Coming into Sunday’s game against the Bethesda Big Train, the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts were looking to avenge a heartbreaking 15-11 loss last week against Bethesda.
Instead, Big Train starter Dalton Ponce and three relievers dominated, allowing just two hits in the Thunderbolts’ 7-1 loss.
Tanner Jacobson took the mound for Silver Spring-Takoma and tossed a scoreless first inning but ran into trouble in the second.
The Big Train loaded the bases with no outs, before Cade Hunter drove in a run on a single to center. Martin Vincelli-Simard then roped a sacrifice fly to score Darius Foster, and Keith Torres III scored on a fielder’s choice one batter later to put Bethesda up 3-0.
Jacob Southern extended the Big Train’s lead to four in the bottom of the third, crushing a 3-1 pitch over the left field wall for his league-leading seventh home run. Christian Jayne added to Bethesda’s lead in the fourth inning, singling in Torres.
Jacobson exited after four innings, allowing five runs, five hits and five walks while striking out one.
Meanwhile, Ponce cruised for Bethesda, sitting the first 12 Thunderbolts’ batters down in order, including a stretch of six straight strikeouts. Daulton Martin reached on an error leading off the fifth inning to break up the perfect game.
Carter Spivey relieved Ponce in the sixth inning. Ponce struck out 10 in five innings on 79 pitches, picking up his fifth win of the season.
Spivey continued Bethesda’s dominance on the mound, retiring six batters in a row before turning the ball over to Jack Weeks.
The Thunderbolts broke up the no-hitter on Quinn McKenna’s eighth inning infield single, but Weeks would strand McKenna and Lyle Miller-Green to temporarily preserve the shutout.
Hunter Cooley came in for Bethesda in the ninth inning and gave up a one-out single to Cade Swisher, who later scored on Ryan Roell’s groundout. That was all Cooley would allow, as he got Jack Schroeder to fly out to finish the Big Train victory.
The Thunderbolts will look to rebound Monday night in Alexandria against the Aces. Zeke Gongola will make his second start of the season for Silver Spring-Takoma.