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Big Train demolish Redbirds 14-3 in CRL Championship Game One

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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.

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Big Train wins second consecutive Cal Ripken League title

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JGS 4281Closing pitcher Stephen Schoch is surrounded by teammates after the Bethesda Big Train defeat the Baltimore Redbirds 4-2 in the Cal Ripken League Championship game. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH   BETHESDA – The Bethesda Big Train won the 2017 Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Championship for the second year in a row Sunday night after beating the Baltimore Redbirds 4-2.

The Baltimore Redbirds won the previous Game Two in Baltimore to force a winner-takes-all Game Three at Shirley Povich Field Sunday. The Bethesda Big Train came through with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Big Train pitcher Tyler Smith appeared dominant on the mound, getting three consecutive batters out in each of the first three innings

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The T-Bolts are going to the playoffs

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SILVER SPRING – The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts knew there was one spot left in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League playoffs as they headed into a double header Friday against the Loudoun Riverdogs at Blair Stadium.

The formula to earn that coveted sixth seed was simple in theory: Win out, and you’re in.

The T-Bolts left nothing to chance as they swept the Riverdogs, winning the first game by a score of 6-3.

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Esposito walks off as Big Train beats T-Bolts, 7-6, in thriller

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JGS 4733 Vinny Esposito scoring the winning run on a walk-off home run as the Big Train defeat the Thunderbolts 7- 6. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH   BETHESDA — One night after clinching the South division and a first-round bye, the Bethesda Big Train (29-9) looked to keep the momentum going at home against the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts (15-22) of the North division.

This game went back and forth but ended with Big Train star infielder Vinny Esposito walking off in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift his team to a 7-6 victory.

The Thunderbolts got things going in the top of the first when designated hitter Garrett Stonehouse hit an RBI single to drive in catcher Benito Santiago and give his team an early 1-0 lead.

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Strength Coach Philbin: An Illustrious Career Culminating in Joining the Yankees

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The sky’s the limit for the illustrious John Philbin, the current New York Yankees Player Development strength, conditioning and rehabilitation coach and former Washington Nationals strength and conditioning coach. 

Keith Law, an ESPN senior writer, recently ranked the New York Yankees farm system number two in Major League Baseball.

It is Philbin’s job to get maximum performance from the world-class athletes of the New York Yankees. 

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Olney beats Rockville, 12-5

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1008 20170715 Falcons vs RockvilleJ. Smith of the Falcons slides into home plate well ahead of the toss to the catcher to score another run for the Falcons. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE   OLNEY – The Olney Falcons (9-7) beat the Rockville Baseball Club (5-7-3), 12-5, in the Montgomery County Baseball Association Triple A League game at Olney Boys and Girls Club field on Saturday afternoon. 

The League is predominantly 13- and 14-years-olds who will be qualified to play junior varsity high school baseball in the spring.   

In this contest, the Falcons were the more complete team.

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Bethesda Big Train walk off Alexandria Aces in Cal Ripken League classic

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BETHESDA -- In a 15-inning marathon, the Bethesda Big Train tied the Alexandria Aces at the top of the division as they walked off the Aces 6-5.

Fans at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda knew that they were in for a great game as the top two teams in the Cal Ripken League, the Alexandria Aces and Bethesda Big Train, were set to face off. No one, however, could have predicted the classic game that would unfold.

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Crosby’s sac fly lifts Express to 4-2 win over DC Grays

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ROCKVILLE—Two last place teams faced off Tuesday night as the Rockville Express (12-21, fifth in North division) hosted the DC Grays (11-20, fifth in South) at Montgomery College. The game remained tied until the bottom of the eighth inning when the Express added two more runs en route to a 4-2 win.

Rockville would strike first in the bottom of the first when outfielder Justin Smith hit an RBI single to drive in a run scored by outfielder Pearce Howard and give the Express an early 1-0 lead.

However, in the top of the fourth, DC would respond when outfielder Darius Gillus doubled to drive in first baseman Miles Jones and tie the game at 1-1. Then two at-bats later, hit an RBI triple as catcher Andrew Webb was able to round the bases, making his way from first to home plate to give the Grays a 2-1 lead.

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Gaithersburg Giants capture first victory against T-Bolts in fourth matchup of season

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GAITHERSBURG —After losing the first three games against Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts (10-16), the Gaithersburg Giants (15- 13) beat their divisional rivals 5-4 Saturday night.

The game at Criswell Automotive Field remained close throughout.

Silver Spring-Takoma outfielder Brett Leftridge hit a leadoff home run in the first inning to put the Thunderbolts on top, 1-0. Then outfielder Garrett Stonehouse hit an RBI double to score first baseman Jimmy Cain, taking the score to 2-0.

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