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Loudoun Riverdogs keep Rockville Express at bay to win 9-8

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Rockville Express' Myles Coston brings in a high throw as Loudoun Riverdogs' Brady Lloyd safely steals a base. The Riverdogs held on for a 9-8 win. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKRockville's Myles Coston brings in a high throw as Loudoun Riverdogs' Brady Lloyd safely steals a base. The Riverdogs held on for a 9-8 win. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK ROCKVILLE — The Rockville Express (11-14) almost overcame a 9-4 deficit, but the visiting team, the Loudoun Riverdogs (7-19), were able to hang in there for the 9-8 win Friday in an offensive slugfest at Montgomery College.

In the top of the first, with a runner at second, Loudoun shortstop Alejandro Aponte hit a line drive to Express second baseman Matt Kruszka, but just as he attempted to turn a double play, Kruszka committed a throwing error which resulted in outfielder Ben Blackwell scoring to put the Riverdogs on the board first.

However, in the next frame, Rockville responded with a sacrifice groundout from first baseman Evan Blum that sent outfielder Billy Godrick home to tie it up at 1-1.

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The T-Bolts are going to the playoffs

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SILVER SPRING – The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts knew there was one spot left in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League playoffs as they headed into a double header Friday against the Loudoun Riverdogs at Blair Stadium.

The formula to earn that coveted sixth seed was simple in theory: Win out, and you’re in.

The T-Bolts left nothing to chance as they swept the Riverdogs, winning the first game by a score of 6-3.

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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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Bethesda Big Train come from behind to narrowly defeat Loudoun Riverdogs

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Big Train vs. Riverdogs 1b JGS 1017Logan Driscoll at bat for Bethesda Big Train. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  BETHESDA — After suffering their first loss of the season against Alexandria on Sunday, the Bethesda Big Train were looking to bounce back Monday night against the Loudoun Riverdogs. Bethesda was down 10-4 in the bottom of the eighth inning but would rally to score seven unanswered runs, including four in the bottom of the ninth, to beat Loudoun 11-10.

The Riverdogs got off to a hot start in the top of the first when left fielder Jared Enders hit a three-run homer to bring center fielder Isaiah Pasteur, third baseman Joey Goldsmith and himself across home plate. However, the Big Train would respond with runs of their own. In the bottom half of the first, right fielder James Outman hit a two-run shot to right center that cut the deficit to 3-2.

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