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Gaithersburg Giants beat Rockville Express in dominant pitching duel

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Rockville Express second baseman Matt Kruszka tags out Gaithersburg Giants' Ryan Shinn in a steal attempt, but the Giants would go on to win the game, 3-1. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKRockville Express second baseman Matt Kruszka tags out Gaithersburg Giants' Ryan Shinn in a steal attempt, but the Giants would go on to win the game, 3-1. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  ROCKVILLE — In Monday night’s game between the Gaithersburg Giants and Rockville Express, it was more about the pitching than the hitting, but the Giants were able to come through with clutch hitting towards the end for the 3-1 victory on the road.

The first score came from Gaithersburg in the top of the second inning when outfielder Giovanni DiGiacomo reached on an infield single as outfielder Ryan Shimm made his way towards home plate to give his team a 1-0 lead.

But the Express responded in the bottom of the fourth when catcher Evan Blum singled to left field to score outfielder Billy Godrick and tie the game up at 1-1.

The next four innings involved some hits but no runs thanks to some quality pitching. Nick Pantos of the Giants had himself a night on the mound, as he went seven innings and struck out 10 batters. This was the second 10-strikeout game for Pantos this season. Chandler Schultz pitched the last two innings and got the save.

“All I was trying to do was fill up the zone,” Pantos said. “The slider was working well today so I stuck with that. Good things tend to happen when you’re throwing strikes, and the defense made some good plays behind me. Everything really goes into it.”

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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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Gaithersburg Giants capture first victory against T-Bolts in fourth matchup of season

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GAITHERSBURG —After losing the first three games against Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts (10-16), the Gaithersburg Giants (15- 13) beat their divisional rivals 5-4 Saturday night.

The game at Criswell Automotive Field remained close throughout.

Silver Spring-Takoma outfielder Brett Leftridge hit a leadoff home run in the first inning to put the Thunderbolts on top, 1-0. Then outfielder Garrett Stonehouse hit an RBI double to score first baseman Jimmy Cain, taking the score to 2-0.

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South takes Cal Ripken League All-Star game

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MPI CalRipAllStar 0034Baltimore Red Birds' Drew Blakely (8) hits a high flyer. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER    BETHESDA—North and South division players took part in the 2017 Cal Ripken League AllStar Game Monday night at Shirley Povich Field. While there wasn’t much scoring due to dominant pitching and baserunners getting caught stealing, the South would still end up with the 3-0 shutout.

The first score of the game came in the bottom of the third inning when, with the bases loaded, Alexandria Aces infielder Max Schuemann hit a sac fly to right field and scored Bethesda Big Train infielder Vinny Esposito to give the South a 1-0 lead.

The game remained 1-0 until the bottom of the ninth when the South added two more runs. Big Train outfielder Kirk Sidwell jacked one to right center field for a home run, and then, with the bases loaded, Bethesda designated hitter/pitcher Kevin Milam hit an RBI single to drive in Loudoun Riverdogs infielder Pete Nielsen.

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Big Train proves to be Giant Killers 15-3

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BETHESDA – On Saturday, the Bethesda Big Train used its strong batting to beat the Gaithersburg Giants at Shirley Povich Field, 15-3.

At first, it was the Giants who looked as if they would be the team to dominate the game. On the first pitch at the top of the first inning, outfielder Daniel Cabrera hit a leadoff home run to left field to put Gaithersburg up, 1-0.

Then it was the Big Train’s turn. With the bases loaded, pitcher Truman Thomas walked outfielder James Outman, which allowed outfielder Zach Jancarski, the walk-off hero from the previous night, to score. Then third baseman Luke Heyer hit a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in a run by shortstop Fox Semones and give the Big Train a commanding 2-1 lead.

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D.C. Grays top Gaithersburg Giants 8-6

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Grays vs. Giants MPI 0169bGiants’ Jake Huggins at bat in a game won by the DC Grays. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  GAITHERSBURG – DC Grays outfielder Lamar Briggs had a solid performance in Friday night’s 8-6 victory over the Gaithersburg Giants at Criswell Automotive Field at Kelley Park.

Briggs, a Jackson State University product, finished 2-for-4 including a three-run double that helped propel the Grays to victory.

Down 4-2 in the fourth inning, Briggs smacked a double that put the Grays ahead, 5-4.

“We got down to an early deficit but we stuck it out [and] kept fighting,” said Briggs. “We got a couple clutch hits when we needed them.”

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Thunderbolts rally late over Giants to win 8-4

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TBolts vs. Giants MPI 0321bGaithersburg Giants’ Jake Huggins gets hit in the ribcage at bat. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER SILVER SPRING — The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts rallied late Saturday to beat the Gaithersburg Giants 8-4.

The Giants tied the game at 4-4 in the seventh inning, but the momentum shifted toward the T-Bolts as they came away with the win in a back-and-forth affair.

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Aces hold off late Giants comeback for 7-6 win

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GAITHERSBURG — A late three-inning streak by the Gaithersburg Giants was not enough to topple the Alexandria Aces, in a surprising finish that saw the Giants nearly nab a win but instead lost 7-6.

The comeback was an improbable one that came from a team that had trailed since the second inning and could not find its footing until late in the game.

“I was proud of the effort, going down 6-1 in the second inning isn’t the easiest thing to do, and we haven’t played particularly well over the past couple nights. It was tough to fall down like that,” said Giants manager Jeff Rabberman.

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Giants double up Dodgers 6-3

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JGS 1216Giants catcher Trey Martinez makes the play to end the sixth inning for the Dodgers. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH GAITHERSBURG – The Gaithersburg Giants opened their season on a balmy Monday evening at Kelley Park by hosting and defeating the Baltimore Dodgers 6-3.

The Dodgers came out swinging in the first and posted a two-run lead before the Giants even had a chance at bat.

Dodgers outfielder Jaren Shelby, who attends the State College of Florida, kicked off the second inning by slamming the ball so hard that his bat broke in two.

Unfortunately for Baltimore, the first two runs and Shelby’s broken bat were the high points of the game for the next few innings. Gaithersburg pitcher and Charleston Southern sophomore Jarett Bennett made short work of almost every Dodger that stepped up to the plate.

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G’burg Giants defeat Bethesda Big Train in exhibition game 13-9

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Gburg Giants vs. Big Train Exhibition 1b 0187Gaithersburg’s Mark Fraser (30) gets Bethesda’s Kurk Salwell (31) out at first base.         PHOTO BY MARK POETKER BETHESDA—The Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League returned this weekend, as Bethesda Big Train, who won the championship last year, hosted the Gaithersburg Giants (19-21, third in North Division last year) in a seven-inning exhibition game on a warm night at Shirley Povich Field. The Giants won in a high-scoring affair 13-9.

In the top of the first inning, the game seemed to go Gaithersburg’s way as all nine batters were at the plate against Big Train pitcher John Cerretani. The at-bats included an RBI single by designated hitter Jake Huggins, which drove in a run scored by center fielder Daniel Cabrera. After that, a three-run shot to left field by first baseman Mark Fraser gave the Giants a 4-0 lead.

However, within three innings the Big Train tied it. Bethesda’s comeback began in the bottom of the first, as left fielder Matt Green had an RBI single which drove in center fielder Jacob Koos, who ran from second all the way home, cutting the deficit to 4-1. Then in the bottom of the third, catcher Logan Driscoll hit a single to score Koos, who originally hit a leadoff single and eventually stole second and third base. Then Green followed up with a two-run homer to tie the game at 4-4.

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