After last night’s cancellation of the game against the Bethesda Big Train, a similar scenario could occur this evening against the Alexandria Aces. The Bolts are scheduled to play the Aces at 6:30 pm in Alexandria, but the regional forecasts call for heavy thunderstorms and rain in the late afternoon with a flash flood watch in effect from 3 pm today until 6 am tomorrow.
Zeke Gongola (Montgomery College, Germantown) is scheduled to start for Silver Spring-Takoma; there was no pitcher scheduled as of yet for the Aces. Gongola, 1-1, with a 3.31 ERA, earned his win against the Aces in an 8-1 victory at Alexandria on July 14. He pitched seven innings, gave up one run on three hits, walked one, and struck out five.
We’ll post word if today’s game is cancelled and what will happen with yesterday’s game at Blair against the Big Train. The game was halted in the top of the second inning with two outs and the Big Train leading, 1-0. Eventually, it was suspended.
The T-Bolts have clinched second place in the shortened 38-game season. Even if the T-Bolts lost their remaining three games on the schedule, and the Grays won their three remaining games on the schedule, resulting in a tied record, the T-Bolts hold the tiebreaker. The Bolts, by virtue of Friday’s 9-7 win over the Grays at Blair, took the season series, 5-3, and the season series is the first tiebreaker in the League.
The T-Bolts would like to finish over .500 for the season and have at least two more opportunities—maybe three—to reach that goal. The T-Bolts would have to defeat either the Aces on the road or the Braves at home to reach 20 wins (tying their highest win total as a member of the Ripken League) and finish over .500. Much, of course, depends upon the weather.
The DC Grays and FCA Braves are tied for third place at 16-19 and they are scheduled to play today at South County Field in Lorton, at 7 pm. The Giants have a doubleheader against the Aces scheduled on Tuesday, the last day of the regular season and the Giants and Braves have a game to make up from yesterday.
So, be prepared for some unscheduled doubleheaders on Tuesday, maybe even early Wednesday, as the League tries to sort fairly the 3-6 standings and home field advantage for the play-in games.
If today’s contest between the Bolts and Aces is played, it will be on the T-Bolts Radio Network at 6:25 pm.