BETHESDA- In their final exhibition match before the start of the regular season, the Bethesda Big Train shut out the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Little Train Sunday night, 3-0.
The Big Train, who reached the finals last season but lost the championship to the Baltimore Redbirds, showed dominance when it came to their pitching, but were on shaky ground with their defense.
But the game was more fun than anything else, a time for the players to get the feel of the wooden bat league before the games start to matter.
“Getting used to it, it’s part of the game. Just really, trying to come together as a family, and really put a great product out there and compete, have a nice product for the community, but more importantly for them to get better,” said Big Train manager Sal Colangelo.
The Big Train took out a good number of the pitchers to trial on the mound, as well as the Little Train, to give everyone a shot before the start of the regular season.
The Big Train was expedient with their pitching, striking out the Little Train with ease as they barely made it to first base most innings.
The first run of the game came from catcher Justin Morris, after a double from outfielder Peyton Sorrels brought him home in the second inning.
Infielder Garrett Kueber also picked up a run that night after a single from outfielder Jimmy Monaghan in the third inning. Shortly after, a walk by Morris had the bases loaded but infielder Michael Smith was out before any runs could have been made.
The Little Train showed promise at some points, with infielder Perez Scott blasting the ball far outfield and nearly getting a home run at one point, were it not for the Big Train’s outfield.
“The hitting will come around, I’m not too worried about that, pitching, yeah we’re thin on pitching, I think we’ll get stronger as the year goes on,” said B-CC Little Train head coach Scott Middleton.
A single by infielder Daniel Clayton brought home another player in the fourth inning to make it the third and last run of the game.
The Big Train plays its first home game of the regular season Thursday, but for now the players are just warming up.
“So far, lot of playing, lots of fans in the stands, it’s a good atmosphere, makes it a lot of fun to play with them,” said Kueber.