By Dylan Reffe
The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts earned a much needed win on Tuesday night, rolling to a 9-0 win over the Vienna River Dogs at Blair Stadium. The game was originally scheduled for June 28, but was postponed due to inclement weather.
The win snapped a three game losing streak, and brought the T-Bolts within one win of their first playoff berth in recent memory. Even though the T-Bolts have entered the final stretch of the regular season, Head Coach Doug Remer insists that the game plan will remain the same.
“We just have to stay aggressive up there,” said Remer. “When we’re aggressive, other teams are going to make mistakes. Look at tonight as a perfect example.”
Tuesday’s 9-0 win was a result of both taking advantage of River Dog mistakes, and the T-Bolts’ best defensive showing in weeks.
The T-Bolts were error free on Tuesday for the first time since July 9. “We went back to our best defense tonight,” Remer said. “As we get through the season, some times we fall into the trap and lose a bit of focus, but we really got back to it tonight. We definitely weren’t sloppy out there today.”
The T-Bolts’ stellar defense supported starting pitcher Darrien Ragins (Delaware St.), who threw a scoreless six innings and only allowed three runners to reach base.
“This was the most effective I’ve seen him in pounding the [strike] zone,” Remer said. “Usually he’s effectively wild, but tonight he was just effective.”
With Tuesday’s performance, Ragins earned his third win of the summer, and now has a 1.45 ERA to accompany his 3-1 win-loss record.
The T-Bolts bullpen held Ragins’ lead, getting a scoreless inning from Nick Leonard (Georgetown), Hayden Basse (Hamden-Sydney), and Cameron Burns (Tulane). Both Basse and Burns are catchers by trade, but performed admirably when called upon to take the mound.
On the offensive side of things, the four hitters at the top of the T-Bolt lineup, Zach Racusin (Marist), Tom Ruddy (Yale), Nick Spadafino (Delaware) and Nick Dunn (Maryland), combined to reach base 10 times in 21 at bats, totaling five singles, a double, a triple, three walks, six runs scored, four RBIs, three sacrifice flies, and three stolen bases.
The T-Bolts will look to clinch a spot in this year’s postseason on their own terms, by beating the Baltimore Dodgers. The T-Bolts are scheduled to host the Dodgers at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, at Blair Stadium.