BETHESDA – In a late-night doubleheader Sunday, the Bethesda Big Train defeated the Baltimore Dodgers 8-7 and 16-2, with outfielder Cody Brown capping the latter game with a grand slam.
The first game, a continuation of a previous matchup postponed for rain, lasted 15 innings before the Big Train baseball team won.
“Bethesda, they fought back like they normally do, they’re never going to give up on you,” said Dodgers head coach Derek Brown.
Although the teams played both games in Bethesda, the Dodgers batted last in the first game because it was a continuation from an earlier postponed game in Baltimore.
Batting last in the second game, the Big Train tallied three or more runs for three innings.
They almost doubled their eight-point lead in the ninth inning to win by 14 runs, four of which scored on a ninth inning grand slam by outfielder Cody Brown.
“That was huge,” said Big Train catcher Justin Morris. “At that point in the game, everybody was just up there taking swings, having fun, letting loose,”
Brown hit the ball out of the park just right of center field to the sound of cheers from the Big Train dugout and stands just after midnight, bringing their final number of runs to 16.
“We’re coming along, we’re swinging the bat, we’re swinging well, and we’re getting better. It’s a team effort,” said Big Train manager Sal Colangelo.
The game started with the Dodgers scoring first off of a double to centerfield by outfielder Ron Farley but neither team scored again until the fifth inning.
The Big Train tied the game at the top of the fifth with a hit to the right outfield and then scored two more runs off of singles by infielders Clayton Daniel and Allen Smoot.
At the bottom of the fifth, the Dodgers tried to make a comeback with a RBI double by outfielder Brian Tagoe, who brought home pitcher Brian Bauk before being tagged out at third.
The Big Train scored a run in both the sixth and seventh innings while the Dodgers remained behind, but the game hit a high note in the final two innings of the game with RBIs from Garrett Kueber and Smoot.
In the ninth inning, the Big Train surged ahead with a RBI single by outfielder Peyton Sorrels that scored outfielder Cody Brown, followed by another single from Kueber that sent outfielder Sean Labsan charging home.
Daniel loaded the bases after a single and then back-to-back singles by Smoot and outfielder Jimmy Monaghan raised the Big Train up to 12 runs.
Then, Cody Brown stepped up to the plate, with the bases loaded and victory practically assured for the Big Train.
Players in the Dodgers dugout shouted words of encouragement to their fielding team, although the smiles on their faces revealed a tinge of sarcasm given the score.