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Big Train Bats Blast Braves, Win 11-4

By:Michael Natelli
Kit Scheetz (Virigina Tech) relieved Larson and got the Win.

Box Score: W, 11-4

The Big Train traveled to Herndon on Tuesday to take on the FCA Herndon Braves. Riding a five-game winning streak, the team was looking to go into the All-Star Break on a high note.

Brock Larson (San Francisco) started for the Big Train, and gave up three runs (two earned) in four innings on three hits and three walks while striking out four batters.
 
The Braves got on the board first, scoring two runs in the bottom of the second inning. However, the Big Train would respond quickly.
 
In the top of the third inning, a great bunt by David Del Grande (Sacramento State) forced an error that allowed Mike Miedzianowski (High Point) to score for the Big Train. An RBI single by Kyle Wernicki (Virginia Tech) and a sacrifice fly by Ty France (San Diego State) pushed across two more runs, suddenly turning a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead for Bethesda.
 
In the fourth inning, Tim Yandel (Tulane) crossed the plate for the Big Train after reaching on a single and stealing a base, to extend the lead to 4-2.
 
The Braves got one run back in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 4-3, but the Big Train continued to score.
 
Kit Scheetz (Virginia Tech) came in to relieve Larson in the bottom of the fifth, and pitched a scoreless inning out of the gate, setting up the Big Train offense to start pulling away. 
 
The bats did just that in the following innings, scoring runs seven runs in the last four innings. 
 
In the sixth, RBIs from Wernicki and Tucker Tobin (George Mason) added some cushion to the Big Train lead, extending it to 6-3. A mammoth home run by Johnny Cole (Coastal Carolina) made the score 7-3 before RBI walks by Cole and Yandel extended the lead to 9-3 in the eighth. 
 
The offense continued to pad the lead in the ninth, as RBIs from France and Ryne Willard (Tallahassee CC) made the score 11-3. The lead would prove insurmountable for the Braves, as they plated just one run in the bottom half of the ninth inning. 
 
The Big Train enter the All-Star Break with a 25-7 record and hold a five-game lead over the Gaithersburg Giants for first place in the CRCBL. The Big Train will host the CRCBL All-Star Game on Wednesday at Povich Field! There will be six players representing the Big Train in the mid-summer classic, so come on out to see the best that the league has to offer! The All-Star Game begins at 7:30 with the Home Run Derby preceding it at 5:00.
 
After Wednesday's All-Star Game, Bethesda will play 12 more regular season games before the playoffs start at the end of July. The next Big Train home game is on Thursday against the Presstman Cardinals on Carnival Night.
 

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