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2015 When you look back on the story of the 2015 Rancho Cordova Dodgers you will read about hot starts, incredible highs, incredible lows, and a team with an incredible will to win. These Dodgers, led by a rejuvenated Tom Reid and an original core member, Tim Halverson, took the field against the unbeaten (17-0-1) Vacaville Cryo in the SMSBL 40+ National Championship and came out swinging...

It started in March, when the Dodgers ran off three quick wins, beating the Valley Cats on Opening Day 10-4, dispatching  the Rebels without much effort 18-10 and the Pirates of Auburn in a very close game, 2-1. Next on deck were the pesky Bulldogs, a team the Dodgers slugged it out with last year for the division title and the Dodgers took one on the chin 11-5. Two more wins against the Free Agents, 12-9 and a shutout of the Spartans 12-0 and the Dodgers are sitting pretty at 5-1 and a date with the Cryo. The Dodgers came in confident and with Steve Bogan on the mound, why wouldn't you? That's why they play the game. The Dodgers were sent packing rather abruptly 15-0, the first time they had been shut out in more than two years. 

Not a team to sit and lick their wounds, the Dodgers rattled off wins in their next six games, with wins against the Valley Cats 6-3, Padres 14-7, Orioles 16-2, the Pirates again 6-1, the Spartans 10-2 and the Dragons 4-3. 11 wins and only 2 losses had the Dodgers feeling pretty good about possibly winning the division if the Cryo slipped a little bit and the Boys in Blue win out. In what seems to be the theme for the Dodgers season, that's why they play the game. On deck, the Giants, a team the Dodgers haven't lost to since 2011 and the same team they swept to win the 2014 SMSBL 40+ American title. When the dust settled, the Giants were victorious, 7-6 and sent the Dodgers into a tail spin. With the Cryo on deck the Dodgers knew they had to win in order to stay close. The Dodgers and Tim Halverson kept the Cryo at bay, pitching a perfect game into the fifth inning, but a miscue here and an error there, and the final score would be Cryo 6 and the Dodgers 4. With the division title out of reach this team had to regroup. Just what the doctor ordered, a date with the Valley Cats. Another loss. 8-5. Now the Dodgers are in danger of losing the second seed if the ship didn't get right quick. But this isn't just any team. These boys are battled tested and they know how to win. The Spartans found out with their third loss of the year to the Dodgers 5-3 and the Dodgers closed out the season with a 6-2 win over the Rebels. 

Finishing the season at 13-5, scoring 140 runs and giving up only 94, the Dodgers would be the second seed and for their many efforts they were rewarded with a first round playoff game against the Auburn Pirates, the third seed and a team that always gives the Dodgers everything they have in the tank. There would not be a lot of runs scored, there never are with these two teams, and the game did not disappoint. Halverson started the game at McAuliffe Field and threw a complete game, scattering just three hits, two free passes and just one earned run, winning 6-2, finishing what was a fine season for the Pirates. 

With the Dodgers in the championship for the second year in a row, their efforts landed them a chance at redemption. The Cryo beat the Rebels in their playoff game later in the day, 8-3, continuing their unbeaten streak into the playoffs and running their winning streak to 18. Undaunted, the Dodgers knew they had what it took to beat the Goliath to their David. Pitching and defense.

Game 1 had Tim Halverson on the hill for the Dodgers and Derek Wickliff would start for the Cryo. Halverson was brilliant, as his catcher, Tony Lane and he kept the Cryo off balance all day and allowed just two runs while the Dodgers offense plated four. The bottom of the lineup came through, with Marvin Coleman driving in 2, and Mike Newsom and Lane driving in one each. 

Game 2 was played as part of a twin-bill the following week, again at McAuliffe Field and again, the same two pitchers would oppose one another. Halverson would go the distance, but this time losing 6-4. The Dodgers were game, down 5 zip, but were able to make a game of it by scoring 4 runs in the 7th. 

Game 3 was started one hour later, but Dodgers manager had a dilemma. Does he continue with a man that has just pitched 9 innings and 142 pitches, or does he go with his starting shortstop, KB Gandy, in the hopes he could go the entire game? Roe settled on Halverson, even if for just 2 or 3 innings. The Dodgers scored first, with 2 runs in the first, but were matched by Cryo with two runs of their own, and for the next 3 innings the two teams traded runs. But these Dodgers can sniff a win better than anyone and they went on the hunt for another championship. When the dust settled, Halverson had thrown ANOTHER complete game, Lane caught ANOTHER complete game, threw out two base stealers for third outs twice, Newsom driving in 2 more runs and scoring one himself, Sly Walker driving in 2 more, and Paul Flanigan and Russell Hooper driving in one each, the Dodgers raised the championship banner for the second year in a row with their 8-6 win over the Vacaville Cryo. 

These Dodgers have been together for six years and play like a family, fight like a family, but more importantly, win like a family. They showed a tremendous amount of courage and an unequaled will to win. Their chemistry in the dugout is unmatched and when asked about his team, manager Bob Roe said this; "I have been on the field when the celebration has started before. But this time, this year, this team, this win was the most satisfying of them all. I can't imagine playing this game without these men and I couldn't be prouder to have my name associated with these guys." 

Only time will tell if these Boys in Blue can make another run at the top spot, but until the grass turns green again, these boys aren't thinking about that at all. All they are thinking about is how sweet this season was. What a team.

2014  2014 was a banner year for the Dodgers, with a bevy of changes peppered around the lineup and on the hill. Tim Halverson no longer had to shoulder the load for Dem Bums as they added Steve Bogan and KB Gandy returned to the fold. Halverson was his usual stellar self, finishing the year a with an 8-2 won-loss record, 2 saves with 53 strikeouts in 82.2 innings of work to go along with a smallish 2.40 era. Bogan went 4-2 with 3 saves and 37 strikeouts in just 49.1 innings and an even smaller 2.01 era. Gandy went 2-0 with 7 strikeouts in 7 innings and posted a 1,29 era. The rest of the staff, Dave Maldonado, James Rivera and Dennis Aukerman combined for 13 innings pitched with 7 strikeouts and 4 holds. The Dodgers had a team era of 2.55 and a WHIP of 1.35. The offense was just as potent, scoring a league high 217 runs, swatting 10 home runs and swiping 90 bases. Russell Hooper, the Dodgers all-time leader in most offensive categories, paced the Dodgers with a .587 batting average, 44 hits, 5 home runs and 43 rbi. Gandy (.545/.630/1.511) led the club in triples with 3, tied for second with 30 hits and drove in 16, while playing SS with a .950 fielding percentage. Jon Lunardini (522/,855/1.255) drove in 20, scored 17 runs and stole 13 bases. Paul Flanigan (.345/.436/.936) locked second base down and drove in 15 more. Dackery Hardeman (.418/.597/1.157) drove in 18 and stole 7 more and paced the team with 9 doubles. Tom Reid (.410/.459/1.069) stole 18 bases and scored 24 runs to lead the club with Gandy. Dave Maldonado (.431/.667/1.290) drove home 17, swiped 7 bags and hit 2 home runs despite missing 6 weeks with an injured back. Dave Coppock (.476/.492/1.183) stole 14 bags, tied for second with 30 hits,and drove in 15 and locked down a troublesome spot for the Dodgers in RF. Tony Lane (457/.500/.1036) anchored a staff that had the lowest ERA in the league by over a run, had a .966 fielding percentage behind the plate, drove in 14 and scored 11 more. Sly Walker (.391/.484/.964) drove in 13 and scored 20 more.

The Dodgers did not breeze to the division title, as they fought the Bulldogs down to the wire, and finished 1 game in front. The Dodgers faced the Free Agents in the first round of the playoffs, beating them easily 15-2. The championship would come down to the Dodgers and Giants, and the Dodgers won game one, 6-3 and game two, 18-5, sweeping the championship, outscoring their opponents 29-10. The Dodgers rattled off 10 wins in a row, 7 to end the season and 3 to sweep the playoffs. Dodger manager Bob Roe ran his regular season win total to 87 with the second highest win total in the team history with 14 (16 in 2007) and won his 3rd championship, and second division title.

 

2013  2013 was a bounce back year, a year of new possibilities and new challenges. The Dodgers, after 8 years in the Sacramento National Baseball Association, switched leagues, jumping with several other teams, including the Dragons, Valley Cats and Mudville Nine, to the Sacramento Mens Senior Baseball League. Eight years is a long time to be with one league and sever a tie with them, but Dodgers management felt they had no choice in the matter. Years of indecision and failed promises led Dodgers manager and founder to switch leagues. Having almost no changes to their lineup from 2012, the Dodgers were counting on a big year from their key players. But counting on and getting  what you want are always two separate things entirely. Dodgers all star catcher, Doug Grey, jumped ship to the Mudville Nine and that left a huge hole in not just the Dodgers defense but also their offense. That hole was filled by two catchers, Dallas Bennett (.533, 6 runs, 16 hits, 3 rbi) and Mike Cook (.333, 4 rbi, 6 sb) until Cook went down with an oblique strain and was lost for the rest of the season. Injury's were the key word on Dodger management lips all year long, as Russell Hooper (.347, 3 HR, 24 RBI), Dennis Aukerman (0-0, 8 IP, 3.37 era, 2.12 WHIP), Tony Lane (.323, 18 RBI) and James Rivera (.250, 7 hits, 2 runs, 4 RBI, 1 SB) all went down or had their season affected by the injury bug. Those three key players going down were enough to make Dodger management cry foul, but others stood up in their place. Sly Walker (.410, 16 hits, 1 HR, 14 RBI), coming off a two year injury came through in the clutch when needed, providing spark at the DH role and finally getting back into the field. Dackery Hardeman (.453, 1 HR, 22 RBI) led the Dodgers in almost every single offensive category and gave the Dodgers a solid glove at both corner spots. Newest Dodger addition, Jon Lunardini (.356, 13 runs, 16 hits, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, 10 RBI, .500 OBP) really settled the first base job providing the Dodgers with a certified all star at the bag. Other Dodgers that were also new to the team, Chris Greenhalgh (.364, 7 runs, 0-1, 2 holds, 3.60 ERA), David Moore (.296, 5 RBI, 2-0, 2.25 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, 28 IP, 9 K's) and Jason Standley (.393, 5 runs, 11 hits, 9 RBI) all came through for the team when the chips were down and will be counted on in a much bigger role in the 2014 season. Other Dodger mainstays, Chris Mansu (.240, 13 runs, 12 hits, .443 OBP) Tom Reid (.408, 17 runs, 31 hits, 10 RBI, 11 SB), Paul Flanigan (.449, 19 runs, 31 hits, 8 RBI) all provided the leadership this team was desperately seeking. But one player stood out from all the others. He was the Dodgers rock, their go-to guy, the man everyone counted on to right the ship when it was listing. Tim Halverson (11-5, 1 save, 1 hold, 2.76 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 117.1 IP, 78 K's) had a record breaking season in 2014. Halverson got his record season off to a great start, as he notched his 200th overall strike out and his 20th win as a Dodger. Halverson set new Dodger records for wins in a season with 11, and 30 wins overall. His 78 strike outs on the season were good enough for second place on the all time season list and he will head into 2014 with 276 K's. Halverson appeared in 19 games, a new Dodger record and 65 overall, out distancing Colin Parich by 20. He also broke his own single season Dodger record for innings pitched with 117.1 and has pitched 407 innings for the Dodgers overall. His 7 complete games tied his 2010 record and he now sits at 17 complete games. Halverson can make a case for the greatest Dodger of all time with his continued dominance of the league and his assault on the Dodger record books. Another Dodger who made great strides in the Dodger offensive category was Hooper. His 25 hits didn't pace the club, but it certainly added to his own Dodger record with 166 hits in his career. His 3 home runs this season brings him within 2 of Chris Zajic's all time Dodger record (11) with 9. No one is even close to Hoop when it comes to driving in runs, as he stands at 102 RBI inn his 4 year career with the Dodgers. And with 39 doubles and 8 triples he is starting to over take every offensive category on the team.

Dodger manager Bob Roe notched his 73rd regular season win for a .514 winning percentage and has guided this team to the postseason in 6 out of their 9 seasons.

The Dodgers started out on the right track, beating the Free Agents 9-5, but promptly lost 3 in a row. They got back on the right track, winning 2 more to run their record to 3-3, but lost a crucial game to the Pirates to stand at 3-4. Then an incredible historic summer occurred as the Dodgers started rattling off wins, to the tune of 8 in a row, starting with a 6-5 win over the Bulldogs, a 13-12 come-from-behind-win over the Dragons, 12-4 over the Giants, another 6-5 win over the Free Agents, finally beating the Pirates, 10-6, another win over the Dragons, 7-6, an 11-8 win over the Giants, before finally sweeping the season series against the Free Agents for their 8th win in a row, 9-4. The Dodgers had gone the entire month of June and July with out losing. Truly a historic run, the Dodgers ended up in third place, 13-7 and the third seed in the playoffs. The Dodgers swept the Free Agents and the Giants, who haven't beaten the Dodgers in two years and only once in three. The Dodgers finally fell to the canvas in the playoffs against the eventual champion Sacramento Dragons.

Overall it was a great season for the Dodgers, with more of the same from Halverson and Hooper, new additions, Dackery Hardeman, Moore, Greenhalgh and Standley as well as the Dodger mainstays, Lane, Walker, Reid, Flanigan and Mansu. 2014 will be a remarkable year for the Boys In Blue as they try to overthrow the Dragons for the title.

 

2012 2012 was supposed to be the year the Dodgers repeated as 45 Champions, after taking the title in 2011. But, that is why they play the game. The Dodgers stumbled out of the gate losing 6 of their first 7 games. Recovering for a 3 game winning streak in June, beating the Giants and sweeping the Mudville Nine, they clawed their way back to a 4-6 record. Two straight losses to the GC Buzzards sent the Dodgers reeling to a 4-8 record, and almost dashing their hopes for a repeat of 2011. The Dodgers finished the season, winning 6 of their last 8 games, including a 26-4 beat down of the Yankees and a 7-6 win over the Valley Cats, finally erasing that monkey off their back.

2012 saw the Dodgers send three more players to the All Star game, perennial all stars Russell Hooper(.615/48/1/26), Doug Grey (.527/39/19) and first time all star Tony Lane (.333/22/10/11sb). Hooper was named the All Star game MVP for his triple, 2 rbi and run scored, as well as for his tenacious defensive plays in the outfield. Hooper set three new single season dodger marks, hitting a record .615, banging out 48 hits and 4 triples. His hit mark also landed him atop the All Time Dodger list with 126. The 2012 season also saw the Dodgers fight off the injury bug for almost the entire season. Sly Walker, injuring his ankle in the 2011 championship round against Mudville, came back admirably, although with a drop in power, hitting .472, 34 hits, 1 home run and 25 rbi. One will be left to wonder what the NABA's version of Babe Ruth would have done on two good legs. The Dodgers will find out in 2013, as Walker is on a mission of pitching destruction. Several new faces appeared in a Dodger uniform in 2012, including Sean Harrigan (.263, 1-0, 1.93/10K's), Paul Flannigan (.343/24/19), Dennis Aukerman (.385/5/3, 1-1, 2.63, 10 K's, 1 SH), Leon Moore (.368/14/6/5 SB), Willie Gayden (.600/6/5, 4 games played), Chris Mansu (.388/19/6), Steve Bogan (0-0, 1 hold, 7 K's in only 5 IP), and Pat Walsh. Tim Halverson was his usual steady rock for the team, going 5-5/3.20/36 K's, showing the new Dodgers just how to get the job done. Another long time Dodger, Tom Reid (.493/33/19/13 SB) was inserted into the top spot of the lineup and that is when the Dodgers started winning again. KB Gandy hit .588 in a limited but effective role and contributed off the mound as well. James Rivera was a wall at the hot corner, and came through at the plate, hitting .404, coming through in the clutch on several occasions during the season.

The Dodgers entered two tournaments in 2012, playing in the California Kickoff Classic, winning their first game, then losing their next three. They also traveled to Phoenix for the World Championships, also winning their first game, but fizzling out in their next 4.

A few single season Dodger records fell in 2012, including Hooper's three hitting records. KB Gandy finished with a 0.84 ERA, Sean Harrigan finished the season with a 1.07 WHIP, and Tony Lane captured two Dodger fielding records, with 141 Total Chances and 136 Put Outs.

Even though the Dodgers finished 10-10 on the season, it was the second half that the Dodgers coaching staff will use to expound upon. Starting out in a 1-6 hole and finishing on a 9-4 tear, the Dodgers proved to the rest of the league that they are a force for any team. Three losses to the Dragons by a total of 4 runs was heartbreaking, but something the Dodgers will use in 2013. A whole new blue is coming and it will be spectacular to watch.

 

2011 2011 was a magical ride for the Rancho Cordova Dodgers. They started out 5-1, their lone loss a 7-6 hiccup to the Sacramento Bulldogs, who finished 4-15, in last place, 9 games behind the eventual 45A Division winner Mudville Nine. The Dodgers next loss was against the GC Miners, dropping them to 5-2, and then won 4 out of their next 5, amassing a 9-3 record and looking like they would run away with the division, the league and leaving everyone in their rear view mirror. At the All Star break, the Dodgers sent five players, Tim Halverson, the All Star game starter, Sly Walker, Russell Hooper, Doug Grey and KB Gandy. All five players were the starters at their respective positions, Walker in left, Hooper in center, Gandy at shortstop and Doug behind the plate. Dodgers manager Bob Roe was the skipper for the American squad, with Vince Miles named as the American squad coach. Eric Queen, the Dodgers other representative at the All Star game was unable to make it due to family obligations. Roe guided the American's to an All Star game win, Roe's second All Star game win in his career. The Dodgers went into a tail spin following the break, winning just 4 of their next 10 games, finishing the year at 11-7-1, actually getting a win on a forfeit from the Sacramento Reds, and a tie with the Mudville Nine. The Dodgers finished in second place, 1.5 games behind the Nine, and found themselves having to face Team Giants in the first round, a team they had just lost to one week earlier, 3-2. But, great teams always find a way to rise to the occasion. The Dodgers finished Team Giants 2011 season rather easily, 10-0 and moved on to the next round, the 45A Championship, best-of-three series against the division winner Mudville Nine. Game 1 found Tim Halverson on the mound and the Nine were no match for the greatest pitcher in Dodger history. Halvy dispatched them with a complete game, winning 14-1 and it wasn't even that close. Game 2 found KB Gandy on the hill and the Dodgers were confident they would win in a sweep. That wasn't the case as the Nine played out of their cleats, winning the game 5-4, sending the Dodgers back to the drawing board in a decisive game 3 the following week. On Sunday, September 18th, Mudville might as well have not even shown up. The Dodgers started the game with a KB triple and the rout was on. Halvy pitched another gem, another complete game, another dominant performance as the Dodgers won their first league title, their first championship, 13-6.

Many Dodgers were contributors during this magical run. Hooper finished the season with a .506 batting average, 4 home runs, a new Dodger record 42 hits, 30 rbi and 12 stolen bases. Gandy finished the season leading the Dodgers in batting average, .532, triple with 3, 13 rbi and also was a clutch pitcher, finishing the season 1-2, 3.04 era and 24 strike outs in 26.1 innings pitched. Walker finished the season second on the team in batting average, .528, swatting two home runs and 15 rbi. His first home run of the season was a walk-off grand slam on opening day against Mudville, winning the game 16-12 for the Dodgers. Walker was brought in as a free agent and Sly Dogg did not disappoint. His leadership, his preparation was inspiring to the rest of the team and when Sly went down in game 1 of the championship series, it just inspired the Dodgers on to victory. Doug Grey finished the season at .469, 38 hits, 21 rbi and led the Dodgers in stolen bases with 15. Tim Halverson was money of the mound, going 8-3, with a 3.75 era, 92 strike outs in 100.2 innings. His WHIP of 1.55 was low, but not the lowest of the season. Dave Maldonado was that leader, with a 1.44 WHIP and also leading the club in era with a minuscule 2.00.

The Dodgers cast of characters included Tom Reid(.325, 26, 12 and 12 stolen bases), Tony Lane(.333, 24, 17), James Rivera(.410, 25, 11 and 8 stolen bases, .924 Fielding Pct.), Eric Queen(.370, 10, 4) and last season pick-up Shannon Hall(.324, 12, 1, 7, 10 games). The Dodgers stunt men, Mike Herzog, Craig Glick and Tim Wheat all contributed to the Dodgers Championship year and the team could not have done it without them coming off the bench. Wheat was a mighty contributor in the final championship game, going 2-4 with a run scored after Maldonado came down with a pulled ham string in the second inning.

A few Dodger single season records were broken in 2011. Russell Hooper broke the single season record for hits with 42. Hooper broke his own record he set with 39 in 2010. KB Gandy tied the single season record for triples with 3, leaving him tied with Russell Newman, who set the record in 2006 and tied it in 2007. Tim Halverson broke his own record for strike outs with 92 after setting the record with 80 in 2010. Halvy broke the record with 13 innings less pitched in 2011 than he had in 2010. Dave Maldonado broke the ERA and WHIP marks with a 2.00 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. Career milestones were also set in 2011. Hooper set the All-Time Dodger mark for hits with his 80th hit in 2011, breaking the old mark of 69 set by Russell Newman. Hooper has also set the mark for doubles with 21, eclipsing the mark held by Brian Fulkerson with 17, the runs mark with 48, vaulting past Colin Parich, and is closing in on Parich's stolen base mark of 28. Hooper is sitting at 19. Tim Halverson is now the All-time Dodger leader in innings pitched with 223.2, passing Colin Parich, who held the mark with 205.1. Halvy is still breaking records with his 10th complete game of his career.

The Dodgers 2011 season could not have been as fun without their 10th Men. Their fans are the greatest fans in baseball, filling the stands each and every home game. With Charis Grey knitting, Annie's cowbell, horn, noise makers and score keeping, Dallas Bennett and the whole Bennett family with the Dodger Hex, the stands were always a close bunch, always pulling for their Boys in Blue to put together another win. Without the 10th men, without the Dodger fans, the Dodgers would have been just another recreational ball club, with a couple of family members in the stands without any heart. That is what the fans gave the Dodgers, heart, the will to win. Oh boy, win they did. So whether you were rooting for the Dodgers in the stands or followed them on the web, this season was for you, the fans. The Dodgers thank you. 2011 was magical. 2012 will be even better.

2010 In 2009, the Rancho Cordova Dodgers suspended operations for the year, but came back even stronger in 2010. Starting off the season at 0-2, the Dodgers faced a tough Pirates squad in the rain. A back and forth contest ended in the Dodgers winning 14-12. That was it for the wins for awhile. The Dodgers were stuck at 1-7 and things were looking bleak. The laughing stock of the NABA leagues, and to make matters worse, they had just lost to the other Dodgers team in Sacramento, the Sacramento Dodgers, a team manager Bob Roe had coached and played for in 2009. After a whitewashing by the Runnin' Rebels, the Dodgers went on a 5 game winning streak that had the team believing they could still make the playoffs. A brief two game losing streak sent the Dodgers into must-win mode and that is just what they did. Win. They Finished the season on a 4-2 turnaround, with wins over the Mudville Nine, the Brewers, the Blues and a great come from behind victory over Vince's Dodgers. A loss to the Cardinals on the last day of the season put the Dodgers at 10-11, but in fourth place and in the playoffs. Unfortunately, the Dodgers faced the Cardinals again and the Cards would not be denied. Scott Halverstadt ended the Dodgers hopes with a complete game victory.

Freddy Fenton led the Dodgers in several categories, including average, .604, home runs, 3, slugging percentage, .962, OBP, .655 and OPS, 1.617. Despite missing 8 games with a broken thumb, Fenton was a juggernaut for the team. Fenton's 604 average is a new Dodgers single season team record, as was his slugging percentage and OPS. Russell Hooper broke two Dodger records, leading the team in hits with 39 and doubles with 13, both new records. Hooper also led the team with 26 runs and 22 rbi. Hooper was third on the team with a .494 batting average. Alex Castro played in 21 games this year, starting 20. Castro banged out 34 hits, good for second on the team. Castro also drove in 16 runs, had 8 doubles and scored 13 runs. Castro was the only Dodger that did not strikeout on the entire season. A very impressive feet, considering Castro had 76 official at bats to go along with his 85 plate appearances. The Dodgers had a pretty impressive pitching staff, but most impressive of all was Tim Halverson. "Bills" started 13 games, pitched 113 innings, gave up just 56 earned runs, struck out 80, threw 7 complete games, had an impressive 6-6 record, and his ERA was a minuscule 4.46 to go along with a 1.73 WHIP. The innings pitched, strikeouts and games started are all new Dodger single season records. Alex Castro also pitched for the Dodgers, going 3-2, with a 5.55 ERA to go along with his 24.1 innings pitched and 12 strikeouts.

The Dodgers had several players that had impressive years. Doug Grey (.375, 30 hits, 1 HR, 19 rbi) made the All Star game, as did Hooper and Castro. All three contributed mightily to the American squads win over the National squad.

The Dodgers will be returning most of their team in 2011, and have already added two more arms to the team. The long-time Dodgers manager Bob Roe upped his regular season record to 39-42-2, .482 winning percentage. Roe is 1-0 in the All Star game, and 1-3 in the playoffs. Roe was quoted as saying that "This team was the best team I have ever coached, even though we got bounced in the first round, but to go from a 1-7 start to 10-11 and a playoff berth is simply amazing. I am looking forward to another year with these fellas and running towards a championship next year."
2008 In 2008, the Rancho Cordova Dodgers moved to the 18AA division, attempting to get younger, and better at some key positions. Going into the draft, Erik Newman and manager Bob Roe drafted Karl Jaeger, Frank Montoya, John Otero and Mario Rodriguez. They picked up Justin Fulkerson, Louie Hernandez and Mike Moreno, shoring up their middle defense with Fulkerson and their pitching corps with Hernandez and Moreno. They started off 7-3-1 and things looked very promising, as they stayed in second place, just a 1/2 game behind the Sacramento Bulldogs. But the Dodgers hit a rough spot in their schedule, going winless in their next six games, with only a tie against the River City Cubs saving them from a six game losing streak. Needing to win at least 3 out of their next 4 games, they set upon their mission. Their first victim was the Carmichael Tigers and the Dodgers didn't disappoint, winning 11-7. Next up was the Sacramento Bulldogs and the Dodgers dispatched them 6-4. Still needing to win another game, they faced the Dirtbags, who had been a problem for the Boys of Summer all summer long, tying one game and losing the other game. Dodgers manager Bob Roe sent Colin Parich out to the mound and Parich didn't disappoint his teammates. Parich threw 6 strong innings and allowed 6 runs on just 4 hits and struck out 7. Russ Newman came on and finished the Dirtbags in the last inning, to send the Dodgers into the playoffs with a 17-6 win.

The playoffs didn't go nearly as well for the Dodgers as their previous games against the Bulldogs. They eventual champions dispatched the Dodgers with relative ease, 22-6, ending the Dodgers season at a combined 10-10-2 record and a fourth place finish in the 18AA division.

Leading the team in batting average and doubles, Brian Fulkerson showed his usual form behind the plate and was selected to the 18AA All Star team for the second year in a row. Russ Newman, Colin Parich and Justin Fulkerson were also added to the All Star team with Karl Jaeger named an alternate in the voting. Chris Zajic fell off of his form from 2007, but rebounded nicely to lead the club in home runs with 4 and rbi with 24. Colin Parich led the Dodgers in almost every pitching category with 5 wins, 3 losses(tied with Newman), strikeouts(61) and innings pitched(67.2). Newman lead the Dodgers in saves(3) and era(4.50), with Opie Fuller at 3.86, but only 2.1 innings logged. Michael Schwartz dominated from the hill also, going 2-2, while striking out 31 in 37.2 innings.

Dodgers manager Bob Roe made the decision to not come back and manage the team next year, but will be coaching the Sacramento Dodgers, who took home the 38AA championship in 2008. "I had a great run and a great time managing this team for the past few years and managed to get them into the playoffs 2 out of the last 3 years. I watched some great things from some wonderful ballplayers, saw Greenie hit his first ever home run, Chris Zajic hit some monster shots, some dominating pitching performances from Nuke, Col' and Bulldog. Alex Castro came out of nowhere and was a huge asset to this team, I played with Jimmy and Al for the last 4 years and loved every minute of it. Our fans were the greatest fans in the world, cheering us on whether we were winning or losing. The cowbell, the Dodger Cheer, the ladies, everyone. We had people coming to see us and they hadn't even heard of Sacramento NABA. Erik and I had a great little run and I am looking forward to working with him again with the Sacramento Dodgers, as Vince has graciously agreed to let us help out his team and help keep them rolling right along. I am sad that this portion of my life is over, but I am looking forward to hopefully doing some great things with the Sacramento Dodgers and Vince Miles."

Roe ended up with a 29-31-2 record and a .484 winning percentage (31-34-2, .478 overall) regular season record, 1 N.L. title in 2007, was the winning manager in the 2007 All Star game and had a 1-3 record in the playoffs. His record in 2007 and 2008 was a combined 28-17-2 for a winning percentage of .617.

The team suspended operations for the 2009 season.

Los Angeles Dodgers Pictures, Images and Photos 2007 In 2007, the Rancho Cordova Rams underwent another transformation. Changing their name to the Rancho Cordova Dodgers was just one change. They added several new pieces to the puzzle. Bringing in Eric Newman as a coach and a talent evaluator was just the first step. Adding who could be considered the best catcher in Sacramento NABA Brian Fulkerson was a huge addition. "Hollywood" gave the pitching staff the confidence to throw their pitches anywhere they wanted and didn't have to worry about passed balls. Hollywood had only one passed ball all season long. Chris Zajic was also a big addition to the team. Leading the team in batting average, home runs, OBP, slugging percentage and just missed out on RBI by two. Zajic played a perfect season in the field as well, showing he wasn't just another NABA banger without a glove. Rob Van Asdlan was brought in to patrol center field, but added so much more. Setting a new Dodger team record for steals in a season with 20, "Wheels" also added a .444 average to go along with a .923 fielding percentage. Alex Castro was brought in through the draft and provided an amazing spark to the team. Castro came in second on the team in home runs with 5, hit a robust .353 to go along with 22 RBI, in just 15 games started. 2008 should be a banner year for the Dodger infielder. Matt Tuft, Richie Haro, Danny Phung, Jeremy Epperson and Vince Miles came on as new additions to the team and contributed heavily. Colin Parich and Patrick Green were holdovers from 2006 and came through as expected, only more. Parich was the best pitcher in the league in 2007, not just the team. Starting 9 games on the hill and appearing in 17 gave Parich an 8-3 record, 78 innings pitched, 4.27 ERA and 70 strikeouts, all new Dodger records for wins, ERA and K's. But it was Patrick Green who was simply amazing in the field as well as at the plate. Coming in second on the team in batting average, .481 and OBP at .632. His clutch hitting was what was really astounding. Between Castro, Zajic and Green they were key pieces tot he Dodgers championship season. Chris Toney was expected to do the a lot with his bat, and he didn't disappoint. Hitting .456, Toney also tied for the team lead in doubles with 8. But, it was Toney's glove that did most of the talking. His .969 fielding percentage was very good, but it was the plays he made when he wasn't expected to that truly astounded the manager. Team captain Russ Newman reached base 51 times in 2007, leading the team in triples again with 3, stealing 13 bases, scored 29 runs and collected 24 hits. "Nuke" was also not immune to taking one for the team, getting on base 12 times on HPB. Nuke also was a stellar moundsman, winning 7 games and saving 3 more while striking out 48 in just 55 innings. Bob Roe stayed on as the manager in '07 and guided the team to a league best 16-4 record, was named the N.L. All Star manager and guided the Dodgers to the N.L. pennant after a 3-18 2006. Roe upped his managerial record to 20-22 (.455 winning percentage).

The Dodgers sent four players to the All Star game, with Van Asdlan, Parich, Newman and Fulkerson getting the call to the Mid-Summer Classic. Steve Sanford and Junior Lee were also was named to the squad as a coaches. Lee could not make the game as prior commitments were already made.

The Dodgers 2007 award winners were Chris Zajic, MVP and Co-Offensive POY, Chris Toney, Co-Offensive POY, Brian Fulkerson, Defensive POY and Colin Parich was named the Cy Young winner for the second straight year.

The Dodgers will be expected to compete for the N.L. title in 2008 with all the pieces to the puzzle back in place. With the entire coaching staff back together for another year, Roe, Sanford, Junior Lee and general manager Eric Newman are not looking to just win another N.L. pennant. They want to take the team all the way to the top.

After the Dodgers hit the canvas in the 28AA Championship to the Redbirds, Roe had this to say, "Watching Brian Nix lead his team to the top and celebrating on the field left a bitter taste in my mouth. If you asked me if I was happy for him, hell no I ain't happy for them. I hate losing! I don't want to feel like that this year with the team we have coming out for the 2008 baseball season. They say good sportsmanship is great for the game. I didn't come out here to shake the winners hand and say good job. I want them to come and shake my hand and tell me great job. You are the manager of the champions. That is what we are striding for in 2008."


2006 The Panthers made an overhaul in '06, with a new manager, Bob Roe, with E J Patton staying on as a coach and outfielder. The managerial change wasn't the only thing in store for '06, as the Panthers also changed names, this time to the Rancho Cordova Rams. With most of the team back for the season, minus a few ballplayers, the Rams were eager to get onto the field. Russ Newman, Co-Team MVP, Colin Parich, Cy Young winner, Patrick Green, coach Kevin Pirkey, Junior Lee and Chris Toney(mid-season pick up) were some of the new additions. Combined with Co-Team MVP Al Word, they weren't enough to help the Rams climb out of the cellar. They limped home to a 3-18 record, with Newman and Parich both named to the All Star team. The Rams had wins over the Longhorns, Padres and the playoff bound Storm, which was the highlight of their season. Newman led the Rams in most offensive categories with a .472 batting average, hits 25, doubles 4, triples 3, OBP .600, slugging Pct. .717 and tied with Word and Toney for the team lead in home runs. Word led all Rams players in RBI with 24. Colin Parich led the Rams in most pitching categories in wins, 2, losses, 9, strikeouts, 62, innings pitched, 59.2, and games started with 11. Newman led the Rams in ERA, 7.10. Chris Toney led the Rams in fielding pct. with a .923 average, while Al Word led in putouts, 46 and Parich led in total chances with 67. The Rams finished the season on somewhat of a highlight on the last day of the season when they were able to stay in the game with the 28A runner-ups, Sacramento Indians, but eventually dropping the game by a score of 6-2. They showed the kind of heart and determination that would carry over into the 2007 season.

Panthers logo Pictures, Images and Photos2005 The Dodgers started out as the Sacramento Panthers, with E J Patton as their manager. The Panthers were placed in the American Division and finished their season 2-19, with wins over the just-as-hapless Sacramento Indians and the Sacramento Clippers. Patton was named to the All Star team, but, since early records weren't kept, the other All Star isn't known. Current Dodgers Bob Roe, Al Word, Jimmy Madrigal and scorekeeper Annie Roe are the only members left from the original team.


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Dodgers Opening Day Lineups, 2007-2017


2017 Opening Day Lineup
July 7th, 2017 Lembi Field
Dodgers 13 Dragons 4
 
SS Tom Reid
2B Paul Flanigan
1B Jon Lunardini
RF Chris Kawello
LF Sly Walker
CF Marvin Coleman
C Tony Lane
3B James Rivera
DH Bob Roe
Starting pitcher, Tim Halverson

2016 Opening Day Lineup
March 20th, 2016 Bartholomew Field
Valley Cats 7 Dodgers 2

DH Tom Reid
RF Marvin Coleman
1B Jon Lunardini
CF Russell Hooper
LF Russell Newman
SS KB Gandy
DH Sly Walker
3B James Rivera
2B Paul Flanigan
C Tony Lane
Starting pitcher, Tim Halverson

2015 Opening Day Lineup

March 22nd, 2015 Bartholomew Fields
Dodgers 10 Valley Cats 4

DH Tom Reid

LF Marvin Coleman
SS KB Gandy
1B Jon Lunardini
CF Russell Hooper
DH Dackery Hardeman
2B Paul Flanigan
3B James Rivera
DH Dennis Aukerman
C Tony Lane

Starting Pitcher Tim Halverson (W)


2014 Opening Day Lineup
March 23rd, Mahany Park

Dodgers 8 Free Agents 6

2B Tom Reid

LF David Maldonado
SS KB Gandy
CF Russell Hooper
DH Sly Walker
DH Jon Lunardini
1B Paul Flanigan
DH Chris Mansu
C Tony Lane
DH Dennis Aukerman
RF Jimmie Robinson

Starting 3B, David Coppock
Starting Pitcher, Tim Halverson

2013 Opening Day Lineup

LF Tom Reid
SS James Rivera
CF Russell Hooper
3B Dakery Hardeman
2B Paul Flanigan
DH Tim Halverson
1B Tony Lane
RF Chris Mansu
C Dallas Bennett
DH Junior Lee

Starting pitcher, Dennis Aukerman
March 24th, 2013 Dodgers 9 Free Agents 5

 

2012 Opening Day Lineup
SS K.B. Gandy
RF Tom Reid
CF Russell Hooper
DH Sly Walker
C Doug Grey
2B Paul Flanigan
1B Tony Lane
3B James Rivera
LF Chris Mansu

Starting Pitcher Tim Halverson
April 22 Valley Cats 15, RC Dodgers 8

2011 Opening Day Lineup


2B Tim Wheat
DH Eric Queen
CF Russell Hooper
LF Sly Walker
RF Doug Grey
C Tony Lane
SS Mike Perkovich
3B James Rivera
1B Bob Roe
DH Craig Glick

Starting Pitcher Tim Halverson

2010 Opening Day Lineup


RF Fred Fenton
3B J.D. Driggs
CF Russell Hooper
C Doug Grey
1B Tony Lane
DH Eric Queen
DH Kirt Kamiskas
LF Kirt Herrick
2B Jay Heibert
SS Alex Castro

Starting Pitcher Tim Halverson

2008 Opening Day Lineup

CF Russ Newman
SS Colin Parich
RF Chris Zajic
C Brian Fulkerson
3B Alex Castro
2B Karl Jaeger
DH Patrick Green
LF Frank Montoya
1B Al Word
DH Mike Angle

2007 Opening Day Lineup

CF Rob Van Asdlen
SS Colin Parich
3B Russ Newman
1B Chris Toney
C Brian Fulkerson
RF Chris Zajic
2B Danny Phung
DH Patrick Green
LF Matt Tuft
P Richard Harro