Dragons fall to Bees; Siri streak at 28

DAYTON, Ohio — Burlington’s Jonah Todd ripped a three-run double to cap off a five-run fourth inning as the Bees defeated the Dayton Dragons 8-2 on Saturday night.  The game was the start of a three-game series between the two clubs at Fifth Third Field.

Dayton’s Jose Siri lined a single to left field in the fourth inning to extend his hitting streak to 28 straight games, tying him for the fourth longest on record in Midwest League history and the longest in all of Minor League Baseball in 2017.  Siri’s hitting streak is the longest in the league since 2000 when Garvin Wright of Michigan hit safely in 29 straight games.  The league record is 35, set in 1977 by Waterloo’s Tony Toups.

Dragons starting pitcher Wennington Romero (3-8) suffered the loss.  He worked six and two-thirds innings, allowing 10 hits and eight runs with no walks and four strikeouts.  Jesse Stallings worked an inning and one-third without allowing a run in relief of Romero.  Joel Kuhnel followed Stallings with a scoreless inning, his 10th straight outing without allowing a run.

The Bees jumped ahead with two runs in the third and then broke the game open with five in the fourth to take a 7-0 lead.  Meanwhile, Burlington starting pitcher Andrew Vinson allowed just two hits over his five innings to earn the win.  The Dragons scored both of their runs in the bottom of the ninth.  The first run scored on Bruce Yari’s RBI single before Taylor Trammell crossed the plate on a wild pitch.  The Dragons finished with five hits by five different players.

Up Next:  The Dragons (10-19, 51-48) host the Bees (13-16, 44-54) on Sunday at Fifth Third Field at 2:07 p.m. in the second of the three-game series.  Tony Santillan (5-6, 3.26) will start for the Dragons against Burlington’s Justin Kelly (1-0, 0.00).

Sunday’s game will be televised on Dayton’s CW (channel 26).

DP&L working to restore power after early morning storms in Miami Valley

(WDTN) – Early morning storms knock out power to parts of the Miami Valley.

According to Dayton Power and Light Director of Operations, Kevin Hall, nearly 4700 customers lost power around 6:00 a.m. Saturday with over 1600 of them in West Alexandria. The power was back on to most of those customers around 8:00 a.m. According to the DP&L outage map, hundred still remain without power.

Hall said crews have been working since yesterday morning tending to storm related outages. He said crews will continue to work around the clock to restore power.

Local tree company helps elderly lady, free of charge

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Friday’s severe weather took down a tree and some overhead lines at the home of an 83-year-old Dayton woman, prompting a local tree cutting company to spring into action and help the elderly lady, free of charge.

Elbert Pennington of Elbert Pennington Lawn & Tree Service said it was his third job of the day.

“That’s just me. I try to help people when I can,” Pennington said. “I think if I help people and then sooner or later they’ll end up helping someone, themselves.”

The homeowner’s daughter, Sherrie York, said her 83-year-old mother is in the intensive care unit at a local hospital.

“I really appreciate this man coming by and cutting up this tree for us,” York said. “It was pretty bad when I pulled up. I was like, oh my God.”

York said the massive tree is just another added stress on the family – both emotionally and financially.

“It’s been very overwhelming… Trying to deal with the hospital, trying to deal with where she was in the New Lebanon nursing home – and now I got to deal with this,” York said. “Anybody watching this, I need your prayers”

Friday morning’s heavy winds sent the tree sprawling across the yard – blocking the driveway.

It also took down overhead lines.

“I live up the road from here,” Pennington said. “When I came by she was telling the fire department she didn’t have no way to get it cleaned up. I told her I would come by and clean it up for free.”

His son Ronnie Pennington was assisting him.

“Not many people would help older people when they need help,” Ronnie Pennington said. “And they can’t do it themselves so there’s nothing wrong with helping them. It ain’t always about collecting money.”

Table of Experts: Manufacturing

Dayton Business Journal recently hosted a roundtable discussion, featuring three Dayton-area experts exploring topics related to the present landscape of manufacturing. The following is a record of that discussion, as moderated and documented by Heather Martin.

Q: The No. 1 issue manufacturers are facing is finding good employees, and it has been getting more difficult each year. What are some solutions at the individual manufacturer level and at an industry level?

Phil Ratermann:

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Man’s truck stolen while he played volleyball

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A truck was stolen from a Dayton volleyball club in Dayton Thursday night.

According to a police report on the incident, officers were called to Setters in the 1000 block of Gateway Drive around 11:30 Thursday night.

When police arrived they met a man who told them he arrived around 7:00 to play volleyball and when he came out his brother’s truck was gone.

The victim told police he parked on the street about half a mile away from the club.

The officer writing the report noted the victim still had the keys to the truck and it is unknown how the vehicle was stolen.

The truck taken is a white 2004 Dodge Ram pickup with Ohio plate number GVA8254.

There are no suspects in this case and no arrests have been made.