Late rally leads to Express win over Dodgers 4-2

Rockville Express vs. Bmore Dodgers 2b MPI 0334Billy Lennox pounds out a hit for the Rockville Express. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  ROCKVILLE – Tyler Galazin helped propel the Rockville Express to a 4-2 victory over the Baltimore Dodgers Saturday at Montgomery College.

The Express came to life thanks to Galazin’s bat that drove in the game-winning runs.

“Team play all the way around,” said Galazin, a junior infielder from Pennsylvania who attends Liberty University. “Guys were getting on [base], guys were bunting. We came up with a couple clutch hits.”

Rockville rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the fourth inning to capture the win over Baltimore.


Aces hold off late Giants comeback for 7-6 win

GAITHERSBURG — A late three-inning streak by the Gaithersburg Giants was not enough to topple the Alexandria Aces, in a surprising finish that saw the Giants nearly nab a win but instead lost 7-6.

The comeback was an improbable one that came from a team that had trailed since the second inning and could not find its footing until late in the game.

“I was proud of the effort, going down 6-1 in the second inning isn’t the easiest thing to do, and we haven’t played particularly well over the past couple nights. It was tough to fall down like that,” said Giants manager Jeff Rabberman.


Northwest takes state title in boys, runner up in girls track and field

BALTIMORE –The Northwest High School boys track and field team became state champions and the girls team took second place in the state championship at Morgan State University May 26 and May 27.

The Northwest Jaguars boys team won three state titles for outdoor track in the last four years under the leadership of head coach Robert Youngblood. The team won the 4A state championship in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

“The boys, it was a plan that we were going to score between 30 and 40 points the first day, and then we knew that our strength was coming up in the finals,” Youngblood said.


Beattie leaves indelible mark on sports as he retires

094BBC38 B480 4E9B 9F9A 3EA1B188268DDuke Beattie. PHOTO BY LEM SATTERFIELD  Duke Beattie isn’t sure what the future holds, and the retiring Montgomery County Director of Athletics is okay with that.

“I don’t have an exit strategy,” said Beattie, during an hour-long interview last month in his Rockville office. “After 39 years in the school system and 19 years in the central administrative office, I don’t want to leap into anything without stopping, looking and seeing what I may want to do next.”

The notion may serve as a sharp contrast to those who have known Beattie as an organized stickler to detail who’s governed with high moral and ethical standards.

“To have principles means that you have a good idea of what is right and what is not right, and that you’ll stand up for what is right even if that’s difficult to do,” said Beattie who will be replaced by former assistant Jeff Sullivan.


Rockville Express wallop Herndon Braves 8-4

Rockville Express vs. Herndon Braves 3b JGS 0395Herndon Braves’ Chandler Miller (2) is tagged out on a steal attempt by Rockville Express second baseman Billy Lennox. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  ROCKVILLE — The Rockville Express pulled out six runs in two innings late in the game to overcome the Herndon Braves, 8-4.

The six runs were an about-face for the Express, who were trailing up until they tied up the game in the sixth inning.

A strong Braves offense made an early strong impression in the second inning, when they scored three runs and kept the Express scoreless until the bottom of the fifth.


Bethesda Big Train come from behind to narrowly defeat Loudoun Riverdogs

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.


“Me Champion,” Romanian transplant pledges after latest win

Alexandru Marin had been on U.S. soil from his native Romania for nearly two months when trainer Bruce Babashan first tested his revolve.

The scene was the Headbangers’ Boxing Gym in Washington, D.C., four years ago. There, Marin sparred with Baltimore’s Gervonta “Tank” Davis, a prodigy considered an heir apparent to his mentor and promoter, Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“He had an uncle in Silver Spring who recommended Alex before he arrived. I’d seen him on video, but we wanted to see how tough he was. Alex displayed some exceptional talent and un-teachable gifts,” said Babashan of Marin, who went 150-10 as an amateur and twice won national titles. “He came here with the specific goal of becoming a professional boxer, and I agreed to train him with very little expectation. When he arrived, he knew two words of English: ‘Me champion.’ I said ‘We’ll see.’”


75-year-old local swimmer goes national

75 year old swimmer 1Kate Fisken practices her freestyle as she prepares for competition.                               PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH Neither a stress fracture in her back or treatment for uterine cancer has kept Kate Fisken from the pool. In fact, all those hours swimming helped her avoid back surgery and keep a positive attitude.

The 75-year-old Bethesda resident is in Birmingham, Ala., successfully competed in five swimming races over three days in the 2017 National Senior Games, which ran from June 2 to June 15. The games cover a wide variety of sports and are open to seniors ages 50 and above.

Fisken was in the 75- to 79-year-old division. She placed in eighth place or above in each of her races, despite her bad back and recent surgery.

Her best race was the 200-yard freestyle, where she placed fourth with a time of 3 minutes, 56.410 seconds.

She came in fifth in the 50-yard backstroke, sixth in the 500-yard freestyle, sixth in the 100-yard individual medley and eighth in the 50-yard freestyle. 


Big Train squeaks by DC Grays 5-4

BETHESDA — The 2-0 defending champion Bethesda Big Train had their home opener in Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League action Thursday night at Shirley Povich Field as they hosted the DC Grays. The game went back and forth but Bethesda was able to come away with the win, 5-4.

In the bottom of the first inning, DC Grays pitcher Philip Ahearn accidentally threw a pitch inside that hit the home plate umpire. The ump required treatment, resulting in the game’s delay for almost 30 minutes.

In the bottom of the second, things got interesting when right fielder James Outman and designated hitter Michael Emodi of Big Train hit back-to-back singles and then stole bases (Emodi to second, Outman to third). The next at bat, left fielder Matt Green, was walked to first, resulting in the bases loaded.


Giants double up Dodgers 6-3

JGS 1216Giants catcher Trey Martinez makes the play to end the sixth inning for the Dodgers. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH GAITHERSBURG – The Gaithersburg Giants opened their season on a balmy Monday evening at Kelley Park by hosting and defeating the Baltimore Dodgers 6-3.

The Dodgers came out swinging in the first and posted a two-run lead before the Giants even had a chance at bat.

Dodgers outfielder Jaren Shelby, who attends the State College of Florida, kicked off the second inning by slamming the ball so hard that his bat broke in two.

Unfortunately for Baltimore, the first two runs and Shelby’s broken bat were the high points of the game for the next few innings. Gaithersburg pitcher and Charleston Southern sophomore Jarett Bennett made short work of almost every Dodger that stepped up to the plate.