The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts rode into Bethesda on a four-game winning streak, and the only thing to slow them down in the last week has been rain.
That changed Thursday, as the Big Train used a complete effort to shut down the Thunderbolts 8-1 and end their streak.
Silver Spring-Takoma got on the board early thanks to Cade Swisher, who was making his Thunderbolts debut. Swisher tripled in his first at bat and scored on Ian McMillan’s single to put the Thunderbolts up 1-0 in the third.
That was all Silver Spring-Takoma would muster against Michael Bechtold, who allowed three hits while striking out four in five strong innings for Bethesda.
Jacob Southern quickly answered for the Big Train in the bottom of the third against Greg Albert, singling in Darius Foster to tie the game.
Albert had a short yet effective night in his first start of the season for the Thunderbolts. He tossed three innings and allowed three hits while striking out four.
The bullpen took over for Albert in the fourth and struggled.
Christian Jayne doubled in Tate Soderstrom to put the Big Train up by one. They extended their lead in the fifth as two runners scored on wild pitches from Rojo Prairie, who took the loss.
Bethesda broke the game open in the sixth against Brenden Williams, as Gio Diaz doubled in two while Kobe Kato and Matt Thomas each drove in a run to put the Big Train up 8-1.
Bethesda’s bullpen shut down the Thunderbolts from there, allowing three baserunners in the final four innings to seal the win.
The Thunderbolts will look to get back in the win column Friday as they face the Alexandria Aces in a doubleheader. Jake Pecilunas and Luke Rettig are scheduled to start for Silver Spring-Takoma.