Big Train Come Back Late to Get by Thunderbolts 6-5

Dean Toigo swings as the Big Train play the Thunderbolts.



Silver Spring, MD –  The Bethesda Big Train (19-8) snuck by the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts (10-19) in the first game of a doubleheader on the road on Thursday evening. Bethesda scored three runs in the last half inning to complete the comeback. 


“We kind of struggled early and made some mental mistakes, every single one of us,” shortstop Connor Rasmussen (Tulane) said. “We kind of rallied at the end and ended up getting a win.”


Bethesda scored the first run of the game in the top of the first. Eddie Hacopian (Maryland) led off the game with a double, and Jacob Orr (Maryland) drove him in on an RBI fielder’s choice that T-Bolts third baseman Mike Heckman misplayed.


The Green and White’s lead was short lived. In the bottom of the second, Quincy Via tied the game at one with an RBI single, scoring Erik Rindner, who had also singled. 

Thunderbolt runs kept on coming in the bottom of the fourth. The T-Bolts scored four in the inning thanks to a combination of a barrage of soft hits off of Jesse Guitierrez (San Jose St) and Bethesda defensive miscues. Notably, the Thunderbolts scored two runs on an Rindner single after Orr, the Big Train left fielder, threw the ball to third base while no one was covering. 

Guitierrez pitched better than his line suggests. In his four innings, he allowed five runs and ten hits, but only two of the runs against him were earned, and most of the contact against Guitierrez was soft. Most of the hits against him were hit just over fielder’s heads. 


After several innings where the offense went down in order, the Big Train erased the T-Bolts lead in the latter half of the game. In the sixth, after Eddie Hacopian (Maryland) reached on his third hit of the day, Rasmussen laced a triple to left center field to bring the Terrapin home. Jason Schiavone (James Madison) then hit a sacrifice fly to right center field to drive Rasmussen in to make it 5-3.


Down to their last ups in the 7-inning game, the Big Train rallied. After Jack Guerrero (UNC Wilmington) was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, Dean Toigo (Oregon) slammed a double to bring him in to make the game 5-4. Jeffrey Heard (Sacramento State) then drove in Toigo with an RBI groundout to complete the comeback and tie the game at 5. 


Bethesda was not satisfied with just tying the game in the final inning. Later, on a Rasmussen ground ball with two outs, T-Bolts second baseman Zane Gross made a fielding error allowing Eddie Hacopian to score from second base and give the Big Train the lead, 6-5  


With a one-run lead going into the last half inning, Max Martzolf (Florida Atlantic) retired Silver Spring-Takoma in order to seal the victory for Bethesda in the first game of the doubleheader.

After a game one victory, the Big Train looked to sweep a doubleheader for the first time this season. Thus far, Bethesda has split every doubleheader played. 

“[Doubleheaders] are a long day for both teams,” Rasmussen said. “Our goal is to sweep.”


The Big Train play their second game of today’s doubleheader against the Thunderbolts at 7:30 as they look to sweep a doubleheader for the first time this season.


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