By Calvin Stinson
The Silver Spring Takoma Thunderbolts came from behind and defeated the Herndon Braves in both games of a doubleheader 4-3 and 6-5, on July 16th at Herndon High School.
In Game 1, the T-Bolts were able to recover from an early deficit in the final innings and grab the win. The T-Bolts were the first team to strike, grabbing a quick run in the top of the first off of Braves starter Chris Lohr (William and Mary). Leadoff man Zachary Racusin (Marist) started the 1st of 2 games with a single, quickly followed by a Nick Dunn (Maryland) which allowed Racusin to advance to third. After a fielder’s choice, Steven Paredes’s (Lindsey Wilson) groundout allowed for Racusin to plate the first run of the game.
The Braves answered quickly in the bottom of the first, scoring two runs to take the lead away from the T-Bolts. Andy Mocahbee (West Georgia Technical) started the inning off with a double, and scored after Alex Lipman (Salisbury) smacked a ball which got past third basemen Ben Kocher (Belmont). Lipman scored the Braves second run of the game after Alan Mocahbee (Georgia College and State) singled Lipman home.
The Braves would add another run in the fifth inning, when Lipman singled and later scored on a passed ball.
With the score 3-1, the T-Bolts would begin their first comeback of the night in the top of the 6th. Nick Spadafino (Delaware) started off the inning with a double, and scored on Steven Paredes’s (Lindsey Wilson) single to bring the score to 3-2.
The T-Bolts would take the lead in the top of the 7th with two runs off of Steven Schwartz (James Madison). Ben Kocher started the inning off with a walk. After a strikeout, Zachary Racusin came up to the plate and smacked a home run to take the lead. Connor Tagg (Case Western Reserve) would come on in the bottom half of the seventh for his 10th save of the year.
In Game 2, the T-Bolts would overcome a deficit and take the lead, scoring in each of the final three innings for the 2nd win on the day.
In the bottom of the first, the Braves quickly got a run off of T-Bolt starter Daniel Shaw. Alex Lipman started it off with a single, and advanced to third on Andy Mocahbee’s double. Lipman would score on Jamie Smith’s (Cornell) sacrifice fly, for the quick 1-0 lead.
The Braves would add two more runs in the fourth off of Shaw. With a runner on third after a wild pitch brought the first run of the inning home, Andy Mocahbee hit a single to score the third run of the game for the Braves.
The T-Bolts would score their first run of the game on when Hunter Hope (Tulane) slammed a home run in the top of the fifth. A.J. Lee (Maryland) drew a walk to get on, as well as Paul Burmeester (Catholic) drawing a walk to put runners on first and second. Adam Sisk (James Madison) drew the third walk in a row off of pitcher Kyle Hassan (Catholic). Tom Ruddy (Yale) then hit a sacrifice fly to bring Lee home, and Burmeester would score on an error to tie the game at 3 in the fifth.
The T-Bolts would take the lead in the 6th, when Zachary Racusin drew a walk and came home after stealing second, advancing to third on a sac fly, and scoring on an error.
After taking the lead, the T-Bolts added some extremely important insurance runs in the 7th, to hold the lead. Ruddy hit a single with one out, and would come to third after an error allowed for Brody Cook (VCU) to reach first. A wild pitch allowed Ruddy to score and Cook to reach second, and Racusin would bring in Cook with his RBI single.
With the score 6-3, the Braves would score two runs off of T-Bolts pitcher En-Sih Huang, who came in to close, but in the end, the T-Bolts pulled through with their second win of the day, 6-5.