Bethesda Routs D.C. in Seven-Inning, Shutout Win

by Lily Stewart



LARGO, Md. — The Bethesda Big Train conquered the D.C. Grays, 13-0, at Prince George’s County Community College on Wednesday night, earning its first run-rule win of the season.  


The first three innings were scoreless for both teams as starting pitcher Will Clements (Tulane) threw six strikeouts.  


“I think that this can be a really good turning point for us,” said Clements.


The bats began to get hot in the fourth inning when catcher Luke Vaughn (Alabama) scored the first run.


“Just playing baseball. The pitchers made my job easy today. We just came together, no selfish baseball just moving the ball,” said Vaughn.


In the fifth inning, Bethesda put up 11 runs. Jaden Bastian (Jacksonville) started the onslaught, scoring on a single to center field. Jordan Crosland (Maryland) and Jack Guerrero (James Madison) added on two more runs, bringing the score to 3-0.  


Back-to-back RBIs from Emilio Gonzalez (Florida Atlantic) and Davin Whitaker (East Carolina) brought home two runs. Chris Diaz (Tulane) singled to right field to load the bases. Gonzalez scored on a sacrifice fly from Bastian for Bethesda to take a 6-0 lead.


The string of RBIs continued as the Big Train put up four hits in a row to bring home six more runs.


Vaugh continued his three-hit day, hitting an RBI single in the seventh inning to bring home Landon Franklin (Kentucky) for the Big Train’s 13th and final run of the game.

“It’s been there all year, we just had to change our approach…team win top to bottom,” said manager Sal Colangelo.


The Bethesda Big Train plays at Shirley Povich Field on Thursday night against the Southern Maryland Senators at 7 p.m.