2017 Game Recaps

Grays fall in season finale

July 21, 2017

By: David Sibony (@davidjsibony); DCGrays.com Press

GAITHERSBURG, MD – A bad season ended badly for the D.C. Grays on Friday, as a familiar combination of walks and errors lead to a sloppy loss to the homestanding Gaithersburg Giants by a score of 9-1. The loss drops the Grays to 13-27 – their worst record in their six years in the Ripken League.

The Grays lone run was scored in normal DC fashion – the first inning. The two Grays all-stars did the damage when RF Harrison Freed (Butler) doubled in 3B Lamar Briggs (Jackson State), who had singled. The Giants tied it in the second but scored a combined eight runs in the fifth through seventh innings.

3B Christian Torres (University of Maryland, Baltimore) and Cam Remila (Costal Carolina University) both had two hits for the Giants, the own multiple hit batters in the Gaithersburg lineup.

The season ending statistics were revealing – RHP Matthew Dalke (Southeastern Louisiana) started all eight games he appeared in and lead all Grays starters with a 3.42 ERA and four wins. He also led the pitching staff in strikeouts with 32. RHP Colin Brown (Catholic U of America) and RHP Nick Laster (Eastern Kentucky) lead the bullpen in ERA with 1.63 and 1.82 respectively.

On the offensive side for the season it was the two Grays all-stars that led the way. Harrison Freed brought the power leading the team in RBI (29), doubles (nine), and home runs (seven). The seven round trippers were good for second in the Ripken League. Second in the league in batting was Lamar Briggs. Briggs’ three hits on the night boosted his average to an outstanding .400. He lead the team in batting average and also had 54 hits, 16 more than the second place Freed.

Grays struggle in doubleheader loss

July 20, 2017

By: David Sibony (@davidjsibony); DCGrays.com Press

BALTIMORE, MD – Two must-win games ended in disappointment for the DC Grays, as the team suffered its second straight doubleheader sweep.  The Grays lost two  against the Baltimore Dodgers at Joe Cannon Stadium and were officially eliminated from playoff contention.  The losses dropped D.C. to 13-26 on the season.

In the opener, the Grays blew a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth, and couldn’t come back before the end of the seven-inning game.  In game two of the double header the Grays were close to an exciting come back but fell 5-4.

The Grays got off to a hot start in the opener.  RF Harrison Freed (Butler) drove in CF Will Johnson (Eastern Kentucky) from third base. The Grays would give up three runs in the bottom half of that same inning (all unearned), giving the Dodgers a 3-1 lead.

SS Jacob Maekawa (San Diego State) brought the game within one with an RBI single that scored Johnson from third. 2B Darius Gillus (Old Dominion) followed suit with a two-RBI double scoring Maekawa and 3B Lamar Briggs (Jackson State).

The lead wouldn’t last long as the Dodgers scored four runs (three earned) off starter Matthew Dalke (Southeastern Louisiana) in the bottom of the fourth.

RHP David Mervis (Palm Beach State) came out of the bullpen and gave up four more earned runs in bottom of the fifth.

Freed tried to start a Grays rally in the top of the sixth with a bases clearing triple that scored Maekawa and Briggs, but Freed was left stranded.

In the second game there was no scoring in the first four and a half innings. That was broken when the Dodgers scored three in the bottom of the fifth.

The Dodgers added two more in the sixth but not after the Grays got on the board when 2B Darrius Gillus doubled in 3B Lamar Briggs.

Down four in the seventh the Grays comeback was stalled after Briggs and 1B Miles Jones had RBI to bring the game to 5-4. The Grays got no closer.   Briggs finished the day with four hits in seven at bats.

The Grays will look to end the season on a high note while visiting the Gaithersburg Giants at 7 PM on Friday night in the season finale.

 

Photo Courtesy: Doug Denneny

Grays drop twinbill

July 19, 2017

By: Josh Shelton (@JoshNLISports); DCGrays.com Press

ASHBURN, VA – The DC Grays fading playoff hopes took a further blow on Wednesday, as the team dropped a road doubleheader to the Loudoun Riverdogs. In game one of the doubleheader the Grays lost 8-5, and in the nightcap they lost 3-0.  The losses dropped the Grays to 13-24 on the season with three games remaining.

In the opener, the Grays took the lead in the third inning when 3B Lamar Briggs (Jackson State) and RF Harrison Freed (Butler) had back to back RBI singles. The Riverdogs bounced back in the bottom half though, scoring three of their own. They then added one in the bottom of the fourth.

The Grays battled back in the sixth when they scored two runs. But that wasn’t enough as they ran out of chances in the shortened game.  The Grays were outhit 8-3.

In the second game the Grays were held to only a pair of hits in a 3-0 loss.

The two singles came from Freed and 1B Jack Denneny (Patrick Henry CC) in the second inning.  Other than those two singles, the Grays offense was non-existent in game two.

Starter Mason Belcher (Catholic U of America) went all six innings allowing three earned runs and striking out five.

The Grays travel to Baltimore tomorrow for a double header against the Dodgers with the first game scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.

 

Photo Courtesy: Doug Denneny

Freed powers Grays past Braves

July 17, 2017

By: David Sibony (@davidjsibony); DCGrays.com Press

HERNDON, VA – The DC Grays exploded for 11 hits and 10 runs in a 10-3 rout of the FCA Herndon Braves on the road Monday night. The Grays’s second straight win victory raises their record to 13-22 on the season.

Grays RF Harrison Freed (Butler) stole the show for DC, slugging four home runs and driving in six runs. Freed now leads the Ripken League with seven homers on the season.  Grays SS Jacob Maekawa (San Diego State) continued his recent hot streak with a pair of hits along with a pair of RBI.

The Grays pitching started with RHP Isiah Kearns (West Virginia) who went six innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out six. It finished with RHP Collin Brown (Catholic U of America) who pitched a scoreless ninth and didn’t give up a hit.

The Grays will try to extend the winning after the off day on Tuesday.  On Wednesday they travel to face the Loudoun Riverdogs in a double-header. First game is scheduled for 5 PM at Rock Ridge High School.

Grays beat Aces to snap skid

July 15, 2017

By: David Sibony (@davidjsibony); DCGrays.com Press

WASHINGTON, DC – Playing before the home crowd before the final time in a season that had turned disappointing, the D.C. Grays turned in one of their best all around performances.  The Grays defeated the Alexandria Aces 5-1, snapping a seven game losing streak and giving the home fans at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy a classy sendoff.  The win puts the Grays at 12-22 with six road games left on the season.

The Grays also hosted Military and Veterans Appreciation night.  First pitches were thrown out by local veterans, and the Grays and staff donned special camouflage hats for the game.  Every service member and veteran in the crowd received those same camouflage hats courtesy of the Grays.

RHP Matt Dalke (Southeastern Louisiana) started for the Grays – and he got in the spirit by pitching with military precision.  He threw seven and one-third innings of one run ball. That lone Aces run happened in the first inning when 2B Eli Boggess (Morehead State) singled hit a single and SS Ray Zuberer (Western Kentucky) slid in safely in a bang-bang play at home plate. If not for the controversial safe call, Dalke would have kept the Aces scoreless. Dalke finished at exactly 120 pitches, the league maximum, but finished only allowing four hits, two walks, and striking out five.

Dalke gave up the ball to RHP Nick Laster (Eastern Kentucky) who finished out the game for the Grays with another outing of scoreless relief.

Down 1-0 in the second, Grays RF Harrison Freed (Butler) doubled in 3B Isiah Kearns (West Virginia). A few batters later Freed scored on a sacrifice fly by CF Cory Alexander (Old Dominion).

The Grays doubled their lead in the fourth when LF Will Johnson (Eastern Kentucky) hit a two out, two RBI double.

That wasn’t it for the Grays, offense as SS Jacob Maekawa (San Diego State) launched his first home run of the season over the Grays bullpen in left field in the seventh inning.

The Grays take Sunday off, and their season-ending six game road trip will start Monday night at 7 PM against the Herndon Braves.

Grays lose extra innings thriller

July 14, 2017

By: Josh Shelton (@JoshNLISports); DCGrays.com Press

WASHINGTON, DC – Mother Nature was the scheduler for the DC Grays game against the Bethesda Big Train Friday night at the Washington Nationals Youth Academy. A torrent of thunder, lightning, and rain delayed the start of the game more than thirty minutes, but the hardy fans who remained saw a both teams combine for 23 hits, 17 runs, and 11 innings of play.  The Grays came back twice in the late innings before but falling 9-8 in extra innings.  The team’s seventh straight loss drops the Grays to 11-22 on the season.

The Big Train put up two runs in the first then single runs in the second and fifth innings. The Grays got on the board in the bottom of the fifth when DH Harrison Freed (Butler) singled to drive in CF Cory Alexander (Old Dominion).

Bethesda scored two in the sixth but the Grays scored four in the seventh and one in the eight to tie the game. In back to back innings 2B Lamer Briggs (Jackson State) had a two out RBI single.

This clutch hitting and three scoreless innings by RHP David Mervis (Palm Beach State CC) kept the Grays in the game and sent the game to extra frames.

The Grays had their backs against the wall in the tenth, losing 8-6 and down to their last strike with a runner on.  When the Grays needed it most, 3B Isiah Kearns (West Virginia) hit his much awaited first home run of the season to tie the game.

Big Train 1B Logan Driscoll (George Mason) was not to be outdone.  Among his three hits, he blasted a two run home run in the top of the 11th to take the lead again. The Grays couldn’t answer in the home half, and another unhappy loss was in the books.

To join Driscoll in the hit parade for Bethesda was RF James Outman (Sacramento State) and SS Garret Kueber (Austin Peay).  They each got on base three times.

Grays 1B Miles Jones (Eastern Kentucky) had one of his best nights in the loss – four hits and a walk in six plate appearances.

The Grays will look to end the losing streak tomorrow night at 7 PM against the Alexandria Aces.  The Grays will be hosting Military Appreciation night in the Nation’s Capital.

Grays’ skid reaches five

July 13, 2017

By: Josh Shelton (@JoshNLISports); DCGrays.com Press

ROCKVILLE, MD

The DC Grays struggles continue, as the squad lost its fifth straight game on Thursday – a 4-2 loss to the Rockville Express. The loss moves the Grays to a dismal 11-21 this season.

Grays starter Mason Belcher (Catholic U of America) pitched six and two-thirds innings allowing two earned runs and recording two strikeouts. Reliever Evan Baer (Old Dominion) made his second appearance as a pitcher and allowed two runs in the eighth and received the loss.

The Grays only inning of scoring came in the fourth. It started with 1B Miles Jones (Eastern Kentucky) hitting his first triple of the season.  RF Darius Gillus (Old Dominion) doubled in Jones, but was then thrown out at third. After C Andrew Webb (Virginia Tech) singled, 3B Jack Denneny (Patrick Henry CC) tripled in Webb for his first RBI of the season.

The Grays will try and turn things around when they return home on Friday to take on the Bethesda Big Train (25-9). Michael Parsons (Dartmouth) is scheduled to start for the Grays.

Late-inning rally falls short for Grays

July 12, 2017

By: Josh Shelton; DCGrays.com Press

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The DC Grays fell to the Alexandria Aces for the fourth time this season on Wednesday, 8-7.  The loss is the Grays fourth in a row, dropping them to 11-20 on the season.

The Grays, like they have done many times this season, came out of the gate swinging.  All-Stars 2B Lamar Briggs (Jackson State) and DH Harrison Freed (Butler) both recorded an RBI in the first inning on a single and a groundout respectively.

Briggs scored on a wild pitch in the third, but the Aces snatched the lead from the Grays with five-runs in bottom half of the inning.

Trailing 8-4 in the eighth, and with two outs, the Grays threatened a comeback when Aces LF Kam Smith (Northern Illinois) dropped Freed’s fly ball.  3B Ro Williams (Jackson State) singled on a 0-2 count scoring Freed from second base.  SS Jacob Maekawa (San Diego State) followed suit with a single of his own that scored Williams.

Later in the inning, CF Cory Alexander (Old Dominion) singled in Maekawa to bring the game within one run.  It wouldn’t be enough for the Grays as Johnson popped out to left field, stranding the 14th and 15thrunners of the game.

LHP David Moore (Fairleigh Dickinson) was handed the loss after giving up three runs (all earned) and walking three batters while only recording a single out.

Fellow lefty Phillip Ahern (West Virginia) pitched four scoreless innings while recording five strikeouts.  This was the second time in five relief appearances Ahern did not surrender a run.

The Grays look to halt the four-game skid Thursday night against the Express in Rockville at 7 p.m.  Mason Belcher (Catholic U of America) is scheduled to start for the Grays.

Grays fall to Thunderbolts

July 11, 2017

By: David Sibony (@davidjsibony); DCGrays.com Press

SILVER SPRING, MD – The DC Grays dropped a pair on Tuesday night in Silver Spring – one a shortened game and one a regulation one.

Before the regularly scheduled game started there was business to be finished. Last Wednesday the game was tied 2-2 and was suspended because of rain in the seventh inning. The Grays fell in the finished game 6-2, then the T-Bolts completed the semi-sweep 4-3 in the second game. The losses put the Grays at 11-19.

The T-Bolts wasted no time in claiming the lead in the suspended game. They scored three in the seventh and one in the eighth capped by a 1B Michael Fitzsimmons (Mississippi) home run.

The second game started with even more scoring. The Grays put up two in the first when DH Christian Robinson (Stanford) scored on a 2B Lamar Briggs (Jackson State) single. 1B Miles Jones (Eastern Kentucky) then scored Briggs with a single of his own.

The T-Bolts added one in the bottom half then two more in the third when Carl Colbert double in a run then scored on a DH Garett Stonehouse (Elon) single. Stonehouse and Colbert each finished with two hits and an RBI on the second game.

The Grays all-star Briggs finished with three hits in four at bats and has boosted his average to .398.

RHP David Mervis (Palm Beach State CC) came out of the bullpen for the Grays and went three scoreless innings only giving up one hit and striking out five.

The Grays will stay on the road and face the Alexandria Aces on Wednesday night at 7 pm. Pitching for the Grays will be RHP Matthew Franklin (Roanoke).

Grays shutout by the Riverdogs

July 9, 2017

By: Josh Shelton (@JoshNLISports); DCGrays.com Press

WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Grays lost the Sunday matinee game of a three-game homestand 5-0 to the Loudoun Riverdogs.  This marked the first time this season that the Grays were shutout.  The team’s second straight loss brings the Grays’ record to 11-17 on the season.

The only two hits of the entire game for the Grays were from SS Jacob Maekawa (San Diego State) and LF Lamar Briggs (Jackson State).  Their singles came in the first and third innings, respectively.

The Grays pitching was solid if unspectacular.  RHP Isaiah Kearns (West Virginia) went five innings, allowing three earned runs and recording three strikeouts.  LHP David Moore (Fairleigh Dickinson) came in to pitch in the sixth and allowed two earned runs over four innings while recording one strikeout.

Most of the Grays have the day off tomorrow for the CRCBL All-Star Game (all except Briggs and Harrison Freed, who will play for the Ripken League South team), and will travel to take on the SS-Takoma T-Bolts on Tuesday at 6:30p.m.  They will finish their game that was suspended due to rain and play in their regularly scheduled game immediately following.


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