The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts (12-19) lost both games in a doubleheader against the Baltimore Redbirds (23-7) on Sunday at Calvert Hall High School. In the first game, the T-Bolts were blown out with a final score of 14-2. Baltimore was led by C Will Harless, who went 3-for-5 at the plate, driving in four runs along the way. Noah Luckenbaugh struggled in his start for Silver Spring, giving up three earned runs over 5 innings pitched. He picked up his first loss of the season. On the other side, William Fleming shutout the T-Bolts in his six innings of ball. Fleming continued his All Star campaign with his third win.
The Redbirds got on the board early thanks to an RBI double by LF Christian Hlinka. Harless made it 3-0 with a RBI single of his own in the fourth. From there the floodgates opened for Baltimore. They proceed to score four runs in the sixth inning and five runs in the eighth. 1B Tim Elko highlighted the offensive onslaught with a two-run blast to give the Redbirds their eleventh run of the day.
In the seventh inning, T-Bolts C Turner Davis whacked a RBI single to left field which got Silver Spring a much needed run. Not much came after that. An error by the Baltimore pitcher allowed another run to score but that's all the T-bolts were able to muster in the first game.
Not a whole lot changed in the shortened seven inning second game. The T-Bolts were unable to get the offence going, falling by a score of 5-2. Yash Rane continued his recent struggles after his early season success, giving up five runs over five innings pitched. Baltimore starter Cole Beavin pitched a complete game gem, going the distance to get the win.
Defensive mistakes cost the T-Bolts an early run in the second. Rane sailed a ball to second base which allowed a run to scored for Baltimore. 1B Alex Tappen added another run with in the fifth inning with a hard hit RBI double. But Baltimore was not done there. They added three more runs in the sixth to put the game out of reach for Silver Spring.
The T-Bolts did respond with two runs in the top half of the seventh thanks to a two-run double from 3B Hunter Pearre. Pearre has been the T-Bolts hottest hitter of late, going 6-for-10 over his last four games.
The T-Bolts will head to Alexandria on Monday to take on the Aces at 6:30 pm. As always, listen to the game live a tboltsradio.com.