By Dylan Reffe
The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts defeated the Gaithersburg Giants 5-3 on Friday night, and earned their first home win of the young 2015 season behind a gritty pitching performance from Alex Thoms (Salisbury State University).
Thoms pitched his way out of multiple jams during his five innings on the mound, working around five walks and limiting the Giants to only two runs.
“Alex wanted the ball,” said T-Bolts Head Coach Doug Remer. “This was his former team, he just wanted to go out there and show what he was made of. He wasn’t as effective as he wanted to be; but he got through five, which is what we needed from him.”
The T-Bolts gave Thoms an early lead when Tyler Coleman’s (Montgomery College) RBI single brought home Nick Dunn (University of Maryland) in the bottom of the first inning.
Dunn notched his second hit of the night, and increased to the T-Bolts’ lead to 3-0 with a two-RBI single in the bottom of the second inning.
The Giants cut the lead to 3-2 with a bases loaded single by Nick Egli (Belmont University) followed by a bases loaded walk drawn by Trey Martinez (Towson) in the top of the third inning, but Thoms got Dylan Tamecki (East Stroudsburg U) to pop out in foul territory to end the threat.
The T-Bolts responded, tacking on a fourth run in the bottom of the third inning when Nick Spadafino (University of Delaware) ripped a ball down the left field line, scoring Adam Sisk (James Madison University). Sisk scored again in the fifth inning when Cameron Burns (Tulane University) delivered a two-out single, extending the T-Bolts lead to 5-2.
Never a team to shy away from drama, things got interesting for T-Bolt fans in the ninth inning as the Giants cut the lead to 5-3 and had the bases loaded with only one out. Connor Tagg (Case Western) kept his composure and slammed the door with two big strikeouts to seal the victory.
“What happened tonight has pretty much happened the past two years, except tonight we won,” said Coach Remer with a grin. “[Connor] is our shut down guy. We have to make those plays to back him up, but this is the type of team that can and will do it.”
Friday’s win pushed the T-Bolts back over .500 (4-3) for the season, and the team will travel to take on the Bethesda Big Train (7-1) in a doubleheader tomorrow evening at the Shirley Povich Field in Cabin John. The games are scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., with En-Sih Huang (National Taiwan UPES) and Nick Spadafino (University of Deleware) expected to start the two games for the T-Bolts.