T-Bolts Split Doubleheader With Aces

It was a tale of two extremes Friday in Silver Spring, as the Thunderbolts and the Alexandria Aces split a doubleheader in one game that was offensive slugfest and one that was a pitcher’s duel.

The Thunderbolts opened quickly in the first game, with DaVonn Griffin hitting a home run in the first inning to back starter Jake Pecilunas.

The Aces answered Griffin’s home run in the top of the second with a two-run blast of their own from Johnny Ceccoli.

That lead would not last, as the Thunderbolts scratched across three more runs in the bottom of the inning to go back up by two.

The back-and-forth continued in the top of the third, as Erek Bolton drilled a three-run home run with two outs to give the Aces the lead once again.

In the bottom of the third, the Thunderbolts blew the game wide open.

Dominic Ford singled in Brenden Williams to tie the game, and Chris Brady scored on a fielder’s choice one batter later to give Silver Spring-Takoma the lead for good.

Aces’ starter Tyler Briggs would then depart for Noah Short, having allowed six earned runs and six hits in 2.1 innings.

Short struggled immediately, allowing a two-run single to Daulton Martin and a three-run home run to Tony Gallo to cap a seven-run inning.

Alexandria would get a run back in the fourth off Pecilunas, but Gallo and Ryan Roell singled in three runs in the bottom of the inning to put the Thunderbolts up 14-6.

Pecilunas turned in a decent start for the Thunderbolts, allowing six runs in four innings while walking none and striking out four.

He gave way to Brendan Collins, who limited Alexandria to three runs in the final three innings to seal a 15-9 Silver Spring-Takoma win. Every Thunderbolt starter reached base, as Gallo drove in five runs to lead the team.

The second game was nearly the opposite of the first, as Luke Rettig and Seth Marano were locked in a pitcher’s duel for most of the night.

Alexandria’s offense opened the scoring in the third, as Stephen Hill doubled in two and Jake Heilman scored on an error to put them up 3-0.

That was all Rettig would surrender, as he tossed five solid innings, giving up seven hits while striking out six.

Marano cruised into the fifth inning, but ran into trouble against Gallo. With two outs, Gallo continued his hot night by demolishing a two-run homer to left-center field to bring the Thunderbolts within one.

That was as close as the Thunderbolts would get, though, as Riley Cheek and Jared Lyons drove in insurance runs for Alexandria in the seventh, while Zach Fruit shut down Silver Spring-Takoma over the last two innings to seal the Aces’ 5-2 win.