Friedl hits 3 home runs in Dragons DH split against the Loons

Midland, Mich.—T.J. Friedl blasted two home runs including a grand slam to lead the Dayton Dragons to a 14-6 victory over the Great Lakes Loons in the second game of a suspended doubleheader on Thursday afternoon.  The Loons won the suspended game 2-1 in 16 innings despite another Friedl home run.

Friedl enjoyed one of the biggest days in Dragons history.  In his first at-bat of the morning, he crushed a home run in the top of the 16th inning that broke a scoreless tie, only to see the Loons battled back to win with two runs in the bottom of the 16th.  Then in the regularly-scheduled game, Friedl connected on two more home runs, a solo shot in the third inning and a grand slam in the fourth.  The three-homer day gave Friedl four home runs on the season.

The Dragons finished the day with a record of 31-15.  They are 20-6 over their last 26 games.  The Dragons finished their game in second place in the Midwest League East Division, one-half game behind West Michigan.  The Whitecaps play tonight at Fort Wayne and would fall back into a tie with the Dragons with a loss.  Third place South Bend is three and one-half games back of the Dragons.

The Dragons collected 14 hits in the second game as all nine batters had at least one hit.  Friedl, James Vasquez, Bruce Yari, Tyler Stephenson, and Luis Gonzalez each had two hits.

The Dragons trailed 2-1 when Friedl connected on a solo home run in the third inning to tie the score.  Then in the fourth, Dayton sent 12 batters to the plate and scored six runs, powered by Friedl’s grand slam to make it 8-2.  Great Lakes battled back and trailed 10-5 in the sixth when Dayton’s Brantley Bell blasted a three-run home run to give the Dragons a commanding 13-5 lead.

Dragons starting pitcher Scott Moss (7-1) did not have his best day but qualified for the victory and continues to lead the league in both wins and strikeouts.  He allowed five runs in five innings of work.

The suspended game began Wednesday night and resumed at 10:35 a.m. Thursday morning with no score going to the 14th inning.  Friedl homered in the top of the 16th to give the Dragons a 1-0 lead.  Dragons reliever got the first two outs in the bottom of the 16th before an error allowed Carlos Rincon to come to the plate, and Rincon drilled a game-ending two-run home run to left field, his ninth homer of the year.

Up Next:  The Dragons host West Michigan in the start to a big four-game series at Fifth Third Field on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.  Wennington Romero (3-1, 2.42) will start for the Dragons against West Michigan’s Austin Sodders (5-0, 0.73).

All Dragons games are broadcast on radio on Fox Sports 980 WONE and on the internet at Games are also available on the Dayton Dragons mobile app.


Local grocery store launching delivery service

Dorothy Lane Market is the latest grocery store adding a delivery service.

The local company announced Thursday it can deliver groceries to the neighborhoods surrounding its Springboro, Oakwood and Washington Township stores.

The grocery delivery service will be under the umbrella of DLM Drive-Up, the grocery store’s online ordering service with curbside pick up.

The announcement follows other grocery store delivery services rolling out around the Dayton region as chains take a cue from Amazon…

Photos: Washington Township home for sale for $1.25M

A high-end home in Washington Township is for sale for $1.25 million.

The 2101 Nutt Road property is among the most expensive listed for sale in the Dayton region.

As the housing market continues to recover in the Dayton area, demand has been increasing and home prices have been rising, making way for more luxury home sales.

The Dayton Area Board of Realtors reported a record April for home sales, with a record breaking 1,316 home sales last month. The average April home sale price at $157,161,…

Dayton man indicted on drug charges

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – One of two men arrested in a traffic stop was indicted on drug charges by a Montgomery County grand jury Thursday.

Justin Dunlap, 18, was arrested May 3 after police stopped the car he was driving for erratic maneuvers.

According to a police report on the incident, officers saw the car nearly crash while turning onto Oakridge Drive. The car skidded and blew a tire, then drove into oncoming traffic and through a stop sign at Elmhurst Avenue and West Second Street. The car finally came to a rest at Third Street and Almond Avenue.

The report says officers saw three people get out of the car and run away.

Dominique Johnson (Photo: Montgomery County Jail)

The driver, later identified as 18-year-old Justin Dunlap, and a second unidentified man ran north on Almond Avenue. Dunlap was carrying a bookbag which he threw to the ground while running. A third man, identified in the report as 22-year-old Dominique Johnson, ran east on Third Street.

Officers were able to quickly catch up with Dunlap and arrest him. Officers also arrested Johnson after a foot chase.

Police found a semi-automatic handgun near the bookbag that Dunlap dropped and several capsules and baggies of suspected heroin inside.

Police found a second gun with an extended magazine inside the car.


Dunlap was indicted Thursday on two counts of aggravated possession of drugs and one count each of improper handling of a firearm, possession heroin, possession of a firearm and obstructing official business.

Dunlap was booked into the Montgomery County Jail but is now out on bond.

Traffic decline halts as new flight comes to Dayton Airport

A new flight launched Wednesday at Dayton International Airport, the same day it posted its first uptick in traffic in several months.

The airport posted an ever-so-slight uptick in passengers to 85,100 in April, boosted by significant traffic gains in two of its most highly-touted airlines. American Airlines posted an 8.3 percent passenger increase to 34,300 on the year, while new carrier Allegiant Air has almost tripled its passengers since it introduced flights in Dayton a year ago to about 4,200…

Dayton area has ‘strongest April on record’ for home sales

The Dayton area saw its strongest April on record for home sales.

The Dayton Area Board of Realtors, representing Montgomery, Greene, Darke, Warren, and Preble Counties, reported Wednesday there were a record breaking 1,316 home sales last month. That’s an increase of 1.3 percent from the 1,299 local home sold the same month last year.

In addition, home sales generated $206.8 million, up 8 percent from last April.

The average sale price was $157,161, up 7 percent from the same time last year,…

Countdown: The 15 largest construction projects in Dayton region

The Dayton region has been bustling with construction projects in the past year. This can been seen as the Miami Valley continues to add more and more construction workers.

But which local construction projects have the biggest price tags?

Not surprisingly, the list of the 15 largest projects in the past year features plenty of health care- and education-related developments.

Note: Click on the above photos to see the 15 largest construction projects in Dayton region

Dayton-area hospitals, colleges…

Dayton Public Schools offers Summer Food Program

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton Public Schools Nutrition Services Department will sponsor the Summer Food Service Program for Children.

Free meals will be served to children 18-years-old or younger, and to mentally or physically disabled adults over 18 who participate in a nonprofit school program.

The program will serve food at several sites in Dayton. See the image below or click here for the list of service locations.


Nan Whaley raises cash to uncapped fund

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democrat Nan Whaley is using a re-election campaign for Dayton mayor that’s not subject to state contribution limits to raise money for her 2018 bid for Ohio governor.

A notice on Whaley’s campaign website informing potential donors that the mayoral fund is able to accept unlimited contributions was taken down Thursday after the campaign was asked about it by The Associated Press.

Whaley’s gubernatorial campaign says it plans to remedy the potentially confusing situation voluntarily, limiting donations from individuals and political action committees to the annual state limit of $12,000.

It’s the only fund Whaley can operate until the mayor’s race concludes this fall.

She will need to convert the fund into a statewide campaign account by February when fundraising will be legally restricted by state campaign finance rules.