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Baltimore Redbirds soar past Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts, 9-4

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Baltimore Redbirds' Mac Starbuck (49) manages to slide safely to first base under the glove of Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts first baseman Tucker Childers (22),Baltimore Redbirds' Mac Starbuck (49) manages to slide safely to first base under the glove of Silver Spring-Takoma T-Bolts first baseman Tucker Childers (22), PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH SILVER SPRING — The visiting Baltimore Redbirds defeated The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts Friday night at Montgomery Blair High School, 9-4. The game remained close with the T-Bolts up by one at the end of the seventh inning, but the Redbirds dominated the last two innings thanks to some huge knocks that earned Baltimore the victory.

“It’s the game of baseball,” Silver Spring-Takoma manager Doug Remer said. “In the game of baseball, you got to make sure every at-bat counts, every pitch counts no matter what the score is, so we were up, but we didn’t have that sense of urgency where we needed to shut it down right then. We thought that we could just cruise like we have been, and that’s what’s going to happen, especially against a good team.”

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Big Train demolish Redbirds 14-3 in CRL Championship Game One

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BETHESDA—Game One of the Cal Ripken League Championship series took place Thursday night as the top-seeded Bethesda Big Train, appearing in their ninth consecutive finals, hosted the number two-seeded Baltimore Redbirds. The Big Train would dominate for the majority of the game as they crushed the Redbirds 14-3 at Shirley Povich Field to take a 1-0 series lead.

In the top of the first, though, things looked bright for Baltimore when third baseman Andy Maguire hit a sacrifice fly, as shortstop AJ Lee was able to avoid the tag by Bethesda catcher Justin Morris on his way to home plate, as the Redbirds took an early 1-0 lead.

The bottom of the first is when the fun began. Big Train star outfielder James Outman doubled off the center field wall to drive in a run scored by outfielder Zach Jancarski that tied the game at 1-1. That followed with shortstop Luke Heyer hitting a sac fly to right field to score outfielder Jordan Sergent, which put Bethesda up 2-1.

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Big Train wins second consecutive Cal Ripken League title

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JGS 4281Closing pitcher Stephen Schoch is surrounded by teammates after the Bethesda Big Train defeat the Baltimore Redbirds 4-2 in the Cal Ripken League Championship game. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH   BETHESDA – The Bethesda Big Train won the 2017 Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Championship for the second year in a row Sunday night after beating the Baltimore Redbirds 4-2.

The Baltimore Redbirds won the previous Game Two in Baltimore to force a winner-takes-all Game Three at Shirley Povich Field Sunday. The Bethesda Big Train came through with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Big Train pitcher Tyler Smith appeared dominant on the mound, getting three consecutive batters out in each of the first three innings

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Baltimore Redbirds surge past Bethesda Big Train 9-3

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Redbirds vs. BigTRN 0145The Redbirds' Randy Bednar (38) from Bethesda, at bat against friend BigTrain catcher Justin Morris (13). PHOTO BY MARK POETKERBETHESDA — Two of the best teams in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League faced off Saturday night as the 13-4 Bethesda Big Train hosted the 9-6 Baltimore Redbirds. The game was close up until the eighth inning, when the Redbirds scored seven runs and hung on for the 9-3 win at Shirley Povich Field.

Baltimore struck first in the first inning when Drew Blakely singled to center field to score outfielder Dusty Baker. Then, in the second inning, Lael Lockhart Jr. scored as Laney Orr singled and advanced to third base on an error by right fielder James Outman. As a result, the Redbirds led 2-0, and the score would remain the same for the next few innings.

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Ripken League draws cross-country travel

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Nick AdgarNick Adgar of the Thunderbolts. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts suffered a 10-5 loss to Baltimore Redbirds in their season opener on June 7. However, outfielder Nick Adgar, who went hitless in four at bats, realized this was the competition he wanted to play against.

Coming over from Oakland, California, Adgar made his Thunderbolts debut against a team that had won the past four Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League titles.

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