On a beautiful Saturday night on Fathers Day Weekend, the Bethesda Big Train beat the Alexandria Aces after a short hiatus due to the rainy weather. Kit Scheetz (Virginia Tech) got the start and the win for the Big Train and did not give up a hit until the 5th inning. He was fabulous, pitching five innings of one hit, no run ball, striking out three batters.
Sean Labsan (Florida Atlantic) came out of the bullpen first for the Big Train and pitched one inning, giving up no runs and striking out two batters. Andy Frakes (San Francisco) came in next, and quickly retired the side behind two nice defensive plays by Ryne Willard (N.C. State) at shortstop and a strikeout. Next out the bullpen for the Big Train was right-hander Eric Martin (Tennessee) who pitched one inning and gave up no hits and no runs. Bo Logan (Florida Atlantic) pitched the 9th inning for the Big Train, striking out the side to end the game. The Big Train pitching staff was phenomenal giving up only two hits all game and striking out nine batters.
In the first inning, Kit Scheetz was able to escape a jam that was ensued by by two errors and a walk to load the bases with one out. On a great outside pitch, the Aces batter lined out to Stephen Alemais (Tulane) at second base who quickly tossed the ball to Ryne Willard who tagged second base for two outs on one pitch.
The 2nd inning was a big one for the home team as the Big Train scored three times. It started off with a sharp double in the right-centerfield gap hit by Grant Brown (Tulane) who then scored on line drive single over the shortstops head by Ryne Willard. Stephen Alemais recorded his second hit of the night which scored Kevin Tatum (Cornell) who was on base after being hit by a pitch. After a Logan Farrar (Virginia Commonwealth) walk to load the bases, Cody Manzella (High Point) drove in Willard on a walk to give the Big Train a 3-0 lead going into the 3rd inning.
In the 3rd inning, the Big Train rallied with two outs, showing tremendous plate discipline. Stephen Alemais, Logan Farrar, Cody Manzella, and Johnny Cole (Coastal Carolina) all walked consecutively, giving Cole an RBI and Alemais a run scored to put the score at 4-0, Big Train.
The Big Train crossed the plate once more in the 6th inning. After a Logan Farrar walk and a Cody Manzella single, Grant Brown recorded his second hit of the night as he singled home Farrar.
Notes: Stephen Alemais had two singles and three stolen bases....Logan Farrar had three walks....Cody Manzella had two walks and a single....Grant Brown had two hits...Josh Spano and Johnny Cole had two walks each.
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