Big Train starter Brock Larson (San Francisco) pitches to a River Dogs hitter in the first inning. The Big Train came out victorious in the rain-shortened contest.
In a weather-shortened six inning game Monday evening, the Big Train defeated the Vienna River Dogs 10-5 to improve to 4-0 on the season.
The game, which was held at Gaithersburg High School with Vienna as the home team, was called in the top of the seventh due to an impending thunderstorm and poor lighting on the field.
Before it was called, however, the Big Train bats came alive, scoring 10 runs on seven hits over the first six innings to come back from an early deficit.
Big Train starter Brock Larson (San Francisco) started strong, but lost his control in the third inning. After retiring the first two River Dogs of the frame, he hit a batter and then walked two more to load the bases. He then hit another man and issued another walk to force in two runs. This spelled the end of the afternoon for Larson, as lefty reliever Luis Collazo (Virginia Tech) came on to try to limit the damage. He uncorked a wild pitch that allowed a third run to score, but then coaxed a fly out to end the inning.
Down 3-0 entering the fourth, the Big Train answered with a rally of their own. Back to back singles by Cody Brown (Mississippi State) and Matt Toscano (St. Mary’s, Calif.) and two stolen bases put runners on second and third with no out. After a strikeout, Chris Lewis grounded out to third, driving home Brown to put the Big Train on the board, and moving Toscano to third. With two out, Brandon Gum (George Mason) hit a grounder to third that should have gotten Vienna out of the inning, but instead the third baseman booted it, and Gum was safe at first. The next batter, Ryne Willard (North Carolina State) hit a grounder up the middle that was mishandled by the second baseman, allowing Toscano to score. After a walk loaded the bases, Brandon Hunley (Sacramento State) lined a single to right center that scored two, giving the Big Train a 4-3 lead.
Bethesda wasn’t done, as they added another in the fifth on an RBI double off the fence in left by Gum. In the top of the sixth, with the bases loaded and one out, Vienna’s pitcher balked, allowing another run to score and the other runners to move up to second and third. Another walk loaded the bases again, and Zach Kirtley (St. Mary’s, Calif.) lined a ball to center for a single. Two runs scored, and a third crossed on an error by the center fielder as Kirtley advanced to second. A fifth run scored in the frame on a passed ball, which gave the Big Train an even ten runs for the game.
Vienna scored a run in the fifth and a run in the sixth, but they could not match the Big Train’s potent offense as Bethesda took a 10-5 lead into the seventh. The game was called with two out in the top of the seventh and the Big Train picked up their fourth win of the season.
Notes: Larson gave up three earned runs over 2 2/3 innings pitched, but did not allow a hit…Collazo pitched 3 1/3 innings in relief to pick up the win…Kirtley drove in two runs, and leads the league with six RBI…the Big Train take on the Rockville Express at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Rockville…their next home game is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday against the Baltimore Redbirds.