After Tuesday night’s forgettable game, the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts were focused on resetting and getting back to basics.
They did just that, as Luke Rettig tossed seven shutout innings and the Thunderbolts got big hits from Ian McMillan and DaVonn Griffin in a 5-0 win over the DC Grays.
The Grays entered the game second in the Cal Ripken League and had the reigning Player of the Week, designated hitter Justin Johnson.
Rettig, though, made sure he — along with the rest of the Grays lineup — was a non-factor. Working fast and limiting three-ball counts, Rettig turned in the most complete outing by a Thunderbolts starter all season.
He allowed four baserunners in seven innings while striking out nine, a season high for a Thunderbolt pitcher.
Rettig received run support early from McMillan, who blasted the second pitch he saw from Jake Lewis over the left-center wall to put Silver Spring-Takoma up 2-0.
From there, both pitchers cruised. Lewis allowed five hits and walked two across six solid innings. Like Retting, Lewis consistently worked ahead in counts and limited runners in scoring position, but his one mistake to McMillan was the difference.
Frank Craska came on in the seventh for the Grays and immediately got into a jam, loading the bases with one out. Griffin then stepped to the plate and added insurance for the Thunderbolts, crushing a bases-clearing double to extend the lead to five.
Jake Pecilunas came on for the Thunderbolts in the eighth and stonewalled the Grays, striking out two in the last two innings and getting Noah Searcy to ground into a fielder’s choice to end the game.
The Thunderbolts will look to carry their momentum into Thursday night’s game against the last place Alexandria Aces. Yash Rane is scheduled to start.
Watch an interview with Luke Rettig here: