Gaithersburg’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.