By Dylan Reffe
The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts rallied to beat the Gaithersburg Giants 5-3 at Blair Stadium on Tuesday night.
The victory increased the T-Bolt’s win streak to four in a row, and gave the team its 14th win of the season. In 2014, the T-Bolts won a grand total of 13 games.
“It feels good that we surpassed it, but with this group I feel like there is a lot more that we could be doing,” said T-Bolts Head Coach Doug Remer in a post-game interview with T-Bolts Broadcaster Gabe Pinkney.
In order to get that coveted 14th win, the T-Bolts had to overcome an early deficit.
T-Bolts starting pitcher Alex Thoms (Salisbury) had a wild third inning, allowing three runs on just one hit, a leadoff single. Three walks, two stolen bases, one hit-batsman, one passed ball, and one sacrifice fly later, the T-Bolts found themselves on the wrong side of a 3-0 score.
T-Bolt fans didn’t have to wait long for an answer. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Ben Kocher (Belmont) singled home Steven Paredes (Lindsey-Wilson), before Victor Nazario (Lindsey-Wilson) hit a laser blast of a 2-run home run off of the fire station wall in left field.
Nazario’s bomb, his first of the season, tied the game at 3-3, and the score would remain that way until the seventh inning.
Paul Burmester’s (Catholic) two-out single set the table for the T-Bolts, as it knocked Giants’ starting pitcher Braden Pearson (Texas St.) from the game. After Kyle Conger (Belmont) drew a walk, Zach Racusin (Marist) brought both T-Bolts home with a go-ahead 2-RBI double off of Giants’ reliever Tate Shaw (University of Texas-Austin).
With a lead in hand, the T-Bolt’s bullpen continued to shutdown the Giants and secured the win. Conner Chasanov (Delaware) was dominant in relief, throwing five scoreless innings and striking out five Giants in the process.
“He’s a loose kid, and that’s the type of ballplayer you want when you’re down. You want a guy who’s loose and will go out there and give it the best he had,” Remer said when asked about Chasanov’s performance.
Connor Tagg (Case Western Reserve) pitched a perfect ninth inning, earning his league-leading seventh save.
The T-Bolts are scheduled to host the Herndon Braves on Wednesday, July 8. Wednesday’s game is Host Family Night for the T-Bolts, and the start time for the game (weather permitting) is 7 p.m.