Remember that doubleheader between the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts and the FCA Braves scheduled to start at 4:30 pm today at South County Field in Lorton?
The Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League has changed the twin bill to a single game that will start at 7 pm. The reason, according to the League, is to avoid back to back doubleheaders for players as the weather is predicted to be unpredictable save for the extreme heat forecast for the region this week. As a result, each team will end up playing 39 games instead of the usual 40.
Tonight’s newly-minted single game will be a pitching match up between the Bolts’ Nicholas Charleson (Jr, Queens University of Charlotte) and the Braves Jack Nathan (High Point University).
Charleson is one of the newest pitchers for the T-Bolts joining the team earlier this month. He doesn’t have a record yet but pitched 2.1 innings July 13 versus the Gaithersburg Giants. In his stint, Charleson didn’t allow any earned runs, walked two, and struck out four.
His opponent, Jack Nathan, has a 3-1 record in nine games with a 3.41 ERA. In 26.1 innings, he’s allowed 10 earned runs, given up 20 hits, walked 17, and struck out 22. He faced the T-Bolts at Blair on June 14 where he went 3.2 innings, gave up one earned run, five hits, no strikeouts, and walked two. He was not involved in the decision, a game the Bolts won 14-10.
The Bolts are coming off a 10-2 loss last night at home against the Alexandria Aces in which they walked nine, uncorked seven wild pitches, and managed only four hits. Bolts pitchers did strike out 12 Aces in a losing effort. On the other hand, the Braves have won six of their last ten and are playing well as they are jostling for playoff position in the League’s postseason,
With the new schedule of 39 games, the Bolts magic number over the DC Grays has been reduced to five. So any combination of Bolts wins and Grays losses that total five, will clinch second place for Silver Spring-Takoma. The Grays visit the Giants tonight in Gaithersburg.
The Bolts and Grays play what could be a pivotal game in the standings Friday night at Blair with a game time of 7 pm.
Tonight’s game will be broadcast at 6:55 pm on the T-Bolts Radio Network with Neal Lavon and Nate Kresh on the call. Clark Boinis will handle social media from the booth at South County Field.