Congratulations to Thunderbolts pitcher William Brown (Anne Arundel CC), infielder Carl Colbert (University of South Carolina Beaufort), center fielder Brodie Leftridge (University of Tennessee), and outfielder Garrett Stonehouse (Elon University) for their selection to the North Division 2017 Ripken League All-Star team. The game will be played at Povich Field in Bethesda on Monday, July 10 with a start time of 7:30 pm. Gates open at 3:30 pm for batting practice. Admission is $5.

Meet the 2017 T-Bolts Video Series

Our 2017 Meet the T-Bolts video series is out! Get to know our players and then come on out to see them in action at Blair.

*There are seven videos in this series. Click the button in the top right corner of the player to view more.

Help keep the T-Bolts on the air!

Fans, the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts need your support to keep the internet broadcasts on the air. We would welcome a small donation from you that would defray the costs of the broadcasts and ensure you can hear all our home games for the 2017 season. Please make your check out to the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts, and send it to Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts, 8639B 16th Street; Suite 135, Silver Spring, MD 20910. And rest assured that whatever you send is fully tax-deductible. So help support the Thunderbolts radio efforts this season—Go Bolts! On the field and on the air!

Keep up with the T-Bolts by listening to our weekly podcast!

Maryland Community Baseball and The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts present a weekly podcast called Takoma Baseball Today about baseball in the region, with a focus on the T-bolts. The podcast can be accessed by the link at the T-bolts website as well as on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/neal-lavon/takoma-baseball-today so make sure you listen in.

The half hour programs will update listeners on the latest information from the T-bolts and will also look at local college baseball, youth baseball in the region, and the latest trends in the major and minor leagues.

Host Neal Lavon will talk with the Thunderbolts’ Dick O’Connor and others about these topics and we hope you’ll listen in for the latest updates on your Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts.

Listen to all T-Bolts home games LIVE online

As the season gets under way, take note that all T-bolts home games will be broadcast live on Mixlr this year. If you can’t make it to the ballpark, broadcast veterans Neal Lavon and Nate Kresch return for another year on the call. The pair is joined by college broadcasters Zachary Levine, Lauren Hoffman, and Gary Perry. Tune in at http://mixlr.com/silver-spring-takoma-t-bolts/.

2017 Season Starts on Friday 6/9

The Thunderbolts get set to host the Koa Green Wave in a final preseason test before tomorrow’s opener against Rockville. Activities leading up to tonight’s game include a family picnic, beginning at 4:30pm.

Opening day is set for Friday, June 9th at 7pm against the defending Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, the Bethesda Big Train. Arrive before 6:40 and receive free raffle tickets for a chance to win one of many fun prizes. Four players from Taiwan join the T-bolts this season.

Shortstop Alex Yi-Chen Jou comes over straight out of high school, where he was studying abroad in Fukuoka, Japan. Jou had a .370 batting average, with 12 home runs and 44 RBIs in his high school career.

Come out to one of nineteen home games this year to enjoy watching college players chase their big league dreams. We have games and prizes all throughout the night, taking in a T-bolts game at Blair is sure to be an action-packed experience.

Longtime Coach,
Board Member Passes at 67

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 Cardinalsbrett-cecil-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

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.


Local photographer extraordinaire Susie Shaffer took pictures of your T-Bolts. To view Susie’s wonderful photos of your favorite T-Bolts from 2016, 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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