By Calvin Stinson
The Silver Spring Takoma Thunderbolts could not overcome a sloppy showing, riddled with mistakes and errors, losing 9-2 to the DC Grays, on July 18th at the Washington Nationals Academy.
Both starters pitched well, but T-Bolts starter Connor Chasanov (Delaware) took the loss, as a result of poor play from his defense. Going four innings, Chasanov allowed four runs (two earned), while striking out five. For the Grays, starter Connor Van Hoose (Bucknell) pitched tremendously, going five innings, allowing two runs (none earned), striking out six.
The T-Bolts struck first, grabbing their only two runs of the game in the top of the fourth. Ben Kocher (Belmont) reached on a single with one out, and advanced to second after an error by the Grays right fielder Harrison Bruce (San Francisco). Kyle Conger (Belmont), would reach on a walk, and after a single by Tom Ruddy (Yale), the bases were loaded for Nick Dunn (Maryland). Dunn drew a walk, and scored Kocher, and Zachary Racusin (Marist) would hit a single to score Conger to score the final of two runs on the game for the T-Bolts.
Mistakes would hurt the T-Bolts from the fourth inning on. The Grays would score four runs in the bottom half of the fourth to take the lead they would only add onto for the rest of the night. Alex Woinski (Lafayette) began the inning, reaching on a T-Bolt error. After advancing to second on a groundout, he would move to third on Drew Reid’s (Harvard) single. Woinski would score on Keith Rawlings’ (Bucknell) single, and Mike Caputo (Seton Hall) drew a walk to load the bases. After committing a costly error in the top half of the inning, Harrison Bruce attoned for that, hitting an RBI single which would score Reid from third and Rawlings from second to take the lead. After Caputo reached third on the single, he scored on a sacrifice fly from Tony Holton (Jackson State).
With T-Bolts pitcher Brandon Padgett coming in from the bullpen, The Grays would add two runs in the fifth, after Keith Rawlings hit a single to score Colton Shaver (Brigham Young) and Lamar Briggs (Jackson State). After a scoreless sixth, Padgett allowed three more runs in the seventh to bring the score to its final in 9-2.