2012-11-16_23-10-19-1T-Bolts Nation! Join us tomorrow Saturday November 19th for the Annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade in Downtown Silver Spring. Say hello to Head Coach Doug Remer and T-Bolt and GU Outfielder Zach Racusin!



T-Bolts Announce Partnership with KOA

Contact: Richard O’Connor

Thunderbolts Baseball signs sponsorship agreement with Koa Sports League, Inc.

The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts are pleased to announce a two-year sponsorship agreement with Koa Sports League, Inc.

The Thunderbolts have been in operation since 2000 and are a charter member of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. Koa operates youth training and competition programs in baseball, field hockey, flag football and basketball.

As part of the agreement, Koa will provide funding and promotional assistance to the Thunderbolts during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Koa will also provide administrative staff to promote Thunderbolts summer baseball camps, recruit players and host families, and assist with game-day promotions and operations. Koa will advertise its sports programs during Thunderbolts home games, utilize the Thunderbolts’ social media programs and promote special games that focus on Koa programs.

“We are excited to join with Koa in this sponsorship,” said Edward Sharp, President of Maryland Community Baseball (the parent corporation of the Thunderbolts). “This agreement will enhance our longstanding commitment to promote youth baseball in Montgomery County and the Silver Spring-Takoma Park communities.”

“We look forward to helping the Thunderbolts promote youth baseball in Silver Spring and Takoma Park, which we see as our prime commitment in the community,” said Tony Korson, founder and CEO, Koa Sports League.

“Koa becomes the first long-term official sponsor of the Thunderbolts,” said Richard O’Connor, Thunderbolts founder and director. “We think this agreement with Koa is, in baseball parlance, a grand slam. It’s a great deal for all involved.”

Koa Sports League, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit operating in Montgomery County, Maryland. The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which promotes youth baseball in Maryland, operates a collegiate summer baseball team, and youth baseball camps.

Seven T-Bolts Earn Postseason Awards

Zach Racusin was named to the First Team Cal Ripken League, 2016 All-League team. Racusin led the league with 58 hits, and his batting average of .358 was good for 6th. He also set the T-Bolts franchise record for hits in a season.

Grayland Fowler and Chih-Yuan Lai were both named 2nd Team All-League. Fowler batted .277 on the season, and was big with runners on base, driving in 27 runs, good for 8th in the league. Lai went 4-1 on the summer with an ERA of 2.65, and an incredible strikeout-to-walk ratio of 31-3.

Will Brown, Nick Cieri, Jared Price, and Alex Deise were all awarded Honorable Mentions. Brown was 3rd in the league with 5 victories on the season, and posted an ERA of 3.52. Cieri hit .301 and led the T-bolts with 5 home runs, and claimed the first 3 homer game in T-bolts history. Price and Deise were stellar in the back of the T-bolts bullpen combining for 10 saves and 29 strikeouts in 20 appearances.

T-Bolts Season Ends with 6-4 Loss to Giants – But What A Season It Was

Your 2016 T-Bolts

Your 2016 T-Bolts

The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts season came to a close this evening at Montgomery Blair Stadium with a hard fought, 6-4 loss to the Gaithersburg Giants. The season may be over, but our T-Bolts have much to be proud of, including a second place finish in the North Division and the 4th best record in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League.

Nick Leonard, Tom Ruddy, and Zach Racusin - Always Willing Support The Team

Nick Leonard, Tom Ruddy, and Zach Racusin – Always Willing Support The Team


Thanks to our great team, their parents, our host families, and you, our fans, for another fun season of T-Bolts Baseball. And to our team we say, once a T-Bolt, always a T-Bolt. See you in 2017.


2016 CRCBL All Star Chih-Yuan Lai

2016 CRCBL All Star Chih-Yuan Lai

T-Bolt Chih-Yuan Lai takes the mound tonight at Blair Stadium as the Thunderbolts host the Gaithersburg Giants in the first round of the CRCBL Playoffs. Lai is a 2016 CRCBL All Star with a record of 3-1 this season. He attends the National Taiwan University of Physical Education and Sport along with fellow T-Bolt Kuan-Wei Chen. Upon returning to Taiwan this Fall, Lai and Chen both hope to qualify for the Taiwanese Collegiate National Team, joining 2015 T-Bolt En-Sih Huang, and represent Taiwan in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Come out to Blair Stadium to see Lai in action here in Silver Spring tonight!





CRCBL Hit Champion Zach Racusin

CRCBL Hit Champion Zach Racusin

The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts defeated the Vienna River Dogs tonight, secured second place in the CRCBL North Division, and the 4th playoff seed. We will be home this Sunday, July 24th at 6 pm taking on the 5th seed Gaithersburg Giants. It’s a one game playoff for the right advance to the best of three semi-final round. Zach Racusin (Georgetown) was his usual hard driving, determined self and helped lead the team to victory with three hits. His first hit of the evening set the T-Bolt record for most hits in a season (eclipsing the mark set by T-Bolt Chris Bzozowski (T-Bolt 2011-12). His mark now stands at 58, which also made him the 2016 CRCBL season hit leader.





Ball signed by REM's Mike Mills

Ball signed by REM’s Mike Mills

Tonight, Tuesday July 19th, is our 6th Annual “Don’t Go Back To Rockville Night.” Come out to Blair Stadium for a chance to win a baseball signed by REM bass player Mike Mills, the man who penned the song that inspired our annual tribute to the Rockville Express.






Meet Your 2016 T-Bolt All-Stars

Six T-bolts have been selected to represent the Cal Ripken League North Team at the annual Cal Ripken League All-Star game, Wednesday at 7:30 pm at Shirley Povich Field. Doug Remer will also manage the North Team.

nick cieriMatt MervisFowlerRacusinLaiLeonard

Nick Cieri leads the team with five home runs and 24 RBI. Matt Mervis led the league in batting in June with a .411 average. Grayland Fowler has 20 RBI on the season to go along with eight stolen bases. Zach Racusin’s .364 average is third highest in the Cal Ripken League. Chih-Yuan Lai has a perfect 4-0 record and a 2.42 ERA, while Nick Leonard has 22 strikeouts in 30 innings and threw a complete game (7 inning) shutout against the Giants.

After a Successful Summer, Matt Mervis Departs for DukeMatt Mervis


T-bolts first baseman Matt Mervis headed down to Duke University at the beginning of July to start taking summer courses. The Georgetown Prep graduate leaves Silver Spring with all the tools to be successful at the next level. Matt Present shares how quick adjustments are a major piece of the puzzle for Mervis.

Cieri Named Offensive Player of the Week

nick cieriTrailing by two in the bottom of the ninth against the D.C. Grays, Doug Remer turned to his bench, calling on power hitting catcher Nick Cieri (University of Maryland) to pinch hit with two men aboard. Cieri answered the call, belting a walk-off home run over the right field fence. Little did we know Nick’s week was just getting started. Sunday night against the Vienna River Dogs Cieri launched three home runs, and finished the night with 10 RBI. On the week (June 27-July 3) Cieri hit .500 in 22 at bats with 4 home runs, 3 doubles, 15 RBIs, 7 runs scored and 3 walks. His five home runs on the season tie him with Bill Gerstenslager (2011) for 5th most in a season for the T-bolts.



Leonard Named Pitcher of WeekLeonard

Congratulations to Nick Leonard (Georgetown) who was named Cal Ripken League pitcher of the week for June 20th-26th. Leonard tossed a complete game shutout in a win over the Giants Sunday, allowing just two hits, while striking out six. Leonard is now 2-1 on the season with a 3.15 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 20 innings of work.

T-Bolts Defeat Bethesda Big Train

The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts defeated the Bethesda Big Train on June 22nd at Montgomery Blair Stadium. Watch the final out and post game fist bumps. Your T-Bolts are home this Saturday through Monday, June 25th to June 27th. Come out and be a part of T-Bolts Nation.

T-Bolts Open at Home on June 8th vs Grays

Excited for opening day? So are the T-bolts, who return a solid core from 2015 and have added both talent and depth around the field. Get in the baseball mood with some sights and sounds from last summer. Video by T-bolt broadcaster Nate Kresh.


T-Bolts Camps 2016 – Sign Up Now!

Get ready for another season of T-Bolts Summer Camp directed by Doug Remer, Thunderbolts head coach and Thunderbolts players. Camps are conducted at Montgomery Blair Stadium Softball Field, for all kids ages 7 to 15 years old.


June 20-24 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $205
June 27-July 1 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $205
July 5-8 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $175
(Note there is no camp July 4)
July 11-15 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $205
July 18-22 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $205

THREE-DAY SPECIALTY CAMPS, Ages 11-16 (Minimum Age: Rising 5th Grader):

Special instruction from Thunderbolt coaches in three days of intense baseball training.

June 20-22 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $250
June 27-29 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $250
July 5-7 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $250

Click HERE to download the 2016 Camp Brochure and Application



Local photographer extraordinare Susie Shaffer took pictures of your T-Bolts. To view Susie’s wonderful photos of your favorite T-Bolts from 2014, CLICK HERE. For pictures of your 2013 T-Bolts,  CLICK HERE


Celebrate a birthday, hold a family picnic, or have a company outing at Blair Stadium during a Thunderbolts home game this summer. For more info see T-Bolts Game Day Parties.


Please support the Thunderbolts through the Combined Federal Campaign.  Our CFC Number is 84598. We are listed in the Children’s Services and Youth Sports CFC catalog as Maryland Community Baseball, which is the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that operates the team. Visit www.localyouth.org and click on “Members” to see the listing for the team.

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