With their sixth regular season championship in the 10-year history of the Cal Ripken League, members of the Bethesda Big Train are guaranteed home playoff games on at least Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Big Train, a team of college baseball players who make their home in Bethesda for part of the summer, is traditionally one of the strongest teams in the league, despite a new cast of players each year.
A 31-9 regular season record over the last two months gave them a six-game advantage on the second-place Baltimore Redbirds. All of the league’s 11 teams are based in the Baltimore and Washington metro areas.
The Big Train will host a yet-to-be-determined opponent on Tuesday night and host another playoff game on Wednesday (win or lose Tuesday’s game) at Shirley Povich Field in Cabin John Regional Park (10600 Westlake Dr.).
The Big Train are also the winners of the Montgomery Cup, a trophy given out annually to the Montgomery County Cal Ripken League squad that has the best head- to-head record agains the three other county-based teams.