2014 Season Recap and 2015 Bethesda Big Train Schedule
The Bethesda Big Train started their 2014 summer campaign on a very high note, winning 12 straight games before losing their first, and beginning with an insurmountable lead in the Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League standings at 18-1. During the 40 game season, the Big Train compiled only nine losses to their league-leading 31 wins, giving the team a .775 winning percentage and a first-place regular season finish.
The team, led by Manager Sal Colangelo, consisted of players from big-time D-1 schools from across the country like the University of Maryland, Mississippi State University, Tulane University, San Diego State University, San Francisco University, and many more. The players and coaches fought hard until the end of the season, losing in the championship game to the Baltimore Redbirds.
Every year the team has end of the season Sal Colangelo Manager Awards. Kit Scheetz (Virginia Tech) won pitcher of the year posting a 5-1 record with a 2.89 ERA. Cody Brown (Mississippi State) who is retuning for 2015, won the hustle award for stealing bases, making diving catches in the outfield, and always giving 100% effort. Logan Farrar (Virginia Commonwealth) won the top defensive player award for his stellar range in center field. He had no errors on the season in 42 games. Stephen Alemais (Tulane) won the most outstanding hitter award, finishing the season with a .320 batting average, and league-leading 48 hits. The team MVP was given to Brandon Lowe (Maryland). Although he arrived late to Bethesda, he finished the season with a .329 batting average, knocking in a league-leading 29 runs, while also playing superb defense at second base.
The Big Train has at least four of its 11 players selected to the 2014 All-Star game returning for the 2015 season. With some familiar faces and some new faces, the team is looking to continue its success from the previous season and is looking forward to next year. Gathering players from all over the country to coach for the summer is a daunting task for any manager, but the team and coaches will continue to work hard to create good team chemistry, which in return will lend itself well to the family-friendly and community atmosphere that the Big Train fans have been accustomed to.
The 2015 summer schedule is linked below.