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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Star Wars Night is TONIGHT vs T-Bolts! Big Train Fall to Rockville; BT Help Raise over 2 Tons of Food for Manna


 TONIGHT is Star Wars Night!
Come Out Early for a Meet-And-Greet Picnic

This game isn't a long, long time ago or in a galaxy far, far away. It's TONIGHT right down the street at Povich Field. Come to the first Star Wars Night at tonight's game against the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts to see characters both good and evil roaming the grounds! Be there at 6:00 when the gates open and buy a ticket to the Davis Family Picnic Pavilion! 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 Darth Vader and more! Tickets include meeting the charactersadmission to the game, and a voucher good for one hot dog, one bag of chips, and one drink at the Home Run Cafe. Make sure you show up early as Disney Night and Super Hero Night, our first events of this kind, were a huge success!
If you would like to reserve your spot now, click here!

 Late Rally Not Enough as Big Train Fall 8-7 

Michael Bass went 2-for-3 while raising his on base percentage to over .400.
A late rally was not enough last night as the Big Train lost to the Rockville Express 8-7. The loss was the team's second in their last 10 contests.

Cameron Cuneo (UC Santa Barbara) took the mound for the Big Train and kept the Express bats quiet for the first two innings, allowing the Big Train to take a 2-0 lead on base knocks from Hunter Renfroe (first inning, Mississippi State) and Michael Bass (second inning, UNC Wilmington).

The heat and humidity forced Cuneo to exit early, though he gave up only two earned runs while striking out five over 3.2 innings. Cuneoturned the game over to Jordan Gross (Tulane) in the fourth, andGross did his best to keep clean in a sticky situation.

Despite giving up no earned runs, Gross found himself down 7-2 by the end of the fourth due to miscues by the Big Train defense. However,Gross would buckle down over the next two innings, giving only an unearned run.

Gross's persistence paid off, as the offense was able to propel the team back within striking distance in the sixth, as Avondre Bollar (San Diego State) and Bass picked up RBIs on a home run and a single, respectively.  Cole Norton (St. Mary's (CA)) crossing the plate on Bass'ssingle pulled the team back within three, and the offense wasn't done just yet.

Colin Kish (Florida Southern) would drive in two more runs in the eighth inning to bring the Big Train back to within one run, hammering a double deep to left field. Though the rest of the lineup couldn't bring home Kishfrom third base, the team still had one last shot at tying the game headed into the ninth inning.

After drawing a leadoff walk, Norton would work his way around the bases in the top of the ninth, eventually scoring with two outs to tie the game at seven. However, the bullpen would not be able to force the game into extra innings, as the Express walked off on a bases-loaded groundball that managed to sneak through the infield winning the game 8-7.

Look for the Big Train to bounce back tomorrow night against the Takoma-Silver Spring Thunderbolts as they host the first game of a home-road split. The Big Train will look to improve their season record to 3-0 against the T-Bolts. Be sure to come to the park early for Star Wars Night

Game Notes:    

- Last night's box score and play-by-play can be viewed here.

- After drawing two walks last night, leadoff hitter Michael Bass now has an on-base percentage over .400. Bass's production out of the 1-hole has paid huge dividends for the Big Train this season as he's scored 12 times in the last 10 games.

Hunter Renfroe made his second start this season behind the plate last night, giving Cole Norton a chance to get the start in center field.Norton responded to the role well, scoring two key runs in the Big Train's rally.

- Despite the loss the Big Train still sit one game ahead of the Alexandria Aces for fourth place in the standings. The team will look to gain ground on the third-place River Dogs tomorrow night in their home game against the Thunderbolts.

Big Train Help Raise Two Tons of Food for Manna!

Big Train players participating in yesterday's challenge.

The Bethesda Big Train, Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts and Rockville Express were at six Giant Food locations yesterday collecting nonperishable food items for Manna Food in the 3rd Annual Feed the Hungry Challenge!

The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts raised 1,863 pounds, Rockville Express 1,621 pounds and Bethesda Big Train 1,356 pounds, totaling 4,840 pounds of food our neighbors in need. Congratulations to the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts! Ed Drijas will be presenting the Thunderbolts a trophy at tonight's Big Train home game at Povich Field.

Thanks to everyone for your support!

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