The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts (12-19) lost both games in a doubleheader against the Baltimore Redbirds (23-7) on Sunday at Calvert Hall High School.Read More
After a long rain delay, the Takoma T-Bolts finally beat the Rockville Express by a final score of 8-4. If you count the total time between first pitch and the final out the game took 16 days, 23 hours and 47 minutes to complete.
Jaren Zinn (2-1, 5.29 ERA) got the win in relief for the T-Bolts, going four innings giving up only two earned runs (four runs total) on five hits, three walks, and three strikeouts. Conor Larkin (1-2, 5.68 ERA) was saddled with the loss despite going seven innings. The Penn State sophomore allowed three earned (five total) on three hits, five walks, and six punchouts.
The Express scored the first run of the game on a passed ball in the top of the sixth inning. Rockville got three more in the seventh as back-to-back RBI singles and then a sac fly two batters later helped increase the lead to 4-0. The T-Bolts battled back in the bottom of the seventh as Josh Simon singled to left to score Zach Buck and Tucker Childers to bring the game to 4-2.
The T-Bolts offensive explosion happened in the bottom of the eighth, kicked off by an error on a Zach Buck grounder that scored two to tie the game at four apiece. The next batter was Tucker Childers and he knocked a base hit to score Corey Rosier and give Takoma its first lead of the night. Josh Simon was up next and he joined the RBI parade with a single to score Zach Buck. Later in the inning, Hunter Pearre doubled to plate Childers and Simon and put the T-Bolts up 8-4, a score that would carry to the final box.
Runs were at a premium when the T-Bolts (12-17) met the Braves (13-14) on Thursday night as both teams combined for only three runs. Fans of pitching duels and bullpen mastery were in for a treat. Huei-Sheng Lin (1-2, 5.49 ERA) started the game for the T-Bolts, going 4.1 IP, allowing a run on four hits and four walks while striking out six. In the fifth inning Lin loaded the bases and then hit Jeff Steuck to score Frank Nigro and make it a 2-1 ballgame. Enter Jacob Pecilunas (1-1, 8.35 ERA) who got out of the jam with a strikeout and a fly-out. The Towson University Sophomore proceeded to throw for 3.1 IP in total, giving up only one hit and no runs while sending two packing via the punch-out. Teddy Blumanauer came in for a single batter to finish off the eighth before Kiernan Garner came in to close it out in the ninth.
John Defazio (0-3, 5.40 ERA) took the loss for the Braves despite a fine effort on the mound. The University of Tampa Sophomore pitched for 5.1 innings, giving up five hits and three walks, striking out an impressive eight of twenty four batters he faced (33%).
Defazio really only one mistake in this game. In the first inning with Zach Buck on first base the righty gave Tucker Childers something to swing at, and Childers made sure the man on the mound would regret it, clobbering the baseball for a 2-run shot, his third of the year. That was all the offense the T-Bolts would need as they won the ballgame 2-1.
After winning three straight, the T-Bolts (12-17) took a step back in their pursuit of the wild card as they ran into the Rockville Express (12-14). John Stankiewicz (2-0, 1.68 ERA) got the win for Rockville, spinning an absolute gem of a game. The Fordham sophomore hurled seven scoreless, allowing five hits and no walks while striking out a third of the batters he faced (9 Ks in 27 batters). He was simply brilliant. Spencer Haroldson (1-1, 2.90 ERA) also pitched a very respectable game but just couldn't quite keep up with Stankiewicz. The UNCC righty got through six innings and only permitted two runs to cross the plate while surrendering five hits and a walk. Hardoldson send six packing on strike three in his start.
There was little in the name of early offense in this contest. Rockville scored one run on a Dayan Reinoso double, and then Eurick Perez scored on a sacrifice in the sixth.. It was a 2-0 game heading to the eighth inning, but that is where things unraveled for the T-Bolts. A wild pitch scored one with Evan Blum at the plate, and then Blum connected and hit an RBI-single to increase the Express lead to 4-0. The next batter, Charles Kozorosky, reached on an error that scored Jarel McDade. Later that inning a Billy Godrick single scored two to put the lead at 9-0.
The T-Bolts get another go at it when they meet the Baltimore Redbirds at 3:30 on Sunday at Calvert Hall HS. The Redbirds, despite losing their last outing 12-10, have been on a tear as of late. Baltimore has won eight of its last ten games and sits at 21-7 on the year. Tune in to this heated battle on tboltsradio.com
The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts (11-16) won their second game in a row with a 7-2 win against the D.C. Grays (12-16) on Friday at Washington Nationals Academy.Read More