By Calvin Stinson
The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts suffered their first loss of the season Friday night to the Herndon Braves, 13-2, at Blair Stadium.
After four straight rainouts, caused by a full week of rain, the T-Bolts finally got on the field to kick off the 2015 season. Unfortunately, the first game didn’t go their way. The Braves, sparked by Alan Mocahbee (Georgia College and State University) home run and three RBI, along with five solid innings pitched from Wes Todd (Lincoln Memorial), the Braves were able to cruise to victory.
The Braves held the lead from the first inning on. The Braves gathered five runs in the first inning off T-Bolts starter Nick Spadafino (Delaware), using a series of walks and hits to string together the runs. The Braves would score again in the 3rd, using Mocahbee’s home run to up the score to 7-0.
The 5th once again spelled trouble for the T-Bolts, as the Braves scored four runs, two earned, off of Daniel Shaw (Tennessee Martin). Braves 2nd baseman Michael Smith (George Mason) drew a walk, and Mocahbee hit a single to help spark the inning and push the score to 12-0.
After the Braves scored a run in the 6th, the T-Bolts were able to answer, thanks to a 2-run home run from T-Bolts lead off man En-Sih Huang (National Taiwan UPES), to bring in Paul Burmeester (Catholic University) after his single began the inning, and score the first two runs of the T-Bolts season. Huang also added two scoreless innings of relief to end the game, allowing one hit and striking out one.
The T-Bolts (0-1), will face the Vienna Riverdogs (2-0) on Sunday, hoping to pick up their first win of the season, and will have Conner Chasanov (Delaware) on the mound, going up against the River Dogs Mark Gunst (James Madison).