BETHESDA — The Bethesda Big Train split a twin bill with the Baltimore Dodgers Monday at Shirley Povich Field.
After suffering a 7-6 loss to Baltimore in Game One, the Big Train dominated the nightcap en route to an 11-1 victory over their Cal Ripken League opponents.
The Big Train earned their 21st win and suffered their fourth loss this season while Baltimore moved to 8-15 on the campaign.
“Just to bounce back in Game Two and put six runs on the board in the first inning was huge,” said Big Train pitcher Alec Burleson, a two-way player who leads the league with eight home runs. “Just gave us a lot of cushion for our pitchers to get work in and it was just nice to have a lead the whole game.”
The Big Train erupted for six runs in the first inning thanks to timely hitting from Carson Taylor, AJ Lee, Justin Wylie, John Glenn, Jacob Westerman and Bryan Diaz.
The Big Train added two more runs in the bottom of the second inning after Taylor’s solo home run over the wall in left-center field and four consecutive walks enabled Burleson to score.
Another run in the third inning and two more runs in the fourth inning helped the Big Train’s cause. Baltimore scored their lone run in the top of the fifth inning thanks to Paul DiPino who scored on a wild pitch after leading off the inning with a double.
Burleson, a rising sophomore at East Carolina, has been nothing short of spectacular for the Big Train this summer. The North Carolina native was named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year for his performance at the plate and at the mound during his freshman campaign at East Carolina.
In Game One, Baltimore trailed 6-3 entering the seventh inning before Jake Ruby belted a three-run home run to complete a miraculous comeback for the Dodgers.
“It’s a tough one to lose but you just got to flush it and get ready for the next one,” Big Train outfielder Andrew Shebloski said after Game Two.
Diaz, Burleson and Westerman helped the Big Train jump out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning before the Dodgers added two runs in the top of the fourth. The Big Train responded by scoring two runs in the bottom of the inning and both teams added a run in the fifth.
Big Train pitchers Carlos Lomeli, Jacob McCarvel and Scott Parker were solid on the mound.
“Our pitchers they know how to pitch,” said Burleson. “It’s good to know that they know what they’re doing out there.”
Lomeli, a rising sophomore at St. Mary’s (CA), pitched five innings, yielding three runs on seven hits and two walks and striking out six batters. McCarvel and Parker, who was credited with the loss, combined to allow four runs on four hits and two strikeouts.
The Cal Ripken League All-Star game is scheduled for July 11 at Shirley Povich Field and Burleson, who also leads the league in RBIs, is a safe bet to make the roster.
“I think it will be a good time,” said Burleson. “I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully, I’ll be on the roster and hopefully I’ll be playing in the game. It will be fun.”
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