DUNDALK — A Dundalk Seniors softball team missing two of its mainstays has put up a 3-9 record in July with just two games remaining in the regular season.
Dundalk did break a six-game losing streak with a 9-8 come-from-behind victory over the Howard Shockers on July 24. Trailing by four runs in the seventh inning of the second game of the twinbill, Dundalk staged another rally that fell just short for a 7-6 loss.
Playing at Glen Burnie on Monday, Dundalk lost the first game 16-14 before winning the second game 11-3.
Dundalk was to play at the Howard Shockers on Wednesday in the final day of the regular season for the Baltimore Beltway Senior Softball league.
If Dundalk sweeps the Shockers, they have a chance to catch the Howard County team for the third seed in the Division A standings. The Shockers are currently 17-21, Dundalk is 16-24.
Should Dundalk finish 18-24 (.428), it will edge the Shockers (17-23, .425) by a few percentage points.
Getting swept could drop Dundalk into the fifth seed, behind Glen Burnie (15-25) if Glen Burnie wins its final two games.
(Glen Burnie finished with a doubleheader against the 33-7 Howard Reds, so this is an unlikely scenario).
Dundalk has been without Warner Wamsley, who is ill, and Phil Biedronski, who was hit in the face by a thrown ball during a game and suffered a small fracture.
There is a chance both could return by the time the postseason tournament begins the second week of August.
In last week’s doubleheader, Dundalk trailed the Shockers 8-4 entering the bottom of the sixth inning.
Dundalk scored five runs to take a 9-8 lead, then had to face just four Howard batters in the top of the seventh.
Dave Hoffman, Jimmy Barnes, Robert Carpenter, Bill Konopka and Ricky Barnes reached base and scored in the decisive sixth inning.
Carpenter also led off the fourth inning with a walk and came around to score on singles by Konopka and Ricky Barnes for what turned out to be a crucial run.
Hoffman and Jimmy Barnes also scored in a two-run first inning for Dundalk.
The second game saw Dundalk trailing 7-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Konopka led off the inning with a walk, and Ricky Barnes and Herb Amey followed with singles.
Jimmy Antonakis drove in a run with a fielder’s choice and another scored on a sacrifice fly by Bob Smith to make a it a one-run with the tying run at first and the winning run at the plate.
But a strikeout ended the game.
Howard jumped out with four runs in the first inning and added single runs in the second and third innings for a 6-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, five consecutive Dundalk batters reached base after there were two outs. But only two runs scored as Dundalk left the bases loaded.
Dundalk also squandered an opportunity in the second inning, when the first three batters reached base and one scored.
But the next three Dundalk batters went down in order, with no more runs scored that inning.