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Friday, March 15, 2013

Tickets On Sale For FanFest and Celebrity Softball Classic! BT College Round-Up; Summer Camp

FanFest & Celebrity Softball Classic Tickets On Sale!
The tickets for the Second Annual Big Train Celebrity Softball Classic presented by Avenue Wealth are finally available!

After the success of last year's game (in which the Athletes defeated the media by a score of 3-2), this year's game is expected to be bigger and better. The game is scheduled for Saturday, April 20th, 2013 at 7:00 PM and will be held at Shirley Povich Field.

Don't forget that the first ever Big Train FanFest will take place earlier in the day at 5:30 and will include lots of Big Train fun, food, and games. ManagerSal Colangelo, 2005 Big Train MVP Greg Lemon, and, of course, Homer and Bunt are all scheduled to appear.

Among the athletes that have already committed to the Big Train Celebrity Softball Classic are many Washington Redskins of the past and present including Ryan Kerrigan, Chris Cooley, Lorenzo Alexander, Antwaan Randle El, and Kai Forbath. The media team will feature representatives from CBS, NBC, FOX, Comcast SportsNet, The Washington Post, and 106.7 The Fan.

Fans who purchase tickets to Big Train FanFest will be granted admission to the Celebrity Softball Classic.

The proceeds for the game will benefit the team's foundation to improve and build baseball fields in nearby communities in order to provide local children with better places to play.

To purchase your tickets, click here. For more information, click here.
Big Train College Round-Up 3/15  
While many Big Train players around the country had incredible weeks, this week's round-up will once again lead with Tucker Tobin (BT '11-'13). Last Friday night, Tobin (pictured above) led George Mason to a 14-13 victory over Georgia State as he went 3/4 with a home run and two doubles while driving in five and scoring three times. Luckily for the Patriots, Tobin (10/23, BB, 5R, 7RBI, 2HR, 3 2B) wasn't the only Big Train player on their roster having a good week. Brandon Gum (BT '12) went 6/18 with three walks, four runs scored, and three runs driven in and Josh Leemhuis (BT '11) was 5/15 with two walks. three runs scored, one run driven in, a double, and a stolen base.

Tobin may have had a game to help his slugging percentage, but Brennan Middleton (BT '10-'12) had a game to help his on base percentage. On Sunday, Middleton helped Tulane defeat High Point 11-10 in 12 innings. The actual victory for the game was awarded to Ian Gilbaut (BT '13) who pitched the final five innings of the game out of relief without giving up a run on only three hits and one walk. He struck out three. Middleton reached base six times with two singles, two walks, and two hit-by-pitches. He stole a base, scored twice, and drove in a run as well.

Hunter Renfroe (BT '11-'12) is clearly back in good health after his injury. He finished this week at Mississippi State with nine hits and two walks in 19 plate appearances. He also drove in five runs, scored five himself, and hit a home run, a triple, and a double.

Michael Bass (BT '11-'12) finished with a nearly identical line (9/19, 3BB, 7R, 6RBI, HR, 3B, 2B) for UNC-Wilmington this week. Two other former Big Train players came up big for UNC-Wilmington. Drew Farber (BT '10-'11) reached base in half his plate appearances (four hits and five walks) as he did a little bit of everything else as well (3R, 7RBI, HR, 2B, SB). Ricky Holden (BT '12) also helped the cause as we picked up a win in four innings of relief in which he gave up one earned run on two hits and four walks while striking out three.

Another school that benefited from a bevy of Big Train big games was St. Mary's (CA). Brenden Kalfus (BT '11) was at his best at the plate (six hits and five walks in 15 plate appearances) and on the bases (two runs, one stolen base). Big Train pitching was also a huge help as three Big Train pitchers chipped in for a combined 10.2 innings pitched (one win) allowing just one earned run on six hits, three walks, and one hit-by-pitch while striking out eight. The contributing pitchers were Ben Griset (BT '12),Patrick Keane (BT '10-'11), and Gary Cornish (BT '13).

Other notable pitching performances: Ethan Miller (BT '12 / San Diego St.) - 6IP, 0ER, 3H, BB, 5K... David Wayne Russo (BT '10-'12 / San Jose St.) - 7IP, W, ER, 7H, 2BB, 2K... Michael Boyle (BT '13 / Radford) - 6IP, W, ER, 8H, 2BB, 5K... Eric Martin (BT '12 / Tennessee) - 4.1IP, 0ER, 0H, 0BB, 3K...Bo Logan (BT '12-'13 / Florida Atlantic) - 3.2IP, W, 0ER, 3H, 0BB, K...Danny Mooney (BT '13 / Davidson) - 6.1IP, W, 2ER, 7H, 4BB, 5K... Trevor Charpie (BT '13 / Tennessee) - 5.2IP, W, 4ER, 9H, 0BB, 2HBP, 6K.

Other notable hitting performances: Tim Quiery (BT '11 / San Jose St.) - 6/14, 2BB, 2HBP, 2R... Justin McCullough (BT '10-'12 / El Camino CC) - 6/14, BB, 3RBI... Kevin Tatum (BT '13 / Cornell) - 2/9, 4BB, 2R, SB...Landon Appling (BT '11 / Houston) - 3/10, 3BB, 2R, RBI, SB.

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