Guest post by Ken Giglio.

The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts open their 2017 home season this Friday, June 9 at 7 p.m. at Montgomery Blair High School against the Bethesda Big Train. The contest is the first of 20 home games for the Tbolts, who play in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League.

The Thunderbolts, in their 18th season, are coached by Doug Remer. The team comprises college players recruited from around the country.

Thunderbolt home games provide a great opportunity to see high-level, competitive baseball in a family-friendly environment. In-game activities include a chance for kids to race around the bases between innings, a pizza box derby, and a drawing for raffle prizes.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $2 for fans under the age of 18. Youth baseball and softball players in uniform, and kids under age 5, get in for free.

For more information about the Tbolts, including their full 2017 schedule, visit

Ken Giglio is a member of the Thunderbolts board of directors and one of the team’s public address announcers.

Thunderbolts open 2017 season Friday

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Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Thunderbolts open 2017 season Friday