By Dylan Reffe
The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts won their third straight game on Friday night, defeating the Baltimore Redbirds 4-2 at Blair Stadium.
The T-Bolts brought home the victory behind a dominant performance from their ace, En Sih Huang (National Taiwan UPES). Huang, now 3-0, pitched eight innings, allowed only two runs, and struck out 13 Redbirds, a season high for the T-Bolts.
“He was smart with it,” said T-Bolts Head Coach Doug Remer. “He’s not trying to dominate out there, it’s just one pitch, then the next one, then the next one.”
Huang picked up his league leading third victory on Friday night, and is tied for the league lead in strikeouts with Bethesda Big Train starter Tim Yandel (Tulane).
“I think he realizes that with the work he puts in, and it’s above anybody else on this team and probably above anybody else in the league, he’ll get the results he wants,” said Coach Remer.
Huang got some run support in the sixth inning when the T-Bolt bats came to life.
Matt Rowland (Tulane) led off the inning with a home run, knotting the game at two. Soon after, Rowland’s college teammate, Cameron Burns (Tulane), brought home Tyler Coleman (Montgomery) on an RBI-single, giving the T-Bolts the lead. Kyle Conger (Belmont) followed Burns with an RBI-double of his own tacking on an insurance run and putting the T-Bolts up 4-2.
T-Bolts closer Connor Tagg (Case Western) allowed the tying run to reach base in the ninth inning, but closed the door and earned his fourth save in four chances.
“The past few years the ball would find a hole, but now it finds the gloves. It’s not always the prettiest, but we’re finding ways to put it together,” said Coach Remer.
Friday’s win puts the T-Bolts at 8-5, now only two and a half games behind the North Division leading Redbirds.
After dropping the first two home games of the year, the T-Bolts have won eight of eleven games and are one of only three teams above .500 in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League.
The T-Bolts play host to the Baltimore Dodgers (5-8) Saturday night at Blair Stadium at 7 p.m. Nick Leonard (0-1) is expected to get the start for the T-Bolts, while Harold Myles (0-0) is scheduled to pitch for the Dodgers.