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Baltimore Redbirds soar past Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts, 9-4

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Baltimore Redbirds' Mac Starbuck (49) manages to slide safely to first base under the glove of Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts first baseman Tucker Childers (22),Baltimore Redbirds' Mac Starbuck (49) manages to slide safely to first base under the glove of Silver Spring-Takoma T-Bolts first baseman Tucker Childers (22), PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH SILVER SPRING — The visiting Baltimore Redbirds defeated The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts Friday night at Montgomery Blair High School, 9-4. The game remained close with the T-Bolts up by one at the end of the seventh inning, but the Redbirds dominated the last two innings thanks to some huge knocks that earned Baltimore the victory.

“It’s the game of baseball,” Silver Spring-Takoma manager Doug Remer said. “In the game of baseball, you got to make sure every at-bat counts, every pitch counts no matter what the score is, so we were up, but we didn’t have that sense of urgency where we needed to shut it down right then. We thought that we could just cruise like we have been, and that’s what’s going to happen, especially against a good team.”

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T-Bolts win summer baseball season opener against Alexandria, 8-3

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Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts' Devon Jeffreys (7) waits on the pitch by Alexandria Aces starting pitcher Wyatt Rush (37).Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts' Devon Jeffreys (7) waits on the pitch by Alexandria Aces starting pitcher Wyatt Rush (37). PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  SILVER SPRING — The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts dominated the Alexandria Aces 8-3 in their season opener for the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League on Tuesday, taking advantage of a few unlucky errors by the Aces.

What started as a close game quickly went to an inevitable defeat for the Aces, as two runs at the bottom of the seventh made the lead nearly insurmountable. The Thunderbolts’ pitching proved to be on point as well, frustrating the Aces’ hitters.

“They had some good arms out there, and they were to take advantage of that and we didn’t make our adjustments, you know,” said Aces head coach Chris Berset.

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Esposito walks off as Big Train beats T-Bolts, 7-6, in thriller

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JGS 4733 Vinny Esposito scoring the winning run on a walk-off home run as the Big Train defeat the Thunderbolts 7- 6. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH   BETHESDA — One night after clinching the South division and a first-round bye, the Bethesda Big Train (29-9) looked to keep the momentum going at home against the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts (15-22) of the North division.

This game went back and forth but ended with Big Train star infielder Vinny Esposito walking off in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift his team to a 7-6 victory.

The Thunderbolts got things going in the top of the first when designated hitter Garrett Stonehouse hit an RBI single to drive in catcher Benito Santiago and give his team an early 1-0 lead.

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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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Big Train outlast Thunderbolts, 4-3

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BETHESDA — Bethesda Big Train outfielder Zach Jancarski came through in the bottom of the 10th inning with a walk-off RBI single to lift the Big Train (16-6) to a 4-3 victory against the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts (8-15) at Shirley Povich Field Friday.

At the top of the first inning, Thunderbolts outfielder Brodie Leftridge hit a leadoff single and stole second and third bases. Then third baseman Carl Colbert hit a sac fly to right field to score Leftridge, giving the Thunderbolts a 1-0 lead.

But Bethesda responded with some scoring of their own. At the bottom of the first inning, infielder Kevin Milam doubled to drive in Jacob Koos, who had hit a leadoff triple. Then, outfielder James Outman drove Milam home with an RBI single, earning the Big Train a 2-1 lead.

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Baltimore Dodgers dominate Thunderbolts 13-4

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1005 20170626 Dodgers vs TboltsSecond baseman Patrick Burke for the T-Bolts gets the toss a moment too late as Brian Tagoe of the Dodgers slides into second base. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  SILVER SPRING — The Baltimore Dodgers dominated the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts with a resounding 13-4 victory, with a late rally by the home team preventing a blowout.

The Thunderbolts never had the lead, and were always distant from catching up. A few opportunities came up for the Thunderbolts to come back, but even then it was a long shot.

On the other hand, the Dodgers’ defense made quick work of the Thunderbolts’ offense, forcing short innings and fostering frustration.

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Big Train Buries T-Bolts 8-2

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BigTrain vs TBolts 1001bT-Bolts pitcher Huei-Sheng Lin looks for the sign on the windup. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  SILVER SPRING — It was a rough Tuesday night for the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts, as the Bethesda Big Train dominated in a 8-2 rout of the home team.

Some innings went quickly, with nothing of note happening. Other innings had a run and some missed opportunities.

“We just decided we’re not going to play against the scoreboard; we’re going to play against the game,” said sophomore outfielder Brant Blaylock.

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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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Rockville Express smacks T-Bolts

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1002 20170606 Express vs TBoltsKyle Baker returns to first base on a failed pickoff attempt while the T-Bolts' Cooper Williams plays first. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE ROCKVILLE — The Rockville Express came back and narrowly beat the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts 4-3 in the first game of the season for both teams.

The game showed the two teams are clearly still in a development phase, not yet working out the kinks in their game but instead finding out what they are.

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Injuries limit T-Bolts’ success despite postseason berth

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DSC 3002 webT-Bolts players Paul Burmester (33) & Matt Mervis (28) meet Roberto Rivera (42) at home plate as he scores in a game earlier this season. FILE PHOTO

With catcher Nick Cieri leading the way, the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts entered the All-Star break five games over .500 and looked poised to earn their second straight postseason berth.

Cieri, one of seven Thunderbolts all stars, ranked in the top 10 of the league in home runs (five) and RBIs (24). His team was two games better at the break than last year’s bunch, which made the program’s first playoff appearance since 2009.

But after defeating D.C. Grays 6-4 in their next game, the Thunderbolts’ fortunes, along with Cieri’s, went south down the stretch. Cieri was injured while weightlifting at the University of Maryland, forcing him to miss the final six games. It was the latest setback for a team that lost a lot of talent throughout the season.

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