Seven strong innings gives Dougherty daily honor

Caleb Dougherty arrived from the Dominican Republic to the Rochester Ridgemen on Thursday. He started his first game in the New York Collegiate Baseball League on Sunday night against the defending champion Hornell Dodgers and threw well.

Dougherty threw seven innings and was charged with a no-decision after leaving in a 1-1 ballgame. He only allowed one run on four hits, striking out three batters.

This earned him the NYCBL Pitcher of the Day award for July 5, the third Ridgemen pitcher to earn the award and the sixth player overall from head coach Joe Shallenberger’s squad.

After allowing the run in the third, the Abilene Christian attendee retired 12 of the final 15 batters he faced. Of the three baserunners he allowed, only one of them was able to reach second base.

Dougherty, like Case Smith last season, played half of his summer in the Dominican Republic before coming up to Western New York for the final half. This would be a blessing in disguise, as hopefully Dougherty can add to a pitching staff that will need as many arms as it can heading into the playoff hunt.

The Ridgemen host the Dodgers again tonight at 7:00 p.m. and then will host the Niagara Power in another edition of the Holy Wars Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.,