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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

BT Splits With DC; Support BT in Gaithersburg TONIGHT: Renfroe Signs

Big Train Split With Grays,
Embark on Four-Game Road Trip 
The Big Train returned home on Tuesday to play host to the DC Grays in a doubleheader at Povich Field.

Box Score | VIDEO: Post Game Interviews (Colangelo, Del Grande, York)

Luis Collazo (Virginia Tech) got the start for the Big Train in Game 1 of Tuesday's action, and pitched a (seven-inning) complete game, giving up three runs on six hits, a walk, and a hit batter while striking out five. However,Ty France (San Diego State) hit an RBI single in the first inning wouldn't be enough offense, as the Big Train mustered just three hits and dropped the first game 3-1.

In the second game, the Big Train bounced back. David Del Grande(Sacramento State) helped the cause immediately, hitting a lead-off home run in the bottom of the first inning to give the Big Train a 1-0 lead before a single out had been recorded.

In the second inning, Josh Spano (High Point) drew a lead-off walk, and after being advanced to third base, scored on an RBI single by Harrison Bruce(San Francisco) to give the Big Train the early 2-0 lead.

Michael Boyle (Radford) started the second game for Bethesda, and, like Collazo, pitched a complete game. Boyle pitched a seven-inning shutout on just three hits and two walks while striking out seven. Receiving some support from the offense, Boyle was able to pickup the win to help the Big Train split the two-game set.

The Big Train hit the road again on Wednesday, as they play their first game of a four-game road trip against the Gaithersburg Giants at Criswell Automotive Field at Kelley Park.

Bethesda will then play a doubleheader against the Vienna Riverdogs on Thursday before finishing the trip with a game in Alexandria against the Aceson Friday.

The Big Train will return to Povich Field on Saturday night to take on the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts.  It's Superhero Night, so come hang out with Spiderman, clang fists with Iron Man, or meet the Dark Knight himself. Also, we will be offering dollar hot dogs and all fans in attendance will get a season souvenir program! Players from the Rockville Victors professional basketball team will be in attendance signing autographs. With just nine regular-season home games remaining before the playoffs, don't miss your chance to see the team before it's too late!

The gates open at 6:00 and the first pitch is scheduled for 7:30. Tickets can be purchased here or at the gate.

Hunter Renfroe Signs With Padres
Hunter Renfroe (BT '11-'12 / Mississippi State) signed his contract to with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, inking a deal worth $2,678,000 for the #13 overall draft pick on this year's MLB Draft. | VIDEO: Hunter Interviewed
Renfroe was in San Diego at Petco Park yesterday to give interviews and take some batting practice at the stadium that he hopes to play in someday soon.

Renfroe is coming off a great season at Mississippi State as he led the Bulldogs to the Championship Series of the College World Series where they were ultimately defeated by UCLA. Renfroe was named an All-American and was taken 13th by the Padres in the First Year Player Draft.

He will start his professional career with the Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League (Short Season A) in Oregon. Joining him on that team is his Big Train teammate of two years, Michael Bass (BT '11-'12 / UNC-Wilmington). Bass was also drafted by the Padres this year.

Renfroe and Bass were both members of the 2011 National Championship Bethesda Big Train. Renfroe is one of only two former players with his jersey number retired by the team and was both the highest pick ever of a former Big Train player and the the highest pick ever to have played in the CRCBL the previous summer.

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