BETHESDA—The Bethesda Big Train reached the LCS for the 11th consecutive year, but instead of continuing to face the Baltimore Redbirds — who folded after last season –they met up with the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts in 2019.
With Game One at Shirley Povich Field, the Big Train came into this series as heavy favorites. However, the T-Bolts somehow dominated the night, thanks to great hitting and pitching, for the 9-0 Game One win.
Nicholas Charleson was phenomenal on the mound for Silver Spring-Takoma, as he pitched seven shutout innings and struck out three Bethesda batters.
“Everything was clicking,” said T-Bolts Manager Doug Remer. “The pitchers went out there. Charleson did a great job of mixing it up, trusting the stuff. Tyler Murray behind the plate called a terrific game.”
But SS-T’s batting was also a major highlight, as the first run of the game came in the top of the second when shortstop Ian McMillan hit a sac fly to right, which drove in outfielder Cole Friese for the 1-0 lead.
The true batting MVP for the T-Bolts was third baseman Lucas Donlon, who went a phenomenal 3-for-4 with two RBIs at the plate on the evening.
“I think that Nick Charleson pitched a strong game,” said Donlon. “I think the bats came out strong. Great job by Tyler Murray behind the dish, throwing out runners, blocking balls up. Just a great, all-around team win.”
In the top of the fourth, Donlon hit an RBI double to score Friese, while in the sixth, the third baseman homered to deep-left field, and, in the ninth, Donlon hit a sac fly to send home designated hitter Brady Pearre.
“The kid’s all fire,” said Remer. “He’s another one of those guys that we try to pace, so that he’s fresh this time of year, and that’s what he can do.”
Pearre also had an impressive night, as he went 1-for-4 with two runs, while second baseman Daulton Martin went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run.