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Big Train Clinch First Place; Blowout Redbirds, 13-1

By:David Schneider
Brock Larson pitched six scoreless innings in his first start.
 
Rain was threatening all night, and even delayed the start of the game, but that didn't stop the matchup between the top two teams in the league.  The Baltimore Redbirds (25-12) traveled to Bethesda to face the Big Train (30-7) on Wednesday night at the ballpark.  Brock Larson (San Francisco) received the start, and in the 13-1 win tossed six innings, allowing zero runs on four hits while striking out four batters.
 
The Big Train were the first to cross the plate, doing so on one hit in the bottom of the 2nd inning.  Wes Rea (Mississippi St) was hit by a pitch and Andrew Brown (San Diego State) walked before Ryne Willard (N.C. State) knocked them both home for his eighth double of the season, putting the Big Train ahead 2-0 early.
 
Bethesda was back at it in the bottom of the 3rd, scoring four more runs.  Logan Farrar (Virginia Commonwealth) scored on a couple of fielding errors by the Redbirds, after singling to reach base.  Chris Lewis (Sacramento State) singled and scored on a deep two bagger in the left field gap hit by Wes ReaRea then scored on an RBI single by Cody Brown (Mississippi State).  Brown scored the last run of the inning on Ryne Willard's single.
 
The Redbirds threatened to score in the top of the 4th, but on a fly ball Logan Farrar hit the cutoff man for a perfect relay to Stephen Alemais (Tulane), who roped the ball home for Justin Morris (Maryland) to tag out the runner in a bang-bang play.
 
Wes Rea knocked home Logan Farrar on a single between the shortstop and third baseman in the bottom of the 4th, giving the Big Train a commanding 7-0 lead.
 
Ryne Willard added to his total on the night with a RBI double in the 5th, knocking home Cody Brown who hit a double of his own to reach base.  Willard scored on an RBI double by Stephen Alemais to right center field.  The Big Train doubled three times in the inning and extended the lead to 9-0.
 
With two outs in the bottom of the 6th, the Big Train was able to score four runs.  With the bases juiced, Cody Brown hit a single scoring Logan Farrar and Chris LewisRyne Willard proceeded to hit his third extra base hit of the night with a two-RBI triple scoring Brown and Wes Rea.
 
The Redbirds scored a run in the top of the 9th, but the Big Train crushed the streaking second place Redbirds, 13-1.
 
Notes: Logan Farrar had three singles....Wes Rea reached base four times with two RBIs....Cody Brown was 3-3 with three RBIs....Ryne Willard had one single, two doubles, and a triple with six RBIs.....Friday there is a double header at Povich Field against the Vienna River Dogs.

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