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Gaithersburg Giants shut out Herndon, 13-0

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Gaithersburg Giants' Nick Holesa (18) connects against the FCA Braves for a three-run home run in the Ripken League game on Monday.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHGaithersburg Giants' Nick Holesa (18) connects with a Herndon Braves pitch for a three-run home run in the Ripken League game Monday. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  GAITHERSBURG — The Gaithersburg Giants (18-14) of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League earned their second shutout win of the season Monday after defeating the visiting FCA Herndon Braves, 13-0, at Criswell Automotive Field at Kelley Park.

The Braves (13-17) couldn’t get into an offensive rhythm and the Giants took advantage, capitalizing on their opponents’ mistakes and forcing quick outs. Gaithersburg pitcher Brad Sawyer struck out batter after batter before surrendering the mound to Ryan Johnston after the fourth inning.

Gaithersburg catcher Saul Garza generated three runs when he registered the first home run of the night. Garza’s homer handed the Giants the momentum needed to methodically put the Braves away.

“I feel like our team just did a great job of adjusting to the [Braves] pitchers and then it felt like everyone started really driving baseballs,” said Garza. “The team played really relaxed today and that’s when we play our best. Today the team attitude was just fun, and come game time, we were ready to go.”

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After several comebacks, Gaithersburg falls to Herndon Braves in 11th inning

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FCA Herndon Braves' catcher Mitch Mendler blocks the slide of Gaithersburg Giants' Trace Bucey. The Braves' defense held on for an 8-7 win in 11 innings. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKFCA Herndon Braves catcher Mitch Mendler blocks the slide of Gaithersburg Giants' Trace Bucey. The Braves' defense held on for an 8-7 win in 11 innings. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  GAITHERSBURG — The visiting FCA Herndon Braves baseball team survived the third comeback attempt of the night by the Gaithersburg Giants to get the 8-7 win in the 11th inning in the season opener for the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League on Tuesday night.

“No lead is ever safe,” Braves manager Chris Warren said. “You have to just execute because they definitely did not quit and put themselves in a position to win the game at the end.”

After five innings of a defensive deadlock, the Braves struck first in the top of the sixth, when pitcher Ethan Delahunty grounded a shot up the right infield line to bring home pinch hitter Brandon White.

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