On Monday, the Bethesda Big Train hosted their first double header of the season against the Youse's Orioles. Jake Valdez (St. Mary's College) got the start in the first game for the Big Train and was fantastic, pitching six innings, giving up four hits while striking out six batters and giving up no runs. Tayler Stiles (Maryland) took the hill in the second game and pitched five innings, giving up three hits and no runs, while striking out four.
In the first game the Big Train presented a hitting clinic for the fans. Altogether, the Big Train had 22 hits and 11 runs. Six batters recorded more than one hit, while seven batters each had one hit.
Jake Valdez was pitching to the inside and outside corners while consistently getting his fastball and off-speed pitches over the plate for strikes. Out of the bullpen first was Jacob Billingsley (Mississippi State), who pitched two innings of no run and no hit ball. Andy Frakes (San Francisco) came in to close out the 9th and quickly retired the side in order. As tremendous as the hitting was for the Big Train, the pitching was equally as good, giving up no runs on four hits total.
Before the rain-out, the Big Train had a 2-0 lead, but it took the Big Train until the 4th inning to strike another number on the board. Behind singles from Kevin Tatum (Cornell), Tony DiLeo (Eastern Michigan), Stephen Alemais (Tulane), and Logan Farrar (Virginia Commonwealth), the Big Train were able to score three more runs on two RBIs by Alemais and one by Farrar.
The Big Train had another big inning in the bottom of the 5th, accumulating four runs on five hits. Stephen Alemais recorded his third RBI on the game and later scored on a double by Logan Farrar. Ryne Willard (N.C. State) had two RBI on a hard hit single to give the Big Train a 9-0 lead.
In the seventh inning, the Big Train pushed across two more runs. Wes Rea (Mississippi State) and Cody Brown (Mississippi State) both came in as pinch hitters and recorded RBIs in the inning.
The Big Train bullpen was able to silence the Youse's Orioles for the rest of the night, giving the Big Train an 11-0 victory in the top half of the double header.
The hit brigade continued for the Big Train in the first inning of the second game totaling five runs on three hits. Stephen Alemais started off with a double and Logan Farrar singled to get things going in an inning that also included two walks, a hit batter, and a two RBI single by Ryne Willard.
The Orioles' first threat of the night came in the 6th inning with Luis Collazo (Virginia Tech) pitching. After a lead-off double and a single by the next batter, the lead-off hitter for the Orioles hit a sacrifice fly, to put them on the board. Collazo was able to retire the rest of the batters to hold the 5-1 lead with the Big Train coming up to bat. Devon Loomis (San Francisco) also came out of the bullpen for the Big Train and pitched two innings, giving up no hits and no runs. Will Resnik (High Point) came in and shut down the Orioles in the 9th inning giving up no hits and no runs.
The two pitching staffs were able to keep each other relatively quiet for the rest of the game, leaving the Big Train, 5-1, winners, and 2-0 on the day.
Notes: Wes Rea got his first hit and RBI of the season.... Stephen Alemais recorded five hits and three RBI on the day... Logan Farrar had five hits and a walk....Ryne Willard had five hits and three RBI....Come out to the next home game against the Alexandria Aces on Wednesday Night for Beatles Night!
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