SILVER SPRING (Md.) — The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts took both games of their doubleheader against the Baltimore Dodgers on June 18. The Thunderbolts and Dodgers play for the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (CRCBL), a summer baseball league located in the greater Washington, D.C., area, and a member of the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball (NACSB).
The CRCBL has had recent success, with 42 players taken in this year’s MLB draft including Logan Warmoth, going 22nd overall to the Toronto Blue Jays. Other notable past players of the CRCBL include Kyle Zimmer, the fifth overall selection of the 2012 draft, and Hunter Renfroe, current outfielder for the San Diego Padres.
Sunday’s doubleheader was sponsored by iGlasses@4Corners, a full-service optical shop in in the Woodmoor shopping center in Silver Spring. David Pollak, “a baseball fan since the Dodgers played in Brooklyn,” has been a financial supporter of the Thunderbolts since iGlasses@4Corners opened five years ago. Along with his wife Judy and optometrist Bruce Kellner, the trio have been a mainstay in optometry in the DC area for over forty years now.
Although sitting at the lower part of the league’s standings coming into Sunday’s doubleheader, the Thunderbolts leaped to half a game away from first place because of two huge wins over Baltimore. Game 1 was a thunderous beat-down. The Thunderbolts provided enough support for pitcher William Brown by scoring eight runs by the second inning and then went on to win 13-4.
Community-member Miriam Licht got to throw the ceremonial first pitch before the second game, and Rabbi Wolvovsky of Chabad of Silver Spring and his family could be spotted enjoying the doubleheader as well.
Game 2 looked to be a sure success as well for Silver Spring until Baltimore came back from three behind to score four runs in the top of the seventh inning. Carson Klepzig singled in a run to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh leading up to a nail-biting finish of an exciting day of baseball. The Thunderbolts got through the top of the inning with no damage, and Brant Baylock ended the doubleheader in dramatic fashion with a walk-off single to send the fans home happy.
Thanks again to iGlasses@4Corners for their support to the Thunderbolts and for giving us these incredible opportunities to enjoy America’s favorite pastime in our community.
By Roey Herzfeld
Roey Herzfeld is a sophmore at the Berman Hebrew Academy, where he plays on the school baseball team . He attends Ohev Shalom - The National Synagogue in Washington, D.C.