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Philadelphia Soul (2-3) hosts Destroyers (0-5) in battle of teams with losing streaks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having fallen below .500 for the first time since the 2014 season, the Philadelphia Soul (2-3) will host the Columbus Destroyers (0-5) on Saturday looking to snap a three-game losing streak. The game marks the start of a three-game homestand for the Soul and a stretch of four of five games at the Wells Fargo Center. Fans can watch live on ESPN3 or the ESPN app.

The team will look to get back on track against the winless Destroyers on Saturday. After leading for the entire game against the Valor last weekend, Columbus gave up a last-second touchdown to drop to 0-5 on the year.

Philadelphia is coming off a loss to the Baltimore Brigade in which the team was held to just 30 points, their third-fewest in any game under head coach Clint Dolezel. Affected by in-game injuries to receivers Aaron Wascha (who missed the entire second half) and Lonnie Outlaw (who would leave in the fourth quarter), quarterback Dan Raudabaugh completed just 44.1% of his passes (15-34), his lowest completion percentage since 2014 and the fifth-lowest of his career.

Despite their record, the Destroyers boast one of the most dangerous playmakers in the league in wide receiver Fabian Guerra. The return specialist is averaging a league-leading 150.2 all-purpose yards per game and his nine receiving touchdowns are tied with the Soul’s Darius Prince for second-most in the AFL. The Philadelphia defense will look to contain Guerra in order to shut down a Columbus offense that is averaging a league-worst 30.2 points per game.

Saturday’s matchup will mark the Soul’s first meeting with the Destroyers since Columbus’ return to the league earlier this year. Philadelphia is 6-4 all-time against Columbus, including three straight wins, the last of which came in 2008. The Soul have not lost four straight games since 2011, two years before Clint Dolezel took over as head coach.

Saturday’s kickoff is scheduled for 7 pm ET.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

WR Jordan Williams

Williams is coming off a big game against Baltimore in which he recorded 167 all-purpose yards (22 Rec, 145 Return). Plagued by injuries to receivers Aaron Wascha and Lonnie Outlaw, the Soul could look to him to provide an offensive spark.

WR Fabian Guerra

Guerra leads the league with 150.2 all-purpose yards per game and two kick return touchdowns this season. He’s one of three receivers along with Albany’s Malachi Jones and the Soul’s Aaron Wascha to record multiple three-touchdown games this season.

BY THE NUMBERS

-7 The Destroyers have posted a league-worst -7 turnover margin this season.

0 The Soul have never lost four straight games under current head coach Clint Dolezel. Philadelphia has only suffered five losing streaks of 4+ games in its history, with the last one coming in 2011.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF PHILADELPHIA SOUL MEDIA RELATIONS

 

 

Soul losing streak reaches three with Week 5 loss to Baltimore

The Philadelphia Soul (2-3) dropped their third straight game on Sunday afternoon, losing to the Baltimore Brigade (3-2) 45-30 in front of a crowd of 4,079 at Royal Farms Arena. At 2-3, Philadelphia falls below .500 for the first time since the 2014 season.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Philadelphia Soul 13 7 7 3 30
Baltimore Brigade 7 14 14 10 45

While quarterback Dan Raudabaugh found Darius Prince for a 32-yard touchdown on the team’s opening possession, a missed extra point once again left the Soul chasing the game early. After trading scores throughout the first two quarters, Philadelphia entered the half down 21-20, the eighth straight game in which the team has trailed at the half. The Soul are now 2-6 in those contests.

While a Kenny Spencer field goal pulled the team within eight with just over four minutes to play, the Soul’s onside kick attempt on the ensuing kickoff was recovered by Baltimore. Three plays later, Brigade fullback Rory Nixon found the end zone for his second rushing touchdown of the day to put the game out of reach.

Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh finished just 15-34 (44.1%), his lowest completion percentage since July 26, 2014 vs the Pittsburgh Power. The Soul’s 30 points were also the team’s fewest in a game since losing to Baltimore 31-21 in May of 2018.

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF PHILADELPHIA SOUL MEDIA RELATIONS

 

 

Dragons bomb 4 homers in 8-1 drubbing of Lansing (Tuesday)

May 28, 2019

 

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Lansing (R-H-E):  1-5-0

Dayton (R-H-E):  8-13-0

 

Win:  Connor Curlis (1-1)

Loss:  Cobi Johnson (1-4)

Save:  None

HRDayton:  Pabel Manzanero (6th, 1 on base in 1st inning); Reniel Ozuna (2nd, 1 on base in 5th inning); Brian Rey (4th, 0 on base in 5th inning); Juan Martinez (3rd, 1 on base in 5th inning).

NOTE:  The home runs by Ozuna and Rey were back-to-back.

HRLansing:  Gabriel Moreno (3rd, 0 on base in 2nd inning).

 

Dayton, Ohio—The Dayton Dragons blasted four home runs including three in the fifth inning, and three Dayton pitchers combined to allow just five hits as the Dragons routed the Lansing Lugnuts 8-1.  The game was the start of a three-game series at Fifth Third Field.

 

The Dragons matched their season highs for largest victory margin, most hits in a game (13), and most home runs in a game, while establishing a season high for most home runs in an inning.  They also produced back-to-back home runs for the second time in 2019.

 

The Dragons got the scoring started in the bottom of the first inning when Brian Rey lined a single to left field and Pabel Manzanero followed with a home run off the front of the concessions building beyond the left field fence to make it 2-0.  It was Manzanero’s team-leading sixth homer of the year.

 

Lansing’s Gabriel Moreno belted a solo home run in the top of the second to pull the Lugnuts to within a run at 2-1.

 

It was still 2-1 when the Dragons game to bat in the fifth.  Randy Ventura opened the inning with an infield single before Reniel Ozuna belted a home run to left field, his second of the year, to make it 4-1.  Rey then lined a homer to left, his fourth of the season, and third in the last five games.  Ozuna and Rey joined Morgan Lofstrom and Carlos Rivero from May 6 as Dragons with back-to-back home runs.  Two batters later, Juan Martinez came to the plate with a man on base and launched the longest home run of the night, a two-run shot to make it 7-1.  It was Martinez’s third homer of the season.

 

The Dragons closed out the scoring in the seventh inning on consecutive doubles by Martinez and Lofstrom to make it 8-1.

 

Dragons starting pitcher Connor Curlis (1-1) worked five strong innings to earn the victory.  He allowed one run on a solo home run.  He gave up five hits with no walks and three strikeouts.  Alexis Diaz replaced Curlis and retired all nine batters he faced, striking out two. Jerry D’Andrea pitched a perfect ninth inning, also striking out two.  Lansing did not have a base runner after the fourth inning as the last 16 Lugnuts batters were retired.  Dragons pitchers did not allow a walk in the game.

 

Six Dragons hitters each had two hits including Ventura, Ozuna, Rey, Martinez, Lofstrom, and Rivero.  Rey and Manzanero both extended personal hitting streaks to five straight games.

 

Notes:  Prior to the game, the Dragons activated Diaz and outfielder Shard Munroe from the injured list.  Relief pitcher Andrew McDonald was sent back to extended spring training and outfielder Zeek White was released.

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Dragons on TV tonight and Sunday against Cubs

 

ON DAYTON’S CW

 

DAYTON, OHIO—Dayton Dragons games on Friday, May 31; Saturday, June 1; and Sunday, June 2 will be televised live from Fifth Third Field on Dayton’s CW.  On all three dates, the Dragons will meet the South Bend Cubs (Chicago Cubs affiliate).  Game times are 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

 

The telecasts are part of a 25-game TV package this season.  All games will be broadcast live and in high definition on the following outlets:

  • ·         - Over the air Channel 26.1
  • ·         - Spectrum Channels 13 and 1013
  • ·         - Direct TV and DISH Network Channel 26.

 

All Dragons television broadcasts are sponsored by Dayton Power & Light.

 

Dayton’s CW reaches approximately 500,000 households and over 1.2 million potential viewers in a 10-county area.

 

Dragons Director of Broadcasting Tom Nichols will handle the play-by-play for each game this weekend.  WDTN sports anchor/reporter Hutch Konerman will serve as color commentator on Friday.  WDTN Sports Director Jack Pohl will handle commentator duties on Saturday and Sunday.

 

All broadcasts include the performing of the national anthem by local singers, groups, and musicians.  The Ascension school choir will perform the national anthem on Friday; Caroline Grace Williams on Saturday; and St. Ignatius School on Sunday.

 

Tom Nichols returns for his 12th season with the Dragons and 32nd year in Minor League Baseball. He will serve as the play-by-play announcer on all 25 television broadcasts and all radio broadcasts for games that are not televised. He has broadcast over 4,000 minor league games since beginning his career in 1988 and has worked at every level of Minor League Baseball. He is a Ball State University graduate and a native of Muncie, Indiana, where he was inducted into the Delaware County Athletics Hall-of-Fame in 2009.

 

Jack Pohl has served as WDTN-TV Sports Director and Anchor since 2002 and has been with WDTN-TV since August 1995. Jack is a Dayton native who attended Wright State University. He began his broadcasting career at Centerville High School station WCWT. He later moved on to work at various Dayton area radio stations, but is best known for his time as the Z-93 morning show personality with Kim Faris. Jack is proud to have learned the TV business from WDTN’s legendary Omar Williams. Jack was honored with the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Sportsmanship and Ethics Integrity Media service award.

 

Hutch Konerman joined WDTN-TV in 2004 as the Weekend Sports Anchor and Sports Reporter for 2 NEWS. He began his broadcasting career in public radio as a news and sports reporter for WVXU-FM in Cincinnati. He also served as a news reporter and producer at WGEM-TV in Quincy, Ill. and as Sports Anchor and Reporter for WHIO-TV in Dayton. Hutch received a regional Emmy for his sports feature in 2006.

Dragons 2019 Television Broadcast Schedule

Date Opponent Time
Friday, May 31 South Bend 7:00
Saturday, June 1 South Bend 7:00
Sunday, June 2 South Bend 2:00
Saturday, June 8 Fort Wayne 7:00
Sunday, June 9 Fort Wayne 2:00
Saturday, June 22 Lansing 7:00
Sunday, June 23 Lansing 2:00
Saturday, July 6 South Bend 7:00
Sunday, July 7 South Bend 2:00
Friday, July 12 Wisconsin 7:00
Saturday, July 13 Beloit 7:00
Sunday, July 14 Beloit 2:00
Friday, July 26 Great Lakes 7:00
Saturday, August 3 Lake County 7:00
Sunday, August 4 Lake County 2:00
Saturday, August 10 Lansing 7:00
Sunday, August 11 Lansing 2:00
Saturday, August 31 West Michigan 7:00
Sunday, Sept. 1 West Michigan 2:00

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

Dayton Dragons continuing to help Communities ravaged by tornadoes

DONATIONS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH SUNDAY AT DRAGONS GAMES AT FIFTH THIRD FIELD

Dayton, Ohio—Fans attending Dayton Dragons games at Fifth Third Field this week can provide assistance to those impacted by the weather emergency by donating non-perishable food items.  Cash donations will also be accepted.  The homestand will continue with games through Sunday.

 

On Tuesday night, fans donated approximately $4,200 in cash as the Dragons hosted the Lansing Lugnuts.  Cash proceeds are being donated to the American Red Cross, Dayton Chapter.  Fans also donated enough non-perishable food items to fill approximately 20 large bins that were transported to the Foodbank, Inc.

 

All fans with tickets to any of the six games on the current homestand (May 28-June 2) who are unable to attend the game due to issues related to the weather damage may exchange their ticket to any future Dragons game in 2019 (based on availability).

 

Dragons game times for remaining dates on the homestand are 7:00 p.m, tonight Saturday, and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

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