Monday, April 21, 2014 12:56 AM
Published on: Thursday, June 20, 2013
By Zach Rimkus
BETHESDA -The Bethesda Big Train and the Gaithersburg Giants battled for first place Monday at Shirley Povich Field. The game, which Bethesda won 3-0 in the end, was a close battle between pitchers, as neither team scored runs in the first two innings.
In the bottom of the third, the Big Train set up two runs to score. With Kyle Wernicki at bat, Tim Yandel on first and David Del Grande on second, Wernicki drove the ball deep into left field, bringing Yandel and Grande home to make the score 2-0.
The Giants stopped the Big Train run, leaving Wernicki on third and Tyler France stranded on first base. In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Big Train scored the third run from pinch runner Logan Farrar for Johnny Cole.
The Big Train pitchers and defense proved to be too tough for the Giants, as the Big Train pitchers kept the Giants batters at bay, but the defense also stopped any Giants runners from scoring. Yandel showed that on second base with a diving catch to put the fourth inning away.
Bethesda coach Sal Colangelo said the pitching was lights out, and they did what they needed to do. Michael Boyle came in and pitched 6 innings, Will Resnik threw the seventh and eighth innings and Cody Mizelle came in and closed it out.
“I look at it as are we getting better, are we doing the little things to get better, are we getting to the point where the season ends and determines what matters; are we where we need to be and, that’s what we focus on,” said Colangelo, who added he hadn’t realized the win out his team in first place. “I take one game at a time; I don’t look at the standings till the last week to see where we’re at and see what we need to do. I didn’t realize it was for first place until someone said something, to me it’s just another game, and it’s one of 40-something.”
The Big Train faced the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts Wednesday.
“We’re playing a scrappy Silver Spring team that’s had a good year, and were just going to continue to swing the bats” Colangelo said before the game Wednesday.