T-Bolt Scrapbook From The CRCBL Mid Summer Classic

Four T-Bolt players were selected to represent the North Division in the CRCBL 2014 All Star Game.

T-Bolt All-Stars Robert Lucido, Jr., Jayson Baytop, Jr., Brandon Holsworth, and Clay Keranen

T-Bolt All-Stars Robert Lucido, Jr., Jayson Baytop, Jr., Brandon Holsworth, and Clay Keranen

Those players were Catcher Robert Lucido, Jr., Outfielder Jayson Baytop, Jr., Pitcher Brandon Holsworth, and Shortstop Clay Keranen.

The Other Side of Brandon Holsworth

The Other Side of Brandon Holsworth

 Jake Taylor represented the T-Bolts in the Home Run Derby.

Jake Taylor Takes A Swing During HR Derby

Jake Taylor Takes A Swing During HR Derby

Coach Doug Remer provided the pitching for Jake.

Coach Doug Remer Pitching the HR Derby For T-Bolt Jake Taylor

Coach Doug Remer Pitching the HR Derby For T-Bolt Jake Taylor

Our own Gabe Pinkney, T-Bolts Announcer and T-Bolt Radio Personality, called the Home Run Derby at Shirley Povich Field.

T-Bolt Announcer and Radio Personality Gabe Pinkney

T-Bolt Announcer and Radio Personality Gabe Pinkney

Coach Remer and the T-Bolt All Stars posed for the official photo prior to the start of the game.

The T-Bolt All Stars Jason Baytop, Jr., Jake Taylor, Brandon Holsworth, Clay Keranen, Robert Lucido, and Doug Remer

The T-Bolt All Stars Jason Baytop, Jr., Jake Taylor, Brandon Holsworth, Clay Keranen, Robert Lucido, and Doug Remer

T-Bolt All Star Robert Lucido, Jr., had a moment to catch up with fellow St. Paul School Alumni Jamal Wade.

Robert Lucido, Jr., with Fellow All-Star and Former HS Classmate Jamal Wade of the Baltimore Redbirds

Robert Lucido, Jr., with Fellow All-Star and Former HS Classmate Jamal Wade of the Baltimore Redbirds

The North Division All-Stars Pose for the official Team Picture.

CRCBL North Division All-Stars

CRCBL North Division All-Stars

The South Division All Stars defeated the North Division 2-1.

CRCBL South Division All Stars

CRCBL South Division All Stars

In case you missed it, here is Gary Sarnoff’s summary of the game:

July 16, 2014, Bethesda, Maryland The South All-Stars made just one total hit in tonight’s Cal Ripken Sr. League All-Star game. That’s right, just one hit, the lowest amount in an All-Star Game since the National League totaled two in the 1990 Summer Classic. Unlike the 1990 NL All-Stars, the South All-Stars scored. In fact, they scored twice in the seventh inning to win the game, 2-1, before an overflow crowd at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda.

Actually, the South All-Stars made a second hit in the bottom of the ninth, although the game had technically ended after the North All-Stars were retired in the top of the ninth. For the sake of playing nine full innings, and to let a few players take an extra at bat, a decision was made to allow the home team to take their last wraps in their half of the final inning.
The North All-Stars roster included four Thunderbolts: Brandon Holsworth (Galluadet), Jason Baytop Jr. (St. Augustine’s), Robert Lucido (Amherst), and Clay Keranen (Liberty). All four played well, and two of our All-Stars were complimented by one among the several scouts who were on hand. “Oh yes, the kid who throws in the mid-eighties (mile per hour)” a scout said of Brandon Holsworth, who pitched one scoreless inning tonight. “The kid has a (good) build on him,” the scout added. When asked about catcher Robert Lucido, his answer was “They had some good pop to second base,” a reference to all of tonight’s All-Star catchers, but he had to have Lucido on his mind since the T-Bolts All-Star backstop rifled a throw to second base to gun-down the CRCBL’s leading base stealer in an attempt to steal.

Although there are no scouting details to report on Clay Keranen and Jason Baytop Jr., both players registered a hit. Keranen also made on assist in the field and Baytop caught two fly balls. With two outs in the top of the second, Baytop connected on a pitch by Big Trains all-star Josh Thorne and lined a deep drive to leftfield. The leftfield drifted back, reached up, but the ball sailed over his glove. Baytop rounded first and went to second base for a double.

Lucido and Keranen entered the game in the bottom of the fifth. In that inning Trae Sweeting, the league’s leading base stealer, began the inning with a walk to become just the second base runner for the South All-Stars in the game. As expected, Sweeting attempted to steal, and the result was the same as the last time he tried to steal on the T-Bolts catcher: an out, catcher to shortstop.

In the top of the sixth, with the North All-Stars ahead, 1-0, Brandon Holsworth stepped onto the pitcher’s mound. At that moment, the North All-Star Team’s battery consisted on Lucido and Holsowrth, and in addition, Clay Keranen was stationed at second base. Holsworth sent the South team down in order on just eleven pitches. He retired the first two batters on come-backers to the mound and whiffed the third batter on a side-arm curveball.
In the top of the seventh, Keranen singled through the middle for the second consecutive hit of the inning. His hit put two on the base paths with nobody out, but the next three batters were retired to end the threat.

The South team made their first hit of the game in the last of the seventh. This followed a lead off walk to put runners in first and second with nobody out. Perhaps noting that Lucido was now out of the game, the South squad took advantage by sending the runners in a double steal attempt. Both runners were safe. The next batter hit the ball on the ground for an out, but by getting the ball into play, the runners were able to advance, which tied the game and allowed the runner on second to move to third. The next batter also hit one on the ground. With only one play, Keranen tossed out the batter, but the runner on third tallied scored to give the South All-Stars a 2-1 lead. And that was how it would end.

Notes: The festive evening began with a 60-yard dash, with Lucido and Baytop participating against the fastest in the CRCBL. The winner was not announced, although River Dogs manager Bruce Hall said that three players were timed at 6.5 seconds or less. It was also mentioned that Baytop was timed at 6.7. Jake Taylor (Flagler), the 2013 CRCBL Home-Run Derby winner, represented by the T-Bolts. With head coach Doug Remer pitching Taylor launched two over the leftfield wall. This year’s winner was former T-Bolts All-Star Chris Bzozowski, who hit a total of six home runs. The Thunderbolts return to action on Thursday at Montgomery-Blair Stadium against the first place Bethesda Big Trains.

Manna Food Bank Challenge – T-Bolts Collect over 1,000 Lbs

Thanks to the generous donations of patrons at the Arliss and Blair Giant Food Stores on Saturday July 12, the T-Bolts helped raise over 1,000 pounds of food for the Manna Food Bank. The T-Bolts participated in the Manna Food Bank Challenge with other Montgomery County Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball Teams, Rockville Express, Gaithersburg Giants, and Bethesda Big Train. To read more via our T-Bolts Blog, click HERE

T-Bolts Pitcher Brandon Holsworth Featured in Gazette

T-Bolts Pitcher Brandon Holsworth is one of our top hurlers this season. He is also one of the funniest players on the team. Here is a much-deserved article in the Gazette Newspaper about him and the extraordinary circumstances under which he plays for the Thunderbolts.

Local Elected Officials Honor T-Bolts 15th Anniversary

Delegate Hixon, State Senator Raskin, and Council  Member Leventhal present the T-Bolts with Proclamation (held by T-Bolt Mike Flax)

Delegate Hixon, State Senator Raskin, and Council Member Leventhal present the T-Bolts with Proclamation (held by T-Bolt Mike Flax)

Local elected officials Senator Jamie Raskin, Delegate Shelia Hixon, and Council Member George Leventhal, were on at Montgomery Blair Stadium on Opening Night at Montgomery Blair Stadium to throw out first pitches. Delegate Hixon presented to long-time board members and team founders Ed Sharp and Dick O’Connor a proclamation issued by the Maryland House of Delegates honoring the T-Bolts for their 15th Anniversary.

The Thunderbolts are proud to celebrate their 15th season of college wooden bat baseball this year and thank our local officials for their continued support of T-Bolts baseball.

T-Bolts 2014 Season Straight Ahead

By Gary Sarnoff

June 3, 2014, Silver Spring, Maryland. The meter at the top of the Cal Ripken League web site is counting down to opening day: 1 Day, 2 Hours, 17 Minutes, and 42 seconds . . . 1 Day, 2 Hours, 17 Minutes, and 41 seconds . . . 40, 39, 38, 37, 36, tick, tick, tick…

And when the count down reaches zero, the umpire will shout “Play Ball!” at Criswell Automotive Field in Gaithersburg, and the 2014 season will be underway. Our T-Bolts are scheduled to open their season versus the Gaithersburg Giants on Wednesday at 5:00. 

Since the last out of the 2013 season, head coach Doug Remer has been busy reviewing stats and talking with school coaches and other baseball experts in an attempt to comprise the best team he can for the 2014 season. It took time, communication, review and then some to do the job. And finally, after hearing from hundreds of interested ball players, Coach Remer inked 29 ballplayers who he believes will bring a winner to the Silver Spring-Takoma Park community.

If the tune-up game win last Saturday night at Montgomery Blair Stadium was a reading for what is to come this season, the T-Bolts will be good. And the game also indicated that this team will be strong in pitching and defense, two definite sore spots for the T-Bolts during the past two seasons.

Brandon Holsworth (Gallaudet) is slated to be the opening day starting pitcher. A two-time-pitcher-of-the- year in his college conference, he went 8-3 with a 2.18 ERA this spring. In addition, he threw four complete games, allowed 11 less hits than innings pitched, and struck out 85 in 103 innings. He looked good in his pre season assignment by hitting the strike zone on 18 of 26 total pitches.

Danny O’Donnell, a teammate of Brandon’s at Gallaudet, will pitch in his third consecutive CRCBL season. A league all-star two seasons ago, he tied for the staff lead in wins last season with 3. This season, he would like to regain his all-star status and chalk up a few more W’s. This spring at Gallaudet, he was twice named as pitcher-of-the-week in his conference.

Josh Kisamore (USC Beaufort) is another returning pitcher from the 2013 T-Bolts. Last season, he was an All-Star and second on the staff to O’Donnell in innings pitched, but for the team lead in wins (3). He struck out 28, walked only 9 in 43 innings pitched.

Chris Flores is also a returnee from 2013, joining the team July.

Left-hander Greg Jakuska, who will start on Sunday, posted a solid 2.70 ERA at Stevens Technology this spring. He also struck out 26 in 20 innings pitched. The third and final lefthander of the staff is Robert Galligan (U of Maryland). Pitching in six games for the Terps this season, after being red-shirted in 2012, he has showed flashes by pitching three hitless innings.

Michael Austin will soon be joining the T-Bolts, with his team Bethune-Cookman having made it to the NCAA Regionals, but eliminated last weekend. Austin worked out of the pen this spring (although his did make one start) and saved 3 games, including one that was televised on ESPN-U.

Another pitcher on the staff who is returning from the NCAA tourney is 6’7 right-hander Jordan Church (Sam Houston). Another right-hander on the staff is Joshua Grant (Pace), who is slated to start Friday’s game in Alexandria.

Pitchers Connor Tagg (Case Western) and Nick Moylan (U of Delaware) help round out the pitching staff. Both appeared in the last Saturday’s scrimmage and both did well, exhibiting excellent control.

Garrett Pearson (VCU) and Brodie Leftridge (U of Tennessee), the youngest members of the team, are still in high school. That will change on Friday when the two young men receive their diplomas at the St. John’s University High School commencement.

Pearson has great size (at 6’5 225) and he can wing it. His fastball hit 95 MPH on the radar gun while striking out eight in the Cadets recent win in the DCSAA championship game at Nats Park. The unbelievable part of all of this is he might be getting faster. His fastball was clocked at 88 MPH in October of 2012. One year later, the report was he was up to 91 MPH.

Brodie Leftridge will be spending most of the 2014 season as a starting outfielder, but look for him to pitch a few innings as well. He served as St. John’s closer this past spring. Last Saturday, he stepped onto the mound in the eighth inning. He struck out one batter and hit the strike zone on 7 of his 8 total pitches.

Like Leftridge, Rich Condeelis Jr. (Lackawanna) is another position player who can pitch. He has a strong arm and earned the save last Saturday by striking out two while pitching the ninth inning.

The task of handling the T-Bolts pitchers falls to returning catcher Robert Lucido (Amherst). The man with the red helmet hit .271 last season, scored 17 runs, and drew 22 walks while playing in 29 games. He also finished third in the league with 15 steals. He might hit the 20 stolen base mark this season and finish with a higher batting average.  Sharing the backstop duties with Lucido will be Logan Mummert (Louisburg) and Robert Clingerman (Marshall). Mummert hit over .300 this past spring at a Division I JUCO. Clingerman has a strong arm and will back up Lucido and Mummert.

Infielder Jake Taylor enjoyed a good spring at Flagler University in Florida. Two seasons ago, he had finished second in the league to Hunter Renfro in home runs (Taylor hit 13) to earn a spot in the CRCBL all-star game. This season, Taylor wants to make good in his last season of eligibility in the CRCBL, and is hungry to reclaim his all-star status.

Rich Condeelis Jr. played first base at the end of his spring season, but started at third base on Saturday night. He hit .387 with 6 homers during the spring, but finished strong with 2 home runs in his last three games.

Middle infielder Clay Keranen (Liberty) played in 32 games last season for the T-Bolts. He is an excellent fielder who brings experience and leadership to the T-Bolts this season. He should be arriving soon, his team having played in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The other infielders are Jack Graham (Slippery Rock), Daniel Heleine (West Virginia), Pat Hisle (Maryland), Jake MacWilliam (Sam Houston), and Michael Flax (LaSalle).
Graham was sidelined during the spring with a hand injury. He started last Saturday, played well in the field, and produced the game-winning RBI single and had a stolen base. Heleine, a former West Virginia high school player-of the-year, also started last Saturday, as did Hisle, who got a hit and scored one run. MacWilliam started in 12 games for Sam Houston and posted solid numbers at the plate (.277, one HR, 7 RBI). Flax is coming back from Tommy John surgery and will see time this season as an infielder.

There are six outfielders listed on the T-Bolts roster. T-Bolts fans will enjoy watching Brodie Leftridge. The U of Tennessee-bound freshman, rated as one of the top fifty high school outfielders in the nation, can run, throw, and hit. He was clocked at 93 MPH in throwing from the outfield, timed at 6.54 in the sixty yard dash, and was said to “have very good hitting tools” by Perfect Game USA (scouting service). Jason Baytop Jr. (St. Augustine’s) has a great throwing arm and can hit. During the spring he batted over .300 and hit four triples. Tyler Coleman (Montgomery College) hit over .500 during the spring. Krysthian Leal (Maryland) played 26 games and started 12 for the talented Maryland Terps this spring. Brian Ruditys (Quinnipiac) hit .269 with a homer, 13 RBI, and 5 stolen bases with the Youses Orioles last season. Kyle Norman (U of San Francisco) is fast, can over ground in the outfield, and is said to be a gap hitter.

And so the pre season is coming to an end. The meter is counting, and soon the 2014 season will be underway.

Thunderbolts baseball is straight ahead.

Notes: The Gaithersburg Giants lost to the Big Train, 15-1 in their preseason tune up on Saturday. Gaithersburg, who played all day games at home in 2013, have new lights for this season, but they will not be ready this week, so the T-Bolts first game of the season is slated for 5:00.

Thunderbolts hold first Practice of Season            

By Gary Sarnoff                             

T-Bolt Outfielders Working The Cage on First Day of Practice

T-Bolt Outfielders Working The Cage on First Day of Practice

May 30, 2014, Silver Spring, Maryland. The sun finally broke through on Friday afternoon at beautiful Montgomery Blair Stadium, and the Thunderbolts were able to enjoy their first practice of the 2014 season.  As 15 of the 29 roster players began by limbering up in right field, the sights and sounds of field’s surroundings on a nice spring day indicated that T-Bolts season was in the air. The temperature was in the upper 70s with a stiff breeze that kept the air cool. The green tree tops beyond the right field fence swerved in the wind, while the flag atop of the flagpole at the firehouse in leftfield fluttered with the breeze. The sounds of cars passing by on nearby University Boulevard were audible, but hardly loud enough to break the concentration of the ballplayers while pitching coach Wade Newman led them in the limber-up session before today’s two-hour practice session.

Following coach Newman’s session, the groundskeeper stopped by to deliver a message. He asked if the players could only wear gym shoes or rubber cleats while on the field. As it would turn out, the field, which needs some work before Saturday’s pre season game versus the Rockville Express, would go unused.

The T-Bolts then walked over to the high school football field to begin the first practice of the season. The first drill was throwing. In groups of two the players lined up across from their throwing buddy in the end zone behind the T-Bolts first base side dugout and begin to throw. They began at about ten yard apart, then after every few minutes, one player in each twosome backed up to lengthen the distance of the tosses. Jason Baytop Jr. (St. Augustine’s) threw one from the fifty yard line that plunged into his partner’s glove on a fly. And since his throwing buddy was standing on the end line in the end zone, this meant the throw covered a total distance of sixty yards!

Not to be outdone, Silver Spring native Robert Clingerman (Marshall) also heaved one from the fifty that plunged into his throwing buddy’s mitt with a loud pop.  Then Jake Taylor (Flagler) got the idea that he could match his two teammates. He gave it the old college try by tossing one from the fifty, but his effort was on target and required one bounce before making it to his target. Being the competitor he is, Mr. Taylor got an idea he could still match his teammates for the longest toss of the day. He backed up another ten yards, and then made a running start before releasing the ball at the forty-five yard line on the far side of the fifty yard line. His toss sailed in the air and made it to his intended target on a fly.

After the throwing warm up, the fielders headed to the batting cage while the pitchers edged off to the corner of the football field for a meeting with rookie pitching coach Newman. At that moment a school of helicopters appeared over Montgomery Blair Stadium, thus grabbing everyone’s attention “The president,” someone said. “Usually there are only four helicopters. Wonder why seven today?”  A few minutes later, a lone helicopter appeared. “Must be Michelle’s,” someone said.

When the T-Bolts got back to business, coach Newman began his meeting. “Brandon,” he told Brandon Holzworth (Gallaudet), “You are going start the first game (of the season). (Joshua) Grant (Pace) will pitch on Thursday. Danny (O’Donnell) (Gallaudet) will go in the home opener (on Friday). (Greg) Jakusic (Steven Technology) will pitch on Saturday.”

Then the T-Bolts pitching coach talked about warming up the day before the first game of the regular season, scheduled for next Wednesday at Gaithersburg. “What I use to do is go to the bullpen and throw 20 or 25 pitches the day before I would pitch.” Newman is speaking from experience. He knows every pitcher is different, and he is leaving it up to his pitchers to do their own thing. “Let’s see what they do and if it works,” he says.

At the batting cage the fielders set the ball on a tee and swing away. After about five minutes, someone warns, “Catcher’s, seven more minutes!” When that time expires, T-Bolts catcher Robert Clingerman and Robert Lucido (Amherst) put on the catcher’s gear and head to the bullpen to catch for the pitchers. At about 3:30, the practice concludes and the players head to the dugout to hear head coach, Doug Remer, address them for the second time this season. After hearing from the head coach, the players huddle and each player extends an arm in order to put a hand into the team’s interlock hands in the middle of the huddle. A player then yells, “One, two, three!” And then the entire team responds, “T-Bolts!”

And day number two of the Thunderbolt’s pre season concludes at beautiful Montgomery Blair Stadium. The good news is all seems to be going well with our Thunderbolts. More good news: nice weather expected in store for the T-Bolts when they return for Saturday night’s game.

T-Bolts Veterans Have Something To Prove In 2014

By Gary Sarnoff

T-Bolt Jake Taylor

T-Bolt Jake Taylor

May 30, 2014, Silver Spring, Maryland. Three members from last season’s Silver Spring-Takoma team, who will proudly wear the White and Blue colored jerseys of the Thunderbolts this season, were present at Coach Remer’s first team meeting of the season on Wednesday afternoon at Montgomery Blair Stadium. Actually, six players from the 2013 T-Bolts have a spot on this summer’s roster.
Infielder Jake Taylor (Flagler), pitcher Danny O’Donnell (Gallaudet), and catcher Robert Lucido (Amherst) were on hand on Wednesday. Being the old guard from last season, the three returnees were the first permitted to enter the press box and select their home and away uniform for the coming season. Both Taylor and Lucido selected their uniform numbers from last season (Taylor, number 24, and Lucido choose number 1). However, Mr. O’Donnell opted to go with number 27 instead of his number 9 from last season.

The three returning T-Bolts who were absent on Wednesday afternoon were infielder Clay Keranen (Liberty), pitcher Josh Kisamore (USC Beaufort), and pitcher Chris Flores (Tennessee-Martin). “Josh Kisamore reported on Thursday afternoon and Chris Flores will be joining the team in July. Clay Keranen will be busy at least through the weekend, as he and his Liberty University teammates will be playing at Charlottsville in the NCAA Regionals.

T-Bolt Robert Lucido

T-Bolt Robert Lucido

Taylor and O’Donnell will have something to prove this season. In 2012, the two young men represented their respective teams in the CRCBL All-Star Game (Taylor was with the T-Bolts; O’Donnell pitched for the DC Grays in 2012). Last season, both players watched the game instead of participating. “I purposely held Danny out so he would have the incentive be there this season,” according to Remer.

As for Taylor, his reason for missing out on the game with the league’s elites was simple: his offensive production declined. In 2012, he finished second in the league in home runs (13) to Mississippi State All-American and Padres number one draft choice Hunter Renfro (16). He also powered home 35 RBI (10th best in the league) and posted a .574 slugging percentage. But last season his statistics declined to hitting 34 points less than his 2012 batting average, hitting just 3 homers, and totaling 16 RBI. His slugging percentage also fell to .403, leaving Thunderbolts fans and observers to ask, what happened to Jake Taylor? “He tried to press,” said Remer. “He tried too hard to duplicate his 2012 season.”

Perhaps getting off to a slow start, he tried to make up ground every time he stepped into the box, or maybe he tried to “slug,” which is a no-no according to New York Giants pitching legend Carl Hubbell. “When a batter tries to ‘slug,’ he is trying to get it all back in one swing rather than the playing for one run, and when a batter does that it gives me the advantage.” “If he just put the ball into play last season, he would have had 15 more RBI,” Remer says about Taylor.

T-Bolt Danny O'Donnell

T-Bolt Danny O’Donnell

But Coach Remer understands that 2013 is history, and he believes Taylor will be play more to his full potential this summer. “He is more mature,” says Remer. And Taylor is also coming off of a good spring at Flagler University where he finished in the top ten in three offensive categories and won Peach Belt Conference Player-of-the-week award during the final week of the season. There seems to be a sense of confidence that Taylor will bounce back in 2014. The question is where will he play? He spent most of the spring season filling the designated hitter role. He also saw time at first base where he handled all of his plus-forty total chances without a single mishap. He also has a great stretch at first base and he is experienced at the position. Another possibility for the big guy is to play third base, the position he played last summer for the T-Bolts. “I’m the only one he sees Taylor as a third baseman,” says Remer. Playing 43 games at third base last season, Taylor finished in the top three in the league in putouts and assists and was fifth in fielding percentage at the position.

Danny O’Donnell tied Josh Kisamore and Chris Fusco for the team lead in wins with three. He allowed seven more hits than innings pitched, but most impressive is he allowed only 9 walks while striking out 28 in 44 innings pitched. He is coming off a good spring at Gallaudet University where he had won two pitcher-of-the week honors in the conference in consecutive weeks. He finished the season as a member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference All-Conference team. During one stretch of the season, he had allowed just one earned run in thirty-seven innings pitched.

Robert Lucido, the man with the bright red batting helmet, hit .271 in 2013 to finish second on the T-Bolts in hitting (to Cody Acker, who hit .279). In a rare feat for a catcher, he filled the leadoff role in the T-Bolts batting order and finished tied for third in the CRCBL with 15 stolen bases. He led the T-Bolts catching staff in putouts (75) and assists (6).  Where Lucido will bat in the T-Bolts batting order will be determined. What kind of season to project the T-Bolts backstop is hard to predict since he saw limited action in college this spring. What is known is Lucido will have competition for the team’s stolen base leadership in 2014. According to Remer, this team will have more than just a few players who are capable of swiping 16-plus bases.

Notes: Today’s afternoon practice was washed out. The T-Bolts will try for their first team practice on Friday. On Saturday, the play the Rockville Express in a pre season game, scheduled for 7:00 at Montgomery Blair Stadium.

Coach Doug Remer’s Championship Talk; A Familiarity in Washington Baseball History

By Gary Sarnoff

May 29, 2014, Silver Spring, Maryland. When Doug Remer mentioned his gut feeling about the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts playing in the 2014 CRCBL championship game, it traced the roots of Washington baseball history to ninety years before when another manager warned that he had a contender.

Washington Manager Bucky Harris (LOC Prints and Photographs Division)

Washington Manager Bucky Harris (LOC Prints and Photographs Division)

Let’s turn the clock back to the spring of 1924, when Washington Senators’ owner Clark Griffith hired rookie manager Bucky Harris. The new Washington pilot was handed the controls of a team with a losing tradition, a team that had never won a pennant, and a franchise that appeared to have no direction. But like Doug Remer, Harris believed in his heart that his team was going to contend, and he was not bashful of telling others how he felt. After hearing Harris talk about the upcoming season, a sportswriter smiled before warning, “most Washington teams I know are playing out their schedule by the end of July.”

But Harris was unconvinced. He believed that his team would contend, and he let his players know that he believed in them by talking championship in every team meeting. When the season ended, Washington had pulled off one of the greatest surprises in baseball history by not only finishing two full games ahead of Babe Ruth and the Yankees to win the American League pennant, but defeating the powerful New York Giants in the World Series to win the only baseball world championship in Washington sports history.

Now move the clock to the present, and to the anticipation of the upcoming Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball Season. The Thunderbolts finished eleventh in 2013, and in last place their two seasons prior. They will be contending with the Baltimore Red Birds (2012 and 2013 CRCBL champs), the powerful Bethesda Big Train, and the up-and- coming Alexandria Aces (ranked in the top 20 through out the summer by Baseball America), but this is a ball team that has a plan and a direction. Throughout the fall and winter and into the spring months, Doug Remer and David Stinson have been talking to and signing players who fit their vision of a championship team. Thirty players were told that they are here because the feeling is they have what it takes to win.

Doug Remer once said his vision of his kind of winning team is one that has speed, executes, is fundamentally sound, plays loose, and is fun to watch. He believes he will enter the 2014 season with his kind of team. So when we hear the coach, a T-Bolts player, or anyone associated with the T-Bolts talk about a championship in 2014, think back to Bucky Harris, and to the fact that he was right.

Head Coach Doug Remer and the T-Bolts Are Singing a Song About Winning

By Gary Sarnoff

T-Bolts Players Report For the 2014 Season

T-Bolts Players Report For the 2014 Season

May 28, 2014. Silver Spring, Maryland. It’s a new season, a new team, and head coach Doug Remer, who is not much of a singer, is singing anyway.

At Montgomery Blair Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, Thunderbolts second-year head coach Doug Remer greeted approximately two-thirds of the group of collegians who will comprise his 2014 roster. After the troops met their commander and new teammates, they took a seat in the home dugout on the first base side and listened as the head coach sang a tune that may have sounded a bit foreign at first, but will soon be understood: “I expect to be in the championship game,” sang the head coach, who then paused as if he wanted to be sure his tune made sense to his players.

No, the coach did not really sing, although he might if his team does indeed make it to the title game in August. But what he did do was communicate why he believes his team will contend in 2014, and that each player on the roster will get a chance to contribute. The 2014 overture about a winning season began when T-Bolts Director of Player Personnel David Stinson started the meeting by welcoming the ball players. “It’s a pleasure to have you guys here this summer,” he said. He then conveyed about this team being assembled as a winning combination. “We put this team together with the intention on winning.” Stinson also mentioned the verse about the teams he feels the T-Bolts must beat to win the crown: “We can measure ourselves against them,” said Stinson.

“What’s up? How is everybody?” Remer asked when he first addressed the team. And then he got down to business by touching base about why he feels this season will be different. “I felt we were as good as every team in the league last season,” he said. “Some teams were deeper (in terms of depth), but not necessarily better. Those deeper teams were hard to catch after we fell behind.”
Remer believes that his team this season will have the depth to match all other teams. He also believes that if his batters can hit the ball into play, it will put the pressure on the other teams to execute. In 2013, the T-Bolts’ batters struck out over 300 times, finished last in the league in hitting, scored only 156 runs, and finished last in the league in RBI. “We had more runners left on base than RBI’s last season,” says Remer, a stat that no doubt embarrasses him. Remer is certain that by just making more contact at the plate and getting the ball into play this season will produce more runs and help win those close games, a subject that does not sit well with Remer. He counts 9 or 10 close games losses in 2013, with most of those defeats resulting after being ahead after the eighth inning.

Remer made it clear that everyone will get a chance, and that some pitchers will be limited in game time due to their college coaches requesting them to be on a pitch count. This means the key for every player on the roster will be to focus on quality when in the game. The T-Bolts head honcho also made it clear that if the team wins, they will draw scouts. “There are players on this team who will get drafted. We have guys on this team who can be drafted but don’t know it yet.”

The coach also emphasis that he wants be a solid fundamentals team this year. He told his team that he expects them to work. He stresses practice, practice, and practice, and reminds the boys of the hours that the batting cage is available in case they want to work on hitting. “We going to be a team to beat this season,” said the coach. “We’re going to have people in the stands this season.”
“Welcome aboard,” Remer tells his team. “Welcome aboard with the Thunderbolts.”

Then he pauses before concluding his first meeting of the season. “And practice is at 3:00 tomorrow.”

Second Season Approaching for Thunderbolts Head Coach Doug Remer

By Gary Sarnoff

T-Bolts Head Coach Doug Remer as Coach for Bowie Baysox

T-Bolts Head Coach Doug Remer as Coach for Bowie Baysox

April 28, 2014. Doug Remer can no longer be referenced as the rookie head coach of the Silver Spring- Takoma Thunderbolts. In less than six weeks, he will enter the 2014 season as a veteran CRCBL head coach, and the 2013 season, when the T-Bolts finished a disappointing eleventh place, will become a distance memory except for the lessons learned. And speaking of the head coach and his rookie season, which now can be chalked up to experience, there is still one question remaining about his maiden season: What did he learn? “Trust my gut feeling,” answered Remer. “Don’t second guess; go with my instincts.” And through experience the head coach plans to implement his new ideas and a vision of having a disciplined environment where each player is always ready, always focused, and understands his role to the team. “My hope is they will go back to their schools as better ballplayers”.

When the 2013 concluded, the coach went to work and has been busy during the off-season. In addition to recruiting, he runs a baseball clinic for kids three days a week. He attended a baseball coach’s clinic in Dallas for the first time (“I knew nobody, but I got around”) and currently serves as a part-time coach for the Bowie Baysox. With the Baysox the coach throws batting practice, hits fungoes, and observes the team’s atmosphere. By working with the Orioles double-A affiliate, he has picked up on a few ideas on how to keep the kids more focused.

Focus appeared to be a problem for the T-Bolts last season, perhaps explaining why the team sustained a half-dozen late inning setbacks. A more focused team will mean more late-inning leads will hold and season victories. A good example of the coach’s plan to keep the team more focused is by having a bullpen catcher in order to allow his three catchers on the roster to stay focused throughout the game. But there is more to the plan than having an extra catcher to warm up the pitchers. A new assistant coach, in 6’6 Marcus Johnson, will be on the bench to help keep the discipline and help hold the players accountable for their actions. He will also serve as the team’s first base coach.

When thirty-two roster players due to report to coach Remer shortly after Memorial Day, the eight who filled starting roles last season will find that their jobs will not be waiting for them. The same rule applies to the players who are currently playing everyday during the current collegiate season. The coach notes that all jobs will be opened. “Who can hold the runners (on base) will determine the starting pitchers,” says Remer. As for the batters, it will be who can put the ball in play, execute the hit-and-run, and hit in the clutch.

The 2014 Thunderbolts roster is set. The season is approaching, and the now veteran head coach is ready. He has a CRCBL season under his belt. He has a vision. Now to put it all together and make it all happen in 2014.

Congratulations to former T-Bolt Devon Davis

Devon Davis has signed a professional contract with the Chicago White Sox organization.

Devon Davis, 2012 Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolt

Devon Davis, 2012 Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolt

Devon, who played for the Thunderbolts in 2012, was a standout pitcher at the University of Montevallo. In 2012 he represented the T-Bolts in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League All Star game. We wish Devon much success in professional baseball.

Head Coach Doug Remer To Return To T-Bolts For 2014 Season

The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts are happy to report that first year head coach Doug Remer will be returning to the T-Bolts next season. In addition to the fine job Coach Remer did leading the team in his rookie campaign, Doug’s return also will help bring stability to the organization as we work during the off season to improve and put together a highly-competitive squad for next season. We are hoping to bring back a core of players from this season who are committed to bring to Silver Spring-Takoma in 2014 a winning campaign. In case you have not had a chance to see it, take a moment to learn a little bit more about Doug and this year’s coaching staff. Click Meet The Thunderbolts Coaches to see our youtube video featuring Doug, Pitching Coach Pat Skellchock, and First Base Coach Zach Adams.

Many Thanks To Our Wonderful Host Families

Saturday July 20th was Host Family Night at Blair Stadium. The Thunderbolts honored our many host families with an the field celebration prior to first pitch. T-Bolt players posed with their host families for pictures both on the field and in the dug out.

Our 2013 T-Bolts Host Families

Our 2013 T-Bolts Host Families

Providing housing for T-Bolt players who live outside the D.C. area is crucial for the success of our team since it allows us to recruit nationally. Our host families are an integral part of our team both on and off the field, and we appreciate their generosity in opening their homes to our players.

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Thanks also to Peter Kiefhaber, T-Bolts Host Family Coordinator, for doing such a fine job and Tasha Belikove, T-Bolts Photography Intern, for taking these great pictures of some of our host familes.

T-Bolts At The All Star Game

T-Bolts Cody Acker (VCU), Josh Kisamore (Florence Darlington), and Ian Glassman (UMBC) all made appearances in the CRCBL on July 17, 2013 at Povich Field. Kisamore pitched a scoreless inning in relief while Acker and Glassman were substitutes in the game with Acker playing center field and Glassman playing left field.

T-Bolt All Stars Cody Acker, Josh Kisamore, Ian Glassman, Coach Doug Remer and Jake Taylor

T-Bolt All Stars Cody Acker, Josh Kisamore, Ian Glassman, Coach Doug Remer and Jake Taylor

T-Bolt Jake Taylor participated in the home run derby. The winner of last year’s contest, this year Jake came in a close second, with five home runs, just one behind the winner. Congratulations again to our T-Bolt All Stars.

Congratulations To Our T-Bolt All Stars

T-Bolts Cody Acker (VCU), Josh Kisamore (Florence Darlington), and Ian Glassman (UMBC) will represent the Thunderbolts in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League’s All Star Game tonight (July 17th) at Povich Field in Bethesda, Maryland. Come out and see all the stars as the North Team takes on the South Team beginning at 7:30.

2013 T-Bolt All Stars Cody Acker, Ian Glassman, and Josh Kisamore

2013 T-Bolt All Stars Cody Acker, Ian Glassman, and Josh Kisamore (photo Tasha Belikove)

Our own Jake Taylor will be on hand, defending his title in the Home Run Derby, which takes place before the All Star Game at 5 pm. Congratulations to our All Stars.

For complete information about the game, including ticket prices, go to the CRCBL Website

Former Thunderbolt Brett Cecil (2004-05) Selected to MLB All-Star Team

Brett Cecil was looking forward to spending his All-Star break with his folks in Annapolis. That was before he received the news on Saturday that he will be representing the Toronto Blue Jays in next Tuesday’s All Star Game at Citi Field in New York. Moved when learning the good news, Cecil could only say that he is “humbled.”

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The 2013 American League All-Star pitched for the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts in the summers of 2004 and 2005. In 2005 the season the T-Bolts won their first of two championships and Cecil led the league in strikeouts, pitched the league’s first no-hitter, and was named as the top prospect of the CRCBL.

Cecil pitched at Dematha High School and the University of Maryland. He holds the Terp’s record for most saves in a season (13) and a career (23). The Blue Jays first round pick in 2007, he appeared to have a great future as a starting pitcher when winning twenty-two games in his first two big league seasons. But after a disappointing 2011 season, Cecil was sent to double-A to begin the 2012 season. He was promoted back to the Blue Jays staff during the season, but after going 2-4 with a 5.72 ERA, he was sent to the Jays triple-A team in Las Vegas. He returned to the Blue Jays before the end of the season.

Unsure what to do with him, Toronto sent him to their bullpen to begin the 2013 season. As a relief pitcher, Cecil has excelled into top-notch pitcher to become worthy of a spot on the All-Star team; a rare distinction for a middle reliever.

“It’s definitely much easier to deal with the bullpen because you can be out there and ready to pitch the next day instead of having to wait for days and dwell on the bad stuff,” said Cecil, who is easy to recognized by his thick black rimmed eyeglasses.

In 2013, Cecil is 3-0 with a 1.43 ERA. He has struck out 50 in 44 innings pitched, and set a team record by retiring 43 batters in a row.
“A big part that plays into it is a willingness to learn,” said Cecil. “You’ve got to want to listen to them, got to want to ask them questions. It’s not that I grill them everyday, but the conversations here and there make a difference.”

Cecil is the second former Thunderbolt to make the MBL All-Star team. Jon Papelbon (T-Bolt 2000) was the other player to receive the honor.

Congratulations To 2010 T-Bolt Dan Tobik 

Congratulations are in order for Dan Tobik, who was selected in the 39th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball First Year Player’s Draft.

2010 T-Bolt Dan Tobik

2010 T-Bolt Dan Tobik

Tobik, who played for the T-Bolts in 2010, was a standout at University of Tennessee-Martin and was selected by the Los Angeles Angels. Dan’s father, Dave Tobik, pitched in the major leagues for the Tigers, Rangers, and Mariners. Congratulations Dan! The best is yet to come.

T-Bolts Visit U.S. Capitol and Big Train Grandson Visits T-Bolts

Be sure to check out the T-BOLTS BLOG to read about your Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts trip to Washington, D.C., as well as a recent visit to Blair Stadium by Hank Thomas, grandson of Hall of Fame Pitcher Walter Johnson.

T-Bolt's Tour Take On The Capitol

T-Bolt’s Tour Take On The Capitol

Cal Ripken and Charlie Brotman Visit Blair Stadium on Watch Pocket Night

The T-Bolts were happy to welcome once again Cal Ripken, Jr., to Blair Stadium on Friday, June 14th. The Hall of Famer and namesake of our league was here to watch Youse’s Orioles take on the Thunderbolts.

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Charlie Brotman and Cal Ripken, Jr., Talking Baseball at Blair Stadium

Cal’s son, Ryan Ripken, plays first base for the Orioles. Cal could be seen cheering for his son, who hit a home run in the first inning that landed in the swamp behind right field (alas no souvenir could be had). The T-Bolts also welcomed Charlie Brotman, the former voice of the Washington Senators, who threw out the first pitch and gave a motivational talk to the players before the game. Former Terp baseball player Matt Stohlman, the owner of Watch Pocket and a long time supporter of the T-Bolts, was also on hand with his daughter Sidney to throw out the first pitch alongside Mr. Brotman.

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Charlie Brotman Talks To The T-Bolts About The Zen of Baseball

After the game, Cal once again should his love of the game and its fans by remaining behind to sign autographs and pose for pictures.

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Cal Ripken, Jr. Poses with T-Bolts Javy Marticorena, Errol Robinson, Brandon Vega, Travis Burnette, and Tayler Stiles

Mr. Ripken also was kind enough to oblige GM David Stinson’s request that he autograph the Fathead of Mr. Ripken that is in the Blair Announcer’s Booth as part of our Wall of Fame. Mr. Ripken’s inscription stated: “To the T-Bolts, Work Hard, Have Fun, It’s A Game.” Mr. Brotman was also kind enough to autograph the wall as well.

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Cal Ripken, Jr., Signing A Flathead In His Honor

Although the T-Bolts lost to the Orioles that evening, it was still a great night for baseball at Blair Stadium.

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

Congratulations To Tayler Stiles and Errol Robinson

T-Bolts Pitcher Tayler Stiles (Bishop McNamara) received a first team All-Met selection by the Washington Post and T-Bolts Shortstop Errol Robinson (St. John’s) received an honorable mention. Congratulations to our two recent high school grads who received this distinguished and well-deserved honor.

Second Annual High School-TBolts Scrimmage

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Seniors and alumni from Northwood HS, Blair HS, Springbrook HS, Kennedy HS, and Einstein HS took on the T-Bolts on Saturday June 1st for the Second Annual High School-T-Bolts Split Squad Scrimmage. Thanks to all the seniors and alumni who played: Carter Stinson (Northwood), Adrian Ceballos (Springbrook), Daniel Zucker (Einstein), Lowell Ensell (Blair) Manny Joseph (Kennedy), Elvis Paulino (Blair), Nilson Turcios (Springbrook), Langston Taylor (Blair), Joe Jandro Anthony (Springbrook), Gabrielle Bonilla (Northwood), Adam Lott (Blair), Andrew Soncrant (Northwood), and Mark Genzer (Springbrook). Thanks also Montgomery College Germantown Head Coach Dan Rascher for leading the team of seniors and alumni.

The T-Bolts Are Here!

DSCN9776Your 2013 Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts have arrived and held their first practice today, May 31st at Springbrook High School. Our Second Annual T-Bolts/High School Seniors and Alumni Scrimmage is Saturday June 1st at 7 pm at Blair Stadium. Come out and see the boys of summer in an intersquad scrimmage with recent grads and alumni from Northwood HS, Blair HS, and Springbrook HS. Admission is free.

A Rite of Spring – The New BatKids Are Here

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The Batkids Are Alright – We are happy to welcome the T-Bolts Batkids to another season of Thunderbolts Baseball. Sara Morris, Batkid Administrator extrodinare held a training session at Blair Stadium for the new and returning Batkids on Monday May 2oth. Batkids are a crucial part of the T-Bolts game day experience and we are happy to have such an enthusiastic group of kids helping us out. Thanks to Simon, Nick, Cooper, Colin, Xander, Bennett, Jonny, George, Julianne, Liam, Grant, Mitchell, and Ethan.

2011 T-Bolt Dan Gayeski Is Back with the Thunderbolts This Season

DeSales Junior Dan Gayeski tore a ligament in his elbow while pitching for the T-Bolts in 2011. Read Gary Sarnoff’s article about Dan’s road back to the top of his college league and return to the T-Bolts in 2013. Click The Comeback Kid to read the full story.

2005 T-Bolt Zach Clark Called Up To The Majors

The Orioles announced today that Zach Clark, a member of the 2005 Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts, has been called up from Norfolk and will be added as a member of the O’s bullpen staff. Congratulations Zack! Click Orioles.com to read the full story.

Returning T-Bolt Jake Taylor: More Than Just A Power Hitter

T-Bolts Sports Writer and Analyst Gary Sarnoff sat down recently to talk with returning T-Bolts First Baseman Jake Taylor. Read his full article by clicking T-Bolts Blog. See also Montgomery Gazette to read about Jake in the Montgomery Gazette.

Incoming T-Bolt Pitcher Mac Gill named UMBC Athlete of the Month

gillUMBC junior pitcher Mac Gill (Walter Johnson HS) was named the UMBC Athlete of the Month for March 2013, during which he posted a record of 2-0 and with an ERA of 2.70 in five starts. The junior right-hander worked a team-high 33.1 innings and threw his first career complete game on Mar. 23, defeating America East rival Albany 3-2.

 

 

T-Bolts New Head Coach Doug Remer Ready To Make His Mark – An Article By Gary Sarnoff

T-Bolts Sports Writer and Analyst Gary Sarnoff sat down recently to talk with new T-Bolts Head Coach Doug Remer. Read his full article by clicking HERE

Former T-Bolt Zach Clark Making A Strong Case For Himself In O’s Spring Training

Zach Clark (T-Bolts 2005) continues to impress the Orioles during the O’s spring training in Sarasota, Florida. This is his first big league camp and he is doing everything he can to make sure the team brings him north this spring. Here’s an article from mlb.com about his progress this spring: Zack Clark MLB.COM.

Blair Stadium Gets A Major Makeover

This Fall, the Montgomery County Department of Parks and Plannings hired Mid-Atlantic Turf to replace the infield and aprons at Blair Stadium.

The Infield at Blair Stadium Exposed

Starting in mid November, the Mid-Atlantic removed all the turf and infield dirt, laser-graded the surface, installed new sod on the infield and aprons, and placed new infield dirt.

Dick O’Connor Says Goodbye to the Blair Stadium Turf

Work was completed in December, leaving plenty of time for the new sod to take root by March 1 and the start of the Blair High School baseball season.

Dick O’Connor With Jesse and Cliff Driver of Mid-Atlantic Turf

Mid-Atlantic Turf is the company that installed the field at Blair Stadium when the Thunderbolts helped build the ball park in the early 2000′s.

2005 T-Bolt Zach Clark Added to Orioles’ 40 Man Roster – Appearing at Orioles Fanfest

Zach Clark (T-Bolts 2005) has been added to the Baltimore Orioles’ 40-man roster and will be appearing at this year’s Orioles Fanfest at the Baltimore Convention Center on Saturday January 19th. Zach will take part in player autograph sessions, fan forums, and picture sessions.

Zach Clark Pitching for the Bowie Baysox in 2011

Be sure to come out and welcome your former T-Bolts to the Orioles! The fanfest is held from 11-5 (10 am entrance for season ticket holders). There is free parking in lots B and C next to Camden Yards.

DOUG REMER NAMED T-BOLTS HEAD COACH FOR THE 2013 SEASON

The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts are please to announce the hiring of Doug Remer as Head Coach for the 2013 season. We are certain many of you in the Silver Spring-Takoma area know Doug and his passion for baseball and we are excited to welcome him as a member of the T-Bolts family. Doug currently is the head varsity baseball coach at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring where he teaches Special Education and Mathematics. Doug is a former college standout at Savannah State University and previously served as junior varsity coach at St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Albert Einstein High School and is an instructor at both the Baseball Factory Youth Skills and Development Program and Diamond Skills Prospects Camp.

Doug holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of Maryland, College Park, and a Masters Degree in Transitional Special Education from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

In addition to coaching the T-Bolts next season, Doug will be heading up the T-Bolts summer baseball camps next season. He is a welcome addition to the Thunderbolts organization. Congratulations to Doug!

Three T-Bolts Honored As Members Of 2012 CRCBL All-League Team

T-Bolt relief pitcher Paul Beers (Towson) was named to the CRCBL  All-League First Team, while designated hitter Chris Bzozowski (Keystone) and Kurt Wertz, Jr. (Towson) were named Second Team CRCBL All-League. Congratulations to our outstanding T-Bolts players.

Two T-Bolts Honored  With Weekly CRCBL Awards!

Our own T-Bolts, Jake Taylor and Paul Beers, were honored this week by the Cal Ripken Collegiate  Baseball League.  T-Bolts First Baseman Jake Taylor (Radford) was named the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Co-Players of the Week for the week of July 9 to Jul 15 along with the Brendan Hendriks (San Francisco) of the Bethesda Big Train.  Taylor walloped four home runs in one week as he closed the gap on League home run leader Hunter Renfroe (Big Train). He collected hits in his final four games of the week, including a four-hit, two home run effort against the Herndon Braves on July 14. Taylor also doubled once, scored five runs, and drove in eight for the T-Bolts. The powerful righty now has 11 home runs in 33 games for Silver Spring-Takoma. Taylor also highlighted the week by winning the 2012 Home Run Derby during the All Star Game festivities on July 11.

Paul Beers (Towson), the T-Bolts’ Top-Shelf Reliever, was named the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 9 to July 15. Beers pitched four innings of scoreless relief as his teammates clawed back to defeat the Southern Maryland Nationals, 4-3, in 12 innings on July 12. Beers entered the game in the ninth inning in a 3-3 tie and retired the first nine batters he faced — five on swinging strikeouts. After his team got him the lead in the top of the 12th, Beers allowed a lead-off double in the bottom half and then faced a man on third with one out after a sac bunt. He then induced a shallow fly ball and struck the final batter out to preserve the win. The double was the only hit he allowed and he did not walk a batter. The victory (his third of the season) lowered his ERA to 1.00. Beers has struck out 17 batters and walked just two through his first 18 innings of the 2012 season.

Congratulations Jake and Paul!

T-Bolts Tie Dye T-Shirt Night This Saturday July 21st At Blair Stadium! Rescheduled to July 25th

Do you miss the 60′s? Did you live through the 6o’s and now have a hard time remembering them at all? Well they’re back for one night at Blair Stadium this Saturday July 21st when the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts take on the Vienna River Dogs on T-Bolts Tie Dye T-Shirt Saturday Night. Your T-Bolts will be playing in special Tie dye jerseys fashioned by Interns Dylan Stinson and Claire Ettinger. Wear your own Tie dye T-shirt to the game and you will receive a free hot dog at the concession stand – dude, that’s totally free. We will be auctioning off one of the special edition T-Bolts Tie dye T-shirts during the game and playing songs by such great psychedelic 60′s groups as Strawberry Alarm Clock, the Grateful Dead, and Jefferson Airplane. Don’t miss out on the grooviest night of the year, and be sure to wear your favorite tie dye shirt.  Special Bonus – anyone sporting a Woodstock Tie Dye T-shirt will get in free.

July 13, 2012 – Thanks to our Host Families!

Our T-Bolts Host Families were honored on Host Family Night July 13 in a pregame ceremony in which their respective players presented them with a signed T-Bolts souvenir ball.  A selected member of each family then threw out a first pitch to their T-Bolt. As a way of saying thanks, throughout the game, Host Families were allowed to eat for free at the T-Bolts concession stand.

2012 T-Bolts Host Families Post With The Players They Host

Thanks to all our T-Bolts Host Families.

July 11, 2012 – T-Bolts Shine In CRCBL Mid-Summer Classic – Win Home Run Derby

Our Five T-Bolts CRCBL All Stars Chris Bzozowski (Keystone), Devon Davis (Montevallo), Jake Huxtable (Jacksonville), Jake Taylor (Radford), and Adam Spires (Newberry) each played a part in the National League CRCBL’s 9-3 victory over the American League on July 11th at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Maryland.  T-Bolts Head Coach Josh Eachues managed the National League All Stars, sitting in for Big Train Head Coach Sal Colangelo.

2012 T-Bolts All Stars (back row) Adam Spires, Jake Taylor, Devon Davis, Josh Eachues, (front row) Jake Huxtable, Chris Bzozowski

Before the game, Bzozowski, Spires, and Taylor squared off against five other CRCBL players in the Home Run Derby, with Bzozowski hitting a whopping 18 home runs in first round and Taylor coming in second with 13.  Bzozowski and Taylor then moved to the second round, making it an all-Thunderbolts face off.  Bzozowski and Taylor both hit 9 home runs, thus requiring a third round.  Taylor edged ahead in the third round, hitting five home runs, while each of Bzozowski’s longest drives died just before the wall.

T-Bolts Head Coach Josh Eachues Presents Jake Taylor With CRCBL Home Run Derby Award

During the All Star game, Bzozowski was in the starting lineup for the Nationals as designated hitter. Davis entered the game in the third and pitched a scoreless inning.  Huxtable entered the game in the bottom of the sixth and hit a sacrifice fly to left field that scored the go-ahead run, putting the Nationals ahead 4-3. Also in the sixth, Taylor replaced Bzozowski as designated hitter and laced an RBI single to make the score 7-3.  Huxtable remained in the game at shortstop and, in the seventh inning ,hit a single to left. Adam Spires entered the game at second base in the seventh and hit a single to third base in the eighth inning.

T-Bolts Head Coach Josh Eachues Discusses Ground Rules During Pre-Game Plate Conference

It was a great night of baseball at Shirley Povich Field. Congratulations to all our T-Bolts All Stars.

T-Bolts All Stars Bzozowski, Eachues, Davis, Huxtable, and Spires Gather Around Home Run Derby Champ Jake Taylor

July 10, 2012 – Five T-Bolts Heading To CRCBL All Star Game

The CRCBL All Star Game will be held this Wednesday, July 11th at Povich Field in Bethesda.  Five T-Bolts will be representing the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts at the game: Chris Bzozowski (Keystone), Devon Davis (Montevallo), Jake Huxtable (Jacksonville), Jake Taylor (Radford), and Adam Spires (Newberry).  Taylor, Spires, and Bzozowski, who are among the league leaders in home runs, will square off  in the Home Run Derbywith five other players from around the league.

The Home Run Derby starts at 5 pm.  The All Star game starts at 7:30 pm.

Come out and cheer on your T-Bolts at Povich Field this Wednesday.  Congratulations to our All Stars!

July 7, 2012 – T-Bolts Win Manna Food Challenge.

Put the T-Bolts back in the win column – a win column that TRULY matters – as your Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts came out on top, collecting 1,863 pounds of food for Manna Food Center.  Rockville Express was second with 1,621 pounds and Bethesda Big Train came in third with 1,356 pounds.  All three teams are winners, actually, as together the CRCBL helped raise 4,840 pounds –  almost two and a half tons of food – for Manna.  The T-Bolts will receive the Manna  Food Challenge Trophy on Sunday when they visit the Bethesda Big Train at 7:30 pm.  Thanks to all our fans who helped out by purchasing food today for Manna at the Giant Food Stores on Arliss Avenue and East West Highway.

Thanks also to the following T-Bolts who helped make this possible: Peirce Marston, Paul Beers, Taylor Topping, Ben Carson, Hunter Boudreaux, Chris Harrison, Bobby Vitulano, Jake Huxtable, Devon Davis, Jake Taylor, Chris Bzozowski, and Sam Kmeic.  Thanks also to T-Bolts Board Members Dick O’Connor, Aaron Lowe, Peter Ettinger, Joe Gerbasi, and Pete Boyer.  Thanks also to Media Intern Dylan Stinson who videotaped the event.

On July 7, 2012, Help the T-Bolts Fight Hunger in Montgomery County. 

Come support the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts as they collect food to feed the homeless.  The T-Bolts will be collecting food on Saturday July 7 from 10 am to 2 pm at the following two Giant Food Stores:

Arliss Street Center Giant, 8750 Arliss St, Silver Spring

Blair Park Giant, 1280 East West Highway, Silver Spring

The T-Bolts will be in competition with the Rockville Express and the Bethesda Big Train to see which team can collect the most food for the Third Annual Manna  Food Center  - “Fighting Hunger and Feeding Hope in Montgomery County .”

Food donations will be weighed at Manna Saturday afternoon and the winning team will be awarded the coveted Manna Food Challenge Trophy that evening.

Click here for more information:  Manna Food Drive

June 27, 2012.  T-Bolts Camps Off To Roaring Good Start

The T-Bolts are already into the second week of their five-week baseball camp and the campers are having a blast.  Here’s the crew from week two, including T-Bolts Head Coach Josh Eachues and T-Bolts Players Zach Ell, James Mills, Adam Spires, and Taylor Topping.

T-Bolts Camp Week Two

Campers from week one received instruction from Coach Eachues and T-Bolts Players Hunter Boudreaux, Chris Harrison, and Devon Davis.

T-Bolts Camp Week One

There are still three weeks remaining so be sure to sign up for T-Bolts Baseball Camp.

June 23, 2012Former T-Bolts Head Coach Jason Walck Visits Blair Stadium

Former T-Bolts Head Coach Jason Walck paid a visit to the T-Bolts on June 23rd while in the area for a local family event.  Jason had planned to be our head coach this season, but the day before he was to arrive he received news that he was being promoted to Assistant Head Baseball Coach at University of South Carolina, Aiken. His new position required him to stay behind in Aiken to help run the summer baseball program at USC.  Josh Eachues, who was slated to be Jason’s assistant coach and is an assistant coach at USC, Aiken, stepped up and has done an excellent job managing the T-Bolts this season.

Former T-Bolts Head Coach Jason Walck And The 2012 T-Bolts Squad He Recruited

June 15, 2012.  Iron Man Cal Comes To Silver Spring.  Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., was in the stands on Friday June 15, 2012, to watch the the T-Bolts take on Youse’s Orioles (and Cal’s son Ryan Ripken) at Blair Stadium.  Mr. Ripken was a true gentleman, signing autographs for the fans who asked and posing for pictures after the game.

Here is a shot of the Ironman posing with T-Bolts Head Coach Josh Eachues and Orioles’ Head Coach Tim Norris.

T-Bolts Head Coach Josh Eachues, Cal Ripken, Jr., and Orioles’ Head Coach Tim Norris

Cal also was kind enough to pose for a picture with members of the T-Bolts’ intern staff.

T-Bolts’ Assistant GM Sol Logan Braithwaite Prensky, Cal Ripken, Jr., T-Bolts Media Intern Dylan Stinson, Carter Stinson, and Intern Calvin Stinson

Thanks Cal!

June 12, 2012.  Congratulations to 2011 T-Bolt Sal Intagliata and Stoney Brook University for advancing to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.  Stoney Brook takes on UCLA Friday June 15 at 5 pm.

2011 T-Bolts Bill Gerstenslager and Sal Intagliata at the 2011 CRCBL/Valley League All Star Game

June 4, 2012.  Congratulations to Matt Hillsinger, a Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolt in 2009, who was drafted by the Oakland A’s in the 22 round (overall pick 679).  Matt played center field for Radford last season.

June 3, 2012.  Over 70 little leaguers attended the Third Annual T-Bolts Family Fun Day.  It was a beautiful day for baseball at Blair Stadium and a fun time was had by all.  Later in the day, six graduating seniors of Northwood High School’s varsity baseball team and two Blair High School varsity baseball alumni participated in the first annual T-Bolts/High School mixed squad scrimmage at Blair Stadium.  Members of the Northwood team were Carter Stinson, Andrew Soncrant, Matt Bryson, Neil Epstein, Jeremy Taitano, and Spencer Bodan.  The A Team defeated the B-Team 6-5 (five innings) with Head Coach Josh Eachues taking the mound during innings 3 and 4 for the A-Team.  For pictures of the event, check out our blog.

June 1, 2012.  The T-Bolts have arrived and are preparing for another great season of summer collegiate baseball.  The team held morning practice at Nolte Park the past two days and will be facing the Gaithersburg Giants 1:00 pm on Saturday June 2nd at Kelley Park.

Sunday June 4 is the 3rd Annual FAMILY FUN DAY from 3-5:30 pm.  Admission is free.

Also on Sunday will be a scrimmage with Thunderbolt players and Blair High School and Northwood High School graduating seniors, who will be playing in a mixed squad scrimmage starting at 6:30 pm.  Admission is free.

The T-Bolts play the Vienna River Dogs in a scrimmage at Vienna on Monday and are home Tuesday for a scrimmage against the Rockville Express, at Blair Stadium.  Game time 7 pm.  Admission is free.

 

roconnor On May - 30 - 2012

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