The Charleston RiverDogs are apparently a second half team.
The RiverDogs are 21-13 since June 29 and have the best record in the South Atlantic League over the last 34 games. The RiverDogs have won seven of their last eight games and with five weeks left in the regular season find themselves just two games behind first place Asheville and Greenville in the SAL's Southern Division.
The RiverDogs open a five-game series with Savannah tonight at Riley Park.
"We've just played smarter baseball over the last month or so," said Charleston manager Greg Colbrunn. "We've eliminated a lot of the physical and mental mistakes we were making earlier in the season. We've started to swing the bats better and our pitching, especially in our bullpen, has been more consistent."
A spot in the playoffs is not out of the question for the RiverDogs. The SAL playoff features the first-half winners of each division playing against the second half winners of each division.
There have been a slew of heroes for the RiverDogs of late:
--Pitcher Joe Romanski, who joined the team in early June, has won six of his last seven starts and leads the team with seven wins.
--Shortstop Kelvin Castro recently had an eight-game RBI streak, the longest of the season for the RiverDogs.
--SAL All-Star relief pitcher Ryan Flannery has allowed just four earned runs in 46 innings since May 18. He has an ERA over that stretch of .078.
--Since coming off the disabled list, first baseman Luke Murton has hit safely in seven straight games and 13 of his 16 contests.
Hall of Fame
James Island High School's Lee Glaze, The Citadel baseball coach Fred Jordan, West Ashley American Legion coach D.K. Walters and North Charleston recreation department coach Kenny Wilkinson will be inducted into the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame during a pre-game ceremony tonight.
RiverDogs pitcher Ronny Marte has been promoted to the Tampa Yankees in the Florida State League.
Marte, a Las Guaras, Dominican Republic native, has appeared in 35 games with the RiverDogs. The right-hander posted a 2-3 record, with six saves, and a 3.13 ERA.
Marte surrendered 67 hits, 19 earned runs and 15 walks, while striking out 36 batters, in 54 2/3 innings.