Big Train Splits Saturday Doubleheader with T-Bolts

Alex Calvert (South Carolina) applies the tag at third, a pivotal out in game 2. Photo Credit: Lisa A. Kammerman/BigTrainPhotos

The Big Train split an afternoon-night doubleheader with the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts on Saturday. Bethesda is now 8-2 on the season and remains atop the South division.

In game 1, right-hander David McKay (Florida Atlantic) got the start, taking the loss after pitching four innings and giving up two hits and three runs (two earned), while walking one and striking out three. Luis Collazo (Virginia Tech), Miller Trevvett (Radford), and Chris Monaco (Virginia Tech) each contributed a scoreless relief inning for Bethesda. T-Bolt starter En-Sih Huang (Taiwan UPES) pitched all seven innings of game 1, earning his second win of the season.

Offensively, the T-Bolts struck early. Aided by two Big Train errors, the T-Bolts scored three runs in the first, as McKay surrendered a walk and two singles to the first three T-Bolt hitters, who each scored in the inning. The Big Train outhit the T-Bolts in 6-5 in game 1 but struggled mightily with runners in scoring position and left five men on base. The lone Bethesda run came in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Nick Feight (UNC Wilmington) scored on a groundout by Logan Farrar (Virginia Commonwealth). The final score of game 1 was a 3-1 Big Train loss.

Righty Mark Nowatnick (Florida Atlantic) got the nod in the nightcap, pitching three innings giving up one hit and no runs while walking three and striking out three. Because Nowatnick did not pitch the four innings required by a starting pitcher to qualify for a win in a seven-inning game, the win instead went to Blake Smith (Mississippi State), his first of the season. Smith pitched two innings and gave up three hits and a run while walking none and striking out one. Josh Thorne (Stetson) pitched a scoreless relief inning, while Tyler Warmoth earned the save, pitching a perfect seventh and striking out two.

In game 2, it was the Big Train that struck early. Leadoff man Cody Brown (Mississippi State) led off with a walk in the bottom of the first. Farrar then singled. Brown and Farrar took third and second on a throwing error, setting the table for a two-run single by Zach Kirtley (St. Mary’s (CA)). However, Kirtley was thrown out attempting to take second base on the throw. Chris Lewis (Sacramento State) followed with a double, but was stranded.

The T-Bolts’ best chance came in the 5th inning, when the leadoff hitter singled and scored on a double by Steven Paredes (Lindsey Wilson), who currently has the league’s best batting average. Paredes was thrown out trying to stretch the double into a triple, stifling the rally. This play proved instrumental, as the next hitter singled but the T-Bolts could not score a second run. The final score of game 2 was a 2-1 Big Train victory.

Notes: Game 1 T-Bolt starter En-Sih Huang (Taiwan UPES) balked twice, one of which played a major role in the Big Train obtaining their only run of the game…The Big Train worked no walks against Huang. Only one T-Bolt walked in game 1…Logan Farrar (Virginia Commonwealth) collected a hit and RBI and scored a run in his return to Povich Field.

The Big Train takes on division foe FCA Herndon Braves at 7:30PM tomorrow night, Maryland Pride Night, at Povich Field. The Big Train has another home game at 7:30PM Monday night, Pajama Night, against the Gaithersburg Giants.

Search Archive »

Browse by Month »

February 2024
January 2024
November 2023
October 2023
September 2023
August 2023
July 2023
June 2023
April 2023
March 2023
February 2023
December 2022
November 2022
September 2022
July 2022
June 2022
May 2022
April 2022
March 2022
February 2022
January 2022
December 2021
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
March 2020
February 2020
October 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
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
You Tube
Number 11
Number 21
Number 40
Number 42
Number 5
Number 7