By Calvin Stinson
The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts could not keep up with the Baltimore Dodgers in a high scoring affair, losing 9-5 at Joe Cannon Stadium on July 11th.
The T-Bolts jumped out to the early lead in the first. Nick Dunn (Maryland), reached on a single with one out, and Steven Paredes followed up on the very next pitch, smacking a double to put runners in scoring position. After a walk loaded the bases, Brody Cook (Virginia Commonwealth) brought in Paredes and Dunn with a run scoring error.
Dodgers starter Harold Myles (Southern), had a tough first two innings. However, Myles would rebound after the tough two innings, ultimately going 7 innings strong, with 4 runs (3 earned), and striking out 5 T-Bolts.
The T-Bolts would bring home another run in the second with a leadoff double, and after advancing to third, scoring on Zachary Racusin RBI groundout.
After the first two innings, the Dodgers would answer back in the third, taking the lead for good. A run would score on Michael Mioduszewski’s (Eastern Michigan) single, followed by an RBI double from college teamate Brennan Williams (Eastern Michigan), bringing in two more runs. The Dodgers would score the final two runs of the inning on Ben Bomberger’s (Harford CC) two-run single.
The Dodgers scored two more insurance runs the next inning, first with Mioduszewski bringing in a run on a sacrifice fly. The next run would come on an error by T-Bolt first basemen Hunter Hope (Tulane), allowing DH Evan Mendoza (North Carolina State) to score the seventh run of the game for the Dodgers.
T-Bolts starter Brandon Padgett’s night started strong, but ultimately ended poorly, allowing 7 runs (6 earned) on 4 innings pitched.
The T-Bolts would not rebound from the two big innings from the Dodgers, as both teams would score two more runs during the game to bring the score to a final of 9-5.