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Big Train Lose Heart Breaker to Express in Extras

By:Michael Natelli
Danny Mooney pitched 9 innings, but failed to get a win.

Box Score: L, 3-2

The Big Train traveled to Knights Field on Monday to take on the Rockville Express, as they looked to build some momentum after winning on Sunday.

Danny Mooney (Davidson) got the start for the Big Train, and would pitch nine innings, giving up just one run on five hits and two walks while striking out two. But despite his outstanding performance, Mooney would ultimately get the no-decision with the game going into extra innings.
 
The Big Train would get their offense going right out of the gate, scoring a run in the top of the first inning. David Del Grande (Sacramento State), the very first batter of the game, would hit a leadoff home run on the second pitch he saw to give the Big Train the early 1-0 lead.
 
The Express would answer with the run of their own in the bottom of the second, tying the game at 1-1. 
 
From that point forward, pitching would take over the ballgame. Both Mooney and Rockville’s Gurganus would go nine innings, giving up just one run apiece, meaning the game would be decided by the bullpens in extras.
 
In the top of the tenth inning, Ryne Willard (Tallahassee CC) would hit a leadoff double for the Big Train, and then advanced to third base on a sacrifice hit by Kyle Wernicki (Virginia Tech). With one out and Johnny Cole (Coastal Carolina) at the plate, Willard would score on a passed ball, giving the Big Train the 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the tenth. 
 
However, the Express would once again answer, this time in dramatic fashion. A walk-off triple by Will Kengor would score two runs for Rockville, as the Big Train were handed the 3-2 loss.

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