by: Dylan Reffe
We’re just past the halfway mark in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League’s 2015 season, and your Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts are in the midst of the their best season in recent memory. The T-Bolts have won three games in a row, and are in second place in the CRCBL North Division.
The T-Bolts are 13-9 so far this season. In 2014, the T-Bolts only won 13 games in the entire season.
Not only is the team performing at a high level, but there are some individual T-Bolt stars who are having noteworthy seasons too.
On the offensive side, Nick Dunn (Maryland) owns the league’s fourth highest batting average at .346. Dunn has been on a tear of late, reaching base 15 times in the T-Bolts’ past six games, including 5 multi-hit games.
The T-Bolts also have a slew of other players with batting averages above .300, including Nick Spadafino (Delaware), Zach Racusin (Marist) Steven Paredes (Lindsey-Wilson), and Matt Rowland (Tulane).
The T-Bolts have multiple standouts on the mound as well. Conrad Wozniak has been one of the best pitchers in the entire league. Although he hails from Texas, Wozniak plays his college-ball locally, suiting up for UMBC. Conrad has the lowest ERA, is tied for the most wins, and has the second most strikeouts in the CRCBL. The Texan has been a road warrior so far this summer, making all four of his starts away from the friendly confines of Blair Stadium. In just four starts, Conrad has thrown 28 innings and amassed 28 strikeouts, while only issuing four walks and giving up just a single earned run.
Tied with Wozniak for the league-lead in wins is his teammate, En-Sih Huang. Huang is Taiwanese, and attends the National Taiwan University of Physical Education and Sport. En-Sih sports an ERA under 2.00, and is tied for sixth in the league with 26 strikeouts. In addition to his excellence on the field, En-Sih has quickly become a well-known figure around the ball park. The fans love him, and he was chosen by the vast majority of his teammates as their “favorite T-Bolt,” though he wouldn’t understand what they were saying if he didn’t have his trusted interpreter Dennis, a local student at Springbrook High School.
Finally, there is Connor Tagg (Case Western Reserve). Tagg is listed after Wozniak and Huang, because that’s when he usually enters the game. Tagg, in his second year with the T-Bolts, has become the team’s shutdown closer. The Virginia native has recorded six saves so far this season, twice as many as anyone else in the league.
The T-Bolts continue their resurgent season on Tuesday, July 7, when they host the Gaithersburg Giants at 7 p.m. at Blair Stadium.
Please consider joining us as the T-Bolts continue their march towards the playoffs!