By Dylan Reffe
The Silver Spring-Takoma Park Thunderbolts won their second game in as many nights on Tuesday, defeating the D.C. Grays 4-1 at Blair Stadium. The win was particularly sweet for the T-Bolts, avenging a 6-1 loss to the Grays just two days ago.
Strong pitching performances led the T-Bolts, as three pitchers combined to limit the Grays to one run on five hits. Only one Gray batter made it past second base, as the T-Bolts held their opponent to one run for the second straight game.
Darrien Ragins (Delaware State) got the start for the T-Bolts, and settled down nicely after giving up a run in the first inning on an RBI-double to Taylor King (University of Memphis). Ragins allowed just two more hits, both singles, earned his second win of the season and lowered his season ERA to a crisp 1.80.
Logan Grant (Millersville University), T-Bolts set-up man extraordinaire, relieved Ragins in the seventh inning. Grant retired six of the seven batters he faced and hasn’t given up a run since June 7.
Connor Tagg (Case Western Reserve University) pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his third save in as many chances. Tagg has yet to give up a run this summer, and is quickly becoming known for his ability to work out of jams. The Grays got the tying run to the plate before Tagg struck out Tony Holton (Jackson State) to end the game.
The T-Bolts took advantage of six walks and three Grey errors, scoring runs in the first, third, fourth and sixth innings.
Tuesday’s win put the T-Bolts at 7-5, good for second place in the Cal Ripken Collegiate North Division, a full three games ahead of the Baltimore Dodgers and the Rockville Express, both of whom are tied for third place in the division with matching 3-7 records.
The T-Bolts hit the road on Wednesday to take on the Herndon Braves (5-4) at 7 p.m. Nick Leonard (0-1) is expected to get the start for the T-Bolts, while Steven Schwartz (0-0) is scheduled to take the mound for the Braves.