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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Big Train Roll Past Aces; Second Round Game in Towson TODAY at 6:00!


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Big Train Roll Past Aces into Second Round
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Ryan Doran pitched six solid innings for the Big Train last night.

The Big Train advanced to the second round of the playoffs in dramatic fashion last night, defeating the Alexandria Aces 3-2 with a late rally.

Ryan Doran (San Diego State) took the mound for the Big Train, and did everything he could to keep the Big Train in last night's elimination game. Doran gave up just two runs on three hits over six innings while striking out six in what was probably his final start of the season.
After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the second inning, the Big Train got their first run on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Colin Kish(Florida Southern) hit a two-out double to score Michael Bass (UNC-Wilmington) and tie the score at one.

The Big Train found themselves trailing once again after the Aces pushed across another run in the top of the sixth inning.
Ethan Miller (San Diego State) came in to relieve Doran in the seventh, and would be just what the doctor ordered. Miller pitched two perfect innings and kept the deficit at one headed into the bottom of the eighth.

Hunter Renfroe (Mississippi State) led off the bottom of the eighth and reached on a throwing error by the shortstop. He then advanced all the way over to third base on an error by the catcher and was able to score on an Avondre Bollar (San Diego State) single to tie the game and help keep the Big Train season alive.
But the Big Train rally wasn't finished yet. Cole Norton (St. Mary's (CA)) brought Bollar home on a double off the center-field fence. Norton was the designated hitter in last night's game as it was his first game back from a hamstring injury that had kept him out of a week of action.

Miller threw his third straight perfect inning to eliminate the Aces from the playoffs in the ninth.
Click here for the box score and play-by-play of last night's game.
The Big Train play their second-round game tonight in Towson at 6:00PM. They will take on the Baltimore Redbirds at Calvert Hall High School. Come out and support the Big Train as they try to roll to the their fourth straight CRCBL Championship!
Big Train Play in Towson at 6:00pm TODAY!
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The second of Brendan Hendriks' two homers in Towson this season.

The Big Train and the Baltimore Redbirds have had an interesting season against each other so far, and it's sure to get more interesting in the playoff game on Sunday evening.

The Big Train and Redbirds first faced off in Towson on the first night of the season. The Redbirds jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the first inning before the Big Train were able to tie the game in the fourth with help from a Brendan Hendriks (San Francisco) home run. The Redbirds eventually pulled away again and went on to win by a score of 9-5.

The Redbirds came to visit Povich Field on June 17th and were able to get past the Big Train once again. Though Hunter Renfroe (Mississippi State) hit his first two home runs of the season, the Big Train's offense could match the Redbird's as they went on to win 6-4.

Ten days later, the Big Train rolled into Towson looking for revenge but came up empty once again. The Redbirds were able to take a 2-0 lead early, but the Big Train tied the score in the sixth inning after a two-run home run by Hendriks. The game went into extra innings and the Redbirds were able to escape on a walk-off home run in the tenth inning.

The next match-up between the two teams was supposed to be played two days later but was moved after storms damaged Povich Field. The game was eventually started on July 3rd but was suspended with the Big Train leading 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning after a home run by Avondre Bollar. The game was picked up on the final week of the season where the Redbirds took the lead back quickly until Hendrikswas able to tie the game on a two-run single in the ninth inning. But once again, the Redbirds escaped after a home run in the tenth inning.

On the second to last day of the season, the Redbirds and Big Train faced off one more time in Towson and this time it was the Big Train's night. Renfroe homered in the first inning but after three innings the game was all tied up at three. From there, neither team was able to score until Adam Barry (Cal State Northridge) smashed a home run in the tenth inning to win the game for the Big Train.

With the last three games between these two teams going into extra innings, tonight's game is sure to be exciting so make sure you come out and support the Big Train as they try to roll to their fourth straight CRCBL Championship!

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