Five Run Sixth Inning Secures Comeback Victory for the Big Train

by Ian Domeika


ROCKVILLE Md. — The Big Train used an offensive explosion Sunday in the sixth inning to come from behind and defeat the Metro SOCO Braves, 10-6.

The first few innings saw Bethesda go down big, as the Braves were able to pour in four runs in the opening frame. From then on, the Big Train was able to lock things down defensively and only allowed two more runs in the game.

“It’s just starting to click. It got better yesterday, and it’s getting better, we’ve just got to keep going,” said manager Sal Colangelo.

Davin Whittaker (East Carolina) flipped the narrative in the bottom of the fourth with a long two run home-run to right field that cut the Braves lead to three.

From there, it was all Big Train. After Whittaker's home run, Bethesda went on to score eight of the game’s final nine runs. The Braves were able to sustain some offense in the eighth inning, but a phenomenal diving catch by center fielder Jaden Bastian (Jacksonville) ended the inning leaving a Braves runner stranded.

“I just saw it go up, I was like I might be able to get it, I was able to track it down, took a good dive at it. It was a tough play, fun to help the pitcher out,” said Bastian

It was a much-needed win for the Big Train, which had previously lost three straight. Bethesda’s ten hits were enough to score double digits for the fourth time this season.

“We can’t be selfish. We’re here to play the game and learn the little things and how to play the game. We just got to stay within ourselves and do what we do and not what we’re not capable of doing, and things will continue to get better,” said Colangelo. 

The Big Train will look to start another win streak on the road tomorrow at Criswell Automotive Field in Gaithersburg taking on the Giants. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Notes- Attendance was 552. The game was played in 2 hours and 54 minutes…. Our first Sunday morning game of the season was sponsored by Washington Parent Magazine…. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society was today’s Community Heroes group with Michael Roszko throwing out a first pitch…. Just Ice Tea donated 100 bottles of tea and founder Seth Goldman threw out a first pitch…. The Germantown Volunteer Fire Department showcased a fire engine and ambulance before the game and Chief Nate Hauser threw out a first pitch…. Homer began a new Big Train tradition, catching the pre-game first pitches…. For Grandparents Day, we had our very first Grandma Race…. Banana and Hot Dog took a rest day today from their usual rivalry… Maryland Delegate Jared Solomon and his family were in the house today…. The tasty bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwiches provided by Catalyst Hot Dogs sold out this morning but will be back for our next Sunday 10 a.m. game on June 30.