got on the board in the top of the 3rd when Tyler Eaton and Matt Mattice each singled to start the inning, followed by a walk to Jacob Robinson to load the bases. Jesse Jones then singled in a run before Kyle Arend scored a run on a sacrifice fly to give the Redlegs a 2-0 lead.

After Koogler punched two batters out in the 3rd, the Dodgers finally got on the board in the 4th courtesy of an RBI double by Sawyer Smith. Now leading 2-1, the Redlegs were able to push the advantage in the top of the 5th. Jacob Robinson and Jesse Jones each singled to start the frame, but two consecutive fly outs looked like it might extinguish the run scoring opportunity. Brad Malott then worked a walk to load the bases, which set up a clutch 2-run single by Marshall Eippert to give Camden the 4-1 lead.

Tyler Eaton then manufactured a run in the top of the 6th when he singled to start the frame. Eaton then advanced to 3rd on a wild pick off attempt and then chugged home after the Dodger throw to third base also got away from the defense.

Meanwhile, Koogler continued to cruise through the Dodger lineup and ended things with an exclamation point by striking out three batters in the 7th to finish things off with a complete game victory. Koogler finished with 8 strikeouts while allowing 7 hits and just one walk to earn his first victory of the season. He now stands at 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA over 12 1/3 innings pitched.


J Robinson31101
J Jones22110
K Arend30010
M Hartman40000
B Malott30001
M Eippert41020
E Koogler22001
C Saraco-Polner20000
T Eaton32200
M Mattice31100

E Koogler (W)771181