SILVER SPRING — The R.E.M. song “Don’t Go Back to Rockville” was the theme of Saturday’s Cal Ripken League contest between the Silver Spring-Takoma Park Thunderbolts and the visiting Rockville Express.
The Thunderbolts’ eighth annual “Don’t Go Back to Rockville” night featured tunes from the alternative rock band throughout the evening. The song was written by band member Mike Mills as a plea to his then-girlfriend not to return to Rockville.
Unfortunately for the Thunderbolts, the Express did go back to Rockville, escaping Blair Stadium with a 9-0 victory.
“We were neck and neck up until like the third or fourth inning and then made a couple mistakes that kind of cost us a couple runs,” Thunderbolts outfielder Ace Felder explained afterward. “In baseball if you don’t hit that switch soon things are contagious in baseball.”