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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Six Big Train Players Named to All-Star Team; BT Comeback Comes Up Short

Six Big Train Players Named to All-Star Team
The Big Train would like to congratulate the six players that have been recognized by the CRCBL to represent the team as All-Stars in the showcase that is scheduled to be played at Shirley Povich Field on July 17th. The game will also be preceeded by a home run derby and entry is free to all those in possession of a Big Train Season Pass.

Bubba Derby (San Diego State) has been simply phenomenal so far this season. He leads the CRCBL in almost every pitching category (including his perfect 0.00 earned run average) and has led the Big Train to victory every time he has taken the mound.

Michael Boyle (Radford) has been almost as un-hittable and currently holds a 0.38 ERA, a .667 WHIP, and has 23 strikeouts compared to just five walks over 24 innings of work. He has been the winning pitcher in all four of his starts.

Zach Morris (Maryland) has been a solid starter for the Big Train so far this season. He has started five games and never pitched fewer than five innings and has picked up wins in two of his last three starts.

David Del Grande (Sacramento State) has been the team's best hitter and lead-off hitter all season. He is leading the CRCBL in being hit by pitches (12), second in runs scored (21), fifth in stolen bases (8), and top ten in both doubles and batting average. He has also become a fan favorite for his great defense in centerfield.

Josh Spano (High Point) has proven that he is the best defensive catcher in the CRCBL by throwing runners out who were trying to steal and even some who had just strayed a little too far off their base. He's also used his understanding of pitching tactics at the plate where he's struck out just five times so far.

Tim Yandel (Tulane) has also been a great help on defense. Splitting time between second base and shortstop, Yandel's glove has saved more than a few runs for Big Train pitching. At the plate, he's known for his solid approach and making opposing pitchers work hard. 
Big Train Comeback Comes Up Short
 
The Big Train traveled into Gaithersburg on Wednesday to take on the Giants at Criswell Automotive Field at Kelley Park. Box Score
Bubba Derby (San Diego State) started for the Big Train, and struck out five batters. However, the Giants got to Derby for five runs, four of them earned.
After the Giants scored two runs in the first inning, the Big Train offense would get its first run in the top of the second, as an RBI groundout by Parker Guinn (Washington) scored Tim Yandel (Tulane).
The Giants scored another run in the bottom half of the second, but the Big Train got that run back in the fourth as Tucker Tobin (George Mason) scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to one run.
After the Giants scored two more runs in the bottom of the fourth, Will Resnik (High Point) came in to relieve Derby in the sixth inning. With the Big Train trailing by three at the time, Resnik kept the game within reach, giving up no runs on just two hits over his three innings of work.
However, the Giants scored two more runs off Trevor Charpie (Tennessee) in the eighth, giving the Big Train offense a five-run deficit to overcome in the top of the ninth.
The ninth inning would get off to a good start for the Big Train, as Guinn andDavid Del Grande (Sacramento State) drew back-to-back walks. A ground ball by Kyle Wernicki (Virginia Tech) and an RBI single by Ty France (San Diego State) scored both runners, to cut the Giants lead to 7-4. However, the next three Big Train batters went down and the Giants would win the game 7-4.
Bethesda will play an (almost) doubleheader against the Vienna Riverdogs on Thursday before finishing this week's road trip with a game in Alexandria against the Aces on Friday.

Tomorrow's game will be an almost doubleheader as the first game is a continuation of a suspended game and the second game will be only seven innings long. The first game will restart in the top of the first inning, the Big Train up 2-0, one out, runners on first and second base, and a one-ball, one-strike count.
The Big Train will then 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.

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