By Dylan Reffe
July 1, 2013, the last time the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts swept a doubleheader. Fast forward exactly two years to July 1, 2015, and it turns out that Thunderbolts do strike twice.
The T-Bolts swept Wednesday’s doubleheader, defeating the Baltimore Dodgers 5-3 and 3-1 at Blair Stadium. The wins were the T-Bolts’ 12th and 13th of the season, equalling the total number of games won in 2014.
The first game between the two teams was a continuation of a suspended game from June 20, when the Dodgers led the T-Bolts 3-0 in the second inning.
The T-Bolts took the lead in the fifth inning on Paul Burmester’s (Catholic) two-out RBI single in the hole between third base and shortstop. It was Burmeister’s first hit since June 22, and it gave Logan Grant (Millersville) all the run support he would need.
Grant dominated the Dodgers, allowing only three hits and working through the eighth inning.
“We knew Logan would come in and keep them at three [runs],” said T-Bolts Head Coach Doug Remer. “We knew that would happen so we just tried to compete and get him some runs.”
Daniel Shaw (UT-Martin) threw a scoreless ninth inning, clinching the 5-3 win and earning his first save of the summer.
The Dodgers struck first in the second game of the doubleheader when Michael Mioduszewski (Eastern Michigan) connected with his league leading third home run of the summer.
T-Bolts starter Michael Austin (Bethune-Cookman) settled down nicely, and kept the Dodgers offense in check for the remainder of the game.
The T-Bolts finally gave Austin some help in the bottom of the fourth inning when Nick Dunn (Maryland) singled home Steven Paredes (Lindsey Wilson) to tie the game at 1-1. Dunn led the T-Bolts with three hits and raised his summer batting average to .346.
In the following inning, Tyler Coleman (Montgomery) busted out of his slump with an inside-the-park home run, giving the T-Bolts a 2-1 lead.
The second run was all Austin would need, as the local product (Austin was born in Sykesville, Md) went the distance, limiting the Dodgers to just the one run in the game.
“We’re the type of team that has an advantage in doubleheaders,” said Remer. “We have the pitching, we have the depth, and we don’t have to think about it too much. We just set the lineup and the guys go out and play.”
July 2’s contest between the T-Bolts and the Alexandria Aces (9-14) has been postponed due to inclement weather. No make up date has been announced at this time.
The T-Bolts have the holiday weekend off, and will host the Rockville Express (8-12) on Monday, July 6.