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.
Then Bethesda would tie it at 3-3 in the third on an RBI single by designated hitter Kevin Milam that brought home Outman.
But the Riverdogs would retake the lead in the fourth when catcher Caleb Beatty singled and drove in a run by second baseman Clayton Baine. Things would continue to go Loudoun’s way in the fifth as they scored four runs; one on an RBI double by first baseman Jimmy Goldsmith, and another three-run homer by shortstop Peter Nielsen, to lead 8-3.
However, The Big Train would not give up. In the bottom of the seventh, third baseman Logan Driscoll advanced to first base on an error by Loudoun’s Jimmy Goldsmith, and headed home for an unanswered run on a passed ball to cut the deficit to 8-4.
In the top of the eighth, the Riverdogs looked to put this game out of reach for Bethesda when catcher Caleb Beatty tripled to deep right field to score Baine. On the next at-bat, designated hitter Toby Buchanan hit an RBI single to drive in Beatty, as Loudoun took a 10-4 lead. The game seemed to be over at that point.
Then, in the bottom of the eighth, with two runners on base, Driscoll hit a single to bring home second baseman Fox Semones, Outman hit a sacrifice fly to score Jacob Koos, and Milam would advance to second on error by Loudoun’s Peter Nielsen as Driscoll headed home. Bethesda diminished Loudoun’s lead to 10-7.
Riverdogs pitcher Tim Newell was hoping to put the game away for his team in the bottom of the ninth, but it didn’t happen. Jacob Koos hit an RBI single to score Garrett Kueber, first baseman Vinny Esposito singled to center field to drive in two runs that tied the game at 10-10, and to top it all off, Outman would win it for the Big Train on a walk-off single as the crowd at Shirley Povich Field went wild.
With the win, Bethesda improves to 6-1 on the season. “It’s the character,” manager Sal Colangelo said. “These guys are resilient. Early in the season we were already named the ‘Cardiac Kids.’ I’ll have plenty of gray hair before this summer’s out.”
On the other hand, Loudoun falls to 2-4, but manager Pete Greenwood is moving on from the heartbreaking loss. “We don’t really worry about wins and losses here,” he said. “To be honest, we probably won’t even think about this tomorrow.”
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