BETHESDA—Game One of the Cal Ripken League Championship series took place Thursday night as the top-seeded Bethesda Big Train, appearing in their ninth consecutive finals, hosted the number two-seeded Baltimore Redbirds. The Big Train would dominate for the majority of the game as they crushed the Redbirds 14-3 at Shirley Povich Field to take a 1-0 series lead.
In the top of the first, though, things looked bright for Baltimore when third baseman Andy Maguire hit a sacrifice fly, as shortstop AJ Lee was able to avoid the tag by Bethesda catcher Justin Morris on his way to home plate, as the Redbirds took an early 1-0 lead.
The bottom of the first is when the fun began. Big Train star outfielder James Outman doubled off the center field wall to drive in a run scored by outfielder Zach Jancarski that tied the game at 1-1. That followed with shortstop Luke Heyer hitting a sac fly to right field to score outfielder Jordan Sergent, which put Bethesda up 2-1.