The Bethesda Big Train dropped a pair of one-run games and were knocked out of the AAABA World Series on Tuedsay in Johnstown, Pa.

The Big Train claimed their first Clark Griffith League World Series title on Saturday by coming out on the winning end of a 5-4 decision over the Herndon Braves. Bethesda won the best-of-five series three games to one.

In the Clark Griffith championship game, Springbrook graduate Russell Durfee recorded the final out in relief of starter Adam Redd -- who yielded just two earned runs over 8 2/3 innings.

However the Big Train's good fortune did not follow them to Johnstown.

On Monday, the Big Train lost to the Maryland Orioles, 5-4, when Steven Bowen hit a two-out, ninth-inning home run to lift the Orioles past Bethesda.

On Tuesday, St. John's graduate Keith Moreland pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings but New Orleans scored twice in the seventh and held on for a 2-1 win to eliminate the Big Train from the tournament.

Local Wrestlers Shine

A pair of Montgomery County wrestlers turned in strong performances at the USA Cadet and Junior National tournaments in Fargo, North Dakota.

Whitman sophomore Eren Civan, who claimed the 130-pound state title last winter, placed third in both the Cadet Greco Roman and Freestyle tournaments. Civan, who wrestled at 135 pounds, defeated Nevada's Bryce Saddoris, 11-0, in the Greco Roman third place match and beat New Jersey's Scott Winston, 7-6, in the Freestyle consolation final.

Sherwood's Andy Lowy finished eighth in Cadet Greco Roman.

-- From Staff Reports