Big Train win and extras while Aces continue to win in Week Two of Cal Ripken League play

The Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League wrapped up its second week of action with its first extra-inning game, but the standings remain mostly the same. Here’s what you need to know about Week Two of Cal Ripken League action. 

The Train rolls through extras: On June 16, the Bethesda Big Train needed 11 innings to knock off the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts. 

With two outs left in the top of the ninth, Beck Urofsky of the Thunderbolts tied the game at 3-3 with a ground ball up the middle. 

The Big Train then walked it off in the bottom of the 11th when Jack Guerrero hit an RBI single to right center field to give the home team the 4-3 win.

Other notable results:

  • The Alexandria Aces scored 15 runs to demolish the Braves on June 16.
  • Metro South County scored five runs in the seventh inning to beat the Grays on June 17.
  • The Braves knocked off the Giants 12-11 in a high-scoring affair on Father’s Day.

Defending champs still strong: The Aces look great two weeks into the season, leading the South division at 10-2, while Metro South County is in second at 6-7, while the Senators and Grays are tied for third at 5-8 each.

Meanwhile, Bethesda currently has the most wins in the league with a record of 11-4 atop the North division, with the Olney Cropdusters just behind them at 10-4, while the Gaithersburg Giants are in third place at 4-9, and SS-T is at the very bottom at 2-11.

Player awards: Big Train infielder Dixon Williams was named the league’s Week 2 Offensive Player of the Week after hitting .438 and leading the league with five doubles, 11 RBIs, and 11 runs scored while also stealing five bases.

The East Carolina player’s breakout game came on June 13 against the Giants when he finished a home run shy of the cycle and drove in seven runs.

The Pitcher of the Week for Week 2 was awarded to Eddie Kaftan of the Grays. The Mitchell right-hander won both of his starts last week, giving up only a single run in 15 innings of work across two outings for an ERA of 0.60.

Kaftan pitched a complete game shutout on June 16 against Gaithersburg, allowing just two hits while striking out eight.

Pitching stat leaders: Kaftan and Jake Zicka (Braves) are tied with three wins each.

Anthony Ehly of the Aces is still the leader in strikeouts with 22, while his Alexandria teammate Ryan Reich is right behind him with 18.

Bran Cassedy (Big Train) has yet to give up a single run, while Kaftan and Patrick Galle (Big Train) have the second and third-lowest ERAs of 0.78 and 0.84, respectively.

Batting stat leaders: Jeffrey Heard of Bethesda currently leads the league in home runs with three.

Zane Gross (Thunderbolts) currently has the highest batting average at .421, while Matt Muira (Cropdusters) and Dixon Williams (Big Train) are right behind at .375 and .353.

Heard also leads the league in RBIs with 22, while Williams and Gross are tied for the second-most with 14.

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