BETHESDA – The Maryland All-Stars scored 12 unanswered runs in the first four innings, giving fans at Shirley Povich Field a show as they defeated the Virginia/D.C. All-Stars 12-3 in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (CRCBL) All-Star Game on July 10.
Bethesda Big Train infielder Gio Diaz crushed the very first pitch during the bottom of the first inning for a double which was followed by Gaithersburg Giants’ infielder Brandon Greim, who powered through with an RBI single to give the Maryland team one-run advantage. Greim finished going for three-for-four with three RBIs.
From there, the Maryland players stole the show, scoring 12 unanswered points in the opening five innings and finished the game with 17 hits. Their lead would reach double digits in the third inning when Diaz fired out a deep hit toward center field for a three-run home run.
Another notable performance for the Maryland All-Stars came from Cade Doughty of the Gaithersburg Giants. The infielder connected on three-straight hits and drove in a run during their rally.
Added to their stellar batting was the Maryland All-Stars’ team pitching performance. Five pitchers each threw five shutout innings before the sixth inning.
The Virginia/D.C. All-Stars attempted to respond with a single by FCA Braves outfielder Jordan Ebersole. The University of Dayton’s Marcos Pujols connected with a booming hit off the center-field wall to drive in Ebersole for the visitors’ first run of the contest.
Outfielder Ryan M. Davis drove in two more runs, but the Virginia/D.C. All-Stars were unable to add more offense onto the scoreboard after the seventh inning to reduce the deficit.
Diaz finished strong going four-for-six during his at-bats with four RBIs and was one triple shy of completing the cycle. The Saint Mary’s College of California star was awarded the game’s MVP trophy for his performance.
“Everyone, from the top to the bottom of the lineup, we had really good hitters that would have been great to deserve this,” Diaz said while holding the MVP trophy.
The last day for regular season play in the CRCBL is July 24 and the playoffs begin soon afterward.