By Dylan Reffe

The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts are headed to the postseason! With a 7-5 win over the Baltimore Dodgers at Blair Stadium on Wednesday evening, the T-Bolts clinched their first postseason appearance since 2009. The T-Bolts still have two more regular season games to play, and the games remain very important with regard to playoff seeding. With some help, the T-Bolts can still earn the No. 3 seed in the league.

Wednesday’s win over the Dodgers was completed in dramatic comeback fashion, as the T-Bolts had to overcome multiple deficits to earn the thrilling victory.

The Dodgers jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, tallying runs in the second, third, and fourth innings, but T-Bolts starter Michael Austin (Bethune-Cookman) did well to limit the damage and kept his team in the game.

The T-Bolts cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fourth inning when Tyler Coleman (Montgomery) stole home, and Zach Racusin (Marist) knocked in AJ Lee (Maryland) with a 2-out RBI single.

The T-Bolts took advantage of Dodger miscues in the fifth and sixth innings, scoring one unearned run in each inning to tie the game at 4-4.

The Dodgers briefly retook the lead on a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh inning, but the T-Bolts weren’t going down without a fight. Tom Ruddy (Yale) and Nick Dunn (Maryland) both had RBI-doubles in the bottom of the eighth inning, and put the T-Bolts on the right side of a 7-5 lead headed into the ninth inning.

As T-Bolt fans well know at this point of the season, the ninth inning of a close game is widely referred all throughout the greater Four Corners area as Tagg Time (patent pending). The T-Bolt’s all-star closer didn’t disappoint, shutting down the Dodgers on just seven pitches to earn his league leading 11th save, and sending the T-Bolts to the playoffs!

The T-Bolts will travel to Baltimore on Thursday, July 23, for a date with the Redbirds in a potential playoff semifinal preview. The T-Bolts will then close out the regular season when they host the Rockville Express at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 24, at Blair Stadium.

The T-Bolts first round playoff game is scheduled for Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. at Blair Stadium, with their opponent yet to be determined. The T-Bolts will be publishing a playoff preview after the final regular season game, with all you need to know about the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Playoff format and reactions from the team and staff.

admin On July - 24 - 2015

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