The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts are deeply saddened by the passing of long time Thunderbolts Board Member Gordon Pavy. Gordon was a beloved and talented youth baseball coach and supporter of the Silver Spring – Takoma Park baseball community. Our hearts go out to Gordon’s family and all who were touched by his love for the game.
Here is the link to Gordon’s obituary, as published in the Washington Post. Gordon was honored for his dedication to the community in a ceremony on April 16, 2016 at Montgomery Blair Stadium.
Former T-bolt, Cecil, Signs with Cardinals
Former Thunderbolts pitcher Brett Cecil, showing the power of free agency in the current off season, signed a $30.5 million, 4 year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals in November. Click here to read more.
T-Bolts Announce Partnership with KOA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 11, 2016
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 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.
WONDERFUL PHOTOS OF YOUR T-BOLTS IN ACTION!
Local photographer extraordinare Susie Shaffer took pictures of your T-Bolts. To view Susie’s wonderful photos of your favorite T-Bolts from 2016, CLICK HERE.
SCHEDULE A GAME DAY PARTY
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.
SUPPORT THE THUNDERBOLTS THROUGH THE CFC
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.
For more information, call (301) 983-1358 or email Tboltsbaseball@gmail.com.
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