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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Big Train Win Home Opener! 10 Big Train Players Selected in MLB Draft

Big Train Beat Gaithersburg 4-1 in Home Opener

One night after Mother Nature cancelled the Big Train's originally scheduled home opener, the weather cooperated  on Saturday night as Bethesda hosted the Gaithersburg Giants at Povich Field.
Danny Mooney (Davidson) - pictured above - got the start for the Big Train and put together six quality innings in his season debut. Mooney would give up just three hits and two walks while striking out seven. Three innings of one-run ball from the bullpen and four runs of offense would help to get Mooney his first win of the season.
The majority of the runs would come in the third inning. Four consecutive Big Train batters would reach base. Kevin Tatum (Cornell) would double home two runners and then be singled home by Tucker Tobin (George Mason) to give the Big Train a 3-0 lead heading into the fourth.
Following the big inning, Big Train pitchers Mooney and Will Resnik (High Point) would combine to pitch four shutout innings and keep the game at 3-0. Tobin would later add another run on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly.
The Big Train gave up one run late, but Trevor Charpie (Tennessee) came on to pick up the save.
"We've got a group of guys this year that just want to win, want to play, want to get better and more importantly, just want to have fun," said manager Sal Colangelo. "Just the little things. Taking care of batting practice, getting that set up, getting the tarp set up. This is a great group of kids. Very talented, top to bottom."

The 4-1 win brings the Big Train to an even 1-1 on the season, and they'll look to get over .500 tomorrow night on the road at Blair Stadium in Silver Spring against the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts.
The Big Train return home to Povich Field on Monday for a doubleheader against the DC Grays, and will host fireman, policeman, and active and former service members on Hometown Heroes Night! Get your tickets to both of those games here or at the gate!

10 Big Train Players Taken in 2013 MLB Draft!
Hunter Renfroe wasn't the only Big Train player drafted this week. In fact, ten former Big Train players were drafted which set a franchise record for a single draft.

Here is the full list of draftees along with their Big Train highlight:
Hunter Renfroe (BT '11-'12 / Mississippi State University)
#13 overall in the 1st Round by the San Diego Padres

  • One of just two Big Train players to have a jersey number retired. 
Jimmy Reed (BT '10 / University of Maryland)
#185 overall in the 6th Round by the St. Louis Cardinals

  •  Had the second most appearances of any Big Train pitcher in 2010. 
Brennan Middleton (BT '10-'12 / Tulane University)
#316 overall in the 10th Round by the Washington Nationals

  • Won the 2012 Big Train Hustle Award. 
Ben Griset (BT '12 / St. Mary's College (CA))
#398 overall in the 13th Round  by the Tampa Bay Rays

  • Posted a 1.77 ERA and was a CRCBL All-Star.  
Daryl Norris (BT '11 / Mississippi State University)
#666 overall in the 22nd Round by the Detroit Tigers

  • Helped the 2011 National Championship team as a pitcher and hitter. 
Ethan Miller (BT '12 / San Diego State University)
#672 overall in the 22nd Round by the San Francisco Giants

  • Earned a win in the 2012 CRCBL LCS in a 3-2 must-win game. 
Brenden Kalfus (BT '11 / St. Mary's College (CA))
#685 overall in the 23rd Round by the Toronto Blue Jays

  • Batted .314 in the summer of 2011. 
Michael Bass (BT  '11-'12 / University of North Carolina at Wilmington)
#808 overall in the 27th Round by the San Diego Padres

  • Stole 40 bases over two seasons and was not caught in 2012. 
Joe Mantiply (BT '10 / Virginia Tech)
#816 overall in the 27th Round by the Detroit Tigers

  • Earned the win in the 2010 CRCBL Championship Game. 
Cole Norton (BT '12 / St. Mary's College (CA))
#1159 overall in the 39th Round by the Colorado Rockies

  • Named to the 2012 CRCBL All-Star Game. 

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