Print

Big Train Look to Turn Corner Before All-Star Break

By:Ben Portnoy

After a disheartening 3-2 loss to the Rockville Express Saturday, the Big Train are looking to rebound against the Gaithersburg Giants Sunday in the final game before the league All-Star break.

“You got to show up everyday,” Justin Morris (Maryland) said. “Just because it says ‘Big Train’ across the uniform you’re going to get people’s best game and everybody’s going to want to beat you really bad.”

Sunday’s contest could be a major preview of things to come for the Big Train. The Giants sit at 15-12, good for second in the North Division, and present a possible playoff matchup for Bethesda. Gaithersburg is also one of only two teams to beat the Big Train on the road this season.  In the loss on June 21, the Giants outlasted Bethesda 7-6 in 11 innings.

“You want to try and get a win and leave on a positive note and be ready for the last quarter of the season,” manager Sal Colangelo said.

Big Train ace Ty Madrigal (St. Mary’s) will get the start Sunday. Madrigal, one of 12 Bethesda players named to the South Division All-Star team, has been nothing short of spectacular this season.  He currently leads the league with a 0.65 ERA in 27.2 innings pitched and is tied for second in wins with a 4-1 record in five appearances.

“I hope I can give us a good start and get us back on track and get the wheels rolling for the Train,” Madrigal said.

The Big Train offense will also look to get going Sunday after scoring only two runs against the Express, the league’s second-worst team.  Logan Driscoll (George Mason) has been a consistent bright spot for Bethesda hitting .336 with six home runs, while James Outman (Sacramento State) continues to lead the league in homers (9) and is tied for first in RBIs (31) despite seeing his average drop in each of the last seven games.

Morris and centerfielder Zach Jancarski (Maryland) have also been crucial on the offensive side since their arrival from the Terps’ NCAA tournament squad, batting .341 and .383 respectively.

“I think we’re just hitting a little rut right now,” Morris said. “I mean all teams hit them. It’s a good thing we’re hitting it now and we can still finish the season hot and roll into the playoffs.”

First pitch from Criswell Automotive Park in Gaithersburg is scheduled for 7 p.m.

“Mainly the All-Star break comes and I feel like we try and crunch a little bit and try to pressure ourselves when we just have to play the same game we’ve been playing,” Madrigal said. “We started out hot and just [need to] continue what we’ve been doing – nothing more than that.”

Share This Article




Past News

Search Archive »

Browse by Year »

2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011

Browse by Month »

August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
November 2016
September 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
September 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
November 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
December 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
December 2011

facebook
twitter
You Tube
Instagram
Big Train Blog
Phone