2013 Season T-BOLTS_FULL_SCHEDULE-RESULTS

T-Bolts Finish The Season With A Split 

July 28, 2013, Silver Spring, Maryland. The  2013 version of the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts concluded their season with a split in a doubleheader versus the Presstman Cardinals before 230 fans at Montgomery-Blair Stadium. The season concludes with four wins over last season’s total, although 13 victories was probably shy of what T-Bolts head coach Doug Remer had in mind when he said it was unlikely that his team would duplicate last season’s 9-33 record.

The T-Bolts won the nightcap, 4-3, in extra innings to give Tayler Stiles his first win of his CRCBL career. The University of Maryland-bound freshman also scored the game’s winning run in the bottom of the eighth. The first win for Stiles was long overdue. He had pitched well this season; in fact, so well that he was named to the CRCBL all-star team.

The slumping hitters in the T-Bolts lineup combined for five hits in tonight’s twin bill. They had three hits in the first game, including two in one inning to score their only run of the game in a 5-1 loss. In the fourth inning, Luis Paulbini-Campos (Tennessee-Martin) doubled and scored on a hit by Robinson Mateo (Southern) to give the T-Bolts a 1-0 lead. The Cards responded in their next at bat by batting around in a four-run rally. They added one more in the sixth inning.

Robert Lucido (Amherst) had both of the T-Bolts hits in the second game. He led off the bottom of the first with a single, moved to third on a passed ball and sacrifice fly, and stole home. Cody Acker (VCU) followed with a walk, stole second, advanced to third on an error, and tallied on a fly ball by Paulbini-Campos for a 2-0 lead.

The Cardinals scored one in the third and an unearned run in the sixth inning to tie the game, 2-2. The T-Bolts reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the sixth with one run on two errors. Chris Fusco (Bates) pitched well through four innings and Danny O’Donnell (GWU) kept the T-Bolts in the game in relief of Fusco.

Stiles entered the game in the top of the seventh. He struck out the first batter, then walked a batter and gave way to an RBI double. The outlook looked as cloudy as the skies above when the next batter singled to move the go-ahead-run to third base. But Stiles settled down and struck out the next two to end the threat.

In the bottom of the seventh, the T-Bolts loaded the bases, but were unable to score. Stiles followed by sending the Cardinals down in the top of the eighth. In the bottom of the inning, Stiles led off with a walk. A sacrifice by Ian Glassman (UMBC) and a passed ball moved him to third base. The game concluded when the Cardinals shortstop committed the sixth Presstman error of the game to send Stiles home with the winning run.

Notes: The Thunderbolts fans proved they are the best in the league by clicking the turnstile over 3,700 times this season. Silver Spring-Takoma and Alexandria are the only two teams in the CRCBL to enjoy an increase in attendance this season. Like Mel Allen would have said, “How about that.”

T-Bolts Lose To Giants In Bottom of 7th Inning, 2-1

July 27, 2013, Gaithersburg, Maryland. Jake Taylor was in the game’s climatic moment for the second straight night. Last night with the bases loaded, he took one for the team in the bottom of the eleventh to force in the winning run for a 2-1 Thunderbolts win. This afternoon in Gaithersburg, Taylor was on the mound in a 1-1 game with runners on second and third in the home half of the seventh. With a 3-0 count, he uncorked a wild pitch to allow the runner on third to score the winning run.

The Thunderbolts drew a tough assignment in having to face Giants all-star pitcher Robin Mowatt, who entered the game with a 4-1 record and an ERA under 1.00. The T-Bolts didn’t seem to mind in the first inning when Ian Glassman (UMBC) and Jake Taylor (Montgomery College) launched back-to-back doubles into centerfield to score the game’s first run. After that Mowatt allowed only three hits and zero walks through the remainder of the seven-inning game.

The Gaithersburg Giants, coming off a 1-0 victory at Rockville this morning, scored an unearned run to tie the game in the bottom of the third against starting pitcher Hunter Absher (VCU). Another runner rounded third and attempted to score on a base hit, however, a throw from right fielder Cody Acker to catcher Robert Lucido was in time for the T-Bolts backstop to apply the tag for the out.

Notes: The Thunderbolts close their 2013 season at home with a twin bill against the Presstman Cardinals. If the T-Bolts sweep the doubleheader, they will finish ahead of the Cards. The Giants, currently in fourth place, appear to be heading for the playoffs. Bethesda is in first place followed by the Aces, Red Birds, and Giants. The Grays, Orioles, Express, and Nationals are fighting for the last two playoff spots. Ian Glassman and Jake Taylor were 2 for 3 today. Clayton Keranen (Liberty) got the other T-Bolts hit today.

T-Bolts Win In 11th Inning 1-0 In Walk Off Hit By Pitch

July 26, 2013, Silver Spring, Maryland. Now we’ve seen everything. Bases loaded, one out, and Jake Taylor (Montgomery College) at the plate in the bottom of the eleventh of a scoreless game. Would Taylor swing at the first pitch by Braves pitcher Cameron Maxey, or would he take the pitch? Since the T-Bolts slugger swings more often than not at the first offering, there was a good chance he would swing and send 170 T-Bolts fans home on a happy note.

But Taylor never got the chance to decide. He was hit by the first pitch to force in the winning run for a 1-0 Thunderbolts win at Montgomery-Blair Stadium. The victory snaps an eight-game losing streak and lengthens the T-Bolts lead to two full games over the last place Herndon Braves.

The Thunderbolts got just three hits tonight against four Herndon pitchers. The Braves pitchers generously walked six and hit four batters, including Taylor in the bottom of the eleventh to drive home the game’s only run.

Head coach Doug Remer’s starting pitching choice was Juan Espinosa (U of Northwestern Ohio), and he was fantastic by scattering just eight hits, striking out six, and keeping the Braves off the board through nine innings. He also snapped out of his slump of walking too many batters.

Espinosa had walked fourteen in his last two outings. He began the evening by issuing two passes to the first two batters of the game to give the Braves a scoring opportunity, however, that was snuffed when the T-Bolts defense turned one of three double plays tonight.
The T-Bolts offense had their chances. They had two men on base with nobody out in the bottom of the second, but could not score. Two innings later, they loaded the bases after one out, and again they were unable to score.

Robert Lucido led off the T-Bolts eleventh with his third walk of the game. Cody Acker (VCU) followed with a single, and Brandon Coluccio (UMBC) sacrificed to move the runners along. Javier Marticorena (Point Park) was intentionally passed to fill the bases, and Taylor was hit by the pitch that gave the T-Bolts the walk off win.

Notes: By drawing three walks tonight, Robert Lucido is now fifth in the league with twenty-two. He also stole two bases to give him thirteen on the season, which ranks fifth in the league. Danny O’Donnell (George Washington) pitched the last two innings tonight to earn his third win of the season. Tonight’s shutout win was the second of 2013 for the T-bolts. Chris Fusco (Bates) shutout the Braves in Herndon back on July 15th. The Thunderbolts travel to Gaithersburg for a 5:00 game against the Giants. They return home on Sunday to close the season with a double header against the Presstman Cardinals.

T-Bolts Manhandled By Aces 15-4

July 25, 2013, Alexandria, Virginia. The Silver Spring-Takoma took it on the chin tonight, losing to the Aces 15-4. Before 136 fans at Frank Mann Field in Alexandria, the Aces clobbered the Thunderbolts for the second time in five days. The loss was the eighth in a row for the T-Bolts, and the eighth time this season that their opposition scored double-digits.

How bad was it? The Aces scored 15 runs on 15 hits in a 15-4 win.

The T-Bolts scored in the top of the first when Robert Lucido (Amherst) singled, stole second, and tallied on Cody Ackers first of two hits. The Aces rallied for four runs on two hits in the bottom of the inning against starting and losing pitcher Chris Flores with the big blow being a wind-blown three-run homer over the left-centerfield wall by Christian Choman.

There was the prospect of a T-Bolts comeback when Chris Flores (U of Tennessee-Martin) sent the Aces down in order on five pitches in the bottom of the second and the Thunderbolts scored twice without the benefit of a hit in the next inning. Two T-Bolts reached base on an error and walk. Robinson Mateo (Southern), the runner on second, attempted to advance when the Aces catcher pickoff throw the ball into centerfield on a pickoff attempt. The centerfielder, who picked up the errant throw, had a play on Mateo at third, but threw wildly to allow both runners to count to cut the lead to 4-3.

The Aces put two on the board in the bottom of the third to re-establish their three run lead. They added one more in the next inning. The T-Bolts scored one in the sixth on a tripled by Acker and a single by Jake Taylor (Montgomery College) to make it a 7-4 game. After that, it was all Aces.

The winning team scored the last eight runs of the game, including five in the seventh inning.

Notes: The Thunderbolts host the last place Herndon Braves on Friday night, who currently trail the T-Bolts by only full game. Cody Acker (VCU) snapped a 3-for-18 slump by knocking out two hits. Ian Glassman (UMBC) made his 2013 pitching debut in the eighth inning.

T-Bolts Unable To Shut The Door Against Big Train

July 24, 2013, Silver Spring, Maryland. One out away from defeating the nations seventh ranked team, the Silver-Spring Takoma Thunderbolts gave way to a two-run rally in a 6-5 setback before 263 disappointed fans at Montgomery-Blair Stadium. It was the seventh time this season when one key putout could have clinched a victory for our T-Bolts.

Jake Taylor switched from third base to relief pitcher in the top of the ninth with the T-Bolts three outs away from a one-run win. He began by retiring the first batter on an infield pop out. He hit the next batter, and then uncorked a wild pitch to allow the runner to advance to second base. Nonetheless, he retired the third batter on a fly ball to centerfield.

Bethesda outfielder Kevin Tatum followed with a single to score the tying run. Then came a walk and another hit to give the visitors a 6-5 lead, and that was all for Taylor. Dan Gayeski (De Sales) was called in to record the third out of the inning.

The T-Bolts had one last chance in the bottom of the ninth. However, they went down in order, and that was all she wrote.

The game began on a strong note for the T-Bolts with four runs in the first three innings. Robert Lucido (Amherst), who has been swinging a hot bat of late, began the T-Bolts first at bat with a hit. Cody Acker (VCU) walked and Jake Taylor (Montgomery College) singled to score Lucido with the game’s first run. In the next frame, Jonathan Tasis (Park Point) smacked one over the fence. Another run was added in the inning when Robinson Mateo (Southern) reached base, stole second and third, and scored on a wild pitch. The lead was extended to 4-0 when Matt Bosse (University of South Carolina-Aiken) led off the bottom of the third with his third round-tripper of the season.
Starting pitcher Tayler Stiles, still in search of his first CRCBL win, did the job through the first three innings. The hard-hitting Big Train could muster just a harmless single against the University of Maryland bound All-Star left-hander. They were finally able to measure Stiles’ pitches in the top of the fourth and broke through for three runs on four hits to make it a 4-3 game. The T-Bolts responded with a run in their half of the fourth inning on another hit by Lucido, who advance to third on an error and a walk, then scored then Paulbini-Campos (U Tennessee-Martin) singled for a 5-3 lead.

Stiles retired the Big Train in the top of the fifth before yielding a base hit to begin the six-inning to prompt head coach Doug Remer to make his first call to the bullpen. Danny O’Donnell (George Washington) came on and did a good job by retiring the Big Train in the next two innings. The guests managed to get one in their eighth at bat to make it a 5-4 game.

Notes: Robert Lucido is hitting .346 Since July 5th. Tayler Stiles has struck out 32 in as many innings pitched and has allowed just 12 walks. Matt Bosse and Jake Taylor are tied for third in the CRCBL with 3 home runs apiece. Robert Lucido got the only hit for the T-Bolts in a 5-0 loss to the Vienna River Dogs in a 7-inning makeup game on Tuesday afternoon at Montgomery-Blair Stadium. The turnstile at Montgomery-Blair Stadium has clicked over 3,300 times in 2013 to surpass the total season attendance from 2010. The T-Bolts play at Alexandria on Thursday night before returning home to take on the Herndon Braves on Friday evening.

T-Bolts One Hit By River Dogs

July 23, 2013, Vienna, Virginia. The Vienna River Dogs defeated the T-Bolts 5-0 in a seven inning game at Vienna this afternoon. For details, see  Gary Sarnoff’s game summary notes included above in the game summary of the T-Bolts game against the Big Train.

Slumping Thunderbolts defeated by Grays, 7-2

July 21, 2013, Washington, D.C. With the season entering its final week, the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts have an opportunity to spoil it for other teams fighting to make the playoffs. The spoiler role didn’t work on Sunday afternoon at Holy Field where the T-Bolts were defeated by the DC Grays, 7-2.

The Grays, who currently have a half game lead over the Youses Orioles for the last playoff spot, scored all their runs in two innings. For what it’s worth, The T-Bolts pitchers blanked them in the other six frames.

The Thunderbolts struck first with a run in the third. Two walks sandwiched Travis Burnette’s single and Cody Acker (VCU) singled in a run for a 1-0 lead. With the bases still loaded, and a chance for a big inning, Jake Taylor hit into an around-the-horn double play to end the threat.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Grays went to work on starting pitcher Travis Burnette. The first three batter reached base and former T-Bolt Chris Bzozowski singled a run home to tie the game, 1-1. A double play – from Burnette to Taylor to Tasis – got the first two outs of the inning, however, before the third out was recorded, two more hits made it a 3-1 ballgame.

A hit batsman and a triple made it 4-1 in the last of the sixth, and opted head coach Doug Remer to replace Burnette with Danny O’Donnell. The new pitcher gave way to two more hits and a sacrifice fly for three more runs to make it 7-1.

The T-Bolts got one more in the top of the eighth when Robert Lucido (Amherst) walked, stole second, and scored on a throwing error by the catcher.

Notes: The T-Bolts play the Presstman Cardinals on Monday night at Bachman Park. The Cards currently own a seven game losing streak; the T-Bolts have a five game losing streak. Therefore, someone’s losing streak will end. Chris Bzozowski, a former All-Star for the T-Bolts, went 2 for 2 tonight to finish the season at 4 for 11 against his former team. Travis Burnette (Longwood) was the starting pitcher and designated hitter tonight. There have been four pitchers in MLB history to do both in the same game since the DH rule was adopted by the American League in 1973: Fergie Jenkins, Kenny Holtzman, Ken Brett, and Andy Sonnanstine. Like Burnette, Jenkins and Sommanstine singled in their double duty assignments. T-Bolts catcher Robert Lucido represents another oddity by serving as the T-Bolts leadoff batter. Just fourteen catchers in MLB history have served as their team’s leadoff man. Jason Kendell holds the record for batting first in the lineup during eight different seasons.

Thunderbolts drop fourth in a row

July 20, 2013, Silver Spring, Maryland. The Alexandria Aces have been on the verge of breaking into the top thirty in the Perfect Game’s scouting service national rankings. They helped their case on Saturday night with a lopsided 11-2 win before 135 fans at Montgomery-Blair Stadium in a five-inning game. Or perhaps it was the Thunderbolts who aided the Aces bid by committing four errors that led to five unearned runs.

Silver Spring-Takoma’s troubles began when the guests put three on the board in their first at bat. A key play in the rally was when the Thunderbolts failed to turn a double play that would have meant two outs with the bases empty. The extra out helped the Aces score two more in the inning to take a 3-0 lead when it could have easy been only 1-0. Nonetheless, the T-Bolts bounced back with two in the second inning to make it a 3-2 game.

Luis Paulbini-Campos socked a single for his third hit in the last two games. He stole second, but then the Aces caught him leaning and had in trapped between second and third. The shortstop threw the ball away on the play to allow Paulbini-Campos to round third and cross home for the first T-Bolts run of the evening.

Two batter later, “Taylor “T-Fenn” Fennewald walked, took third on Marticorena’s double to deep leftfield, and scored on a groundout by Vega.

The Aces scored an unearned run in the top of the third and exploded for seven runs in the fourth inning to finish the scoring. With lightning descending upon Montgomery-Blair stadium before the top of the sixth, the umpires decided to call the game.

Thunderbolts Swept At Vienna

July 19, 2013, Vienna, Virginia. “Fielding mistakes, walks, men left on base; it all adds up,” said a member of the Thunderbolts coaching staff following a 6-3 defeat at Vienna. “It’s the story of our season,” replied a T-Bolts player.

Lack of execution combined with two bombs hit by Vienna first baseman Quinn Pippin led to the T-Bolts waterloo in the nightcap. In the first game, Tim Davis of Georgetown University shutout the Thunderbolts on two-hits.

Cody Acker (VCU), Jake Taylor (Montgomery College), and Robert Lucido (Amherst) were the only T-Bolts to reach base in the opening game. Acker hit a first inning double, Taylor singled in the seventh inning, and Lucido was plunked by a pitch and walked. CRCBL All-Star Josh Kissamore (Florence-Darlington), pitching in his last game of the season, took the loss.

The second game began looking like it may be a repeat of the first one when the T-Bolts went down in order in their first at bat. In the bottom of the inning, Quinn Pippen blasted one into orbit for a 2-0 River Dogs lead. It was a tremendous shot that landed on the next playing field – around 450 feet from home plate.

The offense finally showed some life in the top of the second. Luis Paulbini-Campos (U Tennessee-Martin), playing in his first game in two weeks, belted a triple to left-center and scored on a fly out by Jonathan Tasis (Point Park). In the third, Pippen connected again with a man on base to make it a 4-1 game.

The T-Bolts fought back to cut the lead to 4-3. Jake Taylor and Luis Paulbini-Campos began the T-Bolts fourth by hitting back-to-back doubles for one run. Paulbini-Campos moved up a base with a beautifully executed delayed steal. However, the next three batters failed to hit the ball out of the infield. In the top of the fifth, the T-Bolts did execute for one run the old fashion way: Clay Keranen (Liberty) singled, Travis Burnette (Longwood) sacrificed, and Robert Lucido hit an RBI double.

Pippins two home runs to right field were the only two hits by the River Dogs through the first four innings against T-Bolts starting pitcher Juan Espinosa (U of Northwestern Ohio). They made two more against reliever Chris Flores (U Tennessee-Martin) in the bottom of the fifth to complete their hit total for the day of four. The two hits combined with a hit batsman and wild pitch in that inning aided the home team in scoring two more to take a 6-3 lead.

In the top of the sixth, Jonathan Tasis doubled to put runners on second and third with only one out. Augustus Gill (Montgomery College) followed with a fly ball to shallow right field. After the catch, Ian Glassman (UMBC), the runner on third, faked a sprint toward the plate, but it was the T-Bolts base runner on second who took the bait. Thinking Glassman was heading home, the base runner broke for third, and by the time he realized that Glassman was bluffing, he was tagged to complete the double play.

Thunderbolts Lose To Rockville Express

July 16, 2013, Silver Spring, Maryland. Two errors leading to six unearned runs sent the Thunderbolts to an 8-5 defeat on Tuesday evening at Montgomery-Blair Stadium. The Rockville Express, in contention to make the playoffs, led by four before the T-Bolts came to the plate for their first at bat.

Danny McDonnell (George Washington University), the starting pitcher for the T-Bolts, was coming off a great start from last week when he pitched a nine inning, no decision game against the Grays. Tonight he was rocked for seven runs on eight hits before departing after two innings, however, he was the pitcher victimized by an error by the T-Bolts infield in each inning.

Trailing by four after the guests first at bat, the T-Bolts got one when Robert Lucido (Amherst) walked and scampered to third on a double by Cody Acker (VCU). Jonathan Tasis (Point Park) grounded out to score Lucido and send Acker to third. Jake Taylor (Montgomery College) followed with a fly ball to center which was caught and turned into a double play when Acker was thrown out in an attempt to score after the catch.

Brandon Coluccio (UMBC) doubled in the T-Bolts second, moved up a base on an error, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Augustus Gill (Montgomery College). The T-Bolts scored two more in the third when Lucido and Acker singled and Taylor hit his eighth double of the season to score Lucido and Acker. That made the score 7-4 and opted the Rockville manager to turn the game over to his bullpen, which slammed the door on the T-Bolts.

The final T-Bolts run of the evening was scored when Robinson Mateo (Southern), playing in his first game in over a week, singled to score Gill.

Notes: Dan Gayeski (De Salles), called the Comeback Kid in an article before the season by your correspondent, came on in relief of O’Donnell to begin the top of the third and cooled off the Express by retiring the first eight batters he faced. In seven innings of work, he allowed just three hits and struck out 3. Jake Taylor has hit one double in the last three games. Robert Lucido, 3-for-3 in the second game yesterday’s double header, got a hit in his first at bat tonight to give him four consecutive hits. Cody Acker, with two hits tonight, is now hitting .317. Jake Taylor, Brandon Coluccio, and Augustus Gill also made two hits apiece. The Cal Ripken Sr. League All Star Game is tomorrow night in Bethesda. Representing the T-Bolts are Ian Glassman (UMBC), Cody Acker, and Josh Kisamore (Florence Darling). Jake Taylor will be a participant in the league’s home-run derby.

Fusco Shuts Out Braves As Thunderbolts Split At Herdon

July 15, 2013, Herdon, Virginia. July 15th can be declared as a special day in the CRCBL to honor Silver-Spring Takoma Thunderbolts pitching staff. Chris Fusco (Bates College) pitched a 3-hit shutout today – July 15th – exactly two years after former T-Bolts Hunter Englehart pitched the last shutout in Thunderbolts history.

In his first starting assignment of the season, Fusco sent the Herndon Braves three-up-and-three-down in five of the seven innings and allowed just three hits to record his first win of the season. He faced just one over the minimum through 6 2/3 innings. With one out away for a complete game shutout win, the Braves threatened with a walk and a single to put runners on the corners. However, Fusco got Rob McCabe of the Braves to ground one to shortstop Clay Keranen (Liberty), who cleanly fielded the ball and fired to first baseman Jonathan Tasis (Point Park) for the final out.

Staying until the final out in 96 degree heat to see if Fusco could complete the shutout was reason enough to stay, although the T-Bolts put the game out of reach with a 6-run sixth-inning to take a 9-0 lead. Robert Lucido’s 3-for-3 game and Ian Glassman’s two hits lead the attack. The two batting stars of the game also knocked in three runs apiece.

The T-Bolts dropped the first game of today’s twin bill, 6-2. They scored first in their first at bat of the afternoon when Jake Taylor (Montgomery College) smacked his sixth double of the season into deep right-centerfield to score Cody Acker (VCU). The Braves took a 3-1 lead with one in the third and two in the fourth. In the top of the fifth, Taylor “T-Fenn” Fennewald (Florence-Darlington) walked, moved to second on a sacrifice by Augustus Gill (Montgomery), and scored on Brandon Vega’s single to cut the lead to 3-2. There was hope for victory when T-Bolts starting pitcher Chris Flores (U Tennessee-Martin) worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the fifth, but the T-Bolts went down in order in the top of the sixth. The Braves scored three in their half of the inning for a 6-2 win.

Inspired by their win, the Braves put runners on first and third with one out in the second-inning. Herndon shortstop Trey Stover followed with a fly ball to T-Bolts right-fielder Brandon Vega (Ocean County). The runner on third tagged, and Vega threw a laser on target to catcher Robert Lucido (Amherst), who made the tag to complete the double play. The twin killing seemed give the T-Bolts a needed shot in the arm.
On the heels of the Vega to Lucido double play, the T-Bolts put two on the board in their next at bat. Keranen walked, stole second, and scored on a double by Lucido. Ian Glassman (UMBC) followed with a hit through the middle to score the T-Bolts catcher.

Lucido was involved in the next offensive by drawing a base on balls, stealing second, and counting on another hit up the middle by Glassman.

In the bottom of the sixth, the T-Bolts sent ten men to the plate in a six-run rally. Taylor began the attack with his second two-bagger of the day and scored the first of six when the next three batters walked. Keranen and Vega hit back-to-back singles to score two more. Then Lucido hit his second double of the day to score two more. Glassman knocked in the next run with a ground out.

Notes: T-Bolts shortstop Clay Keranen had quite a day in the field with eight assists and two putouts. He also threw out two opposing runners trying to advance an extra base. His snap relay to the plate cut down a Braves runner in the third inning of the first game. One inning later, he made another fine relay throw to nullify a runner trying to advance to third. Whew!

Thunderbolts hold off Orioles, Hold On For 3-2 Win

July 14, 2013, Silver Spring, Maryland. It may have been a painful way to bring home the winning run, but it worked for a Silver Spring-Takoma 3-2 win on Sunday evening at Montgomery-Blair Stadium.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth of a 2-2 tie, Jonathan Tasis took one for the team, advancing to first on a hit-by-pitch to force in the go ahead run. The 3-2 lead held up for the T-Bolts tenth win of the season, nonetheless, it was not easy. The top of the ninth proved to be yet another T-Bolts nail-bitter.

Travis Brunette went from starting right fielder to the pitcher’s mound to face the Orioles in the final inning. A leadoff walk followed by a single spelled trouble. Burnette did get the next batter for the first out, but now had to face the two batters who have worn out the T-Bolts this season – KJ Hockaday and Ryan Ripken – and with men on base.

Hockaday entered the game with 7 hits in 9 at bats against the T-Bolts this season. Although he was hitless in this game, he’s still the league’s number two hitter with a .367 batting average. Burnette induced the O’s slugger to ground one to shortstop Augustus Gill, who tossed to second baseman Javy Marticorena (Point Park) for a force out. Remer decided he was going to have nothing to do with Ryan Ripken by ordering an intentional pass, which proved to be the right move. The next batter grounded out to end the game, and send 289 T-Bolts fans home on a happy note.

The game began as if starting pitchers Juan Espinosa (U of Northwestern Ohio) and Conor LeBlanc were going to make history by combining for a double no-hitter. Neither team could get a single hit through the first four innings. In the top of the fifth, James Bunn finally broke through for the O’s with an infield hit. The T-Bolts matched that in their half of the inning when Clay Keranan (Liberty) singled. The difference was the guests were able to score one in their half of the inning. Texas Williams had walked before Bunn’s hit, advanced to third on a sacrifice, and scored on a wild pitch.

Following a hitless sixth inning, the T-Bolts bunched three hits to take the lead and send LeBlanc to the showers. Cody Acker (VCU) and Jonathan Tasis (Point Park) singled to start the inning. After the two runners advanced on a ground out, Augustus Gill (Montgomery College) came through with a two-run single for a 2-1 T-Bolts advantage.

The Orioles tied the game in the top of the eighth with a run off Josh Kissamore (who came on in the top of the sixth). With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Brandon Vega (Ocean County) singled and Jake Taylor (Montgomery College) doubled. Acker received an intentional pass and Tasis was hit by a pitch to score the winning run.

Notes: Tonight’s crowd of 289 was the second largest of the season at Montgomery-Blair Stadium. T-Bolts starting pitcher Juan Espinosa allowed only 1 hit in 5.1 innings tonight. Winning pitcher Josh Kissamore (Florence Darlington) hurled 2.2 innings in relief. He now leads the pitching staff with three wins. Orioles starting pitcher Conor LeBlanc hit the first batter he faced, then retired 14 in a row before issuing a walk in the fifth inning. Both teams went hitless through the first four innings to make one wonder about the possibility of the double no-hitter. It did happen one time in major league history. On May 2, 1917, Fred Toney (Reds) and Hippo Vaugh (Cubs) threw nine hitless innings. Cincinnati won, 1-0, with a run on two hits in the top of the tenth. Jim Thorpe’s infield hit scored the game’s only run.

Thunderbolts Lose To Big Train, 17-8

July 13, 2013, Bethesda, Maryland. The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts scored 8 runs but lost by 9 on Saturday night before the league’s biggest crowd of the season. The defeat was their twentieth of the season and third in a row.

It looked good for our home team after three innings when the T-Bolts led, 4-1, much to the delight of the Silver Spring-Takoma diehards among the 1,003 in attendance. That’s before the Bethesda Big Train, ranked 6th in the nation by the Perfect Game scouting service, brought out the heavy artillery to tally 16 runs from the fourth through the eighth inning in a 17-8 romp.

T-Bolts shortstop Gus Gill (Montgomery College), making his CRCBL debut, singled with two teammates aboard to score the first run of the game in the bottom of the second. Right fielder Travis Burnettte (Longwood) followed with a double down the right field line to score another run. The T-Bolts added another pair in the next inning when Cody Acker (VCU) singled with two aboard to bring one home, and the next batter, Brandon Coluccio (UMBC), hit into a fielder’s choice to score the other run.

With the T-Bolts still up by a run in the top of the fifth, Jake Taylor (Montgomery College) belted a fast ball over the scoreboard in leftfield for his third homer of the season to make it 5-3 in favor of the T-Bolts. That was as good as it would get.

The first place Big Train went to work against the struggling Thunderbolts pitching staff with two in the fifth-inning to tie the game, 5-5. In the bottom of the sixth, they scored five runs on two hits, two infield hits, and a costly T-Bolts error.

In the top of the seventh, Javy Marticorena (Point Park), who has been swinging a hot bat of late, sent a towering blast into the trees beyond the leftfield wall for his second round-tripper of the season. Robert Lucido (Amherst) and Anthony Gatto (UMBC) began the next inning with back-to-back doubles for another run. Noticing the return throw from the outfield was off-target, Gatto alertly took third on the play. He scored on Taylor’s ground out for the eighth and final T-Bolts run of the game.

Notes: Augustus Gill, the younger brother of tonight’s T-Bolts starting pitcher Mac Gill (UMBC), made his CRCBL debut this evening and did a good job. The recent graduate of Walter Johnson high school went two for four with a double, a run, and an RBI. He handled all four of his fielding chances. Best of all is he plays with energy. Gill was signed yesterday and was cleared to play in tonight’s game. “Was he nervous?” T-Bolts head coach Doug Remer was asked. “Heck yes,” replied the head coach. The T-Bolts collected 13 hits tonight against the second ranked pitching staff in the league: Robert Lucido, Anthony Gatto, Cody Acker, Augustus Gill, and Travis Burnette with two hits apiece. For the second consecutive game, the T-Bolts pitching staff allowed an eighth-inning grand slam.

T-Bolts Drop Two In D.C.

July 11, 2013, Washington, D.C. Thursday afternoon with the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts was as gloomy as the skies that hovered over Holy Field. The T-Bolts surrendered 13 runs on 17 hits and made one unearned run on four hits in a 13-1 loss to the D.C. Grays. That followed the team’s give away in the completion of the suspended game from the night before in Silver Spring. All-in-all, it was a tough day for our hometown team.

The day started without signs of trouble. Tayler Stiles (U of Maryland), who had entered the game in the top of the ninth the night before, appeared to be heading for his first win when retiring the Grays on just ten pitches in the top of the eleventh. In the bottom of the inning, pinch-hitter Brandon Coluccio (UMBC) led off with a single. Right-fielder Travis Burnette (Longwood) executed a perfect sacrifice to move pinch-runner Brandon Vega (Ocean County) into scoring position, however, the top of the T-Bolts order was unable to make the winning hit and the game headed into another extra inning. That’s when confusion reigned with the T-Bolts.

A delay followed as T-Bolts catcher Robert Lucido, the team’s designated hitter in the game, put on the catcher’s gear and appeared on the field. He then returned to the dugout, and after another delay, Anthony Gatto dressed into the gear to catch in his first game of the season.
Former T-Bolts Chris Bzozowski belted a double to begin the inning. That’s when the next Grays batter, aware that there was an inexperienced catcher in the game, put down a bunt directly in front of home plate. Gatto pounced on the ball, had a play on Bzozowski at third, but threw wide of his target to allow the go-ahead run to score.

The next game was dominated by the home team. The Grays sent eleven men to the plate in a five-run third-inning and batted around in the next inning to take a 9-0 lead. The final insult to injury was added in the bottom of the eighth when Casey Hicks of Gallaudet University smacked a grand slam.

Notes: Cody Acker (VCU) crossed the plate in the top of the sixth for the only T-Bolts run of the game. Javy Marticorena (Point Park) accounted for one of four T-Bolts hit of the game when he slammed a double off the right field fence. Anthony Gatto, the pitcher, kept the Grays off the board in his one inning in relief. He struck out a batter and induced another to hit a soft fly to center with the bases loaded for the last out of the inning. Jake Taylor (Montgomery College), playing just his second game at short stop, made a fantastic stop and throw to rob Chris Bzozowski of a hit in the seventh inning. Credit on the play must also go to first baseman Taylor “T-Fenn” Fennewald for making a great stretch for the ball. Robert “Don’t call me Junior” Lucido (Amherst) stole two bases today to give him 6 for the season. That’s best among all catchers in the league. The T-Bolts return home on Friday night to take on the Rockville Express.

T-Bolts Game Suspended At Top of 11th

July 10, 2013. Silver Spring, Maryland. 

T-Bolts Starting pitcher Danny O’ Donnell (George Washington) pitched a solid game against his former team, the D.C. Grays, going nine full innings, allowing seven hits, no walks, and striking out six. Unfortunately, it was not enough to get him the win as the game was suspended after ten innings with the score tied at five a piece, because of Blair Stadium’s 11:00 p.m. curfew rule. The game will resume at 4 pm tomorrow (July 11) before the start of the  T-Bolts’ evening contest against the D.C. Grays at Holy Field the Washington, D.C., the home of the Grays.

Jake Taylor (Montgomery College) started at shortstop for the T-Bolts. Was that what Jake meant when he said he wanted to display his versatility this season? Whether he meant it or not, a rash of injuries left head coach Doug Remer with no choice but to find a player on his current roster to fill the void. That fell to Taylor this evening at Montgomery-Blair Stadium. How did he do? He handled six of seven chances and helped execute one of two T-Bolts twin killings. At the plate, he belted an RBI triple to score the first T-Bolts run of the evening.

The Grays scored three runs in the first three innings to take a 3-0 lead. In the fourth, Taylor hit his RBI triple to get the T-Bolts on the board. The home team added another one in the next inning on a passed ball. They took the lead with three in the bottom of the sixth when Robert Lucido (Amherst), who hit a three-run triple three days ago, knocked an extra base hit to score two runs to give the T-Bolts a one-run lead. A fly ball by Javy Marticorena (Park Point) was deep enough to allow Lucido to tag and score all the way from second base, putting the T-Bolts ahead 5-3.

O’Donnell kept the Grays off the board from the fourth through the sixth innings with the assistance of two double plays turned by the T-Bolts infielders. But in the seventh, with a man on base, former T-Bolt Chris Bzozowski connected for a home run to tie the game, 5-5. After that, O’Donnell proceeded to retire the next eight batters he faced.

The Thunderbolts had a chance to break the tie in their half of the seventh when they loaded the bases with only one out, but a double play snuffed the threat.

Notes: Jerry Chavarria (Southern) had his first multi-hit game of the season. Anthony “Big Cat” Gatto (UMBC) collected three hits tonight. Chris Bzozowski hit .354 in two seasons with the T-Bolts, and represented the T-Bolts in last season’s CRCBL All-Star game. Speaking of All-Stars, Cody Acker (VCU), Ian Glassman (UMBC), and Tayler Stiles (U of Maryland) were selected to represent the Thunderbolts in next week’s CRCBL All-Star Game.

Thunderbolts Split Double Header With Orioles As Marticorena Pounds Five Hits

July 8, 2013. Glen Burnie, Maryland. Javy Marticorena (Point Park) was in a 0-for-19 slump with a.154 season batting average. That was before he went 6-for-6 to add seventy-five points to his average. Following a base hit in his last at bat in the T-Bolts win on Sunday night, the T-Bolts second baseman had five hits consecutive hits tonight at Bachman Field in Glen Burnie. He hit one in the first game that crashed against the fence in left field; approximately 350 feet from home plate. He launched another long one over the Orioles left fielder for a hit in the nightcap. “It would have been gone in our ballpark,” hollered a T-Bolt player after the second drive. In fact, both drives would have cleared the barrier in any other CRCBL ball park.

The second wallop by Marticorena resulted in a triple for his fifth hit of the evening, and scored two runs to cap a eight-run avalanche in the first two innings for a 8-0 lead. After that, the Thunderbolts were on their way to a 12-4 win in the second game of the doubleheader.

The Thunderbolts grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first game with two in the top of the second. Ian Glassman (UMBC) and Tayler Stiles (the designated hitter in both games tonight) singled. Javy Marticorena followed with his first hit, a single, to score Glassman and send Stiles to third. After Anthony Gatto (UMBC) walked, Cody Acker (VCU) hit into a fielder’s choice to score Stiles.

Thunderbolts starting pitcher Hunter Absher (VCU) looked good through the first two innings and in the two that followed the third. In the third, the O’s rallied for three runs on three hits to take the lead, 3-2, with KJ Hockaday, the league’s leading hitter, delivered the key blow – a two run single.

The T-Bolts tried to counter, but were unable to delivery in the clutch hit. Marticorena singled in the fourth, was sacrificed into scoring position, but the big hit never followed. In the sixth, Marticorena hit his first of his two long drives. Once again, he was left on base.

In the do-or-die top of the seventh, with the score now 4-2 in favor of the Orioles, Jake Taylor reached base on a hit-by-pitch and took third on Coluccio’s single. Coluccio proceeded to steal second to put the tying run in scoring position with one out. Glassman then drilled one, but right the shortstop for out number two. Mattt Bosse, who said he was seeing the ball “really well” tonight, drilled one down the right field line. “Get down! Get down!” someone yelled, however, the ball hung in the air long enough for the Orioles right fielder to edge over and make the catch to end the game.

The T-Bolts did not mess around in the nightcap. Bob Lucido (Amherst) walked and took second on a sacrifice by Glassman. Acker followed with a deep drive that the centerfielder failed to hang onto. The play was scored a hit, and scored Lucido for the first run of the game. After Jonathan Tasis (Point Park) singled, Marticoena got another hit to score Acker for a 2-0 lead. Travis Burnette (Longwood), getting a start in right field, kept the parade going with a RBI single, and Anthony “Big Cat” Gatto smoked one up the middle that nearly knocked the mitt off the pitcher’s hand before landing in centerfield to score two more to cap a five-run inning.

Ian “Tuna” Glassman singled to get the ball rolling in the second inning. With two outs, Tasis and Stiles singled to load the bases. That’s when Marticorena delivered his second long hit for his fifth hit of the day. The hit cleared the bases to make it an 8-0 lead for the visiting team. For good measure, the T-Bolts added one in the third when Gatto walked, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on sacrifice fly by Lucido.

The Orioles rallied for four in their half of the third with Hockaday and Ripken both delivering. The T-Botls finished the scoring with one in the sixth and two in the seventh. In the sixth, Acker and Tasis made their third hits of the game to produce one run. In the seventh, the most exciting run of the evening occurred when Gatto stole home.

After reaching third on a walk and an error, Gatto broke for the plate on the catcher’s return throw to the pitcher. Hurrying his throw in attempt to head off Gatto, the pitcher threw wildly. Noticing the ball getting by the catcher, head coach Doug Remer, who was coaching third base, waved Robinson Mateo around. Mateo slid into home for another run.

Notes: KJ Hockaday and Ryan Ripken are what Spencer Wolfe of the Nationals was to the T-Bolts in 2012. In 2013, Hockaday is 6 for 9 and Ripken is 5 for 11 against the T-Bolts. Jake Taylor (Montgomery College) struck out two in the last two innings in relief in the nightcap. Tayler Stiles (Maryland) has gone 1 for 3 in all four games he has been the designated hitter this season. All nine T-Bolts starters in the nightcap crossed home at least once. Cody Acker made a nice diving catch to rob Ripken of a sure hit in the fourth inning of the second game. Starting and winning pitcher Chris Flores (Tennessee-Martin) made a sprawling stop on a bunt attempt and completed the play for an out by throwing from his knees. Jonathan Tasis made a great stretch on Flores’ throw to complete the play. Ian Glassman made a nice leaping grab on a high-hopper and made the long throw to first for the out.

Thunderbolts Take One Of Two From Giants

July 7, 2013Silver Spring, Maryland. Two young men stepped up to help deliver a win for the Thunderbolts in the second game of a double header against the Gaithersburg Giants on Sunday evening at Montgomery-Blair Stadium. Robert Lucido (Amherst) socked a triple for his first extra base hit of the season which scored three teammates to give the T-Bolts their first lead of the night. Travis Burnette (Longwood) took the mound with the tying run on base in the last inning and retired the Giants for a 4-3 win.

The Giants took the first contest by producing 11 runs on 17 hits in an 11-2 white-washing of our T-Bolts. The guests took a 2-0 lead in the second game with a pair in the top of the third. In the bottom of the fourth, the T-Bolts went to work by loading the bases to set the stage for Lucido.

Jake Taylor (Montgomery College) began the T-Bolts’ fourth with a single, Anthony “Big Cat” Gatto (UMBC) walked, and pitcher Travis Burnette, who had entered the game in the top of the fourth in a rare role as right fielder, reached base on an error to load the bases for Lucido.

Lucido drilled one into deep centerfield. The Gaithersburg centerfielder turned, took one look skyward, and then began to sprint. By the time he reached the ball and made a return throw, all three runners had tallied for a 3-2 lead.

The prospect of a win became stronger when the T-Bolts added another run in the next inning without the benefit of a hit. Three walks and a hit batsman extended their lead to 4-2. In the top of the sixth, the Giants put runners on second and third with only one out, but relief pitcher Chris Fusco snuffed the threat by striking out the next two batters to maintain the two-run lead. The lead seemed safe and victory appeared certain, but as most T-Bolts fans have learned this season, it’s not a good idea to tease the alligators before crossing the bridge.

The Gaithersburg seventh began with a light tap along the third baseline by Chris Kashangaki which trickled about thirty feet from the plate for an infield hit. Another hit put runners on first and second with nobody out. Then on the next pitch, Kashangaki wondered off the second base bag and appeared to be an easy out. The catcher’s throw to second, however, was low. The ball bounced twice, skipped under the fielder’s glove, and rolled into centerfield to allow both runners to advance one base.

At this time, T-Bolts head coach Doug Remer came out of the dugout and called to his right fielder. Burnette changed hats from outfielder to fireman and trotted in from right field to take the mound. The first batter he faced grounded one to the right side of the infield which was booted for an error. A run scored to make it a one-run ballgame, and the tying run moved to third base. When the runner on first proceeded to steal second, the Giants were a hit away from taking the lead.

Burnette proceeded to strike out the next batter for the first out of the inning, but walked the next man to load the bases. Bases loaded, one out, the Giants manager sent up a pinch hitter, Brandon Grove who was 2 for 3 in the first game of the twin bill. He hit a fly to shallow left field. Anthony Gatto made the catch for the second out and quickly fired to the plate to keep the runner at third base. The last hope for the Giants tapped one back to the mound. Burnette grabbed it, made a facial expression as if he had made it to the end of the bridge and it was okay to tease the alligators, and threw to Jake Taylor at first base to end the game.

Notes: The first game wasn’t as much fun for the T-Bolts. They managed just two hits and matched their hit total with as many errors. Tayler Stiles, in his second game as the designated hitter, got one of the two hits with a RBI double. Brandon Vega made the other hit. Juan Espinosa (Northwestern Ohio) struck out 6 in 5 innings and got the win in the nightcap. Chris Fusco was credited for a hold, and Travis Burnette got the save. Speaking of Burnette, he entered the game in the fourth inning as a replacement in right field for Brandon Vega. In addition to his save, he scored the third run on Lucido’s 3-run triple, and applied the tag in a rundown when coming in from the outfield to partake in the play. Third baseman/outfielder Ian Glassman has yet to make an error this season.

Thunderbolts Downed By Aces, 7-2

July 6, 2013, Silver Spring, Maryland. It was curiosity that killed the cat, and it was generosity that led to a Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts defeat before a Saturday evening crowd of 165 at Montgomery-Blair Stadium. Generosity meaning the T-Bolts totaled three errors, four passed balls, and four unearned runs in a 7-2 defeat to the Alexandria Aces.

Starting Pitcher Tayler Stiles (Maryland) endured his second straight rough outing. Forty-six of his 108 pitches missed the strike zone. When the book closed on his evening, he had walked six, allowed five hits, and plunked two batters in five innings. The T-Bolts did have their moments this evening. At the plate, Clay Keranen (Liberty University) and Jonathan Tasis (Point Park) both went 2-for-2. Infielder Robinson Mateo (Southern), playing his first game in twenty days, socked a hit, stole two bases, scored a run, and handled all five of his fielding chances, including a great running catch behind first base. Another fine fielding play was made by Brandon Vega (Ocean County) and Brandon Culuccio (UMBC) when the two connected to cutoff a run at the plate. Vega made the throw after fielding an Aces single, and Collucio caught the peg and applied the tag for the out. And the pitching staff did hold Nicholas Collins, one the top hitters in the CRL, to just one hit in five at bats.

Collins gave the Aces a 1-0 led with a RBI single in the first inning. The T-Bolts evened the score in the bottom of the second when Jake Taylor (Montgomery College) doubled down the left field line, took third on a sacrifice by Ian Glassman (UMBC), and scored on Brandon Coluccio’s groundout. The prospect of a win looked good when Stiles retired the Aces in order in the third, but in the fourth the guests capitalized on two walks, a hit batsman, and an error to score three run on just one hit for a 4-1 lead. Two innings later, the Aces added another pair with additional aid from the T-Bolts, and to add insult to injury, they got one more in the ninth inning.

Notes: Robinson Mateo put on a base running exhibition by stealing second and third in the bottom of the sixth. He then traveled home when Ian Glassman singled. Anthony “Big Cat” Gatto (UMBC) made his CRL pitching debut by hurling in the top of the ninth. The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts fans surpassed the 2,000 mark tonight in total attendance for the season. The T-Bolts will play back-to-back doubleheaders beginning with a twin bill at home on Sunday versus the Gaithersburg Giants. On Monday, they travel to Bachman Stadium in Glen Burnie to take on K.J. Hockaday, Ryan Ripken, and the Youse’s Orioles in a twin bill.

Thunderbolts swept by Defending Champs

July 5, 2013. Towson, Maryland. Ten days ago, when players from 9 of the 12 teams of the Cal Ripken League were touring the Capitol Building, a player was asked to name his toughest opponent in the CRCBL. His answer was the Baltimore Red Birds, “because of their pitching.” Tonight, before 163 fans at Carlo Crespino Stadium, the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts got a taste of the Red Birds strong pitching. They also found out that the Red Birds can hit. Led by an offensive attack that produced 10 runs on 16 hits, including three homers, the defending champs defeated the T-Bolts, 2-0 and 8-3.

As for the Red Birds pitching, they lived up to their reputation by limiting our Thunderbolts to 1 run on 3 hits though 13 innings of the two seven inning contests. In the final inning of the night, the T-Bolts rallied, but by that time the game’s outcome was already known.

For the record, Jake Taylor (Montgomery College) began that inning with his second single of the game, and Matt Bosse (U of South Carolina-Aiken) also singled to put two on with nobody out. After the runners moved up a base on an out, Jonathan Tasis (Point Park) singled to center to score his two teammates. Jerry Chavarria (Southern) followed with his first double of the season to send Tasis to third, however, that would be it for the T-Bolts. The last out of the game was recorded to complete the sweep.

Lamont Wade began the trouble in the nightcap by whacking Danny O’Donnell’s second offering of the game over the right field wall. Alex Pastorius followed with a single, and Ian Rice, another dangerous hitter in the Baltimore lineup, slammed a three-bagger to make it 2-0. Rice scored when the next batter singled.

The Red Birds added two more in the fourth, beginning with a homerun down the leftfield line by Jimmy Redovian. They added another three in the next inning to take a commanding 8-1 lead.
T-Bolts starting pitcher Josh Kissamore (Florence-Darlington) was outstanding in the first game. After a first inning hit, he retired the next 13 in a row before an error snapped his string. He bounced back to retire the next batter to end the Red Birds fifth, and then sent down the first two in the sixth before giving way to two hits, but once again, he ended the threat.

Red Birds starting pitcher Lamont Wade, the CRL leader in home runs and RBI, matched Kissamore inning per inning by keeping the T-Bolts off the board. With the game still scoreless, R.J. Dennard began the Red Birds seventh by reaching for a fastball on the outside corner and belted it to the opposite field. Brandon Vega (Ocean County) drifted back to the leftfield wall until he run out of room and looked up in time to see the ball hit a sign below the scoreboard for a home run.

Two hits and an error manufactured another run before the inning was over. In the bottom of the seventh (the first game was a makeup game from a rained out game at Montgomery-Blair which is why the T-Bolts were the home team in the first game), the Thunderbolts went three-up and three-down to end the game.

Notes: When asked which he likes more – hitting or pitching – Lamont Wade answered hitting. He pitched the first five innings in the first game, allowed only 2 hits but did not get the decision. He departed after the fifth frame with the score nothing-to-nothing. Baltimore pitcher Nick Grant pitched the last two innings to earn the win. During the twenty minute break prior to the second game, Jake Taylor and Jonathan Tasis went to the batting cage located down the left field line. “We’re trying to wake up the bats for the next game,” Taylor said. His bat woke up for two hits to make him 7 for his last 16, and Tasis’ bat also came to life for a two-run single. Tyler Stiles (U of Maryland) is listed as the starting pitcher for Saturday night’s game at Montgomery-Blair Stadium versus the Alexandria Aces. He is fun to watch and worth the price of admission. Game time is set for 7:00.

T-Bolts Take Two From Nationals

July 1, 2013. Waldorf, Maryland. What a difference a year makes. Last July, the Thunderbolts came to Regency Furniture Stadium feeling optimistic about taking a double header to keep their playoff hopes alive. The result was a botched lead in the first game when Spencer Wolfe of the Nationals smacked a grand slam to pave the way for a T-Bolts loss (the T-Bolts were also defeated in the nightcap to dash their playoff hopes). Last night, the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts took both games from the Nationals to make it three wins in their last four games. They are still 2 ½ games away from the last playoff spot, but the double win keeps their hopes alive, and shows the team’s progress since last season.

Jake Taylor (Montgomery College), Matt Bosse (South Carolina-Aiken), and Mac Gill (UMBC) were the stars in the double win with Travis Burnette (Longwood), Brandon Coluccio (UMBC), and newcomer Matthew Margaritonda getting honorable mentions. It was Jake Taylor who delivered the winning hit in the bottom of the eighth to win the first game. Matt Bosse accounted for 3 of the 4 T-Bolts runs with one swing of the bat and Matt Gill allowed just one run on five hits in eight strong innings in the second win.

The first game was a continuation of the suspended game between the two teams at Montgomery-Blair Stadium from the night before. The T-Bolts led, 4-3, in the top of the sixth when the umpires decided that the lightning strikes seen throughout the game were becoming too close for comfort. When play resumed tonight in Waldorf, the Nationals had two on base with only one out. Travis Burnette, who was on the mound when play was halted the night before, completed his assignment by retiring the next two batters to end the threat. But in the next inning, he got into hot water by allowing the first two batters to reach base. After a sacrifice moved the runners along, head coach Doug Remer ordered an intentional walk to set up the double play chance. Burnette did the job by getting the next hitter to hit one on the ground, but the T-Bolts could only get a force at second while the tying run scored.

Burnette bounced back to retire the next batter to end the inning, then sent the Nats down in order in the top of the eighth. In the bottom of the eighth, Clay Keranen singled with two outs, Acker walked, and Taylor made his fifth hit in his last eight at bats to win the game, 5-4.

Matt Bosse’s second home run of the season, a three run blast, gave the T-Bolts a 3-0 lead in the second inning of game two. That appeared to be all that Mac Gill would need. The senior from Kensington got off to a great start by retiring the first nine batters. Through six innings, he allowed just two hits and a walk. He appeared to be heading for another three-up, three-down inning in the seventh when an error extended the frame. A walk and single followed for an unearned run, nonetheless, the T-Botls still led by two.

In the top of the eight, again with two outs, the Nats produced another run to cut the lead to 3-2. The T-Bolts answered in their half of the ninth when Coluccio hit his second single of the game. Two walks and a wild pitch scored Coluccio for a 4-2 lead.

Remer turned to Matthew Margaritonda (Marshall) to close out the ninth, and the new T-Bolts pitcher struck out two in the inning to slam the door on the Nationals for a 4-2 T-Bolts win.

Notes: Mac Gill, Danny O’Donnell (George Washington), and Josh Kisamore (Florence-Darlington) have two wins apiece. The T-Bolts 5-4 win in the first game of the evening was their first extra innings win of the season. That game was intended to be a seven innings affair since scheduled double headers in the CRCBL are two seven inning games. Matt Bosse and Jake Taylor are tied for the team lead with two homers. Last season, Spencer Wolfe went 7 for 14 with 3 doubles, 8 RBI, and a grand slam against our T-Bolts. This season versus the T-Bolts, he was 2 for 8 with a double and 2 RBI. Spencer Wolfe and Matt Bosse will be teammates next season at the University of South Carolina-Aiken. When asked about Bosse, Wolfe said he had yet to meet him.

T-Bolts Lose First Game of Double Header – Second Game Suspended

June 30, 2013. Silver Spring, Maryland. Baseball announcer Hawk Harrelson might call Jake Taylor (Montgomery College) the next Big Hurt, because he hits the ball so hard that he hurts it.

After hurting the ball for his second home run of the game to tie the score, 4-4, Taylor hurt the ball with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh by scorching one toward right field. Unfortunately for Taylor and the Thunderbolts, the wicked drive went directly to Nationals second baseman Ryan Meltzer, who made the catch and won the race to the second base bag to double up the base runner for the third out of the inning.

The visiting South Maryland Nationals scored one in their next at bat for a 5-4 win. The T-Bolts did manage to take a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning of the nightcap before the game was suspended due to lightning. The contest will be completed on Monday before the T-Bolts are scheduled to take on the Nationals in Waldorf. Tayler Stiles (University of Maryland) was the T-Bolts starting pitcher in the first game. He was also inserted into the number six spot in the batting order as the designated hitter. In three at bats, the University-bound freshman went 1 for 3 with a single for his first CRCBL career hit.

Stiles the pitcher breezed through the first inning, although he walked a batter to snap his streak of nine consecutive innings without a base on balls. In the second and third innings, the Nationals batters began to swing at Stiles’ first offerings. When that failed they became more patient, and that worked for two runs in the forth and fifth innings for a 4-3 lead.

Jake Taylor hit a screamer in the bottom of the first for his first home run of the season. His wallop hit the air-conditioner next to the fire station beyond the leftfield fence for a 1-0 T-Bolts lead. In the third inning, Bob Lucido Jr (Amherst) singled, Cody Acker walked, and two errors followed for a 3-0 T-Bolts lead.

After Danny O’Donnell (George Washington) replaced Stiles in the top of the sixth, and sent the Nationals down in order, Jake Taylor, who loves to swing at the first pitch, took an inside fastball for strike one. The next pitch by Nats pitcher Austin Poretz was a hanging curve in Taylor’s wheelhouse. He swung and connected, and there was no doubt to where this ball was heading.

One-hundred and ninety-six fans went wild, and so did the T-Bolts player, who exited the dugout to greet and congratulate the home-run star after he crossed the plate to tie the score, 4-4.

In the bottom of the seventh, the T-Bolts made their bid to win the game by loading the bases with nobody out. After Kenanen grounded into a force out at the plate, Taylor hit the line drive that resulted in an inning-ending double play.

Timely hitting and an outstanding defensive plays led to the T-Bolts 4-3 lead in the nightcap. With the bases loaded and two outs in a scoreless game in the last of the third, Ian Glassman (UMBC) came through with a solid hit up the middle to score two. In the next inning, Taylor “T-Fenn” Fennewald (Fornece-Darlington) decided to celebrate his birthday a day late by presenting a two-run single, again with two outs, for a 4-1 lead.

South Maryland put runners on first and second with two outs in the top of the fifth when Austin Guy singled to centerfield. Brycen Gladbath of the Nats rounded third and attempting to score when centerfielder Cody Acker (VCU) made a great throw to T-Bolts catcher Jerry Chavvaria (Southern) at the plate. Chavveria caught the throw and dove to runner to apply the tag in time for the out.
The Nationals scored two to cut the lead to 4-3 in the sixth inning. After the third out to end the inning, the umpires conferred and decided to suspend the game

Notes: Jake Taylor is 4 for his last 6 with two home runs, a double, and three RBI. Cody Acker hit singled in his first three official at bats today and his now 11 for his last 18. Acker is now second in the league with a .370 batting average. Ian Glassman is doing a good job at the hot corner. In the second inning of the second game, he fielded a grounder along the third base line and made a lightning throw to first base for the out. Jake Taylor is a dirty player. No, not dirty like Ty Cobb, but dirtiest in terms of always being covered from head to toe with infield dust. In the first game, Taylor made a diving stop to his right, and then threw to first base from his knees for the out. After the play, Taylor was uniform was dusty enough to keep his reputation for being a dirty player. The first South Maryland run of the day was the first scored on snapped Tayler Stiles this season and snapped his string of 17.1 scoreless innings. After retiring the Nats in order in the sixth inning in the first game, Danny O’Donnell has now allowed just two earned runs in his last 15 innings. Jake Taylor’s second home run was hit so high into the sky that it may have started a rain delay. A forty-five minute rain delay followed the inning after the big guy had tied the game with this second round-tripper.

T-Bolts Win! T-Bolts Win! THAAA T-Bolts Win!

June 29, 2013. Hanover, Maryland. 

Happy Birthday, Head Coach Doug Remer. Your gift is a 6-4 Thunderbolts win over the Baltimore Presstman Cardinals in Hanover, Maryland to snap a 6-game losing streak. And this time your T-Bolts held the lead through the ninth inning.

Heading into the Cardinals’ half of the ninth, the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts owned a two-run lead, although the odds felt as if they were against the team that was ahead. The T-Bolts were coming off a string of late inning losses, including one to these Cardinals. It didn’t ease matters to know that the home team had rallied for five runs in the bottom of the ninth the night before. And the final warning sign was a double to right-centerfield by the first batter of the inning.

The fear of another ninth inning collapse began to hover over Joe Cannon Stadium like a black cloud, but the head coach kept his cool and remained confident of victory. “I told them to ignore the runner on second base and focus of getting three outs,” Remer told his team after he came out of the dugout and called the infielder’s to the pitcher’ mound for a brief conference.

Jon Karns (Millersvile), who entered the game in the bottom of the ninth, understood the coach’s message to relax and stay focused, and he retired the next two batters on a strikeout and an infield popup. However, he issued a pass to the next batter to put the tying run on base.

Remer came out of the dugout again, this time to make a pitching change, and Travis Burnette (Longwood) answered the call by inducing the only batter he faced to groundout to end the game.

The birthday party began with a two-run top of the first by the T-Bolts against highly-rated Cardinals pitcher, Michael Austin. Brandon Vega (Ocean County) began the game with a foul ball that rolled its way into fair territory. Surprised by the course of the ball, Austin hurriedly fielded and threw, but his toss hit Vega in the back. As the ball bounced away, Vega headed to second. After a groundout moved Vega to third, the hot-hitting Cody Acker (VCU) walked and stole second. Jonathan Tasis (Point Park) followed with a base hit to score the two runners.

Joshua Kisamore (Florence-Darlington), the T-Bolts starting pitcher, breezed through the bottom of the first, but encountered trouble in the second when three hits and two stolen bases produced two runs for the Cardinals to tie the game. After that, Kissamore allowed just one base runner, on a walk, through the next three innings.

The T-Bolts regained the lead with a three-run fifth inning, thanks to an extra base hit by Luis Paublini-Campos (UT-Martin). With Anthony “The Big Cat” Gatto (UMBC), who had singled and stole two bases, on third base, and Acker on first, the catcher leaned into a smoking fastball and sent the ball for a long ride to deep centerfield. The hit traveled over the outfield and bounced four times before banking off the wall at the 410 foot marker. When the baseball was retrieved and finally returned to reality, Paublini-Campos was standing on third with a triple. Two batters later, he trotted home on a wild pitch for a 5-2 lead.

Kisamore retired the first batter in the Cardinals sixth to make it 11 in 12 batters, but then gave up a single, and then threw a “pearl” to Zach Markel, who deposited that pearl over the right field wall to cut the lead to 5-4.

After making it through the sixth inning, Kisamore recovered to handle the Cards in the seventh. “I let these kids work things out for themselves,” Remer said when asked if he had said something to inspire his starting pitcher before the bottom of the seventh.

In the top of the eighth, the T-Bolts added an insurance run when Jake Taylor (Montgomery College) broke his hitting slump by powering one to centerfield that out-distanced Paublini-Campos’s drive. Ian Glassman (UMBC) scored from first on the blast for a 6-4 T-Bolts lead.

Notes: A few minutes after Jake Taylor fielded a grounder and tapped first base to end the game, the victorious T-Bolts sang happy birthday to their head coach, and to Taylor Fennewald (Florence-Darlington), who also celebrated his birthday today. The Cardinals scored twice in their half of the second, but what a display of defense in that inning by T-Bolts shortstop Clay Kernanen (Liberty University). He dove to his right and speared a grounder, then got up to make the throw in time to retire the batter. Later in the inning, he fielded a grounder to start a twin killing to retire the side. Michael Austin, the starting pitcher for the Cardinals, has a reputation as a fine pitcher, but the T-Bolts batted him around. They had seven hits in five-plus innings and scored five against Austin. Joshua Kisamore got the win, Fusco and Jon Karns get the hold, and Burnette was credited with the save tonight. Chris Fusco (UT-Martin) breezed through the bottom of the eighth like it was just another day at the office. Remer and Fennewald share a birthday with hall of famers Harman Killebrew and Wilbert Robinson. “Uncle” Wilbert Robinson played for the great Baltimore Orioles of the 1890’s and later managed the Brooklyn Dodgers to two pennants, but will always be remembered for putting on the catcher’s gear before attempting to catch a baseball dropped from an airplane. Little did he know, a Dodgers outfielder named Casey Stengel arranged for a grapefruit to be dropped from the sky. When Robinson made the catch, the force of the ball knocked him flat on his back. Covered with grapefruit juice, Robinson, believing he was bleeding too death, cried for his life. The botched stunt resulted in Stengel’s immediate departure from Brooklyn.

T-Bolts Defeated By Giants 3-2

June 27, 2013. Gaithersburg, Maryland. 

The first ever official game between the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts and the Gaithersburg Giants resulted in a 3-2 win for the Giants in Gaithersburg. The loss was the fourth by a single run for our T-Bolts in 2013, and their sixth in a row.

Danny O’Donnell (George Washington), the starting pitcher who took the loss, had another impressive outing by allowing seven hits and one walk in seven strong innings. The nine hits can be called misleading since two of those hits stayed in the infield. The one walk by O’Donnell snapped his string of 13 straight innings without passing a batter; it also led to the Giants’ winning run.

The Thunderbolts scored first for the third consecutive game. In the top of the third, Brandon Vega (Ocean County) singled, stole second and tallied on Cody Acker’s hit for a 1-0 lead. After the Giants took the lead on two unearned runs in their half of the third, Acker followed two walks with his eighth hit in his last eleven at bats to score the tying run. After that, the T-Bolts’ batters were limited to two singles for the remainder of the game.

In the bottom of the seventh, O’Donnell walked the lead off batter. The Giants then played small-ball by executing a sacrifice and hit to score the runner for a 3-2 lead.

Notes: With two more hits today, Cody Acker (VCU) is now tied for third in the CRL with a .367 average. Ian Glassman (UMBC) made his season debut as the starting third baseman and passed the test by handling both of his fielding chances.

T-Bolts Stage Late Rally But Lose By One

June 26, 2013. Silver Spring, Maryland. The shoe was almost on the other foot last night at Montgomery-Blair Stadium. Victimized by two ninth inning rallies in their last two defeats as home, the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts scored three in the bottom of the ninth, but their bid for victory fell one run short in a 6-5 loss to the Baltimore Red Birds. Nonetheless, the T-Bolts showed character, heart, and team spirit during a time when the breaks are going against.

With one out and trailing by four in the ninth, Clay Kernanen (Florence-Darlington) singled to keep the T-Bolts hopes alive. After Cody Acker struck out for the second out of the inning, Jake Taylor (Montgomery College) walked. Following a wild pitch to move up the runners, Jonathan Tasis (Point Park) cleared the bases with a double to cut the deficit in half. Second baseman Jave Marticorena (Point Park) then came through with a brilliant at bat by fouling off five pitches before whacking a double to score Tasis to make it a one-run ballgame. At that point, Red Birds manager Michael Carter decided that the T-Bolts were making life too stressful, and called on his relief specialist, Brandon Hinkle. The new pitcher struck out Luis Paublini-Campos to end the game.

The Thunderbolts grabbed the lead in the bottom of the second when Matt Bosse (U South Carolina-Aiken) hit his first home run of the season. Brandon Coluccio (UMBC), who had singled, also scored on the drive to give the T-Bolts a 2-0 lead.

T-Bolts starting pitcher Mac Gill (UMBC) kept the guests off the scoreboard through the first four innings, and retired eight in a row before walking the first batter in the fifth. The Red Birds capitalized with a sacrifice and a hit to score their first run of the evening. In the sixth, Gill encountered more trouble when the first three batters reached base. With the bases loaded, the T-Bolts pitcher settled down and struck out the next two, but then yielded his third walk of the frame to force in the tying run. That was it for Gill. Head coach Doug Remer called on relief pitcher Doug Fusco (Bates College), who was greeted with a two-run double to make it a 2-4 deficit for the T-Bolts.

The Thunderbolts offense had no reply to the Baltimore onslaught until the bottom of the seventh when Brandon Vega (Ocean County) singled and Cody Acker (VCU) doubled to put runners in scoring position with only one out, but the next two batters were retired to end the threat and the inning.

La Monte Wade Jr., the starting and winning pitcher, who also was the designated hitter for the Red Birds tonight, hit his second home run of the season to begin the ninth inning. After the next two batters were retired, the defending champs made three more hits to produce another run for a 6-2 lead.

Notes: The T-Bolts and six other CRCBL teams received the congressional tour at the Capitol Building on Tuesday afternoon. After the tour, the players from all seven teams attended the Nationals 3-2 win over Arizona at Nationals Park. Cody Acker, now sixth in the CRL in hitting, went 3 for 4 for the second game in a row to lift his season batting average to .356. Wade JR. of the Red Birds must think he is the next Babe Ruth. He pitched five innings tonight to record the win, and went 2 for 5 with a home run and a double. Second baseman Javy Marticorena handled all of four his fielding chances and punched out two hits this evening. Matt Bosse also made two hits, including the second T-Bolts’ homer of the season.

T-Bolts Unable To Hold On In Ninth Inning – Again

June 24, 2013. Silver Spring, Maryland. For the second straight home game, the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts took a 2-0 lead into the ninth inning, and once again, the visiting team rallied to win.

Tonight’s loss, the fourth in a row for the struggling T-Bolts, was a huge heartbreak. Starting pitcher Tayler Stiles, fresh off a record setting, 16-strike out game in the recent Perfect Game tour, was magnificent in his first CRCBL starting assignment. The University of Maryland bond freshman allowed only three hits and no walks in seven innings while striking out nine. He was heading for his first CRCBL win when the T-Bolts let the lead slip away for a 6-2 loss in eleven innings.

The visiting Herndon Braves scored an unearned run in the fatal ninth inning to cut the lead to 2-1. They had the tying run on second base with two outs when Braves left fielder Austin Bream hit a slow roller toward T-Bolts third baseman Jake Taylor (Montgomery College) with all the looks of a game-ending out. Then came the shocking turn of events when the third baseman failed to get his glove down, and the ball scouted through his legs for the second error of the inning. The runner on second traveled home to tie the game and deny Tayler Stiles of the win. Nonetheless, there was still hope of a walk off win in the bottom of the ninth, but the best the T-Bolts could do was draw one walk before the inning had expired.

After relief pitcher Travis Burnette (Longwood), the fourth T-Bolts pitcher of the game, took care of the Braves in the top of the tenth, the T-Bolts received a gift in their half of the inning when the Braves committed their first error of the game. Cody Acker (VCU) followed with a walk, but Jonathan Tasis popped out to end the threat.
In the top of the eleventh, the T-Bolts, once again, endured one of those tough innings they’ve been having lately. There were two more errors, two walks, two wild pitches, and four more runs for the Braves.

Tayler Stiles began where he had left off on his recent trip. He struck out the side in the top of the first and recorded six whiffs through the first three innings. He began the fourth by retiring the first two batters to make it eleven retired in a row before allowing a base runner. He also yielded one hit in the fifth and sixth innings before sending the Braves down in order in the top of the seventh. By that time Stiles had thrown 67 strikes on 97 pitches, and team coach Doug Remer decided that the kid had enough.

In the last of the fourth, the T-Bolts scored a pair to give Stiles a 2-0 lead. Cody Acker singled and Jonathan Tasis (Point Park) was hit by a pitch. With two strikes on the next batter, Remer wisely put his runners in motion to stay out of the double play. The strategy worked, as Jake Taylor hit one on the ground that would have been a twin killing. With the only fielding play, at first base, the two runners moved into scoring position. Ian Glassman (UMBC) followed with a hit that barely got under the shortstop’s glove and rolled into centerfield for a 2-0 T-Bolts lead.
Two walks and an infield hit put two on base for the Braves in the top of the eighth. Remer made his second call to the bullpen, and on came Mac Gill (UMBC). Gill got the out to end the inning to preserve the two-run lead.

In the top of the ninth, an error and a hit-batsman put two Braves on the base paths with nobody out. Gill struck out the next batter, and then the next batter hit a high-hopper down the third baseline that barely stayed fair. Taylor got a glove on the hit to slow it down enough for him to retrieve the ball in shallow leftfield. A run scored while the other runner rounded second and headed for third. Shortstop Errol Robinson (Ole Miss) made an alert play by covering third base, and he took Taylor’s throw in time to apply the tag for the second out of the inning.
The next batter reached base on the error described above.

Notes: Errol Robertson played his last game of the season tonight. He is heading to the University of Mississippi for summer school to get a head start on his college education and the T-Bolts wish him well. Robinson finishes the season with a .340 batting average. After his terrific performance tonight, Stiles’ stats for the season are 5 hits in 14 total innings pitched with 21 strikeouts. Wow! Cody Acker was 3 for 4 tonight to lift his season average to .317. The Braves were rewarded four outs in the fifth and eleventh innings this evening. That’s because a pass ball and wild pitch on strike three allowed the batters to take first base on the dropped third strike rule. In the eleventh, three of the four outs recorded by Travis Burnette were strikeouts. Had he struck out all four, he would have joined the ranks of Walter Johnson, Bob Gibson, Don Drysdale, and sixty-eight other major league pitchers who had accomplished this feat. T-Bolts relief pitcher Juan Espinosa (U of Northwestern Ohio) made his season debut when he replaced Styles in the top of the eighth.

T-Bolts Drop Third in A Row

June 23, 2013. Vienna, Virginia. There were a few bright spots for the Thunderbolts on Sunday night at the James Madison baseball field, where the T-Bolts lost 14-3 to the Vienna Riverdogs for their third consecutive defeat: Luis Paulblini-Campos (UT-Martin) had his first multi-hit game of the season, Errol Robinson (University of Mississippi) had another two-hit game, and Dan Gayeski (DeSales University) threw four solid innings in his best outing of the season. Outside of that, it was a tough night for the T-Bolts.

The T-Bolts batters had just six hits and struck out 13 times tonight. Their four pitchers allowed 10 earned runs on 15 hits, and allowed the opponent to bat around during one inning. In the field, the T-Bolts made three errors while failing to turn a singe double play for the first time this season.

It was the home half of the second when the opposition batted around for five runs against T-Bolts starter Chris Flores (UT-Martin) for a 5-0 lead. The T-Bolts responded by scoring three runs in the next inning. With the bases loaded, and just one out, Paublini-Campos walked to force in the first T-Bolts run of the game. Errol Robinson followed with a two-base single to score another pair and put runners on first and second. With Taylor T-Fenn Fennewald (Florence-Darlington) at the plate, head coach Doug Remer thought he could catch the River Dogs off guard by sending the lead runner, but Paublini-Campos was thrown out for the second out of the inning. Fennewald completed his at bat with a single to, once again, place runners on first and second. The inning came to an end, however, when the next hitter grounded out, and that was all the scoring for the T-Bolts on this night.

Vienna followed with three more runs in their half of the third, and one in the fourth on a home run by Quinn Pippen against T-Bolts relief pitcher Hunter Absher (VCU). Gayeski entered after the round-tripper, and did a fine job by holding the home team to a run in his four innings of relief. Jon Karns (Millersville) came on for the T-Bolts in the bottom of the eighth, and retired the first two batters before the third Silver Spring-Takoma error of the game opened the door for four unearned runs.

Notes: With two more hits this evening, Errol Robinson is now sixth in the league with a .381 batting average. The T-Bolts return home on Monday night to play the last place Herndon Braves. Tayler Stiles is listed as the probable starter for the T-Bolts on Monday evening. Stiles makes his return after taking a week off to pitch for a regional all-star team of the best recent high school graduates.

T-Bolts Unable To Put Cardinals Away

June 22, 2013. Silver Spring, Maryland. The Silver Spring Thunderbolts were a single strike away from victory before 196 fans at Montgomery-Blair Stadium on a pleasant Saturday evening. Then, like a flash of light, or like the glow of the Space Station streaking across the sky above Montgomery-Blair Stadium, the Presstman Cardinals rallied for four runs in the top of the ninth for a 4-2 win. It was a heartbreaking culmination to a game that looked so promising for the hometown team, and for T-Bolts starting pitcher Josh Kisamore (Florence-Darlington), who pitched so brilliantly and deserved better than a no decision. The 6’2 220 pound sophomore hurler from Sumter, South Carolina allowed two hits and five scratch singles in seven innings pitched while striking out five.

The T-Bolts faced a good pitcher in Cardinals starter Justin Dreschsel, nonetheless, they broke through for a run in the second and fifth innings to take a 2-run lead that held for more than eight innings. The first run scored JonathanTasis (Point Park), on second base after doubling down the leftfield line, tallied on a single by Brandon Coluccio (UMBC). In the fifth, Clay Kernanen (Florence-Darlington) singled, moved to second on Brandon Vega’s sacrifice, and scored on a hit by Errol Robinson (Ole Miss).

All looked good, even after Kisamore had departed in the top of the eighth. But things got tense when the Cardinals mounted a threat against the T-Bolts reliever Travis Burnette (Longwood University). An error and single, followed by a sacrifice, moved the runners in scoring position. After a strike out, Doug Remer elected to intentionally pass Joba Ferrell, who was two for three tonight, and take his chances with De’ John Suber. T-Bolts Shortstop Clay Keranen took care of business by fielding Suber’s groundball and firing to first to end the threat and maintain the 2-0 lead.
The game appeared to be in hand after Burnette retired the first two batters in the top of the ninth, but that was followed by a hit batsman and a hit to put runners in scoring position for the second inning in a row, however, Burnette recovered to throw two strikes by the next batter. That’s when the roof caved in. Burnettee couldn’t get strike three by the next batter, who coaxed a walk to load the bases. The next batter also walked, and that forced in a run to make it a 2-1 nail-biter. Doug Remer then came out of the dugout and told first baseman Jake Taylor (Montgomery College) that he was going to pitch.
With Taylor on the mound, Remer was forced to re-align his infield. Tasis went from third to first, Keranen moved over from shortstop to third, Robinson from second to short, and Javey Marticorena (Point Park) entered the game at second base.

Taylor started off by getting two strikes by the batter, and once again, the T-Bolts were one strike away from the win. Then, after a ball and another foul, the batter grounded one toward short. Robinson, momentarily screened by the base runner heading to third, regained sight of the ball and was ready to make a play, but the ball then took a sudden bad bounce and skipped by the shortstop. The hit rolled into the outfield to allow two runs to count for a 3-2 Cardinals lead. The next batter also singled to score another one for the Cards.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Clay Keranen singled for his third hit of the day at the exact moment that the Space Station moved across the sky. The hopes of a rally ended when the next batter hit into a fielder’s choice, and like the Space Station, the T-Bolts victory hopes vanished into the night.

T-Bolts Split A Pair At Rockville

June 21, 2013. Rockville, Maryland. In the words of Charles Dickens, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” This pretty much sums up the outcome of the Silver Springs-Takoma Thunderbolts’ Friday evening twin bill at Knight’s Field in Rockville. Behind the best T-Bolts starting pitching effort of the season, Danny O’Donnell (George Washington) hurled a two-hit complete game (seven inning) shutout, and Taylor “T-Fenn” Fennewald (Florence-Darlington) led the offensive by knocking out three hits and driving home four runs in an 8-1 Thunderbolts victory in the first game. In the nightcap, the T-Bolts committed three errors, walked seven, and had just five hits in a 12-2 loss. The doubleheader split gives our hometown team a 4-6 record for the season.

O’Donnell was magnificent in his third starting assignment of the season. In addition to allowing just two hits, he struck out four, walked nobody, and allowed one unearned run to earn his second victory of the season. To give you an idea how dominate he was, he faced just two batters of the minimum through seven innings and threw fifty-four strikes on seventy-seven total pitches.

The Thunderbolts played great defense behind O’Donnell by making good on all total chances and turning two brilliant double plays. On the first twin killing, second baseman Clay Keranen (Florence-Darlington) fielded a grounder while moving to his right and made a quick toss to shortstop Errol Robinson, who made a bare handed grab for the force out, and then made a 360 spin before firing to first base to complete the play. The other double play concluded the game in the bottom of the seventh when third baseman Jake Taylor (Montgomery College) was once again the front man in another around-the-horn twin killing.

The visiting team wasted little time in getting on the board. Two walks and a wild pitch put runners on second and third, and then Fennewald delivered a clutch two-out, two-run single to give the T-Bolts the lead, 2-0. In the top of the third, Errol Robinson (Ole Miss) reached base on an error (although this unofficial scorer believes that it was a hit all the way), Ian Glassman drew his second pass of the game, and Fennewald, once again, delivered with a two-out hit to score both runners for a 4-0 lead. Another run counted in the inning when Keranen singled Fennewald to third and the Rockville pitcher pleaded no contest to committing a balk.

In the T-bolts fourth, Brandon Vega (Ocean County) singled, stole second, and scored on Glassman’s hit. In the sixth, 225 pound Matt Bosse (University of South Carolina-Aiken) showed his display of speed by stealing second and third after reaching base on a single, and scored on an error. Bosse also figured in a T-Bolts run in the seventh when he singled to score Feenwald, who had doubled.
As the T-Bolts waited out the break before the start of the second game, they appeared excited, enthused, and ready for action which gave the idea that they were going to win again. The second game started off well when Robinson walked, moved to second on Vega’s third hit of the night, and scored on a groundout by Jonathan Tasis (Point Park). Silver-Spring-Takoma scored again in the second when Anthony “Big Cat” Gatto (UMBC) singled, moved to second on Brandon Coluccio’s (UMBC) sacrifice, and scored on a single by Robinson. At that point, however, the T-Bolts were playing catch-up.
The Rockville Express scored three in the first and two in the second when a T-Bolts outfielder lost two fly balls in the lights in both innings.

The Rockville fifth began on a questionable call when a Rockville player took one for the team by leaning into a pitch to take one on the elbow. When the home plate umpire told the young man to take his base, T-Bolts catcher Robert Lucido Jr. (Amherst) immediately protested. But since you see a nullified hit-by-pitch call less often than a triple play, the call stood, and the T-Bolts then fueled the onslaught by issuing three base on balls followed by two Express hits that score five to make the score, 12-2.

Notes: Jake Taylor made his first pitching appearance of the season. Taylor entered the second game in the last of the sixth, and displayed a strong fastball, a sharp curve, and struck out one batter. It was quite a difference tonight for Danny O’Donnell from his last outing. O’Donnell threw 77 total pitches tonight; that’s 30 less than his total at Baltimore last Saturday night. There wasn’t a radar gun in the Rockville inventory tonight, although there was one in Baltimore last week which told us that O’Donnell’s fastball topped out at 87 miles per hour and his breaking ball was at 73 mph. Taylor Fennewald socked a double in the nightcap to give him four hits on the evening. JP Hoover made his 2013 CRL debut by starting the second game for the T-Bolts. Hoover had a dazzling breaking ball that often had the Express batters swinging at air. The Presstman Cardinals will be at Montgomery-Blair Stadium on Saturday night. On Friday night, the Cards were shutout by Bobby Ruse of the Orioles; the same pitcher who beat our T-Bolts last week at Montgomery-Blair.

T-Bolts Drop Game Against Nationals 8-6 Errol Robinson – spectacular, but T-Bolts Bow to Nationals

June 20, 2013. Waldorf, Maryland. The T-Bolts lost to the Southern Maryland Nationals 8-6 in a game they should have won. Check back later for Gary Sarnoff’s posting.

They said during the baseball off season of 2011-12, Errol Robinson began to excel on the diamond to the point where he had separated himself from his peers. One and half years later, the T-Bolts’ University of Mississippi bound rookie infielder is slowly breaking away from the pack in the CRCBL. On Thursday evening at Regency Field in Waldorf, Robison went 4 for 5 with 4 RBI to raise his season average to .407. He also produced a three-base hit with the bases loaded, stole two bases, and made a spectacular stop of a grounder while sliding on his belly, then quickly scrambled to his feet and made the throw to first to complete the play.

Unfortunately, the T-Bolts squandered a 5-1 lead and lost, 8-6. It was one of those games where a frustrated Thunderbolts fan might look to the baseball heavens and ask what he or she must do to get a break. Two key hits by the Southern Maryland Nationals were the kind that hall-of-fame baseball announcer Harry Carey use to say, “Had eyes.” And there was an umpire’s ruling on a key play at second base that went against the T-Bolts. But as they say, that’s baseball, and right now the breaks have simply not been in the T-Bolts’ favor.

On the other hand, the T-Bolts pitchers had another rough night. They received support from Robinson, the offense, and a defense which did not commit a single error. In addition to losing the four-run lead, the pitching staff issued nine bases on balls, and hit three batters for the second consecutive game. Things started off as it was going to be a great night for the visiting team. Starting pitcher Hunter Absher (VCU) allowed one infield hit, no walks, and struck out five through the first three innings. But he began to show signs of fatigue in his fourth inning of work and didn’t make it through his fifth. When he departed, the Nationals were on the verge of tying the game.

A walk sandwiched by two hits loaded the bases for Robinson in the top of the third. With a 0-1 count, the right-handed hitting infielder skillfully hit a fastball on the outside corner to the opposite field, which dropped into fair territory within inches of the right field foul line. After the Nationals right fielder misplayed the caromed off the off the box seats barrier, Robinson rounded second and headed to third with a three-run triple. Jonathan Tasis (Park Point) followed by hitting one deep into leftfield that resulted in a long out. But it was deep enough for Robinson to tag and score for a 4-0 T-Bolts lead.
The Nats broke through for a run in the top of the fourth, however, the T-Bolts got one back to maintain the four-run lead when Robinson drilled a RBI single. All seemed okay at that point, but in the bottom of the fifth, the Nationals engineered a four-run rally to tie the game.

Absher had retired the first batter in the Nationals fifth before getting into hot water. A hit and three walks led to the first run in the inning. With the bases loaded, Doug Remer called on a lefty pitcher (Dan Gayeski of De Sales University) to face the left handed Darby McCormick, who was 2 for 2 in the game. The Nats head coach countered by sending up a right handed pinch hitter. The Nats won the chess game when the pinch batter crushed one over Cody Acker in centerfield that landed on the warning track and hit the wall on a bounce. The hit cleared the bases to tie the game.  In the sixth, the Natonals batted around again and scored three more runs on those two hits that had eyes. The first of the two was a groundball that somehow eluded the gloves first baseman Tasis and second baseman Errol Robinson. The other hit was a blooper that barely cleared the mitt of shortstop Clay Keranen (Florence-Darlington) in shallow left-centerfield.

With one out in the top of the eighth, Jack Taylor (Montgomery College), Javier Marticorena (Point Park), and Anthony Gatto (UMBC) combined for three singles in a row to score a run. After another out, Robert Lucido Jr. (Amherst) drew a walk to load the bases. Clay Kernanem followed by hitting a hot grounder that handcuffed the second baseman, who recovered in time to make a quick toss to the shortstop for a very close play at second base. The umpire’s verdict was the runner was out to retire the T-Bolts in their half of the eighth inning. With one out in the top of the ninth, Robinson singled for his fourth ht off the night, but the T-Bolts were shutdown to end the game.

Notes: Regency Furniture Stadium may be a nice place to visit, but it sure has not been kind to the T-Bolts in recent visits. It may be recalled on July 2nd of last season when a grand slam by South Maryland slugger Spencer Wolf erased a 4-0 Thunderbolts lead and sparked the Nats to a 7-4 win. In the top of the fifth, Cody Acker (VCU) got on base for the second time in the game when he tapped one to the third base side of the pitcher’s mound, and the pitcher, who did a great job in getting to the ball, slipped and fell. The official scorer ruled an error, but your correspondent was certain that it was a base hit. The T-Bolts infield did it again: they executed another around-the-horn twin killing in tonight’s game.

T-Bolts Crushed By Big Train

June 19, 2013. Bethesda, Maryland. Following a day off and a rain out, the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts journeyed to Shirley Povich Field on a gorgeous Wednesday evening to take on the first place Bethesda Big Trains. Before a crowd of 531 – the largest to see a T-Bolts game this season – the Thunderbolts lost, 13-1, to fall to 3-4 on the season.

The Big Trains pitchers were tough on our batters. They limited the T-Bolts to just five hits, allowed only one base on balls, struck out 14, and held the T-Bolts two hottest hitters – Errol Robinson (Mississippi) and Javier Marticorena (Point Park) – to a combined 0 for 8. Their batters were equally harsh on our hurlers by collecting fourteen hits. Centerfielder David Del Grande led the assault for the Big Train by going 4 for 4 with 2 RBI. Ryan Willard had the biggest blow of the night by belting a grand slam in an eight-run Big Train eighth inning. The T-Bolts did themselves no favors by committing an uncharacteristic four errors which lead to nine unearned runs.

The T-Bolts scored first to take a short-lived 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Brandon Vega (Ocean County) drew the only T-Bolts walk of the game, moved to second on a balk, and scored on a single by catcher Brandon Coluccio (UMBC). Three consecutive singles after two were out in the fourth scored one for Bethesda to tie the game, 1-1. Three more hits in the Big Trains sixth produce another run to give Bethesda the lead for good, and send T-Bolts starter Mac Gill (UMBC) to the showers. Chris Fusco (Bates College) took Gill’s place, and he was greeted with a double that scored another run. In the bottom of the seventh, a hit batsman, a walk, and a T-Bolts error extended the home team’s lead to 5-1.

Notes: In the fifth inning the T-Bolts executed their fourth around-the-horn double play of the season. Cody Acker (VCU) went 2 for 4 for the second time this season and now has hit safely in all six games he has started this season. The T-Bolts travel to Waldorf, Maryland on Thursday to take on the South Maryland Nationals at Regency Furniture Stadium.

Strong All-around Team Effort Leads To T-Bolts Third Win Season

June 16, 2013. Silver Spring, Maryland. The chatter among the Thunderbolts about the combining a strong pitching and hitting effort in the same game finally happened. Before 171 fans at Montgomery Blair Stadium on Sunday evening, the T-Bolts received a strong performance from three members of their pitching staff and scored ten runs on twelve hits in a lopsided win over the visiting DC Grays. Ten to 3 was your final score, and it was good for the third win of the season for Silver Spring-Takoma to even their record at 3-3.

Starting pitcher Josh Kisamore (Florence-Darlington) threw just sixty-nine pitches in seven strong innings to earn his first win of the season. Chris Flores (Tennessee-Martin) and Hunter Absher (VCU) followed the T-Bolts starting pitcher by hurling one inning apiece to close out the win for Kisamore (now 1-1 on the season).

The night began on a sour note for Kisamore when the first two batters of the game reached base. Following a groundout to move up the runners, a base hit made it 2-0 in favor of the Grays. After that Kisamore was in complete command, retiring the next thirteen batters. A single with two outs in the fifth inning broke his streak, however, and he bounced back to retire the next batter to end the inning. In the next inning, the Grays touched the T-Bolts starter for two singles, but the threat ended when Kisamore got a ground ball that the T-Bolts infield turned into an around-the-horn double plays to retire the side.

The T-Bolts offense wasted little time on going to work against opposing pitcher Mitchell Leeds. Cody Acker (VCU) led off the bottom of the first by reaching base on an error, and then stole second. After an out, Javier Marticorena (Point Park), Jonathan Tasis (Point Park), and Jake Taylor (Montgomery College) doubled in succession to give the home team a 3-2 lead. That score held until the T-Bolts fifth when Errol Robinson (Mississippi) singled and Marticorena launched the first Thunderbolts home run of the 2013 season for a 5-3 lead. Javy’s shot bounced on the roof of the fire house in left field and landed less than 10 feet from University Blvd. Another run was added in the frame when Taylor had his second hit of the game and moved to third when the Grays centerfielder mishandled Brandon Vega’s base hit. With Taylor on third and Vega (Ocean County) on first, head coach Doug Remer produced another run through his running game by sending Vega. The T-Bolts outfielder made it safely to second base for his second stolen base on the season. On the play the Grays second baseman dropped the catcher’s throw to allow Taylor to travel from third to home.

In the bottom of the sixth, Cody Acker reached base on an error and scampered to third on Robinson’s second hit of the evening. With runners on second and third, Javier Marticorena scored both runners with his third hit of the game. Four straight walks and a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth led to two more runs to finish out the scoring for the T-Bolts.

Notes: Josh Kisamore allowed no walks while striking out five tonight; a big change from his first outing of the season when he passed three in five innings pitched. Chris Flores and Hunter Absher combined for three strikeouts in their combined two innings in relief. Batters two through six in the T-Bolts batting order had a multi-hit game in this evening’s victory. Robinson, Tasis, Taylor, and Vega all had two hits apiece tonight. Head coach Doug Remer must have known something when writing the name Javier Marticorena into the number three spot on the lineup card. All Marticorena did was single, double, homer, and knock in 5 runs. Errol Robinson has five hits in the T-Bolts last three games and his sixth in the CRCBL in hitting with a .389 batting average. Javier Marticorena is 11th in the CRCBL with a .364 average. Tayler Stiles is second in the league with 12 strikeouts and has yet to allow an earned run this season. The first place Gaithersburg Giants lead the league in pitching with a team ERA of 2.14, and nine of their 15 hurlers have yet to allow an earned run. Those Giants will be at Montgomery Blair Stadium to play our Thunderbolts on Tuesday June 18. The T-Bolts have a rare day off on Monday.

T-Bolts Rally Again, But Lose To Redbirds 7-6

June 15, 2013. Towson, Maryland. The T-Bolts lost to last season’s league champions  Baltimore Redbirds 7-6. Untimely hitting, two errors, some questionable calls, and fourteen men left on base led to the T-Bolts waterloo at Carlo Crespino Stadium on Saturday night. But in spite of all the difficulties, our boys still had a chance to win in their last at bat. After the Red Birds added two in their half of the eighth for a 7-4 lead, the T-Bolts loaded the bases in the do-or-die top of the ninth. Cody Acker (VCU) delivered a clutch single to right field that scored two to pull the T-Bolts within a run. Javier Marticorena (Point Park) followed with a strong at bat by fouling off a pair to extend his at bat and eventually walked to re-load the bases. That brought up Clay Keranen (Florence-Darlington), who had three consecutive hits the previous evening and two walks in this game. This time he hit one on the ground that the Redbirds converted into a game-ending double play.

Things looked good when the T-Bolts broke through for a pair in the top of the second to take a 2-1 lead. Matt Bosse (South Carolina-Aiken) led off the frame with a double, and then a pass ball and error allowed him to score. Ian Glassman (UMBC) and Cody Acker walked, Jerry Chevarria (Southern) executed a nifty sacrifice bunt, Keranem walked, and Errol Robinson (Mississippi) singled to center to score Glassman. Keranem rounded second, and was heading to third when Acker slid across the plate for what appeared to be another run. A few seconds later the throw arrived to third in time for Keranen to be tagged out to end the inning, nonetheless, the T-Bolts were content with two runs scoring on the play. That was until home plate umpire announced that the out was made before the Acker’s run had scored. Doug Remer responded by charging from the third base coach’s box to home plate to express his disapproval, but to no avail, and the T-Bolts came away with one run on the play.

In the bottom of the third, T-Bolts starter Danny O’Donnell (George Washington) threw a two-strike fastball by the first batter of the inning. After the ball popped out of the catcher’s mitt on the play, a voice from the Red Birds dugout asking Worthington if that was a strike. “Yes,” answered the umpire. Hearing that, the batter, aware the catcher had dropped strike three, took off for first base. T-Bolts catcher Luis Paublini-Campos (Tennessee-Martin) took a step to retrieve the ball when the umpire wrongfully reached into his pocket and handed him a new baseball, thus putting two balls in play. Amid the confusion, Paulbini-Campos hesitated for a minute, and by the time he realized what had happened, the batter had already reached first base. A fielder’s choice and pop out followed for what would have been three outs, however, the Redbirds capitalized on the umpire’s error when the next batter tagged an RBI hit.

The Thunderbolts scored in the fourth after they loaded the bases on a Glassman hit, a walk, and an error. Glassman was permitted to score on a balk to tie the game at 3-3. With a chance for a big inning, and to gain the lead, the T-Bolts failed to score another run in the frame.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Redbirds scored one to regain the lead, thanks to another blown call. With two outs and a runner on second, a Redbirds batter tapped one between the plate and pitcher’s mound. O’Donnell fielded the ball, and made a hurried throw to first that barely beat the runner for what appeared to be the last out of the inning, but the first base umpire ruled that the hitter was safe, and on the play, the base runner on second, running with two outs, rounded third and easily scored for a 4-3 Redbirds lead. Many thought the runner was out, including Remer who came out of the dugout to protest, but his plea fell on deaf ears.

The Redbirds also scored in the fifth for a 5-3 lead. Four walks led to a run for the T-Bolts in the top of the sixth, but one run was all the T-Bolts could muster.

Notes: Two balls in play at the same time? Flashback: June 30th, 1959. Hall-of-Famer Stan Musial was at bat against the Cubs pitcher Bob Anderson at Wrigley Field. Anderson’s 3-1 pitch traveled to the screen for ball four. Sammy Taylor, the Cubs catcher, protested to home plate umpire Vic Delmore that Musial had tipped the ball. So engaged in his argument with Taylor, Delmore mistakenly handed the catcher a new baseball. Meanwhile, Cubs third baseman Alvin Dark retired the ball that the pitcher had thrown for ball four. Musial took off for second base, and when he slid into the bag, two baseballs simultaneously arrived to Cubs shortstop Ernie Banks at second base. Banks elected to take Dark’s throw, and then he tagged the runner for the out. Both teams protested as to which ball was the one in play. The ruling was that it was one that Dark had retrieved, and Musial was out.

T-Bolts Rally, But Lose To Orioles 9-7

June 14, 2013. Silver Spring, Maryland. The overdue bats of the Thunderbolts finally came to life tonight. Trailing, 7-1 after the visiting Youses Orioles scored three in the top of the sixth, the home team batted around in their half of the sixth to rally their way back into the game. One inning later, eight went to the plate in a two-run inning that tied the score, 7-7. The Orioles, however, recovered and scored two in the top of the eighth in a 9-7 win before 223 at Montgomery-Blair Stadium.

Silver Spring-Takoma had a tall challenge tonight. Tall as in 6’6 Orioles starting pitcher Michael Taylor, who entered tonight’s contest with a string of three victories in his last four decisions of his collegiate season at Marshall University. Taylor was tough on the T-Bolts by allowing no runs on three hits and no walks through the first four innings. The T-Bolts did find a flaw in his game by running, in fact stole three bases against him, but were unable to break through for a run. In the fifth inning, Taylor showed signs on fatigue by finally walking a batter and uncorking a wild pitch. A passed ball moved the runner to third base and a sacrifice fly followed to score the T-Bolts first run of the evening.

The Orioles scored one in the top of the second when Ryan Ripken (South Carolina) drove a 3-2 pitch from Thunderbolts starter Paul Beers (Towson) into the hidden pound beyond the right field fence for the first run of the game. Youse’s added to their lead with three runs on four hits in the next inning. After the T-Bolts scored their run against Taylor, the O’s produced another three for a 7-1 lead. And that’s when the Thunderbolts went to work.

With one out and a runner on first in the bottom of the sixth, coach Remer made one of his several moves tonight by sending Jake Taylor (Montgomery College) to hit for Jonathan Tasis (Point Park). After the big guy took a ferocious swing and missed, and then watched two balls for go, he drove the next pitch into the dark, deep distance in centerfield. The ball hit the fence by the 403 marker after taking one bounce. Taylor checked into second base with a RBI double, and then expressed his joy by clinching a fist and making a pumping motion with his arm.

Matt Bosse (South Carolina-Aiken) followed with his first hit of the season; a hot smash down the left field line for a double. Taylor rounded third and crossed home for the third T-Bolts run of the game.

Remer played his next hand by sending Louis Paublini-Campos (Tennessee-Martin) to bat for Ian Glassman (Maryland), and the coach’s gamble paid dividends when the pinch-hitter singled to center to move Bosse to third base. Third baseman Clay Keranen (Florence-Darlington) followed with a hit to right that scored Bosse and sent Paublini-Campos to third. That was followed by the strangest play of the evening, which resulted in another run for the T-Bolts.

A new Orioles hurler entered and after the new pitcher got a strike passed the next batter Brandon Vaga (Ocean County) , he made a surprise pickoff toss to third that caught his third baseman flatfooted. As the ball rolled into no-mans-land in foul territory, Paublini-Campos easily scored for the forth run of the inning to cut the lead to 7-5.

After T-Bolts hurler Chris Flores (Tennessee-Martin) retired the O’s in order in the top of the seventh, Cody Acker (VCU), Errol Robinson (Mississippi), and Jake Taylor walked in succession to begin the T-Bolts seventh. With the bases loaded, Bosse grounded into a double play, however, Acker scored on the play to make it a one-run game. Remer brainstormed again, and sent up Taylor “T-Fenn” Fennewald (Florence-Darlington) to pinch-hit, who singled to right to score Robinson to tie the game at 7-7.

The two hits, a walk, and the second T-Bolts error of the night resulted in two runs for a 9-7 Orioles lead in the top of the eighth.
In the bottom of the ninth, Javier Marticorena (Park Point) and Clay Keranen singled with two outs, but the game ended with the two runners left on base.

Notes: Clay Keranen drove in 2 runs and went 3 for 4 this evening with hit three consecutive singles, Cody Acker had two hits, Errol Robinson scored two runs, and head coach Doug Remer used 15 players and 6 pitchers in tonight’s game. The Thunderbolts dugout was extremely enthusiastic during their rallies tonight with a repeated cheer of three quick claps followed by a shout of “Hey!” Taylor Stiles (Maryland) struck out two more this evening. He has now whiffed 12 of the 25 batters he has faced in the 2013 CRCBL season. “Nice comeback tonight,” someone said to Chris Fusco (Bates College) after the game. “Yeah,” replied the T-Bolts pitcher with a laugh, “now we have to work on getting the hitting and pitching in the same game.” Fusco recorded the T-Bolts first save of the season on Wednesday night’s 2-1 win over Rockville.

To view Susie Shaffer’s wonderful photos from the T-Bolts/Orioles contest CLICK HERE

T-Bolts/Braves Postponed Due To Rain

June 13, 2013. Herndon, Virginia. The game between the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts and Herndon Braves at Alan McCullock Field at Herndon High School was postponed due to rain.

T-Bolts Nip press 2-1 

June 12, 2013. Silver Spring, Maryland. A two-run fourth inning was all the offense needed by Silver Spring -Takoma Thunderbolts to back another fine pitching and fielding performance before 113 happy hometown fans at Montgomery-Blair Stadium.

Robinson Mateo (Southern) began the two-run rally by drawing a walk, and that was a cause for concern for the visiting Rockville Express. Knowing that Mateo is a base stealing threat, opposing pitcher Nic Nowottnic threw three times to first base to keep the T-Bolts roadrunner at bay while working T-Bolts’ next batter, “T-Fenn” Fennewald (Florence Darlington), who worked the count to 2 balls and 2 strikes. That’s when Mateo took off and slid into second base for his second stolen base of the season. Fennewald singled on the next pitch to score Mateo with the game’s first run. After an Express error placed runners on first and third, Javier Marticorena (Point Park) hit one far enough into right field to allow Fennewald to tag and tally for a 2-0 lead.

Meanwhile, Mac Gill (UMBC), the starting and winning pitcher for the T-Bolts, sent the Express down in order through the first five innings. In the top of the sixth, with his teammates following the baseball tradition of hushing over the fact that their pitcher had yet to allow a hit, Gill walked the first batter of the inning. After the next hitter flew out to left field, the T-Bolts infield turned an around-the-horn double play (5-4-3) to end the frame and keep the no-hit bid intact.

In the top of the seventh, R. Norman Donkin whacked a double for Rockville’s first hit. Kevin LaChance, a teammate of Gill’s at UMBC, followed with a single to score Donkin and cut the lead to 2-1. After a groundout, the third Express hit of the frame put runners on first and second with only one out. At this point, Head Coach Doug Remer decided to turn to his bullpen, and the first call went to Tayler Stiles (Maryland), the incoming freshman who had struck out 9 of 13 batters he faced in his CRCBL debut last Saturday.

After a lineout for the second out of the inning, Stiles issued a walk to load the bases, but quickly ended the inning with a strikeout.
Two walks in the Rockville eighth gave the visiting team another opportunity. With two outs and two on the base paths, Remer called on Hunter Absher (VCU) to extinguish the fire, and he came through with a strikeout.

Travis Burnette (Longwood), Remer’s fourth pitcher of the evening, got off to a promising start by retiring the first batter in the top of the eight. An infield hit and a wild pitcher put a runner in scoring position, however, Burnette struck out the following batter for the T-Bolts pitching staff’s sixth strikeout of the game.

With the T-Bolts one out away from their second win of the summer, Remer called for another relief pitcher, Chris Fusco (Bates College), who missed on four of his first five pitches to put runners on first and second. David Belt of the Express swung at Fusco’s first offering and hit a ground ball, which Mateo fielded and fired to Fennewald to end the game.

Notes: The UMBC baseball squad was well-represented on Wednesday evening with 6 of its 13 CRCBL members starting in the game, including Gill. The Thunderbolts winning pitcher won the battle against three of his colligate chums who were in the Express starting lineup by holding them to a combined 1 for 5 at the plate. Andy Coluccio and Anthony Gatto were the other UMBC baseball fraternity members in the Silver Spring-Takoma starting lineup. The around-the-horn twin killing in the top of the sixth was the fourth double play turned in by the Thunderbolts infield this season. Robinson Mateo went 2 for 3 at the plate on Wednesday to record his second multi-hit game of the young season.

Be sure to check out the Gazette’s article covering the game at WJ Grad Propels Thunderbolts to Victory

T-Bolts/Orioles Postponed Due To Rain

June 10, 2013Glen Burnie, Maryland. The game between the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts and Youse’s Orioles at Bachman Park was postponed due to rain.

T-Bolts Downed In Home Opener

June 9, 2013. Silver Spring, Maryland. The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts produced a three-run inning for the second night in a row, however, it was not enough. The T-Bolts dropped a 5-4 decision to the Bethesda Big Train before a strong turnout of 431 fans at Montgomery-Blair Stadium. The defeat was the first of the season for the T-Bolts and in the CRCBL career of new head coach, Doug Remer.

Trailing 5-1 in the middle of the sixth inning, the T-Bolts went to work on Big Train’s relief pitcher, Michael Judge. Centerfielder Brandon Vega (Ocean County College) and shortstop Errol Robinson (Ole Miss) began the home half of the sixth by coaxing a base on balls. After an error on the third baseman filled the bases, Brandon Coluccio (UMBC) connected for a two-run single. A third run tallied on the play when the opponent’s third baseman committed another error to cut the lead to 5-4. However, with three innings remaining, the T-Bolts were unable to produce the tying run. There was hope in the bottom of the ninth when Jonathan Tasis (Point Park University) singled and moved into scoring position when Ian Glassman (UMBC) successfully sacrificed. But the threat was erased when pinch-runner Robinson Mateo was caught stealing and a strike out ended the game.

The Big Train took the early lead when their first batter of the game was hit by a pitch, and the second batter, Kevin Tatum, smacked one over the fence for a 2-0 lead. The T-Bolts got one in their half of the first when Robinson singled, stole second, and scored when Jake Taylor (Montgomery College) singled for his first RBI of the season.

After a rocky start, T-Bolts starting pitcher Josh Kisamore settled down and retired the next eleven batters. After he went through the Big Trains batting order for second time, head coach Doug Remer turned to his bullpen in the top of the fifth. In that inning, a hit, a few walks, and the first Thunderbolts error of the season, aided the Big Trains for three more runs, and a 5-1 lead.

Notes: Jake Taylor’s RBI hit in the bottom of the first was his first RBI of the season. In 2012, Taylor’s 35 RBI was ninth best in the CRL. Jake also made an ESPN Top Ten-Worthy play in the top of the ninth, catching a foul ball over the dugout fence aka Derek Jeter and throwing the ball to second to catch the runner tagging up on the play for an unbelievable double play. It was so impressive even the Big Train players were clapping for Taylor.

The Thunderbolt fans are off to a good start. Sunday evening’s crowd of 431 was second best among opening day crowds in the league and is three times the average attendance from last season.

T-Bolts Defeat Aces 3-2 - Thunderbolts’ New Head Cach Debuts With A Win

June 8, 2013. Alexandria, Virginia. Finally a break in the weather allowed the new-look Silver Spring-Tacoma Thunderbolts to get the 2013 season underway, and the good news is our hometown team made Doug Remer’s CRCBL debut a success with a 3-2 win over the Alexandria Aces.

Pitching, defense, and a three-run fourth inning paved the way for a 3-2 Thunderbolts at Mann Field in Alexandria. Note that it was the pitching and defense – two sore spots for the T-Bolts last season – that helped make a difference. Danny O’Donnell (George Washington U) received the starting assignment for the T-Bolts, and the sophomore from Olney, Maryland, hurled five solid innings. He did encounter a few tough spots along the way, yielding six hits and walking two, however, the T-Bolts infield aided him by turning two twin-killings. In another inning, with two on the base paths, O’Donnell threw strike three past the batter to end the threat, and in another frame he induced the batter to hit one on the ground that resulted in a ground out for out number three.

With no score in the top of the fourth, the T-Bolts scored three when the opposing pitcher became generous by issuing four walks. Cody Acker (VCU) and Anthony Gatto (UMBC) both singled to make the score 3-0 in favor of the T-Bolts.

The Aces cut the lead to one by scoring one in their half of the fourth and fifth innings. In the bottom of the sixth, Remer sent big left hander Tayler Stiles (University of Maryland) to the mound and the incoming freshman took care of business by striking out 9 of the 13 batters he faced during the game’s last four innings

Notes: Robinson Mateo (Southern) batted ninth for the T-Bolts and led the team with two hits against the Aces. T-Bolts fans are going to enjoy watching Tayler Stiles this summer. The word on the Bishop-McNamara High School grad and First Team All-Met selection is “Tayler pounds the zone with a mid-80’s fastball that he drives inside on right handed hitters. Combining that with a plus breaking ball and a bulldog mentality, Tayler has the ability to quickly become go to guy for the Terps early in his career.”

T-Bolts Season Opener Cancelled Due To Rain

June 7, 2013Silver Spring, Maryland. The T-Bolts game against the Vienna River Dogs is cancelled due to rain. A make up will be scheduled for a later date.

June 6, 2013. Silver Spring, Maryland. The T-Bolts game against the Gaithersburg Giants was cancelled due to rain. A make up will be scheduled for Tuesday June 18th.

T-Bolts Scrimmage Rockville Express

June 4, 2013. Silver Spring, Maryland. The T-Bolts took on the Rockville Express  at Blair Stadium in a game that allowed the team’s respective managers a first chance to evaluate their squads. Although Rockville topped the Thunderbolts 12-6, there were many positive take aways from the contest, strong pitching by the T-Bolts hurlers and patient, timely hitting by the team. The T-Bolts 2013 season begins on June 6, 2013 when the Thunderbolts take on the Gaithersburg Giants at 7 pm at Blair Stadium.

2012 Season Results

T-Bolts Lose Season Finale 8-4 In Weather-Shortened Contest(Click: T-BOLTS 2012 FINAL RESULTS for list of season results)

July 26, 2012. Herndon, Virginia. The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts said adieu to the 2012 season in Herndon on Thursday night after a 8-4 defeat in a rain-shortened game that was called complete after 5 ½ innings. As the T-Bolts packed up their gear and prepared to head home, the scene became rather touching as teammates shook hands, hugged, and said good luck for the coming school year. The few who wore the bright-blue jersey of the T-Bolts for the last time looked teary-eyed as they took off their jerseys for the last time to finish a memorable chapter in their lives.

Paul Beers (Towson University) and Sam Beatty (Shepard College) seemed content on wearing their uniforms as long as they could, as if they were not ready for the season to end. The two hurlers went onto the Herndon High School Football field and played a game of who could heave the baseball the furthest. Beers got off one throw that must have traveled for eighty yards. Before Beatty had a chance to make a return throw, the lights went out, as if someone said, “That’s all kids. Let’s call it a season.”

“Do you know what my final batting average was?” asked Chris Bzozowksi (Keystone College), who began the season with a sixteen-game hitting-streak and was one of five T-Bolts representatives in the CRL All-Star Game. Chris would be happy to know that he finished fourth in the league with a .379 batting average.

“I head back to school on August twentieth,” said T-Bolts pitching coach Mike Bzozowski, who has only a few weeks to get organized before continuing to work towards his law degree.

After the handshakes and goodbyes were completed, the players headed to the parking lot. One by one, the cars filled with T-Bolts exited, and then disappeared into night.

Notes: Congratulations to the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts fans for clicking the turn styles nearly 3,000 times this season to take second place honors in the CRL season’s attendance.

The home plate umpire said something that Jake Taylor (RadfordUniversity) found amusing as he stepped into the batter’s box for the first time. “Does that mean I have to swing at every pitch,”Taylor replied with a laugh. Taylor then hit a RBI single into centerfield to score the first run of the night. Tommy Cunningham (St. Joseph’s College) gave the T-Bolts a 2-0 lead in the second inning with his third homer of the season. James Vazquez of the Braves entered the game as the league’s leading hitter, but Devon Davis (University of Montevallo) and Joel Rosencrance (St. Bonaventure University) each proceeded to strike him out tonight.

Chris Thompson (Florida Gulf Coast University) went 2 for 2 and had the last T-Bolts base hit of 2012. Before the rain, the winds picked up and a pop fly heading to left field was blown toward the third base line where Tommy Cunningham made a gallant effort to make the catch, but the gusty winds blew the pill just out of his reach. A minute later, time was called so someone could retrieve the flag that had been blown off the flagpole and into the field of play. All-Star Hurler Devon Davis and Matt Marley (Iona College) played their last T-Bolt game.

Jake Huxtable (Jacksonville University), the T-Bolts All-Star middle infielder, who had not played since pulling his hamstring at Youses on July 23rd, finished his T-Bolts career with a nine-game hitting-streak.

It has been a pleasure to write the game summaries for the T-Bolts in 2012. See you next summer.  (Game summary by Gary Sarnoff).

Editor’s Note: Many thanks to our Gary Sarnoff, our T-Bolts Correspondent who covered the games and posted so many thoughtful pieces about each contest.  The T-Bolts are grateful for his contributions and look forward to having him back for the 2013 season.

T-Bolts Game Correspondent Gary Sarnoff Scoring A Game At Youse’s Orioles

T-Bolts Drop Final Two Home Games On Don’t Go Back To Rockville and Tie Dye T-Shirt Night at Blair Stadium

July 25, 2012. Silver Spring, Maryland. A spirited crowd of 300 plus T-Bolts fans turned out to witness the T-Bolts’ final home games of the season. Although the T-Bolts lost both games to the Rockville Express by scores of 6-4 and 6-3, the hometown fans had fun anyway. In the first game of the double header, the T-Bolts were actually the visiting team, as the game was  a make up of an earlier rained out game at Rockville. With the game being designated our second annual “Don’t Go Back To Rockville Night,” it was most fitting as the Express did not have to go back to Rockville to play that home game, playing instead in Silver Spring. In the second game, the T-Bolts donned Tie-Dye T-Shirts during the game.

As for the games, in the first of two seven-inning contests, Rockville scored five in the third inning against T-Bolts starting pitcher James Mills (Young Harris College), who began the inning by striking out the lead off hitter. The next four batters singles to score two, then after an out the Express resumed the rally by scoring two more on a double by Johnny Cole, and Cole crossed home when the next batter singled. The Express added another run in the next inning to make it 6-0.

The T-Bolts scored one in the fifth-inning on a three-bagger by Bobby Vitulano (Iona Colelge) and a groundout by Jerry Chavarria (Southern University) then came to life in the seventh inning with a few hits, a few gifts, and a near come-from-behind victory.

With two aboard on an error and a walk, and nobody out, Ben Carson (University of California-PA) thumped a RBI double. Two groundouts scored two more to cut the lead to 6-4. With two down and the bases empty, Adam Spires (Newberry College) was hit by a pitch, and then things got very interesting when Chris Bzozowski (Keystone College) socked a double to put Spire son third. And guess who was coming up?

Jake Taylor (Radford University) strolled to the plate, representing the winning run. A long one would do it, or a hit could tie it. With first base open, the Express elected to pitch to the league’s number two home run leader, and it turned out to be the best idea when Rockville pitcher Domick Vattune got Taylor to hit a grounder to end the game.

A two-run home run by Cole made it 3-0, Express, after the visiting team’s first at bat. In the second inning the Guests belted four hits to score three more against T-Bolts starting pitcher Hunter Englehart (UniversityofHartford) to go ahead by six.  After that Englehart settled down and did not allow a single hit or base runner until he felt generous enough to walk one in the seventh.

Adam Spires got the T-Bolts on the board in the fourth inning with his seventh round-tripper of the season, a solo blast, to make it 6-1. The T-Bolts inched closer in the fifth- inning when Hunter Boudreaux (University of New Orleans) walked, Curt Wertz Jr. (Towson University) doubled to put runner on second and third, and Boudreaux scored on an infield hit by Vitulano.Spiresfollowed with a single, and Bzozowski was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Jake Taylor, but the Big Guy swung and missed on a 2-2 pitch to end the threat.

In the sixth, Chris Thompson (Florida Gulf Coast University) doubled and moved to third on a hit by Boudreaux. Thinking he could catch the Express off guard, Thompson broke for home, but was thrown out to end the inning.

The T-Bolts went down in order in the seventh-inning to end the game.

Notes: Three-hundred and thirty-two fans at Montgomery-Blair Stadium tonight. Adam Spires is 6 for his last 13 at the plate. Hunter Englehart struck out nine tonight to tie him for second in the league with 51 K’s. Hunter Renfro hit his league-leading fifteenth homer for Bethesda tonight to put him two ahead of Jake Taylor.  (Game summary by Gary Sarnoff).

T-Bolts Drop Another To Vienna 11-5 in Seven Innings

July 24, 2012. Silver Spring, Maryland. The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts lost to the Vienna River Dogs 11-5 in a seven inning makeup of a game originally scheduled for June 30th. History was made at Blair Stadium when Joel Rosencrance (St. Bonaventure) became the first Player-Coach for the T-Bolts, filling in for Head Coach Josh Eachues.

Player-Coach Rosencrance decided to have some fun with his lineup on Tuesday during the later innings of a rare seven-inning afternoon game. With the T-Bolts trailing, 11-4, after the Vienna River Dogs rallied for six in the top of the sixth, Rosencrance inserted six members of the T-Bolts pitching staff into the lineup as pinch-hitters and in the field. In the top of the seventh, there were six pitchers on the diamond for the team in the field, not counting Colin Kelly (Catholic University of America) who was doing the pitching. But the zaniest of the Coach’s moves was Peirce Marston (Stevens Institute of Technology) behind the plate as a left-handed catcher.

The T-Bolts hurlers did a fine job in hitting by going two for six with Paul Beers (Towson University) and James Mills (Young Harris) receiving the honors of placing the ball into the field for base hits. The fielding accolades went to Marston, who was credited with a putout, and James Mills for making one assist.

As for the game, the Vienna River Dogs scored four in the third, one in the fourth, and six in the sixth inning in an 11-5 win.

The T-Bolts started fast with three runs in the first-inning, which was highlighted by Jake Taylor’s thirteenth homer of the season which landed on the top of the  Fire Station beyond left field. In the fifth, Bobby Vitulano (Iona College) singled to score Matt Marley (Iona College). The final run was scored in the seventh inning on a single by Jake Taylor (Radford University).

Notes: Jake Taylor is just one home run away from tying for the league lead. Three RBI for Taylor today gives him 32 for the season. There have been 24 left-handed catchers in major league history. Did you know that the greatest player of all began his career as a catcher? “Sure it was awkward,” Babe Ruth said about his left-handed catching days on the sandlots of Baltimore while playing for the St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys. “I used a regular (right-handed) catcher’s mitt on my left hand and when I wanted to throw to the bases I shook off the mitt and threw left handed.” (Game summary by Gary Sarnoff).

T-Bolts Lose To Aces 7-3

July 23, 2012. Alexandria, Virginia. The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts lost their final meeting of the season with the Alexandria Aces 7-3.  Another evening in the Cal Ripken League, and another rally sent the T-Bolts to their tenth consecutive defeat before of 371 fans on a pleasant Monday evening at Frank Mann Field in Alexandria who witnessed the Aces erase a 2-1 deficit with four in the fifth inning en route to a 7-3 win. Until the Aces uprising, Matt Marley (Iona College) had pitched splendidly through four innings in his first starting pitching assignment of the season. He began the bottom the fifth by walking the lead off batter, but two fielder’s choices in a row appeared to keep him in command. That was followed by a base hit, a hit batsman to load the bases, and a reversal in fortunes for Marley and the T-Bolts when Chris Sweeney, who was four for ten with one home run, two doubles, and seven RBI against the T-Bolts in 2012, stepped in, and Whack! Sweeney connected on a two-strike pitch and sent one into the gap in right-center. As Ben Carson and Chris Thompson attempted to rundown the ball, all three base runners rounded the bases and counted to turn Sweeney’s double into a 4-2 Aces lead. Another hit followed to score Sweeney to rub salt into the wound.

In the bottom of the seventh, relief pitcher Joel Rosencrance (St. Bonaventure) induced the leadoff batter to pop one into the air. As the ball was on its way down after reaching its peak, mass confusion reigned among the T-Bolts infield over who would make the catch. By the time an answer could be determined, the ball had dropped onto the grass behind the pitcher’s mound for a single. The next batter, Alex Buccilli, made the T-Bolts pay dearly by sending a long drive to centerfield. Ben Carson (University of California-PA) immediately got on his horse until he ran out of room, 403 feet away from home plate; then watched the ball hit the top of the yellow tubing atop the fence and bounce over for a two-run homer.

The bottom of the T-Bolts batting order manufactured a run in the top of the eighth when Chris Thompson (Florida Gulf Coast University) doubled to deep center and Jerry Chavarria (Southern University) singled.

Notes: Tommy Cunningham (St. Joseph’s) had a two-hit game and drove in the first two runs of the game with a two-out bases loaded double in the second inning. Adam Spires (NewberryCollege) was 3 for 5 today. Chris Thompson made two hits in four at bats. Cunningham is now batting .295. Joel Rosencrance struck out four in three innings pitched.  (Game summary by Gary Sarnoff).

Four Run Eighth-Inning Subdues T-Bolts.

July 22, 2012. Washington, D.C. The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts lost to the D.C. Grays 7-4. Heading into the bottom of the eighth at Holy Field on Sunday, the T-Bolts were ahead by a run after Zach Ell (PennState) singled to score Chris Thompson (Florida Gulf Coast University) with the go ahead run in the top half of the inning. But three hits by the Grays, which the T-Bolts supported with a walk, a hit batsman, and an error, led to four runs in the bottom half of the inning, and a D.C. Grays victory.

The defeat was another heartbreaker for our Thunderbolts, and for Devon Davis (University of Montevallo) who pitched a fine game before giving up a RBI double to tie the game, 4-4, in the tough-luck eighth-inning. Chris Harrison (Coastal Carolina University) then got the call out of the bullpen, and he was immediately tagged for a single to score the go ahead run. After getting the second out of the inning, he hit a batter and gave up another hit before getting the third out to stop the bleeding, but by that time the Grays owned a 7-4 lead.

There was a glimpse of hope when Kurt Wertz Jr. (TowsonUniversity) was hit by a pitch to start the ninth, but he was erased when the next batter hit into a twin killing. Two batters later, Jake Taylor (Radford University) grounded out to end the game and send the T-Bolts to their ninth consecutive defeat.

Once again, the Thunderbolts drew first blood by scoring three in their first at bat. Kurt Wertz Jr., who has been specializing in lead off homers of late, decided to start Sunday’s game with a triple, and he scored when Booby Vitulano (IonaCollege) grounded to the shortstop for a 1-0 T-Bolts lead. After Chris Bzozowski (Keystone College) doubled, Jake Taylor tagged Grays’ pitcher Danny O’Donnell for a home run to make it 3-0.

But the lead did not hold. In the bottom of the second the Grays got three runs on just one hit to tie the game with two walks, an error, and two fielder’s choices aiding the Home Team’s rally.

Neither team could score in the next five innings, but in the eighth Joel Rosencrance (St. Bonaventure) walked and Chris Thompson, who came on to pinch-run, moved up a base on a passed ball; then advanced again on a long fly out by Adam Spires (Newberry College). After the second out of the inning, Zach Ell came through in the clutch with an RBI hit.

Before tonight’s game, the contest suspended between the two teams played at Montgomery-Blair Stadium on July 7th, resumed in the bottom of the tenth with the T-Bolts trailing, 15-9. The Grays quickly retired the side to end that game.

Notes: Two more hits on Sunday by Chris Bzozowski lifted his third best average in the league to .398. Jake Taylor’s home run tonight was his twelfth of the season to tie him for second best in the CRL, and place him just two away from the league lead. Chris Bzozowski and Jake Taylor are tied for the team lead and for ninth in the league with 29 RBI apiece. The T-Bolts travel to Alexandria on Monday night to take on the Aces. (Game summary by Gary Sarnoff).

T-Bolts Lose To Redbirds 12-2

July 20, 2012. Towson, Maryland. The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts lost on the road to the  Baltimore Redbirds 12-2. The T-Bolts were ahead of Corey Taylor and the Red Birds, 2-1, after one inning before one of those big innings that has haunted the T-Bolts all summer changed the complexion of the game. The Red Birds scored seven in the bottom of the second to pave the way for the T-Bolts seventh consecutive loss.

For the second time this week, Kurt Wertz Jr. (Towson University) knocked the first pitch of the game over the fence. Zach Ell (PennState) followed with a walk, moved into scoring position on a wild pitch, and scored on Tommy Cunningham’s (St. Joseph’s) single for a 2-0 T-Bolts lead.

T-Bolts starting pitcher Hunter Englehart (University of Hartford) got into a first inning jam, but managed to escape the inning with just one run to make it a 2-1 game. He was not as fortunate in the next inning.

Baltimore began their half of the second with three hits and a walk before the first out was recorded. After two more singles, John Gatlin hit a three-run homer to make it an 8-2 Red Birds lead.

Fighting back from a six-run deficit against Corey Fisher, one of the league’s best, was a big order. The T-Bolts made an effort in the third when Ell and Adam Spires (NewberryCollege) singled, but any ray hope was dashed when the next batter hit into a double play. After that,Taylorallowed just two scattered hits and struck out four more before departing after the seventh inning. The Red Birds scored three in the fourth and one in the eighth to cap the scoring.

Notes: After allowing just one earned run in 5 1/3 innings tonight, Paul Beers’ ERA is 1.16. And congratulations are in order, for Beers is the CRCBL Pitcher of the Week. Likewise, congratulations to Jake Taylor who was named the CRCBL Player of the Week as well. Corey Taylor, the winning pitcher tonight, is tied for first in the CRL in wins (6), is second in strikeouts (47), and third in ERA (3.05). Zach Ell was two for three tonight to lift his batting average to .286. Hey T-Bolts fans! Get your tie dye t-shirts ready for Tie Dye T-Shirt Saturday night, when the T-Bolts play host to the River Dogs at 7:00.  (Game summary by Gary Sarnoff).

T-Bolts Take One On The Chin 

July 19, 2012. Silver Spring, Maryland.  It was enough to make a die-hard T-Bolts fan cry. On Thursday night, the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts were getting crushed by the South Maryland Nationals when, at 9:14, the umpires thankfully called the game due to flashes of lightning in the close distance of Montgomery-Blair Stadium.

How bad was Thursday’s loss? In the bottom of the seventh, the T-Bolts trailed, 18-1 to a  team that is second to last in the league in hitting and dead last in runs scored. But the way they tagged three T-Bolts hurlers, one would think that it was Babe Ruth and the 1927 Yankees posing as the visiting team. The score reverted back to the last complete inning, such that the T-Bolts lost 12-1.

To add to the headaches, the T-Bolts committed five errors which led to four unearned runs. On offense the T-Bolts were handcuffed by CRCBL All-Star pitcher Michael Bowie, who allowed just one run on eight eights and did not issue a free pass to a single batter.

Although it was the toughest outing of the season for our T-Bolts, they did have their moments: in the fifth, Zach Ell (Penn State) singled and hustled all the way to third after the leftfielder overthrew the cutoff man and the entire Nationals infield, and he scored when Ben Carson (University of California-PA) doubled off the top of the right field fence; Alex Deise (Mississippi State) struck out eight batters in 2 1/3 innings pitched; Tommy Cunningham (St. Joseph’s) and Ben Carson both went two for three at the plate. That’s the good news of a difficult night for everyone associated with the T-Bolts.

The T-Bolts return home on Saturday night for T-Bolts  Tie-Dye T-Shirt Night. On Friday they play at the Baltimore Redbirds.

Notes: Alex Deise struck out four in the top of the fifth. But wait a minute, you wonder. How can there be four strikeouts when there are three outs in an inning? The answer: one of the strikeout victims got on base after the third strike skipped by the catcher. A batter can advance to first base on a dropped third strike unless he is tagged or thrown out. (Game summary by Gary Sarnoff).

T-Bolts Lose, 11-9, After Leading by 7 

July 18, 2012. Glen Burnie, Maryland. The 2012 playoff hopes of the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts turned as dark as the overcast skies that hovered over Bachman Field this evening. While the T-Bolts are still mathematically alive, it would take a lot for them surpass three other teams and overtake the Orioles to finish in the sixth and final playoff spot. Ahead, 8-1, after Bobby Vitulano (Iona College) scored on a Chris Thompson (Florida Gulf Coast) single in the top of the fifth the T-Bolts appeared helpless as the Orioles scored ten runs in the later innings for a stunning 11-9 win.

Chris Bzozowski (Keystone College), who claimed he never hit well against the Orioles, smacked a two-run homer in the first inning for a 2-0 T-Bolts lead. One inning later, after Zach Ell (PennState) tripled and scored on a Kurt Wertz Jr. (Towson University) single, the KeystoneCollege infielder drove a hit to score another run. Jake Taylor (Radford University) followed with a single, and Bzozowski and Taylor both traveled home on a double by Joel Rosencrance (St. Bonaventure). Adam Spires (Newberry) followed with a RBI single to make it 7-0, T-Bolts.

A seven-run lead seemed safe, especially after Taylor Topping (Young Harris College) handled the Orioles through the first three frames. The T-Bolts starting pitcher retired the first nine batters before finally yielded one run in the bottom of the fourth. In the fifth, the first three Orioles batters singled to load the bases. One T-Bolts error and four runs later, the Orioles had closed the gap to 8-5. Bobby Vitulano’s second hit of the game put the T-Bolts up by four, and when Topping retired the O’s in order in the bottom of the sixth, victory seemed eminent.

In the bottom of the seventh, with two outs, a runner on base, and another run scored by the Home Team to make it 9-6, Topping suddenly lost his control. After giving up his first two walks of the game to load the bases, Colin Kelly (Catholic University) came on to pitch, and he proceeded to walk the next batter to force in a run before getting the final out of the inning.

It was clear that it was up the pitchers to nail down the win after the T-Bolts went down in order in their half of the eighth. Kelly got the first out in the Orioles eighth, but an error and a walk persuaded T-Bolts head coach Josh Eachues to call on Peirce Marston (Steven Institute of Technology), who was greeted by a single to fill the bases.

Bases loaded, just one out, and Ryan Metzler, who had two hits on Monday and one in this game, came to the plate. Marston took a deep breath and proceeded to throw three by the batter for a huge second out.

Another dangerous batter strolled up to the plate in the person of Dominick Fratanuoto, who had tagged the T-Bolts for three hits on Monday night. The O’s outfielder came through by hitting Marston’s first offering into the deep outfield, and when the play had ended, Fratanuoto had given the O’s a 10-9 lead with a three-run triple.

A single by Brendan Butler followed to score another run.

Notes: All nine T-Bolts starters contributed to the T-Bolts 17-hit attack tonight with at least one hit. Kurt Wertz Jr. led the way with three hits to lift his season average to .353 (11th best in CRL). Bzozowski, the league’s third best hitter with a .410 batting average, had two hits tonight. Bzozowski is eighth in the CRL with 29 RBI.  Dominick Fratanuono went 5 for 9 with 6 RBI against the T-Bolts this season. The T-Bolts return home on Thursday night against the Southern Maryland Nationals. (Game summary by Gary Sarnoff).

T-Bolts Lose A Close One 5-3

July 16, 2012. Glen Burnie, Maryland. The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts lost to Youse’s Orioles at Bachman field tonight 5-3. Monday night in Glen Burnie was a must win for the T-Bolts, who had trailed the sixth-place Youses Orioles by five games for the CRL’s last playoff spot. Two hours and seventeen minutes later, the T-Bolts found themselves one more game behind the O’s after a 5-3 loss.

Orioles’ pitchers David Sapp and Bobby Ruse were unheralded and had allowed more hits than innings pitched during the season, but on Monday the two combined to allow just five hits while whiffing eight. Sapp, who got the win tonight, kept the T-Bolts off guard with a change-up that buckled the knees of four batters who watched strike three sail by, and two others went down swinging.Ruseyielded zero hits in the game’s last 2 2/3 innings to earn the save.

Devon Davis (University of Montevallo), fresh off an appearance in the CRL All-Star game, found trouble in the first inning when the first three batters tagged him to score two runs. With nobody out and a runner on second, the dangerous K.J. Hockaday hit one deep to right field which was caught by Zach Ell (Penn State), but let the runner on second to scoot up a base, and he scored when the next batter grounded out for a 3-0 Youses lead.

There were two down in the fifth when Dominick Fratantuono (three hits) singled and stole second, and an infield hit and an error on the same play scored Fratantuono to make it 4-0.

Meanwhile, the T-Bolts had just one hit against Sapp through five innings. The Orioles starting pitcher was kind enough to include two walks, but he retired ten in a row between those two passes. The T-Bolts finally broke through in the top of the sixth when Jake Huxtable (Jacksonville) singled to extend his hitting-streak to nine consecutive games, and after the runner moved up a base on a wild pitch, Jake Taylor (Radford University) came through with a run-scoring single to add to his string of at least one RBI in his last five games.

One inning later, the T-Bolts loaded the bases on a walk and back-to-back singles by Zach Ell and Jerry Chavaria (Southern University). That’s when the Orioles made a call to the bullpen for Bobby Ruse, who uncharacteristically walked the next batter, Kurt Wertz Jr. (Towson), to force in a run. Chris Bzozowski (KeystoneCollege), who had replaced Jake Huxtable one inning earlier, hit a fly ball to centerfield that was deep enough to allow Zach Ell to trot home to make it a 4-3 game.

Billy Butler of the Orioles got onboard on a fielder’s choice, stole second, and got a ticket to cross home on two wild pitches. Ruse retired the T-Bolts in the eighth and ninth to end the game.

Notes: Jake Huxtable limped off the field and retired for the evening after adding to his hitting-streak with his sixth inning single. He is listed as day to day. Chris Bzozowski pinch-ran for Huxtable and came around to score the first of three T-Bolts runs. Jake Taylor is ninth in the league with twenty-seven RBI. Chris Bzozowski is one RBI behind his teammate. Mike Gottlieb, the head coach of the Towson Universitybaseball team, was present to watch three of his players in action. His players are T-Bolts outfielder Kurt Wertz Jr., and David Sapp, and Dominick Fratantuono of the Orioles. No doubt, he was pleased with his players’ performances. One other member of the Towson Tigers is T-Bolts hurler Paul Beers. Speaking of Paul Beers, his proud Mom was on hand on Monday to cheer on the T-Bolts. (Game summary by Gary Sarnoff).

T-Bolts Victimized By Rally in a 15-9 Defeat  

July 15, 2012. Vienna, Virginia. The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts’ strong hitting attack once again put them in position to win before their lead melted away in the sweltering summer heat. After squandering a six-run lead, they fought back to take a one-run lead, but a seven-run River Dogs eighth-inning sent the T-Bolts to another loss.

For the third consecutive game, the T-Bolts scored first when Kurtz Wertz Jr. (TowsonUniversity) hit the game’s first pitch over the fence. After scoring one in the second-inning on two errors, Jake Taylor (RadfordUniversity) made it his third home-run in his last six at bats with a three-run blast for his eleventh of the season. The T-Bolts added another one in the fourth prior to the River Dogs finally scoring one on Casey Taylor’s second round-tripper of the season. The visiting team countered with one in the top of the fifth for a 7-1 lead, but the River Dogs turned on the power for seven runs scored on three home runs to take a one-run after seven innings.

In the top of the eighth, the T-Bolts scored two to retake the lead, 9-8. A walk and the second error of the game by a River Dogs pitcher put runners on second and third with nobody out, and Ben Carson (University of California-PA) followed with a sacrifice fly to score one run. A single by Kurt Wertz Jr. scored the second run.

The River dogs tied the game in the bottom of the eighth on two singles, a sacrifice, and another single. After Sam Beatty (ShepherdUniversity) struck out T.J. Ehrsam for the second out of the inning, Johnny Bladel doubled in a pair to reclaim the lead for the River Dogs.

Two walks followed to load the bases for the Brett Williams, the leagues second best hitter, and he made the T-Bolts pay with a two-run single. Another walk and a double scored two in the inning.

Notes: The River Dogs hit four homers in four consecutive innings. Jake Taylor (11 HR’s) is just two home-runs away from the league lead. Another note about Mr. Taylor is he has added twenty-five points to his batting average since winning the league’s home-run derby on July 11th. With two hits on Sunday, Kurt Wertz Jr. is now the tenth leading hitter in the CRL at .351. River Dogs outfielder Casey Turner is 10 for 16 against the T-Bolts this season. Jake Huxtable (JacksonvilleUniversity) has an eight-game hitting streak, is 17 for his last 40, and his hitting .336. (Game summary by Gary Sarnoff).

Herndon Braves Win Battle of the Bats, Sink T-Bolts 15-11

July 14, 2012.  Herndon, Virginia. The Herndon Braves batting duo of Jake Rowland and James Vazquez were too much for the T-Bolts on Friday night in Herndon when the two All-Stars combined for seven hits, six runs, three homers, and eleven RBI in the Braves 15-11 win over the T-Bolts.

The Thunderbolts did have an answer to the Rowland and Vazquez show in the persons of Jake Huxtable (Jacksonville University) and Jake Taylor (Radford University), who had four hits apiece and combined for three homers and six RBI. The dynamic duo of the T-Bolts starred in a five run sixth-inning and contributed to two more runs one inning later to give the T-Bolts their first lead of the game. But the inability of the struggling T-Bolts pitching staff to hold leads, once again came into play when they gave way to a six-run Braves seventh which paved the way for the T-Bolts eighth loss in their last nine games.

The Guests took a 2-0 first inning lead on home runs by Huxtable and Taylor. For Taylor, who knocked in the two runs in the first inning to give the T-Bolts a 2-0 lead the previous evening, the clout was his ninth of the season.

The Braves took a 4-2 lead with two in their half of the first and two in the second with Rowland knocking in all four runs. The T-Bolts closed the gap to 4-3 when Taylor hit his second home run of the game in the top of the fourth, but in the bottom of the fifth Vazquez hit a two-run homer, and after the next batter doubled, Jake Thomas sent one over the fence to give the Braves an 8-3 lead.

In the top of the sixth, the T-Bolts matched the Braves with a pair of two run homers and upped them by one to tie the game. After Huxtable began the rally with a two-bagger, Chris Bzozowski (KeystoneCollege) blasted his sixth round-tripper of 2012. Taylor followed with his third consecutive hit and Tommy Cunningham came through with his second home run of the season to match the pair of  two-run homers by the Braves. The T-Bolts proceeded to do one better when, later in the inning, Bobby Vitulano went yard to tie the game, 8-8.

The Braves took a 9-8 lead with an unearned run in the last of the sixth, but in the seventh the T-Bolts took their first lead since the first inning when Taylor made another hit to score a pair for a 10-9 lead.

The table was then set for Mr. Rowland and Mr. Vazquez in the Braves half of the seventh. With the bases loaded, Rowland belted a two-run single to reclaim the lead. Vazquez then stepped in and hit his second homer of the night for three more. Before the inning was over, an error and two singles added another to give the Braves a 15-10 lead.

In the top of the eighth, Huxtable drove in the final run with his fourth hit of the game.

Notes: After going 4 for 5 tonight, Jake Huxtable is batting .333. Hunter Englehart struck out seven tonight to give him thirty-three this season (ninth best in the CRL). James Vazquez leads the league in hitting (.463), is third in HR’s (9) and RBI (33). Jake Taylor is second in the league in HR’s (10).Chris Bzozowski and Adam Spires (NewberryCollege) have six home runs apiece. (Game summary by Gary Sarnoff)

T-Bolts Lose 9-4 to Aces

July 13, 2012. Silver Spring, Maryland. The hope of a repeat brilliant pitching performance from the night before by Taylor Topping (Young Harris) and Paul Beers (Towson University) which led to a Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts win in twelve-innings at Waldorf was not meant to be. Before the second largest crowd of the season at Montgomery-Blair Stadium on Friday night, three Thunderbolts hurlers combined for ten walks, two hit batsman, and two wild pitches in a 9-5 loss to the Alexandria Aces. Those base on balls were especially hurtful, especially in a top of the fifth when three backboned a three-run rally to give the Aces a 5-2 lead.

Jake Taylor, the batting star from the night before, and the home run derby winner from two nights ago, continued his successful week by smacking a two-run double to give the T-Bolts a 2-0 lead in the first inning. The lead, however, would be short-lived, because in the next inning Anthony Papio hit his fourth home-run of the season, and in the following inning one of those walks, a hit, and a sac fly tied the score, 2-2.

The fatal fifth began innocent enough when T-Bolts starter James Mills (Young Harris) retired the first two batters. A seemingly harmless two-out base hit followed, but that escalated into a run after a walk, another hit, and another walk followed.

At this point T-Bolts Head Coach Josh Eachues elected to replace Mills with Chris Harrison (Coastal Carolina), and the relief pitcher walked the first batter he faced to force in another run, and then uncorked a wild pitch to allow the third run of the inning.

The score became 6-2, Aces, in the seventh when Chris Sweeney connected for his sixth home-run. In the bottom of the seventh the Thunderbolts scored one after a sacrifice by Jake Huxtable put runners on second and third and Adam Spires followed with a sac fly to reduce the lead to three again. The Aces extended their lead with one in the eighth, and two walks and a T-Bolts error led to another pair in the ninth.

For what it was worth, the T-Bolts scored two in their last at bat when Jerry Chavarria (Southern University) doubled and scored on an error and Adam Spires blasted a RBI triple.

Notes: Adam Spires (NewberryCollege) and Jake Taylor (RadfordUniversity) had two RBI apiece to give them twenty-one for the season. Chris Bzozowski (KeystoneCollege) leads the T-Bolts with twenty-two. Chris Harrison struck out five in 2.2 innings tonight. Alex Deise (Mississippi State) struck out the first three batters he faced. Zach Ell (PennState) and Jerry Chavarria (Southern University) led the team tonight in hits with two apiece. Our Thunderbolts hit the road for four consecutive road games before returning home next Thursday for a7:00game against the South Maryland Nationals. (Game summary by Gary Sarnoff)

T-Bolts Win!  Defeat Southern Maryland Nationals 4-3 in 12

July 12, 2012. Waldorf, Maryland. The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts returned to action last night following the CRCBL All Star Break and defeated the Southern Maryland Nationals 4-3 at Regency Furniture Stadium in 12 innings. Taylor Topping and Paul Beers combined to throw one of the T-Bolts’ most impressive pitching performances of the season. Recently-crowned CRCBL Home Run Derby winner Jake Taylor hit a solo shot in the top of the 12th, providing the margin of victory for the T-Bolts.

Jake Taylor (Radford University) was zero for his last ten when he stepped in with two outs in the top of the twelfth and with the game tied, 3-3. Nickolay Uherek, the fourth Southern Maryland pitcher of the game, fell behind in the count after missing on his first two pitches. Knowing that the hurler had to get a strike over,Taylor dug in, and he sent the pitcher’s next offering over the outfield wall to send the T-Bolts to their first win in July.

But while Taylor’s eighth home-run of the season scored the winning run, it was the pitching of Taylor Topping (Young Harris) Paul Beers (Towson University) that made the difference. Topping held the Nationals to 3 runs over seven and two-thirds innings. Beers entered the contest in the bottom of the eighth with the T-Bolts trailing by a run. The Thunderbolts relief specialist proceeded to retire the Nationals in order through the eleventh, and by doing so he allowed his teammates to tie the game, and eventually take the lead on Taylor’s home run. In the bottom of the twelfth, Bryce Shemer snapped Beers’ string of retiring ten in a row with a lead off double before moving up a base after the next hitter sacrificed.

With just one out, the trying run on third, and with the T-Bolts clinging to a 4-3 lead, the pressure was on.  Beers induced the next batter to hit a harmless fly to right field that Zach Ell clutched for the second out. Down to the last out, Southern Maryland Head Coach Adam Gladstone matched a lefty pinch-hitter against the right-handed Beers, but Beers was unfazed, and after throwing a strike past the batter and a foul ball, he threw another that the batter waved at for strike three.

T-Bolts Head Coach Josh Eachues gave the starting pitching assignment to Taylor Topping, and the young man from the University of Montevallo came through by striking out nine in 7.2 innings. He was supported by his teammates, who did not commit an error tonight and scored two in the third for a 2-0 lead. In that inning, Jake Huxtable (Jacksonville University) and Chris Bzozowski (Keystone College) singled and moved up a base on a passed ball. They both scored when, with two outs, the Nationals third baseman muffed one.

Topping yielded just two hits, struck out five, and kept the Nats off the board through four innings. In the bottom of the fifth, Nationals outfielder Danny Breen tripled before scoring on a groundout, but all seemed fine since the T-Bolts still led, 2-1. That changed, however, when Spencer Wolfe, who homered in the Nationals come-from-behind win over the T-Bolts back on July 2nd, did it again with a man aboard to give the Nationals a 3-2 lead. That’s when the call went to the bullpen, and into the game came Beers.

Cunningham and Thompson began the ninth inning with back-to-back singles, and following Bobby Vitulano’s sacrifice, Zach Ell tied the game with a fly ball deep enough to centerfield to allow Ben Carson (University of California-PA, pinch-running for Cunningham) to tag and score to tie the game, 3-3.

Notes: After his superb pitching performance to earn his third win of the season, Beers’ ERA stands at 1.00. Jake Taylor knows what it is like to decide the contest in extra innings. Back on June 6th in Rockville, he hit a tremendous blast to break a 7-7 tie in extra innings in a T-Bolts win. And on Wednesday in Bethesda, he hit five out in the extra frame to win the CRCBL Home Run Derby. Chris Bzozowski went 3 for 5 to increase his batting average to .430 (3rd in the CRCBL). Jake Taylor’s eightth home run is second best in the league. Taylor Topping struck out nine tonight to give him twenty-six on the season and to tie him with Hunter Englehart (University ofHartford) for the team lead. (Summary by Gary Sarnoff – Happy Birthday Gary!)

T-Bolts Fight Hard But Lose 9-4 To Big Train

July 9, 2012. Silver Spring, Maryland.  The month July continues to be unkind to the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts. On Monday night our Home Town Team fell to the Bethesda Big Train, 9-4, to remain winless in July. Sam Kimec  (Wake Forest) pitched well for several innings, but was done in by a few miscues in the fourth and fifth innings which the Big Train batters readily took advantage of to pad their lead.  The T-Bolts hitters scored just four runs on seven hits, which is unusual for the T-Bolts lineup that has been producing runs and double-digit hit totals in most games this season.

Joel Rosencrance, who took over mound duties in relief, was one of the T-Bolts stars of the game. He was tough on the Big Train after entering the game in the sixth inning with a man on first and just one out. The versatile athlete from St. Bonaventure University proceeded to retire the first two batter he faced to end the inning. After facing the minimum during the next two innings, and retiring the first batter in the ninth, the Big Trains threatened by loading the bases, but Rosencrance managed to escape the jam without damage.

Another T-Bolts star on Monday night was Chris Thompson (Florida Gulf Coast University) who hit two homers off the Big Train’s top hurler, Bo Logan. Thompson’s  first round-tripper cleared the right field fence to give the T-Bolts a 1-0 first inning lead. His second came two-innings later with a teammate aboard, and it sailed over the left field barrier to make it 3-1 in favor of the T-Bolts.

The Big Train quickly dissolved the lead with five runs in the top of the fourth while making it the seventh inning in the last five games that the opposition has batted around against the T-Bolts. When the rally finally ended, the Big Train had sent ten to the plate.

A two-run double one inning later made it 8-3, and after the Big Train added another run, T-Bolts Head Coach Josh Eachues turned to Rosencrance, who pitched the team’s best game since Devon Davis’ strong performance one week ago in Waldorf.

Chris Bzozowski led-off the T-Bolts’ sixth with a drive over the padding in centerfield for his fifth homer of the season.  It was estimated the drive traveled 440 feet before landing in the area around O’Connor’s Swamp.

The final T-Bolts’ star of the game belongs to the die-hard T-Bolts fans and TPSS baseball and softball teams for making Monday evening the biggest home crowd of the season.

Notes:  Chris Bzozowski (Keystone College) was 2 for 3 on Monday to increase his season batting average to .426. He is also eighth in the league with 22 RBI. How about that T-Bolts’ defense turning five double plays this evening? While the fine fielding performance was a team effort, much credit must be given to Bobby Vitulano. The sweet-fielding shortstop from Iona College was involved in turning three of those twin killings. In the seventh inning, Vitulano ranged to his right to snag a grounder, then made a twisting move to make the throw to second while in the air. Second baseman Chris Bzozowski made a great pivot and throw to first, and first baseman Jake Taylor made a fine stretch to complete the 6-4-3 DP. Talk about a hard-working ballplayer, one morning last week Bobby Vitulano and a teammate put their priority of taking fielding practice ahead of needing a break from the recent intense heat. Chris Thompson now has four home runs for the season after hitting two on Monday night.    (Game summary by Gary Sarnoff).

T-Bolts Pounded by Big Train 21-8.

July 8, 2012. Bethesda, Maryland. The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts are struggling; especially the pitching staff. On Sunday night at Bethesda the Thunderbolts hurlers were tagged for twenty-one runs in a 21-8 loss to the Big Train to make it fifty runs in the last three games against their pitching staff.

The good news is the T-Bolts batters are still producing. All nine starters got at least one hit on Sunday. In the top of the third, they scored five runs to take a 5-4 lead before the pitching staff gave way to seven runs in the bottom of the fifth. One inning later, the Big Trains added five more for a 19-5 lead to assure the T-Bolts of their fifth consecutive defeat.

Big Train Hunter Renfroe had four hits, including a grand slam to add to his league-leading home run total. The Thunderbolts will get another chance to tame Hunter Renfroe and Bethesda when the Big Train travels to Montgomery Blair Stadium on Monday night at 7:00 pm.

Notes: Jake Taylor (Radford University) is second in the league with 7 home runs. Adam Spires (NewberryCollege) has 6 round-trippers. Chris Bzozowski (Keystone College) is third in the CRCBL in batting (.421) and tenth in RBI (21).  (game summary by Gary Sarnoff)

T-Bolts Game Suspended In Bottom Of Tenth After D.C. Gray’s Score Six Runs In Top Of Tenth. 

July 7, 2012. Silver Spring, Maryland. The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts game against the D.C. Grays was suspended in the bottom of the 1oth inning due to the onset of the 10:45 curfew at Blair Stadium with the Grays leading 15-9.  The remaining half inning of baseball will have to be made up at a later date when the Grays and the T-Bolts next face each other.

T-Bolts Lose 14-8 to Baltimore Redbirds 

July 6, 2012. Silver Spring, Maryland. Over one-hundred faithful T-Bolts fans braved the extreme summer heat to watch their team take on the first-place Baltimore Redbirds at Montgomery-Blair Stadium on Friday night. As usual, the T-Bolts batters gave them plenty to cheer about by scoring eight runs on eleven hits against the league’s second best pitching staff. The improved Thunderbolts fielding also entertained the home crowd by executing another errorless game. The team’s struggling pitching staff, however, allowed fourteen earned runs on twenty-two hits in the T-Bolts fourth consecutive loss.

The pressure was on the T-Bolts batters from the start, thanks to Redbirds catcher Ian Rice who highlighted a five run first with a two-run homer, his fourth of the season. The Home Team came back with three in the bottom of the third when Chris Bzozowski (KeystoneCollege) added another game to his hitting-streak with a three-run home run.

The T-Bolts three-run rally was equaled by the Redbirds in the top of the fourth when they countered with three more to extend the lead back to five. Back came the T-Bolts with two more in their half of the fourth, thanks to a clutch two-out, two-run double by Kurt Wertz Jr. (Towson University). One inning later, after the Redbirds put three more on the board, Bzozowski doubled and scored on a hit by Jake Taylor (RadfordUniversity). A wild pitch counted for another run later in the inning to cut the lead to four. After Matt Marley (IonaCollege) held Baltimorescoreless in the sixth and seventh innings, the T-Bolts added another one on a wild pitch to cut the margin to three.

There was still hope for the Thunderbolts with the top of the batting order due up in the bottom of the eighth, especially after Marley held the visiting team scoreless for the third consecutive inning. But Redbirds pitcher Trevor Kelley sent them down in order. In the Baltimore ninth, with two outs and two runners on, Kyle Neverman smacked his fourth hit of the game – a two run triple – to seal the win. Sean Keselica followed with his fifth hit of the game to score the fourteenth and final Redbirds run.

Notes: Adam Spires (Newberry College) had one hit tonight to make it nine starts in a row with at least one hit. Chris Bzozowski is third in the league in hitting and sixth in RBI with twenty-one. Ben Carson (California University-PA) and Hunter Boudreaux (University of New Orleans) returned to the starting line up tonight. Carson celebrated his return with two hits. Thanks to our loyal T-Bolts fans, Montgomery-Blair Stadium was one of two CRCBL contests to host over one-hundred fans tonight. (Summary by Gary Sarnoff).

T-Bolts Lose 13-6 to Herndon Braves

July 5, 2012. Silver Spring, Maryland. The second half of the 2012 summer season began for the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts with a drubbing by the Herndon Braves. After leading, 1-0, behind five strong innings by Taylor Topping, the T-Bolts were stunned by two Herndon rallies in consecutive innings. The Braves batted around in the sixth and seventh inning to take a commanding 8-1 lead. It became 10-1 before the T-Bolts bats came alive to post five in the eighth, but it was too little to late.

When the game finally ended after three hours and eighteen minutes in ninety-four degree heat, the T-Bolts had sustained their sixteenth loss of the season.

Taylor Topping (Young Harris College) faced just two over the minimum through the first five innings. But after the first five men reached base in the top of the sixth, Silver Spring-Takoma Head Coach Josh Eachus called on Joel Rosencrance to snuff the threat. After the new pitcher walked the first batter he faced to force in the third run of the inning, he retired the side.

Trailing by just two, the T-Bolts proceeded to load the bases in their half of the sixth but failed to score. Then the Braves proceeded to put the game out of reach after sending eleven to the plate in a five-run seventh inning. They added two more in the next inning.

In the bottom of the eighth, Bobby Vitulano, who has been hot of late, nailed a RBI triple. Zach Ell followed with a single to score Vitulano. Two walks, a hit batsman, and a sac fly scored two more, and Tommy Cunningham brought home another run with a single to cut the lead to 10-6.

The Braves finished with a home run in a three-run ninth inning. For the record, the final score was 13-6.

Notes: Two hits by Chris Bzozowski (Keystone College) extended his current hit streak to six consecutive games, following a previous 2012 season streak of 15. Adam Spires (Newberry College) got a hit today to give him at least one hit in his last eight starts. Give credit to the T-Bolts hurlers for holding the league’s leading hitter, James Vazquez, to zero hits this evening. Bzozwoski is 13 for his last 23 for a .565 batting average. Six runs batted in by 6 different T-Bolts this evening.  (Summary by Gary Sarnoff).

T-Bolts Drop Doubleheader To Southern Maryland Nationals

July 2, 2012.  Waldorf, Maryland.  Monday Night at RegencyFurniture Park in Waldorf was expected to be a cakewalk for the T-Bolts. After all, our improving Home Town Team was playing a twin bill against a team that was riding a seven-game-losing-streak. But the unexpected happened when the T-Bolts lost twice to fall to 8-15 on the season.

The first game was a continuation of the June 22nd rain-shortened affair.  The game resumed where it had left off: with the T-Bolts as the home team and with no score in the bottom of the second. That changed in the fourth when, with a man on third and two outs, the South Maryland right fielder dropped a fly ball to allow the runner to score. Bobby Vitulano (IonaCollege) followed with a long drive to deep left field. The T-Bolts’ shortstop dropped his bat in disgust, as if he expected a fly out, but he seemed pleased after watching his drive hit the leftfield wall. Another run counted for a 2-0 lead.

Meanwhile, T-Bolts starter Devon Davis (University of Montevallo) was pitching a gem. He walked a batter in the fourth and a gave up one hit in the sixth, but he erased both base runners with a devastating pickoff move to first base that caught both opponents flatfooted. The Nationals seventh ended whenDavistagged a runner trying to score on a wild pitch. T-Bolts catcher Joel Rosencrance (St BonaventureUniversity) made a fine recovery and throw toDavisto get the would-be scorer by two steps.

A hit by Tommy Cunningham (St. Joseph’s University) made it 3-0 in the fifth, and one inning later, the T-Bolts scored one without the benefit of a hit. Four-zero seemed like a safe bet, especially the way Davis was throwing, but pitching on a sweltering hot night wearied our pitcher, and as he exited with the bases loaded, Head Coach Josh Eachues called on Samuel Beatty (Sheppard College) to put out the fire.

Things did not go well. Beatty’s second pitch skipped by Rosencrance to allow the lead runner to tally. After his next two pitches missed for ball three and four, Beatty uncorked another wild pitch that resulted in another run.  With runners now on second and third, and with a two-and-two count on the batter, Beatty threw one into the batter’s wheelhouse. Chris Wolfe swung and connected to send a deep fly to left field that left fielder Chris Thompson could only watch sail over the Ball Park’s miniature replica of Fenway’s Green Monster. The home run scored three to give the Nationals a 5-4 lead.

Beatty responded by getting the last two outs on three pitches. The T-Bolts batters also answered by loading the bases in their half of the eighth with two outs, but Rosencrance flew out to deep right center field to end the threat. The Nationals scored two more in the ninth and won by a final score: Nationals 7 T-Bolts 4.

The Thunderbolts took a 3-1 lead in the second inning of game two. Tommy Cunningham drove home two in the first inning with a double (his third hit of the evening). One inning later, Vitulano singled, stole second, and scored on Kurt Wertz JR’s (TowsonUniversity) hit. In the bottom of the second, the Nationals tagged T-Bolts starter Sam Kniec for a three-run homer to cap a four-run inning and take a 5-3 lead.  The Nationals tacked on 4 more runs to win the contest 9-3.

Notes: Chris Bzozoswki (Keystone College) was two for three in the nightcap to lift his season average to .414 (third best in the league). Kurt Wertz, Jr. is up to .362 (8th in the league). The T-Bolts went errorless in first game to make it two straight without a misque. Monday’s first game was scheduled for nine-innings; the nightcap for seven-innings. The T-Bolts are off on Tuesday and Wednesday. They resume action at7:00 on Thursday night when the Herndon Braves come to Montgomery-Blair Stadium. (Summary by Gary Sarnoff).

T-Bolts Drop One To Alexandria, 8-6

July 1, 2012. Silver Spring, Maryland. There were no power outages in the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolt’s hitting attack at Montgomery-Blair Stadium on Sunday night, but there was shortage of innings. Our Home Town Team lost, 8-6 to the Alexandria Aces, 8-6. The T-Bolts showed character by fighting back to tie the game, but in the end the bat of Aces proved to be too much.

The T-Bolts started where they had left off in their sixteen-run attack from two nights before. In the bottom of the first, Kurt Wertz Jr. (TowsonUniversity) took a strike before sending one down the right field line for a leadoff double. Jake Huxtable (JacksonvilleUniversity) followed with hit to right field to score Wertz for a 1-0 lead. Chris Bzozwoski (KeystoneCollege), who appears to have caught fire at the plate again, singled. With runners on first and second, Huxtable tried to swipe third, but was thrown out. Tommy Cunningham (St. Joseph’s College) walked and dependable Jake Taylor made it 2-0 with a RBI single.

Starting pitcher Hunter Englehart didn’t get the strikeouts tonight, but he did retire the first six of seven batters he faced, and he appeared to be heading for a good outing until the third inning when the Aces batted around and scored five for a 5-2 lead. Chris Sweeney applied the big blow by following an intentional pass with a three-run double. The T-Bolts did get one back in the fourth on singles by Adam Spires (Newberry College), Chris Thompson, and Zach Ell (Penn State), but the Aces responded by tallying in the top of the fifth when University of Maryland Sophomore Anthony Papio belted a solo homer, his third of the season.

In the bottom of the inning, Cunningham snapped a 0 for six spell with a single to score Bzozowski to cut the lead to two. After Chris Harrison (CoastalCarolinaCollege), who replaced Englehart in the fifth, retired the Aces in order in the top of the sixth, Chris Thompson (GulfCoastUniversity) hit a 3-2 pitch over the leftfield wall for his second homer in as many games. The next batter, Bobby Vitulano (IonaCollege), reached base on an error, and a sacrifice by Ell moved him into scoring position. After an out, Huxtible reached first on an infield hit to put runners on first and second for Bzozowski. The Aces manager responded by bringing in a fresh pitcher.

Bzozoswki patiently greeted the new hurler by watching three pitches miss the strike zone. Then after taking strike one, the T-Bolts batting Star hit one through the middle for his third hit of the game. Vitualano rounded third and scored to tie the game, 6-6.

Harrison disposed of the first two batters in the seventh, but he got into a jam when he hit the next batter and gave up a hit to put two men on for the dangerous Mr. Sweeney due up.

Sweeney battled and battled by fouling off three pitches after taking a strike and missing at the second offering. He then looked at ball one before connecting. Both runners scored on the double to give the Aces an 8-6 lead.

Notes: Chris Thompson has homered in back-to back games and has hit safely in his last six games. Adam Spires currently has a seven game-hitting-streak. The T-Bolts had an errorless game on Sunday – their first one since June 8th.  Chris Bzozowski was three for four on Sunday to up his batting average to .405. The T-Bolts will meet the South Maryland Nationals on Monday night for two games in Waldorf. Sunday’s game marks the halfway point of the season. With twenty-one games remaining, the T-Bolts are in ninth place. The second half of the season promises to be better. The T-Bolts have plenty of potent bats in the lineup, and the fielding is improving. Can the pitching staff come through? Will the team maintain its current level of intensity and consistency?  Come out to Blair Stadium and find out.  (Summary by Gary Sarnoff).

T-Bolts Away Game Against Rockville Express Postponed.

June 30, 2012.  Rockville, Maryland.  Due to damaged caused  by the historically crazy weather Friday evening, the T-Bolts game against the Rockville Express at Montgomery College tonight was postponed.  A makeup date will be announced soon.

T-Bolts Make It Two In A Row With 16-6 Win Over D.C. Grays.

June 29, 2012.  Silver Spring, Maryland. Baseball games are postponed due to inclement weather but never for excessive heat, and although the mercury reached 101 with a heat index over 120, the game went on as scheduled on Thursday evening at Montgomery-Blair Stadium, but the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts aren’t complaining after they scored 16 runs in 10-run romp over the D.C. Grays for their second consecutive win. Suddenly our T-Bolts are as hot as the weather.
Speaking of hot, how about Jake Taylor (Radford University), who has added seventy-four points to his batting average in his last three games by going eight for last twelve. On Thursday he went three for five with two home runs and also pitched a shutout inning in relief. Lately, there seems to be nothing that Taylor can’t do. Just give him a bat or ball and stay out of his way.

Kurt Wertz, Jr., (Towson University) and Zach Ell (Penn State) were also timely hitters in Thursday’s win. Wertz celebrated his return to the lineup by knocking in six runs, including three on his first homer of the summer. Zach Ell had three hits in four at bats and scored four runs. Adam Spires (Newberry College) and Bobby Vitulano (Iona College) also contributed with their second straight two-hit games.

James Mills (Young Harris College) and Peirce Marston (Steven Institute of Technology) pitched well. Mills pitched five-plus innings to earn his second win and Marston struck out three in two innings in relief. Mills struck out three while keeping the Grays off the scoreboard through the first three innings. In the top of the fourth, with the T-Bolts up, 2-0 after Chris Thompson’s (Florida Gulf Coast University) two-run homer, the Grays solved Mills for three runs. John Beaubien hit a one-out solo home run, and a hit, an error by Mills, a double, and a sacrifice fly scored two more for a 3-2 Grays lead.
Taylor led off the bottom of the forth with his first of two home runs. Spires followed with a two-bagger and scored on Vitulano’s single to give the T-Bolts a 4-3 lead. After Ell singled, Wertz snapped his 0 for his last 10 slump with a three-run homer to make it 7-3 in favor of the T-Bolts.

In the top of the sixth, the Grays pulled within two on a two-run, bases loaded hit and an error on the play. With just one out, and with runners at the corners, the T-Bolts suspected the Grays were up to something. Following three pickoff throws to first base, the runner broke for second on a two-strike pitch. After the batter swung and missed for strike three, T-Bolts catcher Joel Rosencrance (St. Bonaventure University) fired to second baseman Adam Spires, who applied the tag for a stike ‘em out, throw ‘em out double play and retire the side.

The T-Bolts scored two without the benefit of a hit in the bottom of the inning on two walks, two wild pitches, a balk, and a sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the seventh, which was the biggest inning of the T-Bolts season, the home team sent twelve to the plate in a seven-run inning. The scoring started with Taylor’s second home run of the game; a two-run blast for his seventh of the season. Vitulano followed two walks with an RBI single, then after Ell singled to load the bases, Wertz smacked a two-run single for runs number four and five. After a wild pitch scored the inning’s sixth run, Chris Bzozowski Keystone College) singled in the last run of the frame for a 16-5 T-Bolts lead.

The Grays scored a run in the eighth on Beaubien’s second home run of the game. Jake Taylor struck out one batter while pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

Notes: Two wins in a row have taken our T-Bolts (8-12) out of the League’s cellar. Jake Taylor now has seven home runs to place him second in the league to Hunter Renfro of the Big Train, who has eight. Taylor’s sudden surge should come as no surprise to T-Bolts fans since he had a five for five game earlier in the season. Chris Bzozowski (.386) is second in the league in hitting. Kurt Wertz, Jr., was six for seven before going 0 for ten, but he went 2 for 2 to finish Thursday’s game. Bobby Vitulano returned to short stop on Thursday and cleanly handled four chances at that position. (Summary by Gary Sarnoff).

T-Bolts Back In The Win Column With 7-4 Victory over Vienna River Dogs

June 28, 2012. Silver Spring, Maryland. The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts defeated the Vienna River Dogs 7-4 tonight behind seven strong innings of one-run ball by T-Bolts pitcher Taylor Topping (Young Harris College).  Thursday evening’s win before over one-hundred happy fans at Montgomery-Blair Stadium can be described as a team win. The T-Bolts executed in all areas of their game – batting, pitching, defense, and played perhaps their finest game of the season.

The solid defensive play tonight was encouraging. The T-Bolts have struggled in this department, and hopefully, Thursday night is a sign of things this come. Bobby Vitulano (Iona College), who played his best game of the summer, was a factor in tonight’s defense by having a hand in all three double plays. Zach Ell (Penn State) also contributed with his league-leading seventh outfield assist to putout a runner at the plate.

Jake Taylor (Radford University) led the offensive with three hits, three runs, and a double. Four other T-Bolts finished with two hits, including Vitulano. Topping pick up his third win (team high), and Paul Beers (Towson University) had another fine performance out of the bullpen to earn his second save.

The game started off as if the T-Bolts were in for another rough night. Bobby Rice greeted Topping with a lead-off single, and he would score when Trent Higginbothem, the CRCBL RBI leader, doubled. After Topping struck out the next batter, Casey Turner singled, and perhaps unaware or not thinking about who was about to field the hit, the third base coach waved Higginbothem around third base. The result at the plate was obvious, but the lesson learned: Zach Ell has a great arm; run at your own risk.
In the bottom of the second, Taylor, Vitulano, and Ell singled to manufacture the tying run. Chris Bzozowski (Keystone College) led off the T-Bolts fourth with his third home run of the season. Taylor followed with a double and Adam Spires (Newberry College) singled to put runners on the corners. Spires broke for second, and after the catcher made an errant throw, Taylor trotted home to make it 3-1, T-Bolts.

A three run fifth was produced by consecutive singles from Tommy Cunningham (St. Joseph’s University), Bzozowski, Taylor, Spires, and Vitulano for a 6-1 lead.

Things got nerve-racking when the River Dogs scored three in the eighth.  Sam Beatty (Shepherd College) got the first two outs of the inning, with two runners scoring. A T-Bolts’ error, their only one of the game, allowed the third run of  the inning to score. Paul Beers entered and stopped the bleeding, and when Zach Ell made a catch for the final out of the inning, it reminded us that the past is done and the best is ahead for our T-Bolts.

In the bottom of the eighth, leftfielder Matt Marley (Iona College) doubled and scored on a Chris Thompson’s (Florida Gulf Coast University) second hit of the night.

Notes: Chris Bzozowski, who lost his hitting streak the game before, socked two hits tonight. Adam Spires made his season debut behind the plate and was on the receiving end of Zach Ell’s assist as described above. Brett Williams, first baseman of the River Dogs, entered the game with 29 hits in 60 at bats, but tonight the T-Bolts limited him to one hit. Hey T-Bolts fans: come on out tomorrow night to Montgomery-Blair Stadium to see our T-Bolts take on the D.C. Grays. (game summary by Gary Sarnoff).

T-Bolts Score 5 In The First, Lose 8-6 to Rockville Express in 9

June 27, 2012. Rockville, Maryland.  The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts couldn’t hold on to a five run lead against the Rockville Express and dropped their third game in a row, by a score of 6-8.  The T-Bolts led the first place Rockville Express for six full innings at Knight’s Field on Wednesday night. Then came a Rockville rally in the bottom of the seventh followed by a squandered opportunity by the T-Bolts in the eighth, and after the heart of the order went down in order in the ninth, the Thunderbolts found themselves on the short end of the final score for the ninth time in their last ten contests.

Things started off beautifully in the top of the first when the T-Bolts batted around. After Ben Carson (University of California-PA) began the game with an infield pop out, Jake Huxtable (Jacksonville University) drilled his first of three hits. Adam Spires (Newberry College) followed with his sixth home run of the season to give the T-Bolts a 2-0 lead. After two walks sandwiched a single to load the bases, Bobby Vitulano (Iona College) unloaded them with a triple for a 5-0 lead.

Rockville scored one in their first at bat and added two in the second on a two gifts from the T-Bolts. An error led to one run; a passed ball allowed a runner to reach third, and he tallied on a sacrifice fly. With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, T-Bolts starting pitcher Sam Kmiec (Wake Forest) had a 0-2 count with two outs. But he lost that hitter after throwing four straight balls, and it cost him. Two straight hits scored the runner to cut the lead to 5-4.

In the Thunderbolts’ sixth, hits by Chris Thompson (Florida Gulf Coast University) and Vitulano put runners on the corners with nobody out. Thompson scored on Zach Ell’s groundout for a 6-4 lead. Kmiec retired the Express in order in the sixth, but after allowing two hits to begin the seventh, Head Coach Josh Eachues replaced him with Chris Harrison (Coastal Carolina College). The new pitcher’s second pitch was a passed ball to put the runners into scoring position. Three pitches later, Harrison uncorked a wild pitch to allow a run to score to cut the T-Bolts’ lead to one. His next pitch was ball four.
After a single scored another run to tie the game, Harrison threw another wild pitch to move the runners into scoring position. They both scored when the next batter singled to give the Express an 8-6 lead.

Zach Ell (Penn State) began the eighth inning with a walk, but he was erased after trying to swipe second. The T-Bolts kept fighting, as usual, and Carson and Huxtable singled to put two on the bases for Adam Spires, the league’s leading home run hitter.

With his starting pitcher now having thrown 144 pitches in eight-plus innings, Rockville Manager Rick Price called to his bullpen. Spires swung at the new pitcher’s first offering and grounded one that resulted in a 6-4-3 twin killing to end the inning.
In the ninth, Chris Bzozowski (Keystone College) flew to right to complete a 0 for four day to snap his fifteen-game-hitting streak. The next two batters struck out to end the game. (game summary by Gary Sarnoff)

T-Bolts’ Rally Falls Short in 11-8 Loss To Youse’s Orioles 

June 25, 2012. Silver Spring, Maryland. Cal Ripken, Jr., paid his second visit of the season to Montgomery-Blair Stadium on a pleasant Monday evening to watch Youse’s Orioles (and his son Ryan who plays first base for them) take on the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts. Baseball’s Iron Man arrived after the first pitch, but in plenty of time to see the T-Bolts make a gallant effort to overcome a seven-run deficit. Our Hometown Team managed to cut the margin to two with a five-run seventh-inning before falling for the second straight night, by a score of 11-8.

Errors once again hurt the T-Bolts. Although they committed just two, they accounted for three unearned runs in a three-run loss. On the other hand, the T-Bolts bats pounded out 13 hits, with Ben Carson (California University of Pennsylvania) and Joel Rosencrance (St. Bonaventure) leading the attack with three apiece. Rosencrance, making his first appearance in the starting lineup in 2012, went 3 for 4 with three runs and two RBI. In his first plate appearance he powered two long drives high over the right field fence that landed in the next zip code. Unfortunately, both drives were foul. He settled for a walk and later came around to score the T-Bolts’ first run to tie the score, 1-1.

The Orioles countered and rallied with four in the third and one in each of the following two innings for a 7-1 lead. In the T-Bolts’ sixth Adam Spires (Newberry College) connected for his fifth home run of the season. Rosencrance and Carson followed with back-to-back singles, and both moved up a base on a sacrifice before Rosencrance counted on Chris Thompson’s (Florida Gulf Coast University) sacrifice fly to make it a 7-3 game.

Three hits and a walk engineered three runs for the Orioles in the seventh for a 10-3 lead. But the T-Bolts were not about to give up. They had the top of the order leading off the last of the seventh and they went to work.  After pinch-hitter Zach Ell (Penn State) grounded out to begin the inning, the next eight T-Bolts reached base. Jake Huxtable (Jacksonville University) and Tommy Cunningham (St. Joseph’s University) singled, Spires doubled to score one, Rosencrance smacked his third hit of the game to send two more across, and the game became very interesting when Carson doubled and Bobby Vitulano (Iona college) walked to fill the bases with just one out.

After a pitching change by the Orioles, Thompson hit an RBI single for another run. With the bases still loaded, Jerry Chavarria (Southern University), who entered the game in the top of the inning, hit a slow roller which left the shortstop with a just one play, at second base, but the shortstop misplayed the ball and another run scored, the bases remained loaded, and the top of the order was coming up. With the score now at 10-8, Zach Ell, up for the second time in the inning, lined one, but right at the second baseman, who doubled up the runner at second to end the inning.

The Orioles scored one in their half of the eighth while the Thunderbolts went down in order their last two at bats.

Notes: Cal Ripken, Jr., was a true gentleman to the T-Bolts fans who, throughout the evening, lined up near where the Hall of Famer was standing along the third base side to get his signature on their scorecards, baseballs, or whatever they wanted signed. Mr. Ripken, true to form, obliged all requests. His son Ryan, who is University of South Carolina bound this fall, went two for five with a double and one RBI. T-Bolt Adam Spires is now tied teammate Jake Taylor (Radford University) for the team lead with five home runs, one shy of the league lead. Pat Aloisio, the winning pitcher for the O’s, is from Maine South High School (Park Ride, Illinois). That school’s famous alumni include four former MLB players, former Redskins great Dave Butz, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodhan-Clinton. Chris Bzozowski (Keystone College) and his fifteen-game-hitting-streak took the night off.  (Game summary by Gary Sarnoff).

 T-Bolts Topped By Big Train, 9-4 

June 24, 2012. Bethesda, Maryland. The start of Sunday’s game at Povich Field in Bethesda was delayed for thirty minutes by a passing thunderstorm. Two hours and fourteen minutes later, Kurt Wertz Jr. (TowsonUniversity) grounded out for the final out to complete a stormy performance by the T-Bolts, who committed four errors which led to four unearned runs for the Big Train; a disappointment when considering the outstanding defensive play by the T-Bolts from the night before.

The T-Bolts did have their moments on Sunday night: They socked two home runs, Chris Bzozowski (Keystone College) extended his hitting streak to 15 consecutive games, Kurt Wertz Jr. continued his hitting serge with two hits, and Alex Deise (Mississippi State) and Joel Rosencrance  (St. Bonaventure) both threw well in relief to make it two consecutive nights of strong relief pitching. But our team made errors, and as they say, errors can cost ballgames. It certainly hurt the T-Bolts tonight in a 9-4 loss.

The Thunderbolts did lead at one point. That was after their first at bat, when Wertz Jr. singled and advanced two bases on a wild pitch and a groundout, and scored on a sac fly by Cunningham. In the bottom of the first a lead off single, a wild pitch, a hit, a RBI single, and a home run made it 4-1 before the first out was recorded.

Adam Spires (Newberry College) got one run back with one swing of the bat in the top of the second on his fourth home run of the summer. But his run was erased when the Big Train scored one on a T-Bolts’ error in the bottom of the second. Two more errors in the seventh aided a two-run rally for the Big Train to make it a 9-2 game.

In inning number eight Bzozowski came to bat with his hitting streak on the line. He was 0 for three on the day, but he quickly fixed that by hammering his second home run of the season.

Notes: Curt Wertz Jr. singled in his first two at bats to give him six hits in his last seven at bats and his batting average now stands at .355. Chris Bzozowski is third in the league in hitting (.412).  Hunter Renfro of the Big Train homered in the first to tie him with Jake Taylor (RadfordUniversity) for the league lead with five. Hunter Englehart (University ofHartford), tonight’s T-Bolts starting pitcher, struck out five to bring his season total to twenty-three. Adam Spires is tied for second in the CRCBL with four home runs.  (game summary by Gary Sarnoff)

T-Bolts Back In The Win Column, Defeat Vienna River Dogs 8-5.

June 23, 2012.  Silver Spring, Maryland.  Finally! For the first time in nine days, the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts won, on Saturday night, before 157 happy fans at Montgomery-Blair Stadium, when the Home Team defeated the Vienna River Dogs, 8-5.

The T-Bolts looked good in winning their sixth game of the season. The batters totaled thirteen hits and, by doing so, defeated Vienna’s top pitcher Connor Bach. T-Bolts reliever Paul Beers (Towson University) put in a great effort, allowing just two hits while striking out three in 3.2 innings to earn his first win of the season. The T-Bolts fielders made just one harmless error and had several good plays that would qualify for ESPN’s Diamond Gems.

T-Bolts Line Up After Win Over Vienna June 23rd

Kurt Wertz Jr. (Towson University) led the T-Bolts hitting attack by going four for five. Only a brilliant defensive play by the River Dogs second baseman prevented Wertz from saving a perfect day at the plate. Ben Carson also had a good night, socking a home run to score the T-Bolts’s first run of the evening and belting a RBI double in a 3-run sixth inning. Hunter Boudreaux (University of New Orleans), making his first start in five days, was also a cog in the hitting attack with two hits.
Beers entered the game after the River Dogs scored two in the top of the sixth to take a 5-3 lead. With two outs, two men on base, and with the River Dogs threatening to break the game opened, Beers induced the first batter he faced into a pop fly to snuff the threat. Then T-Bolts batters went to work.

Chris Bzozowski (Keystone College) led off the T-Bolts half of the sixth by smacking a drive into the power alley in right centerfield. The hit, which resulted in a double, officially extended his consecutive-game hitting-streak to thirteen. Carson followed with another double to score Bzozowski, and cut the deficit to one. After a wild pitch allowed Carson to go to third, Bobby Vitulano (Iona College) tied the game with a single.

Vienna’s Bach, who by this time must have been dog-tired after throwing over one-hundred pitches, managed to get the next two batters out, but he would not escape the inning without further damage, thanks to an error that allowed Vitulano to move into scoring position, and a RBI single by Wertz.

In the eighth inning, with the T-Bolts looking to add insurance to their one run lead, a two base error and Ell’s long fly out put Vitulano on third with one out. Hunter Boudreaux brought him home on his second hit of the game. Wertz Jr. and Jake Huxtable (Jacksonville Univeristy) followed with singles to score Jerry Chavarria (pinch-running) with the T-Bolts final tally of the night.

Many thanks to our T-Bolts fans who donated food, clothing, and money to Shepherd’s Table Saturday night, making the evening an all around feel good event.

Notes: Paul Beers retired the last seven River Dogs batters of the game and was aided greatly by the T-Bolts’ defense. Jake Taylor made a great diving stop and throw to Beers, who covered first base on the play to end the River Dogs seventh. Outfielder Zach Ell made a great diving catch to retire the River Dogs in the top of the eighth. Head Coach Josh Eachues shuffled the defensive alignment by switching Huxtable to shortstop and Vitulano to second, and the two middle infielders executed two twin killings. Also, Tommy Cunningham (St. Joseph’s University) played a good game at third base. His rocket arm gave him three assists on the night. With the infield being occupied in putting out the opposition, Jake Taylor, a busy man at first base on Saturday night, got several chances to show off his great first baseman’s stretch. Brett Williams, the first baseman for the River Dogs, kept his league-leading average at .500 by going two for four. Boch didn’t make his season average of two strikeouts per inning, but he did whiff eight T-Bolts in six innings. The T-Bolts looked good on Saturday night. Come on out to Montgomery-Blair Stadium on Monday night when they take on the Youse’s Orioles. Tonight our Thunderbolts will be at Povich Field to take on the Big Trains. Game time is at 7:30. (game summary by Gary Sarnoff).

T-Bolts Halt Skid, Game Suspended After Inning And A Half 

June 22, 2012.  Silver Spring, Maryland.  The game between the Silver Spring -Takoma Thunderbolts and the Southern Maryland Nationals at Blair Stadium tonight was halted in the bottom of the second with the score tied at 0-0 due to a torrential rain that rendered the field unplayable.  The game will be resumed July 2nd as the first game of a double header beginning at 5 pm.

Tomorrow, June 23, 2012, the T-Bolts take on the Vienna River Dogs at Blair Stadium.  It’s Shepherd’s Table Night at Blair.  If you’re coming to the game, don’t forget to bring some canned food or gently used clothing to donate to Shepherd’s Table.

T-Bolts Lose 14-7, Losing Streak Now at Six Games 

June 21, 2012.  Alexandria, Virginia.  Seven runs on fourteen hits couldn’t get the job done for the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts, who sustained their sixth consecutive defeat tonight by a score of 14-7 at the hands of the Alexandria Aces.

On a sweltering hot Thursday evening in Alexandria, the T-Bolts fell into the basement of the Cal Ripken Senior League standings, courtesy of fourteen runs on twenty hits by the Alexandria Aces. It was a disappointing evening, because our Thunderbolts had rallied for four in their half of the sixth to take a one-run lead after trailing, 6-0. When the big inning concluded, the T-Bolts took the field with a new found energy, but that quickly vanished when the Aces scored five to reclaim the lead and all but put this game away.

In the bottom of the second the Aces roughed up T-Bolts starting pitcher Sam Kamiec (Wake Forest) by sending eleven men to the plate in a sixth run inning. The T-Bolts took their time before going to work, and when they did they scored seven times in the middle three innings.

Chris Bzozowski (Keystone College) singled to extend his consecutive game hitting- streak to thirteen, and the next batter, Jake Taylor (Radford University), blasted his fifth home run of the season. One more run was added in the fifth when Zach Ell (Penn State) singled, stole second, and tallied on a single by Jake Huxtable (Jacksonville University).

In the T-Bolts sixth: a walk, a hit, and a sacrifice put two runners in scoring position, and both counted on a single by Zack Ell to cut the deficit to one. Jerry Chavarria (Southern University) picked a great time to connect with his first hit of the season, followed by Huxtable who cleared the bases with a two-run double for a 7-6 T-Bolts lead.

The Aces wasted little time in retaking the lead in their half of the sixth. A walk, a double, and a two-run single quickly made it an 8-7 Aces lead. After another Alexandria player reached base, Ronnie Glenn smacked a three-run homer, and the T-Bolts, who had worked so hard to claim the lead, were suddenly down by four.

The Thunderbolts managed to put a runner on base in each of the last three innings, but two double plays choked off any hopes of another comeback.

Notes: Chris Bzozowski, now with the second best batting average in the league (.433), had three hits tonight. Last night’s game summary was incorrect in mentioning that three home runs led the league. Jake Taylor was the league leader with four; whoops! Make that five after he went yard this evening. The T-Bolts have been struggling in the fielding department this season, but it’s encouraging to note that they made just one error this evening.  There his hope, also, for tomorrow brings with it another game, this one back home at Blair Stadium against the Southern Maryland Nationals on Friday June 22nd.  Gates open at 6 pm.  First pitch is at 7 pm. (Game summary by Gary Sarnoff)

T-Bolts Summer of Woes Continues, Drop Fifth Straight - Bzozowski Extends Hitting-Streak 

June 20, 2012Silver Spring, Maryland. Chris Bzozowski (Keystone College) was one strike away from saying goodbye to his consecutive-game- hitting-streak. Silver Spring-Takoma’s leading hitter was o for 2 in three plate appearances when he faced a 2-2 count in the bottom of the ninth and with one last chance to keep his streak alive. He then connected and sent a pop fly into shallow left-center field where two Herndon outfielders ran to make the play but weren’t even close. The ball fell to outfield grass and Bzozowski added another game to his hitting streak.

A walk, an error, and a hit batsman followed the hit to propel Bzozowski across home plate for the first and only T-Bolts run of the evening, but that hardly mattered. By that time they were down, 7-1, and on their way to their fifth consecutive defeat.
Silver Spring-Takoma was far from their best in Wednesday night’s loss to the Herndon Braves at Montgomery Blair Stadium. The Home Team batters made just four hits while their pitchers yielded eleven. Their fielders contributed to the poor performance by making five errors. Above all, the Thunderbolts, who began the season with promise, lacked intensity.
The T-Bolts did get four-plus strong innings from starting pitcher Devon Davis (University of Montevallo) who allowed just one hit and a walk through 4.2 innings, but no harm was done, thanks to Davis. After a one-out single in the top of the first, he proceeded to erase the base runner with a sweet pickoff move. In the fourth he gave up his first walk, but induced the following hitter to bounce into a double play. The next batter, James Vazquez, lined one over the right field fence for a 1-0 Herndon lead.
In the fatal fifth inning, the Braves batted around to scored three on four hits and were greatly supported by two T-Bolts fielding miscues.

Meanwhile, the T-Bolts had their hands full with Braves starting pitcher Ryan Ashooh. The member of the University of Virginia’s pitching staff allowed just two hits and no walks in five innings. Raul Jacobson replaced Ahsooh in the sixth and in two innings the hard-throwing right-hander permitted just one hit. After the T-Bolts went down in order in the eighth, they had just three hits and were down by four. When the Braves added three more in the ninth, all hope of a victory for the T-Bolts was lost.

Notes: Chris Bzozowski has hit safely in all twelve games he has played this season. Hopefully this is as tough as it will get for our T-Bolts. Currently they are on a five-game losing streak and have lost seven of their last eight. Bzozowski is third in the league in hitting (.417) and Jake Huxtable (Jacksonville University) is fifteenth (.353). Adam Spires (Newberry College) is tied for the league-lead in home runs (3). Bzozowski and Spires are tied for third in the CRCBL in RBI (12). Jake Taylor (Radford University) is among the RBI leaders (10). Hunter Englehart (University of Hartford) is third in the league in strikeouts (19). New T-Bolts catcher Jerry Javerria of Southern University, played his first game tonight, giving Hunter Boudreaux (New Orleans), who had caught every inning of every game so far this season, a much needed night off.  Javerria made an instant impact on this new team and boy does he hustle. He ran to back up a play in the third inning and his hard work paid off. After an overthrow on the play, the Braves base runner took off for second base. Javerria retrieved the ball and threw a bullet to second base. You should have seen the amazed look on the base runners face when he saw Bobby Vitulano (Iona College) with the baseball and ready to apply the tag. The poor Braves base runner must have thought he somehow missed a week. The sun will rise tomorrow, it will be a new day, and the T-Bolts will be at Alexandria tomorrow to take on the Aces. Let’s cheer the T-Bolts on to victory. (Game summary by Gary Sarnoff)

T-Bolts Prove That No Lead Is Insurmountable, Drop Fourth In A Row  

June 18, 2012.  Washington, D.C.  Staked to an 8-0 lead in the second inning, the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts lost to the D.C. Grays 12-11 in the bottom of the ninth on a one-out, three run home run.  They say that bad things happen when you walk the first batter of the inning and the T-Bolts proved that adage once again.  Leading 11-9 in the bottom of the ninth,  the T-Bolts gifted the first two D.C Gray runners aboard on consecutive bases on balls.  With those two runners on and no outs it didn’t take much imagination to know that bad things were about to happen, and they did.  On a bright note, the T-Bolts have an off day tomorrow to rest and hopefully regroup.  They return to Blair Stadium on Wednesday June 20, 2012, to take on the Herndon Braves.  Please be sure to come out to Blair Stadium on Wednesday and show the T-Bolts some love.  They could use it.

T-Bolts Give Away Game, Drop Below .500

June 17, 2012. Silver Spring, Maryland.  The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts let one slip away from them tonight at Blair Stadium when the league-leading Rockville Express game back from a three-run deficit in the sixth inning to score 5 runs in the top of the frame and take a 5-3 lead that they then never relinquished.  T-Bolts starting pitcher Hunter Englehart (Hartford) who had cruised to a 3-0 lead through five innings got the first two Rockville batters out in the sixth inning on a fly out and a strike out.  He then walked the next three batters he faced to load the bases.  Englehart then faced Rockville’s Christian Wolf who  hit what looked like a routine grounder to short that would have gotten the T-Bolts out of the inning, but T-Bolts shortstop Bobby Vitulano (Iona) was unable to make the play, allowing Rockville to score its first run.  Rockville batter Johnny Cole then worked the count full before taking Englehart’s next offering over the right field fence and into O’Connor’s Swamp for a grand slam.

Rockville tacked on another run in the 7th inning and the T-Bolts’ bats stayed silent the rest of the game.  The final score -Rockville six, T-Bolts 3.

T-Bolts Drop Two In A Row

June 16, 2012. Vienna, Virginia. The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts lost two games in a row for the first time this season,  losing to the Vienna River Dogs 10-8 at James Madison High School in Vienna on Saturday June 16, 2012, and to Youse’s Orioles 16-4 at Blair Stadium on Friday June 15, 2012.  The T-Bolts look to rebound tonight, June 17th when they take on the league-leading Rockville Express at Blair Stadium starting at 6 pm.

T-Bolts Defeat Baltimore Redbirds 4-3 in Marathon 15 Inning Game 

June 14, 2012. Towson, Maryland. The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts traveled north of Baltimore, Maryland, to Towson this evening and returned victorious, battling the Baltimore Redbirds in a 15 inning affair and winning by a score of 4-3. T-Bolts starting pitcher Devon Davis (Montevallo University) held the Redbirds to one unearned run through seven innings to bring his ERA to a paltry 0.75 and departed the game with the T-Bolts leading 3-1.  The Redbirds battled back in the bottom of the ninth, however, and tied the game at 3-3.  T-Bolts reliever Sam Beatty (Shepherd), pitched 5 strong innings in relief of Davis and departed the game with the T-Bolts still leading 3-3 in the 12th.  T-Bolts pitcher Matt Marley (Iona) relieved Beatty and held the Redbird scoreless the rest of the way, earning the win.

Offensively, Chris Thompson (Florida Gulf Coast) drew a walk in the fifth inning and scored on a single by Ben Carson (University of California-PA).  In the 6th inning, Tommy Cunningham (St. Joseph’s) and Adam Spires (Newberry) lined back-to-back singles and Thompson, with two outs, lined a double to left, scoring Cunningham and Spires.  In the top of the 15th, with the game still tied at 3, Kurt Wertz, Jr. (Towson), led off the inning with a triple and scored on a clutch single by Jake Huxtable (Jacksonville).

Notes: The T-Bolts return home tomorrow June 15th to face Youse’s Orioles at Blair Stadium.  Recent MLB draftee Ryan Ripken, a member of Youse’s Orioles and son of Baltimore Orioles’ legend Cal Ripken, Jr., will make his first appearance at Blair Stadium this season.

T-Bolts Implode In Late Innings, Lose To Bethesda Big Train

June 13, 2012. Silver Spring, Maryland.  The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts couldn’t hold on to a 4-0 lead heading into the 8th inning tonight at Blair Stadium, allowing the Bethesda Big Train to get back into the game with two runs in the 8th and another 6th in the top of the 9th.  The T-Bolts jumped out to an early lead in the first inning on a grand slam by Adam Spires (Newberry College).  Neither team scored again until Bethesda awoke in the 8th and continued rolling into the 9th.  The final score, Big Train 8, T-Bolts 4.

Notes: Spire’s grand slam was the first for the T-Bolts this season and the fifth team home run in this young season.  James Mills (Young Harris College) started for the T-Bolts, holding the Big Train scoreless through five innings of work, striking out 4 and walking two. The T-Bolts travel to Towson, Maryland, tonight to face the Baltimore Redbirds who, along with Rockville, Vienna, Southern Maryland, and Alexandria, are in a six-way tie for second place.

T-Bolts Back On Winning Track with 9-4 Victory over Southern Maryland Nationals

June 11, 2012.  Waldorf, Maryland.  The T-Bolts defeated the Southern Maryland Nationals tonight 9-4 at Regency Furniture Stadium.

The best starting pitching performance of the season and a strong hitting attack led to the fourth Thunderbolts win. Hunter Englehart (University of Hartford) pitched seven strong innings following a shaky first inning. The 6’5 Junior from Wyoming, Pennsylvania struck out eight (a T-Bolts season high) and allowed just one hit after the first inning.
The Southern Maryland Nationals scored three runs on four hits in their first at bat. Unbeknown to them, this was the best it would get. Englehart seemed to get stronger as the game progressed. All eight of his strikeouts came after two down in the fifth inning, against the last thirteen batters he faced.

The T-Bolts scored one run in the top of the first on a hit by Ben Carson (University of California PA), a double by Chris Bzozowski (Keystone College), and a sacrifice fly by Jake Taylor (Radford University). After the Nationals three-run first, the T-Bolts retook the lead with one swing of the bat. Jake Huxtable (Jacksonville University) homered with two teammates aboard for a 4-3 lead.

In the top of the sixth, a walk, a double by Hunter Boudreaux (University of New Orleans), and a hit by Carson scored one. A Nats error and Bzozowski’s single scored two more for a 7-3 lead. Two more T-Bolts runs were added in the eighth; highlighted by an RBI hit by Adam Spires (Newberry College).

Note: Chris Bzozowski had his second three-hit game of the season to up his batting average to .419. Jake Huxtable’s home run was the T-Bolts fourth of the season. After scoring 9 runs, the T-Bolts now lead the league in runs (45). Hunter Englehart is now tied for the league lead with 11 strikeouts. (Game summary by Gary Sarnoff)

T-Bolts Surge Falls Short In 10-8 Loss To Aces 

June 10, 2012.  Silver Spring, Maryland.  The T-Bolts lost a heartbreaker to the Alexandria Aces at Blair Stadium Sunday night.  The T-Bolts trailed for 8 ½ innings before rallying to tie the game in the ninth inning, but in the end they were on the short end of a 10-8 loss to the Alexandria Aces.

The largest crowd this season at Blair Stadium saw the Thunderbolts fall behind, 5-0, after Aces slugger Alex Buccilli powered a two-run homer to cap a three run second inning. After that, T-Bolts starting pitcher Taylor Topping (Young Harris College) shutdown the Alexandria attack to allow his teammates to get back into the game.

In the bottom of the second, Silver Spring-Takoma coaxed a run through walk, a hit, a hit-by-pitch, and another walk. Two more were added in the fifth on an Alexandria fielding error and a sacrifice fly by Adam Spires (Newberry College), and in the seventh a RBI single by Zach Ell (Penn State) cut the deficit to one.

The game appeared lost after the Aces got one in the eighth on a T-Bolts error, followed by a double, and then back-to-back-doubles in the Aces ninth made it a 7-4 game. But the Thunderbolts had one last gasp with their final at bat, and they rallied to tie the game.

Chris Bzozowski (Keystone College) led off the inning with his first home run of the season. Jake Taylor (Radford University) followed with a double, and after a ground out, Adam Spires singled to score one, and suddenly it was a one-run ballgame.

After Zach Ell got aboard on an infield hit, things got interesting when Matt Marley (Iona College) was hit by a pitch to load the bases with only one out. A hit might have won the game, but Hunter Boudeaux (UniversityofNew Orleans) did the next best thing by lofting fly ball to right field. Chris Thompson (FloridaGulfCoastUniversity), who was pinch-running, tagged and scored to tie the game.

Next up was Ben Carson (University of California PA), but he grounded out to end the inning. For the second time in the game the T-Bolts had left the bases loaded, but at least they had shown character and spirit to fight their way back into this one.

In the top of the tenth, Sam Beatty (Shepard University), who had entered the contest in the seventh, put the first two batters on through a walk and a hit batsman.  T-Bolts Head Coach Josh Eachues brought in Chris Harrison (Coastal Carolina University) who had just arrived the previous day from his home in South Carolina for his first appearance of the young season. Two fielding errors and a hit scored three for the Aces to make it a 10-7 game.

In the T-Bolts half of the 10th inning, Jake Huxtable (Jacksonville University) led off with his third hit of the evening. Two groundouts moved him along, and a hit by Tommy Cunningham (St.Joseph’s University) brought Huxtable across the plate. However, a final  groundout ended the game.

Notes:  Sunday was Jake Huxtable’s second three-hit game of the season. Chris Bzozowski Tommy Cunningham also enjoyed a three-hit game on Sunday. Fifteen T-Bolts hits on Sunday ties their high for the season (their previous 15-hit game was their opening day win at Rockville). The T-Bolts currently lead the Cal Ripken Sr. League in runs (36) and hits (56).

The T-Bolts travel today  to Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland, to take on the Southern Maryland Nationals.  (Game summary by Gary Sarnoff)

T-Bolts Post Another Come From Behind Win 

June 9, 2012. Silver Spring, Maryland. The T-Bolts gave it the old college try tonight and won. Three times they came from behind to take the lead before scoring the winning run in the bottom of the sixth for a 7-6 win over the Herndon Braves at Blair Stadium. Helping spark their victory were Ben Carson (California University PA) who went 3 for 4 and scored three runs, Chris Bzozowski (Keystone College) who had three RBI, and winning pitcher Peirce Marston (Steven Institute of Technology), the Montgomery-Blair alum who was brilliant in his relief role,  holding the Braves scoreless in the game’s last three innings and striking out six in four innings pitched.

After Herndon scored an unearned run in the top of the first against T-Bolts starting pitcher Sam Kmiec (Wake Forest), Silver Spring-Takoma responded with two runs in their first at bat. Carson reached base on a error, Bobby Vitulano (Iona College) singled, and Carson moved up two bases on two outs to score. Tommy Cunningham (St. Joseph’s University) followed with a single to score Vitulano.

The next big frame for the T-Bolts came in the third. With runners on second and third, Bzozowski’s hard smash was misplayed by the second baseman for a two-run error. The batter was credited with one RBI on the play, but the play produced two runs to tie the game at 4-4. In the fifth, with Herndon ahead, 5-4, Bzozowski, once again, came to bat with two runners in scoring position. This time he hit a clean single to center to score both runners and reclaim the lead for the T-Bolts, 6-5.

In the top of the sixth, Martson entered the game and he began by giving up a walk and a single. He struck out the next batter for the first out of the inning, but then loaded the bases with another walk. The next batter lifted a pop up into shallow left field. Vitalano sprinted into the outfield to make the catch for out number two, but with his back to the infield, the runner on third had time to tag and score, giving the lead back to the Braves.

In the T-Bolts half of the sixth inning, Chris Thompson (Florida Gulf Coast University) walked and Zach Ell (Penn State) singled. Hunter Boudreaux (University of New Orleans) came to the plate with no official at bats on the night (he was hit by a pitch and he walked), but this time he took a healthy cut connected for a single to score Thompson with what proved to be the winning run.

Notes: Chalk about another assist for a T-Bolts outfielder and another well-executed play by the defense. In the fourth inning a Herndon batter tried to extend a double into a triple, but a bang-bang play of center fielder Thompson to shortstop Vitalano to third baseman Bzozowski turned his hit into an out. Give credit to Bzozowski for making a clever tag. He decoyed the runner by not lifting his glove until the ball was almost to him. At the last minute he made a quick catch, and he applied to tag for the out.

The T-Bolts are 3-1 and tied for second place with the Alexandria Aces. It just so happens that the Aces visit Blair Stadium Sunday night to play our T-Bolts.  The game starts at 6 pm.  Gates open at 5. (Game summary by Gary Sarnoff)

 T-Bolts Lose A Close One To Grays

June 8, 2012. Washington, D.C. The visiting T-Bolts were defeated by the D.C. Grays at Hoy Field tonight by a score of 5-4. After winning their first two games of the season by one run, the T-Bolts were tagged with a one-run defeat. Heading into the bottom of the eighth with a three run lead, the T-Bolts were victimized by the Gray’s four-run rally. There was hope in the top of the ninth when, with two outs, Jake Huxtable (Jacksonville University) reached base on a error and Chris Bzozowski (Keystone College) singled for his second hit of the night. Jake Taylor (Radford University), the hero in Silver Springs-Tacoma Park’s Thursday night win, stepped in, but, alas, lighting did not strike twice and Taylor struck out to end the game.

Devon Davis (University of Montevallo), the T-Bolts starting pitcher, struck out five, allowing one run and no walks through five strong innings. He departed the game with the score at 1-1. Unlike the previous two nights, the T-Bolts bats were silent with just five hits through seven innings, but that changed in the top of the eighth. With two outs and two men on base, Bobby Vitulano (Iona College) tripled, scoring Jake Taylor and Adam Spires (Newberry College), and giving the T-Bolts their first lead of the game. Zach Ell (Penn State) followed with a single to score Vitulano for a 4-1 lead, and the T-Bolts appeared to be heading for their third consecutive win. The Grays half of the eighth inning began with two walks, followed by a three-run home run by Joshua Powell (Alcorn State), which tied the game at 4-4. A single, a passed ball, and another single accounted for the Gray’s fourth run of the inning and ultimately proved to be the game winner.

Notes: Chris Bzozowski has connected for two hits in all three games this season and currently is batting .375. Zach Ell leads the team in hitting with a .400 average. Assists by Ben Carson (California University of PA) and Chris Thompson (Florida Gulf Coast University) tonight brought the season total to five outfield assists, with Zach Ell contributed three assists in the first two games. The T-Bolts take on the Herndon Braves at home Saturday night at 7:00. (Game summary by Gary Sarnoff)

 T-Bolts Win Home Opener

June 7, 2012.  Silver Spring, Maryland.  The T-Bolts defeated the Baltimore Redbirds tonight 9-8, capping off a wonderful opening day for the T-Bolts at Blair Stadium.

Holy Cow, the T-Bolts are 2-0

Base runners might think twice before trying to take on extra base against T-Bolts outfielder Zach Ell. The T-Bolts right fielder from Penn State University has made a difference in both wins with his rocket throwing arm. Of course, Ell has had the support of his teammates in executing his laser shots into three outs. On Thursday night at Blair Stadium, Ell made two throws in the top of the eight inning that helped preserve a 9-8 lead for the T-Bolts. With the bases loaded, nobody out, and the T-Bolts ahead of the Baltimore Red Birds, 9-6, Kyle Neverman drilled a double to score the two lead runners to make it a one-run game. Perhaps being eager to tie the game, the Red Birds third base coach sent the third runner, but a throw from Ell to the cutoff man, Chris Bzozowski (Keystone College), to catcher Hunter Boudreaux (University of New Orleans) turned the scoring try into the first out of the inning.

After the next Baltimore batter grounded to short for the second out, Patrick Blair singled to right field and,once again, the potential tying run rounded third. Ell quickly fielded the ball and made the long throw to Boudreaux, who tagged the runner to end the inning. [Ell showed similar ability on Wednesday night at Rockville.  With the game tied in the bottom of the tenth, the Express' lead-off batter ripped a double to right field that had "potential winning-run" written all over it. As the Rockville player rounded second base and dug for third, Ell retrieved the drive and threw the ball to a relay man who uncorked a strike to Tommy Cunningham (St.Joseph's University) in time for the third baseman to apply the tag for the out.]

Back to Thursday night’s game, the Thunderbolts took a 5-0 lead by sending ten men to the plate in a five-run second inning. Two hit batsmen, a walk, and a error aided the T-Bolts, but they also connected for three hits (Bzozowski, Cunningham, and Adam Spires of Newbury College)). In the bottom of the fourth, Jake Taylor (Radford University) smacked a long double to center field to score two more runs. An inning later, Ben Carson, with a teammate aboard, hit his first home run of the season over the right field fence  to cap the scoring.

Notes: Chris Bzozowski has four hits and three RBI in the first two games….Jake Taylor has a home run, a double, and three RBI…Paul Beers (Towson University) got the win Thursday night and Marston got the save….Connolly, Thursday night’s starting hurler for the Red Birds, totaled 112 pitches in seven innings….The T-Bolts have scored seventeen runs in their first two games of the season….They hit the road on Friday against the DC Grays before returning to Blair Stadium for back-to-back home games on Saturday and Sunday. (Game summary by Gary Sarnoff)

T-Bolts Win In 11 Innings

June 6, 2012.  Rockville, Maryland. The T-Bolts made history by winning the first CRCBL night game ever played at Montgomery College’s Knights Field on Wednesday night. About 3 and one half hours after Rockville Mayor Phyllis Macuccio tossed out the ceremomial first pitch to start the season, Jake Taylor blasted a tremendous drive that cleared the tall trees beyond the left field fence before disappearing into the night. The home run was the first of the season for the T-Bolts and was the difference in their 8-7, eleven-inning win over the Rockville Express.

T-Bolts’ Bobby Vitulano bats in the 8th inning, about to connect with his clutch, two-out hit.

The T-Bolts scored in their first at bat of the season. Ben Carson and Tommy Cunningham both singled, and after the left fielder bobbled the second hit, Carson scored. The lead did not last very long. The T-Bolts were generous, committing three errors and walking five to allow the home team to score seven in the next four innings. Trailing, 7-3, the T-Bolts went to work in their half of the eighth. Four consecutive hits to start the inning and a clutch two-out hit by Bobby Vitulano highlighted a four-run rally to tie the game at 7-7. Taylor’s moon-shot settled the issue.

Notes: Taylor Topping shutout the Express in the last four innings to earn the win….Second baseman Jake Huxtable went 3 for 6 with 2 runs and an RBI… Ben Carson, Bobby Vitulano, and Hunter Boudreax had two hits apiece. (Game summary by Gary Sarnoff)

 

Preseason Results

In our final preseason warm up, the T-Bolts defeated the Rockville Express 4-0 on Tuesday June 5, 2012, in a six-inning scrimmage at Blair Stadium.

The T-Bolts lost 6-2 in a preseason scrimmage with the Vienna River Dogs on Monday June 4, 2012, at Vienna.

On Sunday June 3, 2012, the A Team defeated the B Team 6-5 in the T-Bolts inter-squad scrimmage with Northwood and Blair High School seniors and alumni.

The T-Bolts defeated the Gaithersburg Giants 5-2 in an afternoon scrimmage on June 2, 2012, at Kelley Field.

 

roconnor On May - 30 - 2012

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  1. jeff topping says:

    How can Taylor Toppings Mom and Dad see the box scores and are there any live action sites for each game. Thank you for your help.

    • roconnor says:

      Hello to the Toppings

      At the top of our website (tbolts.org) is an icon for Cal Ripken League – if you click on it, it takes you to the league Website (www.calripkenleague.org). The league website uses point streak to broadcast a live, game day feed of the action. Just click on the game you want to monitor. We play the D.C. Grays tomorrow at 5 pm. The game will be reported on point streak live as it happens. DBS

      • Mike says:

        Is the CRL link also how one is expected to find a season schedule? A direct link from the team site (or at least one that’s easier for me to find) would be nice.

        • roconnor says:

          Just below the tbolts.org header is a series of tabs – home, schedule, roster, etc.

          Click on the schedule tab. It brings up a page with a pdf of the schedule.

          You can also find the schedule on the game results page which includes a pdf of the schedule updated with scores and our record.

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