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Big Train Slam Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts, Win 17-8

By:Nate Burnside
Johnny Cole hit a Grand Slam and finished 4-for-4.

Box Score: W, 17-8

Over 1,000 people came to Povich Field on Saturday night to see the first-place Big Train take on their county rivals the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts.

The Big Train got off to a slow start as the T-Bolts scored four runs in the first three innings compared to just one by the Big Train. To add injury to insult, Zach Morris (Maryland), the Big Train starter, was removed from the game after an arm injury.
 
After three innings, things were looking like an upset was coming for the 'Bolts, but the Big Train turned the tables starting in the fourth inning.
 
Tucker Tobin (George Mason) and Josh Spano (High Point) singled to lead-off the fourth inning and they were quickly driven home by Ryne Willard (Tallahassee CC). Willard would be heard from a few more times before the game was over.
 
The Big Train gave one run back in the fifth, but countered that by scoring two more in the same inning. Johnny Cole (Coastal Carolina) singled and Ricky Santiago (Florida Atlantic) doubled to put runner on base. Spano drove in one with an RBI groundout and Willard doubled again to drive in another.
 
The sixth inning is when the flood gates really opened. The bases were loaded after a single by David Del Grande (Sacramento St.), a walk by Tim Yandel (Tulane), and another single from Cole. Santiago drove in two with a single. Spano drove in another with his second RBI groundout, and Willard hit another 2-RBI double.
 
The game was probably secure at that point with the Big Train leading 10-5.
 
However, neither team looked ready to give up. Silver Spring scored another run in the seventh and the Big Train struck back for two more on a bases loaded walk by Santiago and an RBI groundout by Tobin.
 
The scoring still wasn't done as the 'Bolts came back with two runs to cut the lead to 12-8. But the bottom of the eighth would be the Big Train's second five-run inning.
 
A strange catcher obstruction play brought a run in and loaded the bases for the already 3-for-3 Cole who promptly sent the ball over the right field fence for the second grand slam of the Big Train's season.
 
Every player contributed on offense for the Big Train and the bullpen put up a valiant effort in a game they had to take over early.

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