Big Train Drop to 4-4 On Walk Off Loss

by Ian Domeika

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GAITHERSBURG, Md.— It was a back-and-forth affair all night, but the Bethesda Big Train dropped to 4-4 on the season with a 4-3 loss on the road against the Gaithersburg Giants.

The game saw no scoring until the bottom of the third inning when the Giants were able to get one run on the board.

Reigning Cal Ripken Jr. League Pitcher of the Year, Brandon Cassedy (Christopher Newport) got the start for the Big Train tonight, tossing two strikeouts in two innings of work. Pitching coach Craig Lopez was impressed with his ace’s performance.

“He pitched very well, it’s a good start, it's different right now because he’s only going a couple innings at a time, so having him in his routine and stuff like that, and then as time goes on, he’ll be able to get his innings back up. So yeah, I’m really proud of all of them,” said Lopez.

The Big Train took the lead in the fifth inning off the bat of Jack Guerrero (James Madison), driving in two runs.

After the Giants tied the game, Andrew Williamson (Central Florida) was subbed in for his Big Train debut as a pinch hitter and recorded a sacrifice fly that drove in Jordan Crossland (Maryland) to retake the lead in the eighth inning.

But Gaithersburg was able to respond in the ninth inning, putting together three consecutive base hits to take home their fifth victory of the season.

The Big Train pitching staff racked up nine strikeouts throughout the game. Coach Lopez had very positive thoughts about how the collective unit performed.

“The summer is a process about learning and continuing to go out there putting the work in, and we’ll get better and better and better as time goes on,” Lopez said, also crediting Gaithersburg’s unit tonight, “Fundamentally, they did things better, they executed better than we did.”

The Big Train has a day off before going on the road to take on the Cropdusters on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at First Responders Field by Serv Pro. 

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