Summer, the true season of baseball, officially came to the Washington area around noon today. The season arrived just in time for a scheduled twin bill against the Alexandria Aces at Blair starting at 4:30 pm. The games will last seven innings each. There will be a 20-minute break between the two games.
At press time, it is unclear if the games will be broadcast on the team’s internet broadcast provider, Mixlr. Mixlr has been rebuilding its servers which has literally halted broadcasts around the world. They say it is possible we can access their backup server and get on the air. The only way we’ll know is to try it before game time. They also say it could be difficult for listeners to find the right link for the broadcast, so if we get on the air, our crack social media team of Justin Jaquis and Clark Boinis, will be on the case.
Stay tuned (!), and we’ll let you know via this site and Twitter what’s happening. Not ideal for sure but that’s life in the digital world.
Meanwhile on the diamond, the T-Bolts, coming off a loss at Bethesda last night, will hope to make up ground against the Aces. This is the first meeting of the two teams this season. A previous game was rained out which is being made up today. The weather forecast looks good to get both games in.
In the first game, the T-Bolts are starting Jake Pecilunas (Jr, Towson). The right-hander is 1-0 this season, his win coming in a five-inning no-run performance over the Big Train at Bethesda in a Bolts 13-4 win. In two appearances, he has gone seven innings, allowed six hits, walked two, and struck out eight. His ERA is 0.00.
His opposite number for the Aces is Tyler Briggs, (So, UConn) whose record is 1-1. He has started two games for the Aces, pitched nine innings, allowed ten hits, walked five, and struck out eight. His ERA is 7.00. His win came against the FCA Braves on June 15 when he pitched five innings, gave up two runs on two hits, walked two and struck out three. His loss came at the hands of the Big Train when he pitched four innings, gave up five runs on five hits, walked three and struck out five. The Aces lost, 8-0.
In Game Two, the Bolts are sending CRCBL Pitcher of the Week Luke Rettig (So, Lehigh) to the mound with a 1-1 record. Luke’s last outing was a gem as he went seven innings against the DC Grays on June 12, giving up no runs on three hits, walking one, and striking out nine. His Opening Day outing against the Big Train was his loss (10-1) as he pitched just two innings.
Facing Rettig will be Seth Marano (So, Lansing CC) who has a 0-1 record with a 5.40 ERA. He has started two games, allowing seven runs on 12 hits, walking six and striking out seven. His loss came against the FCA Braves on the road where he only gave up two earned runs in five innings—six hits allowed, walked two and struck out six—but his team didn’t score any runs and lost the game, 5-0.
The Bolts are back home Saturday night against the DC Grays. Pitching matchups: for the Grays, it’s Reid McLouglin (So, Brigham Young) with a 1-0 record against the T-Bolts Tanner Jacobson (So, Queens University of Charlotte) with a 0-0 record. Game time is 7 pm.