By Calvin Stinson
The Silver Spring Takoma Thunderbolts extended their win streak to three games in a 4-0 shutout of the Baltimore Dodgers, at Joe Cannon Stadium on Wednesday, June 10.
Once again, the T-Bolts ended up on the winning side of a pitchers duel. The T-Bolts were led by Darrien Ragins (Delaware St) seven innings pitched, no runs, three hits, and four walks. Ragins was fooling Dodger batters all night, using his repertoire for nine strikeouts.
Derrick Sylve (Holmes JC), pitched a strong game for the opposing Dodgers, with six and a third innings pitched, along with only two hits and nine strikeouts. However, the T-Bolts were able to take advantage of Sylve with walks, as Sylve struggled with control all night, leading to five walks and three earned runs.
The T-Bolts were unable to get a run on the board until the 5th inning. After Brandon Padgett (Marymount) was hit by a Sylve pitch, Tom Ruddy (Yale) reached first using a fielder’s choice. Ruddy came around later on in the inning using a Steven Paredes (Lindsey Wilson) ground out to put the T-Bolts up.
Sylve was chased in the seventh after Padgett reached base on a walk, and Ruddy advanced Padgett to second with his single. Sylve was replaced by Ben Collincini (Undecided), who proceeded to hit Zachary Racusin (Marist) to load the bases for Paredes. Paredes hit a sacrifice fly, to score Padgett, and Ruddy came around thanks to a passed ball, to bring the score to 3-0.
The T-Bolts added another insurance run in the eighth, before Alex Thoms (Salisbury) came on to pitch a scoreless eighth inning, followed by Daniel Shaw (Tennessee Martin), who closed the game for the T-Bolts.
The T-Bolts take on the Alexandria Aces on Thursday, June 11th, with Gabriel Mosser (Shippensburg) going for the Aces, and Nick Leonard (Georgetown) going for the T-Bolts, at Blair Stadium