Print

2018 Bethesda Big Train: record-breakers and champions

By:Paige Leckie
A handful of Big Train players pose with assistant coach Zach Morris after the team picture.

The scene in the pavilion of Shirley Povich Field on July 30 was similar to that of June 1. Players returned the jerseys they picked up to start the season, hugged, reminded each other to stay in touch, took pictures and parted ways as strangers-turned friends.

After a rain-ridden playoff push, the Bethesda Big Train are the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League’s champions for the third year in a row. This year, due to rain, they share that championship with the North Division’s Baltimore Redbirds.

The 2018 Big Train were record-shattering. In addition to setting a new franchise record for most wins in the regular season (ending with a 34-6 record), the team set league-wide records for most walks drawn (238), most RBI (273), most runs scored (326), highest on-base percentage (.413) and highest win percentage (.850).

Outfielder Justin Wylie (Arizona) set a team record for the highest batting average (.417), and two-way player Alec Burleson (East Carolina) became the first Big Train player since Hunter Renfroe (BT 2012) to hit double-digit home runs in the regular season, finishing with 10 homers. Burleson was named most-outstanding player for the LCS, sharing the title with Redbirds’ Carl Gindl.

Rising freshman Carson Taylor (VA Tech) finished the season as the team’s leader in hits (49). Burleson finished leading the team in RBIs (44) and home runs (10), Tyler Villaroman (San Francisco) led the team in walks (29) and stolen bases (21) and Fox Semones led the team in hit-by-pitches (13).

Three Big Train pitchers finished the season with ERAs below 1.00: Ryan Metz (0.00, VA Tech), Alec Burleson (0.34) and Elliot Zoellner (0.64, Maryland). Metz also led the team in saves with four. Carlos Lomeli (St. Mary's CA) led the team in strikeouts (37), and was one of three pitchers with four wins on the season – joining Metz and Chris Clarke (Southern California).

In the playoffs the Big Train went 3-1, sweeping the Silver Spring-Takoma Park Thunderbolts in the semifinals and going 1-1 against the Baltimore Redbirds in the finals, winnings game one at home and losing game two on the road.

AJ Lee (Maryland) led the team in batting average (.429) through the playoffs. Wylie and Semones had a home run apiece, and five players – Jacob Westerman (San Francisco), Villaroman, Burleson, Semones and Jacob Southern (Jacksonville) led the team in hit-by-pitches with one apiece in the playoffs.

Carson Taylor, Burleson and Lee each had six hits during the playoffs, and Taylor led the team in playoff RBIs (6). Wylie led the team in walks in the playoffs, with five.

In the playoffs, Burleson and Lomeli recorded the lowest ERAs in the most innings pitched; Burleson pitched five full innings with a 1.80 ERA and Lomeli pitched six full innings with a 4.50 ERA. Lomeli also struck out the most batters in the playoffs, recording seven strikeouts. He was followed by Hunter Brown (Wayne State) and Burleson, who recorded six strikeouts apiece.

Now, players have begun returning home for a few weeks’ rest before heading back to school. They leave Bethesda with new friends and connections, and a summer filled with memories.

Share This Article




Past News

Search Archive »

Browse by Year »

2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011

Browse by Month »

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