Big Train drops pitching duel to Grays

by Ian Domeika

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ROCKVILLE MdThe Big Train offense was held to only one run in a 2-1 road loss to the D.C. Grays at Prince George's Community College.

Bethesda could not sustain its offense throughout the game, with its one run coming by way of a solo home run off the bat of right fielder Chris Diaz (Tulane). Diaz ended the game with two hits, upping his batting average to .308.

“I felt like I caught all of it, I was just trying to hit something hard,” Diaz said, reflecting on his shot that landed well outside of the ballpark.

But apart from Diaz, the Big Train was only able to muster up one other hit, a single from catcher Luca Perriello (Virginia Tech).

“None of our hits were really dropping today, we had really good defense, our pitchers did what they needed to do,” said Diaz, crediting his pitching staff that was able to keep the Grays at bay for most of the game.

Pitcher Peyton Prescott (Jacksonville) got the start for the Big Train, and pitched a solid four innings, striking out four while only giving up one run.

In relief of Prescott was the debuting Ariston Veasey, a sophomore out of the University of Alabama. Veasey was dealing all night, striking out six in his three innings of work, while only giving up one run.

“My arm feels good, the fastball feels good, everything feels good, just got to find my off-speed a little bit,” said Veasey. 

Veasey is one of four pitchers on the Big Train roster from Alabama, and he clicked immediately with his new teammates.

“I’ve been here three days now, I love them. I mean it’s college baseball, it’s fun. There’s a little bit of stress off, so the vibes are good,” Veasey said.

After a blistering 3-0 start, Bethesda is now sitting at .500, but the team is undeterred, believing that getting back in their groove is right around the corner.

“It’s not rocket science, but we know the makeup of the guys. We’ve come back and scored eight runs in an inning and showed that we could compete. Things just haven’t been going that way right now, but overall, we’ll be okay,” said pitching coach Craig Lopez.

The Big Train will look to bounce back tomorrow at home with a special 10 a.m. start time against the Metro SOCO Braves at Shirley Povich Field. Gates open at 9 a.m.

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