Last Friday against the Bethesda Big Train, the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts’ bats came alive for an 11-run inning, their most prolific in team history. Last night against the FCA Braves, they almost bested that mark.
The Thunderbolts rode a 10-run second inning and held off a furious late charge by the Braves to win 14-10.
Braves starter Patrick Halligan tossed a 1-2-3 first inning but immediately ran into trouble in the second as Daulton Martin and Tony Gallo opened the inning with back-to-back home runs.
It only got worse from there for Halligan, as the Thunderbolts scored four more runs and batted around before he was pulled with one out in the inning. Martin and Gallo then greeted new pitcher Jack Nathan with RBI singles, and Ian McMillan later tacked on a towering RBI double to make it 10-0.
Nathan eventually got Lucas Donlon to fly out to left-center field, but not before the Thunderbolts sent 14 batters to the plate, tallying seven hits and four walks while the Braves made one error.
Yash Rane took the mound for the Thunderbolts and kept the Braves at bay, allowing five runs and five hits in five innings while striking out five. He picked up his first win of the season.
The Braves allowed a run to score in the third and fifth innings but would not go quietly. They plated three in the seventh inning, with the biggest blow coming on Braden Odom’s two-run homer, but Rojo Prairie got Wesley Lane to ground out to end the threat.
Ryan Roell added insurance for the Thunderbolts in the bottom of the inning, plating two on a single down the left field line to put the Thunderbolts up 14-8.
The Braves scored two more in the eighth and loaded the bases in the ninth, but Brendan Collins struck out Ryan Zwier looking to end a wild game and give the Thunderbolts their second consecutive win.
The Thunderbolts will look to carry this streak into Sunday’s doubleheader against the second-place Gaithersburg Giants.
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