Tonight’s starting pitchers have been announced by the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts and the Bethesda Big Train for Game Three of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball Championship Series.
For the Bolts, as expected, it’s Alex Mykut (Millersville). You can read about him at the site’s preview piece, Game Three: The T-Bolts, the Big Train, and Mother Nature. But for the Big Train, a bit of a surprise as Train Coach Sal Colangelo has pulled a New Yorker out of his hat for the start: lefthander Anthony Piccolino from James Madison University.
Piccolino, from Bronxville, New York—about 15 miles north of midtown Manhattan—both pitches and plays the outfield for the Big Train. On the mound, he appears to be your typical Bethesda pitcher—low ERA (1.89), high number of strikeouts (25), and a minuscule number of walks (6). That was accomplished in 11 innings where he did give up 11 hits. He had a 1-1 record over ten games.
He pitched in two games against the T-Bolts. On June 20 at Povich, where he was on the mound for two innings in an 8-1 Train win, yielding one hit. On July 24, he pitched one inning in the weather-delayed makeup game at Blair. His longest outing of the season was four innings against the FCA Braves on July 14 at Povich, where he went four innings, allowed no runs on one hit, walked one, and struck out six.
As a batter, Piccolino has not fared nearly as well, getting 12 at bats over four games with no hits, three walks, and three strikeouts. He did, however, get one RBI. He batted against the T-Bolts in three of those games, going 0 for 9 with three walks and a run scored.
It remains to be seen if Piccolino is actually the starter or there is a last-minute change come game time—if there is a game. Bethesda is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 pm tonight and the rain forecast is 50 percent this afternoon and 40 percent tonight.
Rumors continue to swirl that the League will definitely play a game tomorrow if the game is postponed tonight. That could severely impact the Thunderbolts as several players are said to be leaving the team and not available for a Thursday matchup. This brings to mind past post-season games against Bethesda in which the T-Bolts had play pitchers in the field and at bat due to departed batters and fielders. This is unlikely to affect Bethesda, at least according to past history.
Again, keep your eyes here and at @TBolts_Baseball for the latest update on the status of tonight’s game. If it is played, it will be on the T-Bolts Radio Network starting at 6:55 pm with Julian Baron and Neal Lavon on the call. Clark Boinis will tweet the action.