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Bethesda Big Train flattens Rockville Express, 14-5

Bethesda Big Train’s Udie Summerall (29) hits the team's second grand slam home run during their victorious game, 14-5, against the Rockville Express at Povich Field on Sunday. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHBethesda Big Train’s Udie Summerall (29) hits the team's second grand slam home run during the game against the Rockville Express on Sunday. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  BETHESDA — The Bethesda Big Train scored three runs in the first inning Sunday en route to a 14-5 victory over the visiting Rockville Express at Shirley Povich Field.

The win marked the Big Train’s 10th victory in 11 games while the Express suffered their fourth loss in nine games.

Fox Semones (James Madison University), AJ Lee (University of Maryland) and John Glenn (California Baptist University) all scored runs in the first inning to help the Big Train jump out to a 3-0 advantage.

However, the Express answered with a pair of runs in the third inning before the Big Train scored multiple runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

“You always want to score in the first inning,” said Big Train pitcher Alec Burleson, “and that just helps the pitchers out knowing they got a lead, they can pitch with a lead and then we just keep adding on to it in the game.”

The contest was highlighted by a pair of grand slams including one from Burleson in the sixth inning.

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Springbrook Blue Devils fall to O’Connell Knights in Capitol Hoops game, 69-57

Springbrook’s Jonathan Lapierre (23) gets trapped as he drives to the basket during during Capitol Hoops game played at DeMatha. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHSpringbrook’s Jonathan Lapierre (23) gets trapped as he drives to the basket during during Capitol Hoops game played at DeMatha. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  HYATTSVILLE – Despite a game-high 23 points from rising senior Timitrius Hawkins, the Springbrook Blue Devils couldn’t overcome a talented Bishop O’Connell squad Friday in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha, as the Knights defeated the Blue Devils, 69-57.

Point guard Ayan Teel led four Knights in double figures en route to a Bishop O’Connell victory over Springbrook at Morgan and Kathy Wootten Gymnasium.

“They are a good team,” said Springbrook head coach Darnell Myers, “and they’re well-coached and they got good players.”

Teel, who finished with 14 points, helped Bishop O’Connell jump out to a 32-30 advantage in the first half before the Knights blew the game open in the second half.

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Big Train’s undefeated streak ends in Game Two of T-Bolts doubleheader

Bethesda Big Train’s Andrew Shebloski (6) makes contact during the baseball game between Big Train and the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts at Blair Stadium on Saturday. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  CUT (CN9A1385a.JPG): T-Bolts’ Josh Simon (17) pulled down a high throw and made the play on Bethesda Big Train’s Alec Burleson (41) - out at home at Blair Stadium on Saturday. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHBethesda Big Train’s Andrew Shebloski (6) makes contact during the baseball game between Big Train and the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts at Blair Stadium on Saturday.        PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  SILVER SPRING — Out of four Cal Ripken League doubleheaders on Saturday, one involved the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts and the visiting Bethesda Big Train at Blair High School. While the Big Train shut out the T-Bolts in the first game 6-0, Bethesda saw the end of their undefeated streak when the T-Bolts took the second one 8-4.

In Game One, the first run came in the top of the fifth inning when Bethesda outfielder Udie Summerall pinch hit for Tyler Villaroman and singled to left field to drive in Tyler Reis.

Big Train infielders Carson Taylor and John Glenn each had three hits. Taylor went 3-for-5 at the plate with two RBIs, while Glenn also went 3-for-5 with one RBI and two runs.

“They’re great players,” said Bethesda manager Sal Colangelo. “They swing the bat very well. They went up there with an idea and went playing what they had, what they wanted to do.”

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Cal Ripken League names outstanding players for first week of June

Justin Wylie and Yash Rane.  COURTESY PHOTOSJustin Wylie and Yash Rane. COURTESY PHOTOS The first week of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League has wrapped up, and awards for Offensive Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week for the first week of June have been announced.

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Caps finally get that Stanley

Caps fans line the steps of the Archives building to cheer the Washington Capitals on the Stanley Cup victory.  PHOTO BY ABBY CRUZCaps fans line the steps of the Archives building to cheer the Washington Capitals on the Stanley Cup victory. PHOTO BY ABBY CRUZ  Chants rang throughout the Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille on Century Boulevard in Germantown on June 7 following the Washington Capitals’ 4-3 Stanley Cup victory over the Vegas Golden Knights.

Washington’s National Hockey League franchise put the sports world on notice that the nation’s capital is also a hockey town.

Tracy Ambush, a local party promoter and Washington sports fan, was the ringleader on this particular night.

The popular chant “C-A-P-S, Caps Caps Caps,” was accompanied by “Ovi-Ovi-Ovi,” in reference to popular Capitals left winger Alexander Ovechkin, who was named MVP of the Stanley Cup Finals.

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Landon Bears take down Good Counsel in Capitol Hoops game, 69-54

Canin Reynolds (2) of Landon uses his speed and hops to score over Good Counsel's Dayjuan Waters. Reynolds was the game's high scorer with 25 points. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKCanin Reynolds (2) of Landon uses his speed and jumps to score over Good Counsel's Dayjuan Waters. Reynolds was the game's high scorer with 25 points. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  HYATTSVILLE — The quick one-two punch of Landon guards Canin Reynolds and Kino Lilly proved to be too much for their opponents as the Landon Bears took down the Good Counsel Falcons 69-54 Tuesday night in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha Catholic High School.

“I love Kino because he can shoot and I can always count on him to knock it down,” said Reynolds.

“Canin helps me get open shots because he can drive and kick, he does really well at that,” said Lilly.

At the start of the second half, Landon was down 29-28 after the Falcons had halted the Bears’ hot start.

“We picked up our defensive intensity,” said Good Counsel coach Anthony Guy. “The first couple minutes they were able to get any look they wanted but we turned up the ball pressure and got some hands in the passing lanes, turned them over, got some stops and that got us back in the game.”

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Whitman boys victorious in summer hoops game with Central, 62-57

Central's Craig Morton misses this shot but draws the foul from Whitman's Josh Weinberg. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKCentral's Craig Morton misses this shot but draws the foul from Whitman's Josh Weinberg. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  HYATTSVILLE — The Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha is in full swing with local teams taking on non-conference opponents in matchups that don’t normally occur in the regular season. Tuesday was no different as the Whitman Vikings (3-3) clashed with and defeated the 1-3 Central Falcons from Prince George’s County by a score of 62-57.

At first, it appeared as though Central was going to extend its 14-point halftime lead and cruise to an easy victory, as Whitman registered just 16 points in a sluggish first half. Falcons forward Devonte Young (15 points) led the charge as he grabbed second-chance rebounds under the basket, drawing a foul in the process. Central point guard Craig Morton (six points) passed off to Young after a fast break for an easy two points under the basket.

Meanwhile, the Vikings couldn’t seem to get going at the foul line after as several players missed their free throws, totaling six in a row. The Vikings also strung together a scoreless four-minute period that allowed Central to add to its comfortable lead.

“We just over-dribbled and haven’t moved the ball and haven’t gotten guys good shots,” said Vikings head coach Chris Lun of his team’s first-half performance. “We were just stagnant, standing around, no energy. We had to make a decision if we’re going to keep playing like that or are we actually going to share the ball and be unselfish. The guys stepped up.”

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After slow start, Bullis offense finally clicks in hoops win over Good Counsel

Good Counsel's Bryce Walker takes it to the hoop past Bullis School's Kolin Lewis (3) during the Capitol Hoops Summer League game Saturday at DeMatha Catholic High School. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHGood Counsel Falcons' Bryce Walker takes it to the hoop past Bullis Bulldogs' Kolin Lewis (3) during the Summer League game Saturday at DeMatha Catholic High School. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  HYATTSVILLE — In its second game of the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha, the Bullis Bulldogs offense got off to a sluggish start. However, the Bullis offense finally clicked midway through the first half, and dominated the Good Counsel Falcons for the rest of the game, winning 73-52.

Good Counsel took a six-point lead, 19-13, early in the game, as they had a hot start offensively, while Bullis had a more difficult time finding open shots.

Nendah Tarke, the new leader for the Bulldogs, didn’t start the game, but when he checked in, Bullis got rolling.

Behind Tarke and Kolin Lewis, Bullis closed the gap, and took a 28-27 lead late in the first half, their first lead of the game.

It was a lead Bullis would not relinquish.

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G. Prep faces off against Paint Branch, wins 64-54 in Capitol Hoops game

Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas' Quentin Southall (34) takes it to the hoop past Paint Branch Panthers' Richard Dudley (5) during the Capitol Hoops Summer League game on Saturday at DeMatha Catholic High School.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHGeorgetown Prep Little Hoyas' Quentin Southall (34) takes it to the hoop past Paint Branch Panthers' Richard Dudley (5) during the Summer League game Saturday at DeMatha Catholic High School. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  HYATTSVILLE — As one of Montgomery County’s top private school varsity boys basketball teams faced off with one of its top public school teams, it was the shooting of Kamdyn Curfman that led the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas to victory over the Paint Branch Panthers in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha Catholic High School, by a score of 64-54.

Curfman, one of two remaining starters from last year’s IAC title team, will see his role change drastically. Last year, he was more of a spot-up shooter, whereas in the coming 2018-19 season, he will have the ball in his hands much more, and be relied upon as one of the primary scorers on the team.

It’s a role he is taking on well for the Little Hoyas in the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha.

“Definitely more volume of shots, I’m not used to taking that many shots, but I have to step up offensively. Do more, get to the basket more, get more assists, get more dump-offs to bigger guys…get everyone involved, and I have to be cognizant of getting everyone involved,” Curfman said of his changing role.

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Amidst pitching and defensive duel, Bethesda Big Train defeats Rockville, 4-1

Rockville Express vs. Bethesda Big TrainBETHESDA — On a sometimes rainy Saturday night at Shirley Povich Field in a game that involved quality pitching and defense on both sides, the Bethesda Big Train got the runs they needed for a 4-1 victory over the Rockville Express.

Bethesda got things going in the bottom of the first inning when outfielder Justin Wylie stole second base to get in scoring position and shortstop AJ Lee singled to center field to drive in Wylie for the 1-0 lead. The RBI knock occurred on the Big Train’s second at-bat of the game.

A few at-bats later, with outfielder Jacob Westerman at the plate, Lee scored on a wild pitch thrown by Express starting pitcher Mike Yasenka, extending Bethesda’s lead to 2-0.

Rockville finally got on the board in the top of the fourth when catcher Eurick Perez reached on first on a throw too high by Big Train second baseman Conor McCormack, allowing shortstop Myles Coston to make his way towards home plate. The Express cut the deficit to 2-1.

The game remained close as it went four more innings without a run. During that time frame, the Big Train turned two double plays (5-2-3 and 4-3), while Rockville turned one (4-3).

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