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Friday, June 29, 2012

Renfroe Powers Big Train With 7 RBI; Super Hero Night is TONIGHT; Doran is Pitcher of the Week.

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Renfroe Powers Big Train with 7 RBI!


Renfroe7This swing produced Hunter Renfroe's first home run of the night.

  
Another big night for Hunter Renfroe (Mississippi State) and the offense, another huge win for the Big Train. Renfroe would lead an offensive onslaught against the Youse's Orioles last night, driving in seven runs on four hits (including two home runs) to get the Big Train the 15-1 win.

Renfroe would make his first strike in the top of the second, hitting a leadoff home run to give the Big Train a 1-0 lead. "They were challenging me with fastballs," said Renfroe. "I hit fastballs pretty well."

The home run would be followed by a double by Colin Kish (Florida Southern) and then an RBI single by Tyler Thomas (Shepherd), giving the Big Train a 2-0 lead.

The following inning, the Big Train would start building their lead, scoring three runs on RBI hits from Brendan Hendriks (San Francisco),Renfroe, and Kish (who hit a double, single and double respectively) taking a 5-run cushion into the bottom of the third.

The bottom of the third would see starter Bo Logan's (Florida Atlantic) third consecutive inning without giving up an earned run, and Logan's dominance would set up another big inning for the Big Train in the top of the fourth.
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Boon Logan has given the Big Train great pitching so far this season. 

After a triple by Cam Neal (Tulane) drove in Thomas to start off the scoring, Adam Barry (Cal State Northridge) would reach base after getting hit by a pitch to bring up the hot-hitting Renfroe with runners on the corners. Renfroe continued his tear of dominance at the plate, hitting his second home run of the night; picking up RBIs number four, five and six to extend the lead to 9-1. That home run, his eighth on the season, ties his own team record for a season.

"He works hard," said manager Sal Colangelo. "He's learned how to stay inside the ball and drive it the other way. He's a phenomenal player. Probably one of the best ... in the country."

Pitching would dominate the fifth inning, preventing both teams from scoring, but the Big Train would continue to build their impressive lead once again in the six. HendriksRenfroe, and Tucker Tobin (George Mason) would load the bases for Kish with two down, and he would deliver big with a single that would score two runners, pushing the score to double digits.

The Big Train would score four more runs over the final two innings, including an RBI single and a sacrifice fly by Renfroe, to make the final score Big Train 15, Youse's Orioles 1.

Click here for last night's box score and play-by-play.

The Big Train will look to build a new winning streak tonight as they host the Rockville Express at 7:30 PM for their second game of a three-game homestand. Tickets to the game can be purchased here or at the gate!

Game Notes:

Hunter Renfroe's numbers over the past nine games are staggering: 16/38, 6BB, 15R, 21RBI, 8HR, 2B, 2SB. His averages are impressive as well - .421/.500/1.000 (AVG/OBP/SLG). While getting on base exactly 50% of the time is impressive, the 1.000 slugging percentage is unheard of. That is higher than any season in MLB history and can be simplified this way: In his last nine games Renfroe is averaging one base per at bat.

Renfroe is now leading the league in home runs, in second place with 23 RBI and a .905 slugging percentage, and in fifth place with a .385 batting average.

Colin Kish quietly had a solid night at the plate with four hits of his own. "I was working on really relaxing," said Kish. "I tried to do some things that I wasn't doing the last game and I was seeing the ball well ... [Shirley Povich Field] is a great atmosphere to play in with all the fans and that really helps."

- The pitching staff combined for no earned runs allowed last night, striking out 12 total batters while giving up only seven hits. "I felt I did a pretty good," said starter Bo Logan. "When you pitch with the lead it's a lot easier. You try to go in there and just get first-pitch outs." Logan pitched 5.1 innings giving up no earned runs while striking out six, keeping the Big Train in the game early.

Bo Logan is now tied for the league lead in wins with three and is second in ERA with a 1.04 average. 

TONIGHT is Super Hero Night at Povich Field!
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Come see Spiderman, Batman, and Iron Man, as well as the BethesdaBig Train TONIGHT at Povich Field. Be there at 6:00 when the gates open and buy a ticket to the Davis Family Picnic Pavilion! On Friday, you don't need to be part of a big group to use the pavilion! You can buy tickets for you and your family that will allow you to meet the super heroes! Tickets include meeting the charactersadmission to the game, and a voucher good for one hot dog, one bag of chips, and onedrink at the Home Run Cafe. Make sure you show up early as Disney Night, our first event of this kind, was a huge success!

If you would like to reserve your spot now, click here!

Also on Friday, come to Povich Field and see how our new partners atEZ Hydro Cooler intend on making sure that everybody stays super cool on a warm night. Better yet, go to their website and see what they have planned.

Game Night Sponsor: Giant Food

Ryan Doran Wins CRCBL Pitcher of the Week
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Ryan Doran during his start this week.

From the official press release:

"Ryan Doran (San Diego State University) of the Bethesda Big Train has been named the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Pitcher of the Week for the week of June 18 to June 24. Doran started against the rival Youse's Orioles on June 23 and held them to one hit over five shutout innings en route to his team's 12-1 win. The righty struck out the side to start the ballgame and did not allow a hit until the fifth inning (a single). He never walked a batter and struck out five to pick up his first victory of the season."

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