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Saturday, July 28, 2012

(Bethesda Big Train) Home Playoff Game TONIGHT at 7:30 pm vs Alexandria!

Big Train Open Playoffs at Home Tonight!
Hunter Renfroe and the Big Train look to swing for the fences tonight vs. Alexandria.

The Bethesda Big Train (25-16, 3rd Seed) will open the 2012 Cal Ripken League playoffs at Shirley Povich Field tonight at 7:30 pm against the Alexandria Aces (20-21, 6th Seed).

During the regular season, the Big Train and Aces spilt their regular season matchups two game to two:

First Game: 6/15 at. Alexandria
Score: Loss, 7-6
Notes: Aces led 7-0 after 6 innings...Big Train scored 2, 1, and 3 in the 7th, 8th, and 9th...Middleton 3/5, HR, 3RBI.

Second Game: 6/25 at. Alexandria
Score: Win, 4-3
Notes: Back and forth until Bass had a 2RBI come from behind, game winning single in the top 9...Carlson's first Big Train start, 5 innings, no hits...Renfroe solo HR and Bass 3RBI.

Third Game 7/16 at. Bethesda
Score: Loss, 6-3
Notes: Aces had a 4-run 4th inning all runs unearned...Led 4-3 until tacking on two more in the 9th....Bollar was 3/4, 2B, 2RBI and Middleton HR.

Fourth Game 7/18 at. Bethesda
Score: Win, 4-3
Notes: Big Train trailed 3-0 after 5 innings...2RBI single from Medzienowski in 5th...Walk-off single from Bass in bottom 9th...Only walk-off win of season.

Should the Big Train advance in this win or go home match, the team would travel to Baltimore tomorrow to play the Redbirds.

Tickets to this evenings game are available at the gate or can be purchased online by clicking here.
VIDEO: Hunter Renfroe & Hugh Adams 
Jersey Retirement Ceremony
Hunter Renfroe Number Retiring  
Friday night's pregame festivities were closed out by a special jersey-retiring ceremony for both Hugh Adams (Florida Atlantic University) andHunter Renfroe (Mississippi State), enshrining them in Big Train history as the first two league players to ever have their numbers retired. 
Hugh Adams has pitched for the Big Train for seven years now, dating back to his sophomore year of high school when he became the youngest player in CRCBL history at the age of 16. Adams has posted an outstanding 1.72 ERA over his Big Train career. Adams' contributions to the Big Train have extended beyond his stellar performance on the mound, as he served as a batboy starting in 1999, the Big Train's inaugural season. Adams was joined by his parents as well as two grandmothers in last night's ceremony that ensured no other Big Train player will ever wear #40.
Hunter Renfroe joined the Big Train last season, and has since developed into one of the most highly-touted prospects in the country. After setting the Big Train team record in home runs back in 2011 with eight, Renfroe proceeded to outdo himself (as well as the rest of the league) this year, breaking league records in home runs (17, league record was 9), RBIs (52, league record was 45) and after scoring four runs in last night's game, runs scored (48, league record was 45). Renfroe will go down as an all-time league great, and his #11 will join the #40 on the right-field fence. Renfroe will also have his number sit up on the left-field stadium light pole, a kind gesture made by his host mom, Becky Crowley. 
Both Hugh and Hunter were accompanied by family; Hugh his parents and two grandmothers, and Hunter with his parents who made a surprise visit from his home state of Mississippi to share in the special day with their son.

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