Road Struggles Continue for Big Train as they Fall 6-3 to Cropdusters

by Ian Domeika


OLNEY, Md. — The Bethesda Big Train’s struggles away from Shirley Povich Field continued Wednesday as it wasn’t able to overcome a four-run second inning from the Cropdusters, losing 6-3.

The Big Train were able to score right away on a bases loaded walk that brought home left fielder Jaden Bastian (Jacksonville), his eighth run scored of the year.

The Cropdusters responded with five consecutive runs between the first and second innings before relief pitcher Kevin Scully (James Madison) entered the game, striking out four over three innings with no hits allowed.

The Big Train were only able to knock home two more runs throughout the game. Debuting center fielder Andrew Williamson (Central Florida) led off the seventh inning with a hard hit double and then scored off the bat of designated hitter Josh Skowronski (Kentucky) via a sacrifice fly.

“I’m feeling good, it’s good to be a part of a team out here playing some baseball with guys I haven’t played with before. A lot of great players on the team and I’m thankful for the opportunity,” the sophomore Williamson said.

Relief pitching has continued to be the high point of the Big Train’s season. Another first-time reliever, Jackson Baker, gave a standout performance. Pitching three innings, the Alabama product recorded four strikeouts while only allowing one hit in his first performance for Bethesda.

“My arm felt good, location felt good, it felt good all around,” Baker said, “I love the new team, it’s great chemistry already, it’s a good time.”

The Big Train has struggled recently, but knows success is just around the corner. Williamson is confident that the team will be back on track very soon.

“We just have to keep on going, it’s early. We don’t have to stress, we have a lot of good players on this team, just keep on trusting and go out there with confidence and doing our thing,” Williamson said.

The Big Train will look to rebound against the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Montgomery Blair Stadium. Follow the link to our broadcast if you are unable to attend!