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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Bethesda Big Train Hispanic Heritage Night is TONIGHT; CRCBL All-Star Wrap-Up

Hispanic Heritage Night is TONIGHT at Povich Field!
Fans enjoying Halloween Night last season.

As the Big Train comes out of the All Star break this week, here are some upcoming promotions that you should enjoy at Povich Field:

TONIGHT, THURSDAY, July 12th - Hispanic Heritage Night: Help the Big Train celebrate Hispanic Heritage Night by coming out to the ballpark for this night of fiesta! The pregame and 7th inning stretch will feature performances by the Tinkus Tiataco Bolivian Dancers and free salsa dancing lessons in the ballpark! Pyramid Atlantic will also be sponsoring pregame arts and crafts for kids and singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame in Spanish. Sponsor: Doyle & Associates.

Friday, July 13th - Halloween Night: Darkness falls across the park. The midnight hour is four-and-a-half hours from hark. Creatures crawl in search of... baseball! Povich Field will be costume filled for Halloween Night on this Friday the 13th. Kids admission is free and they can trick-or-treat around the park (parents: make sure to bring candy!).Sponsor: Bethesda Magazine.

Sunday, July 15th - Burger Night: On this day, 107 years ago, Shirley Lewis Povich was born. We will honor Shirley Povich's Birthday with tributes throughout the night including a few words said by his former colleague at the Washington Post, George Solomon. We will also throw some birthday candles on the only thing big enough to hold 107 of them - BGR: The Burger Joint's 9-Pound Burger. If one lucky (or unlucky) fan can eat the burger during the game, everyone in attendance will win a free burger from BGR: The Burger Joint! Sponsor: BGR: The Burger Joint.

Tickets for these games can be purchased at the gate or by clicking here.
 CRCBL All-Star Festivities
BETHESDA, MD - by Lukas Favale/Syracuse (Alexandria Aces) - This year's All-Star game had just about everything you expect from an All-Star game: highlight reel plays, a ton of substitutions, and, for the most part, a competitive game. In the end, it was the National All-Stars that beat the American All-Stars 9-3 on a beautiful Wednesday night at Shirley Povich Field.

The National All-Stars were made up of players from the Baltimore Redbirds, Bethesda Big Train, Herndon Braves, Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts, and Southern Maryland Nationals. The American All-Stars were made up of players from the Alexandria Aces, Rockville Express, Youse's Orioles, Vienna River Dogs, and DC Grays.

The game was close through most of the game, until the National All-Stars broke it open in the bottom of the 6th. Locked in a 3-3 tie, American All-Stars manager Corey Haines went to Chris McKenna of the Alexandria Aces. Kyle Toomey of the Herndon Braves singled to start the inning before Wes Walker, also of the Braves, walked and Cole Norton of the Bethesda Big Train was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs.

Jake Huxtable of the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts followed that with a sacrifice fly to make it a 4-3 game. McKenna then got Wes Hoskins of the Southern Maryland Nationals to hit a potential double play ball to the short stop Bobby Rice bobbled it to re-load the bases. Hunter Renfroe of the Big Train hit an RBI single, Colin Kish of the Big Train grounded into a fielders choice for an RBI and Jake Taylor of the Thunderbolts hit an RBI single to open up the 7-3 lead for the National All-Stars.

They would add to their lead in the 7th, as Renfroe and Kish both hit RBI singles to make it 9-3. Renfroe and Kish each finished with 2 RBIs in the game as they were the only two players to play the full game.

The American All-Stars jumped out to the early lead in the 1st inning. After starter Cameron Cuneo of the Big Train got two quick outs, KJ Hockaday of the Youse's Orioles laced a single right back up the middle. The next batter Trent Higginbothem of the Vienna River Dogs pulled a double down the left field line to score Hockaday and up the American All-Stars up 1-0.

They doubled that lead in the 2nd, when Ryan Ripken of the Orioles started the inning with a single and John Beaubien of the DC Grays walked and Anthony Papio of the Aces singled to load the bases. Norm Donkin of the Rockville Express then walked to force in a run as the American All-Stars took a 2-0 lead.

The National All-Stars cut into that lead in the bottom half of that inning as Kyle Toomey of the Braves, and eventual All-Star Game MVP, blasted a home run off of Colin Milon of the Aces. Then in the 3rd, Pat Blair of the Baltimore Redbirds scored on a wild pitch from Ronnie Glenn of the Aces to make it a 2-2 game.

The American All-Stars reclaimed the lead in the 4rd, on an RBI single from Norm Donkin, but the National All-Stars responded with another run off of Glenn. This run was scored on a hit by pitch by the Braves' James Vasquez.

The box score from the game can be viewed here

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