2017 Game Recaps

Grays outplay T-Bolts in complete team win

June 24, 2017

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

WASHINGTON, DC – After two dispiriting losses, the DC Grays hosted the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts on Saturday night in Washington.  A solid all-around effort made the 9-2 Grays win look easy. With the victory the Grays move to 7-9 on the season.

RHP Matthew Franklin (Roanoke) set the pace for the Grays, going five strong innings only allowing three hits and no runs. Franklin earned his first win of the season.

While he was stifling batters on the mound, the Grays offense staked him to a lead.  As has been the case lately, the Grays got on the board early.  A first inning RBI single by DH Isiah Kearns (West Virginia) have the Grays an early lead.  The lead was padded in the fourth when 2B Darren Baker (Cal-Berkeley) singled in a run then hustled home on a single by RF Lamar Briggs (Jackson State).

The T-Bolts finally got on the board in the seventh, scoring twice to halve the Grays lead at 4-2.  SS Carl Colbert (Catonsville CC) paced the T- Bolts with two hits.

The Grays quickly bounced back in the bottom of the seventh when Colbert made a costly error on a ball hit by C Andrew Webb (Virginia Tech) – allowing two Grays runs. Webb scored one run and had an RBI along with two hits.

While all but one of 11 Grays who came to the plate got a hit, a few batters had stand out nights. Replacement LF Cory Alexander (Old Dominion) had two hits in two trips with a run scored. 3B Rahman Williams (Jackson State) had a productive night with two hits and a run of his own. Baker performed well at second base, and also contributed with the bat.  The second place hitter had three hits, two RBI, stole two bases, and scored three runs.

The Grays will next head to Alexandria to take on the first place Aces at 7 pm on Sunday night.


Photo Courtesy: Doug Denneny

Big Train bombs sink Grays

June 23, 2017

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

WASHINGTON, DC – The Bethesda Big Train used the long ball to defeat DC Grays on Friday night at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.   The Grays scored all their runs in the first inning, but they were outdone by three Big Train homers as they fell 7-3. With the loss the Grays fall to 6-9 on the season.

The Big Train got on the board in the first inning with a sacrifice fly off Grays starter RHP Matt Dalke (Southeastern Louisiana). The Grays quickly took the lead in the bottom half of the inning, when 3B Isaiah Kearns (West Virginia) tripled in RF Christian Robinson (Stanford) and RF Lamar Briggs (Jackson State). Kearns then scored on a sacrifice fly by 1B Darius Gillus (Old Dominion) to give the Grays a 3-1 lead.

The game was tied up in the fourth when C Logan Driscoll (George Mason) and RF James Outman (Sacramento State) hit back to back home runs. That wasn’t all for Outman who hit another round tripper in the fifth. On the night he was 2-for-4 with two runs and four RBI. Grays DH Harrison Freed (Butler) went 3-for-4 to pace D.C.

Big Train starter RHP A.J. Jones (State College of Florida) only lasted four innings.  He gave up the ball to RHP Kevin Milam (St. Mary’s) who went four innings allowing no hits or runs and earning the win.  Dalke took the loss for the Grays.

The Grays will stay in Washington to host the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts at 7pm on Saturday night.

Quick start not enough for Grays

June 22, 2017

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

ROCKVILLE, MD – The DC Grays (6-8) and the Rockville Express (6-9) both came out of the gate swinging Thursday night, scoring all seven runs of the game in the first three innings. In the end, the hometown Express held on for a 4-3 win.

The Grays were the first to strike in the top half of the first inning on RF Harrison Freed’s (Butler) sacrifice fly that scored CF Will Johnson (Eastern Kentucky) from third base.

The Express answered in the bottom half of the same inning with two runs of their own on a wild pitch from Grays LHP Michael Parsons (Dartmouth) and a single from their left fielder.

DC fired right back in the top of the second after 2B Rahman Williams (Jackson State) scored on a double by C Nick Denicola (West Virginia). Denicola would come around to score later in the same inning after LF Lamar Briggs (Jackson State) singled with two outs.

The Grays couldn’t hold on after Parsons gave up two more runs in the bottom of the third. Those two runs handed him his second loss of the season as the bats stayed quiet for both teams for the rest of the game.

The DC Grays will look to get back on the right track when they take on the Bethesda Big Train (12-4) at home on Friday.


Photo Courtesy: Doug Denneny

Early barrage power Grays

June 21, 2017

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

WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Grays hosted the Loudon Riverdogs on the beautiful summer solstice in the Nation’s Capital. The Grays play was worthy of the weather, as the home team scored seven in the first two innings and held on for a 7-4 win.  The win puts the Grays at 6-7 for the season.

Strong pitching, aggressive hitting, and smooth defense insured the win. LHP Mason Belcher (Catholic) went six and one-third innings allowing five hits, one earned run, and striking out five. RHP Nick Laster came on in relief and struck out three in two and two-thirds innings of work to finish off the win.

Not only was it an all-around game for the Grays but a couple of new faces showed off for the home crowd. The three and four batters in the order – RF Christian Robinson (Stanford) and 3B Isaiah Kearns (West Virginia) – both went 2-for-4 with each a double and two runs scored. The biggest damage was done when LF Harrison Freed (Butler) unleashed a blast to deep right-center field for his third home run of the season. Freed went 2-for-3 with four RBI.

The total team effort was completed with some excellent defense by the outfield including a double play started by CF Cory Alexander (Old Dominion). The infield was “silky smooth tonight” said C Nick Denicola (West Virginia). They proved the catcher correct early in the game with an around the horn double play by Kearns, 2B Ro Williams (Jackson State), and 1B Darrius Gillus (Old Dominion).

The Grays will head on the road to face the Rockville Express onThursday night at 7 pm.


Pitching woes cost Grays a Father’s Day victory

June 18, 2017

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

HERNDON, VA – After two exciting road wins in a row, the D.C. Grays came crashing down to earth on Sunday night.  They were bludgeoned by the FCA Herndon Braves 18-7.  The loss puts the Grays at 5-7 for the season.

The Grays had a two run lead heading into the bottom of the third inning, but two errors and nine hits including a home run by C Ciaran Devenney (Delaware State) put 10 runs on the board for the Braves. The Grays battled back with four runs in the fourth with home runs by 2B Rahman Williams (Jackson State) and RF Lamar Briggs (Jackson State).  That only stopped the bleeding momentarily, as Herndon tallied a season high 18 runs for the night.

Along with his home run Devenney totaled three hits and seven RBI for the Braves. Not far behind was LF Chandler Miller (Trevecca Nazarene), who went four for five with four runs and five RBI. Going two for three with two walks on the night was the Grays CF Will Johnson (Eastern Kentucky) who is batting .447 – good for second in the Cal Ripken Collegiate League.

The Grays will finish up their long road trip by facing Baltimore Dodgers at Joe Cannon Stadium on Monday night at 7:00 PM. The last time these two faced off, the Grays won their first game of the season on a walk off.


Photo Courtesy: Doug Denneny

Grays win extra innings thriller

June 17, 2017

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

BALTIMORE, MD – The D.C. Grays (5-6) outlasted the Baltimore Redbirds (5-5) in an 11 inning duel Saturday night.  The final was 5-2 – the second straight win for D.C.  Both wins have come on the road.

The late-inning hero was CF Will Johnson (Eastern Kentucky) who hit a single that scored LF Harrison Freed (Butler) in the top of the 11th.  The Grays tacked on insurance runs when 1B Darius Gillus (Old Dominion) and RF Lamar Briggs (Jackson State) as they had back to back RBI hits.

Gillus led the team tonight with four hits in six at bats while scoring two runs and batting in another.

The Grays pitching staff was impressive throughout, as five hurlers combined to give up only two runs.

RHP Collin Brown (Catholic U of America) recorded the win with a scoreless tenth inning, while RHP Trey Congleton (Patrick Henry CC) picked up his second straight save with a scoreless 11th inning.

RHP Liam Henry (Georgia State) also was a highlight, pitching three scoreless innings in relief with one strikeout. Henry has yet to allow an earned run all season.

The Grays look to keep the momentum rolling as they travel to the the FCA Herndon Braves(6-6) on Sunday.


Photo courtesy: Doug Denneny

Grays hold on against Giants

June 16, 2017

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

GAITHERSBURG, MD – The DC Grays defeated the  Gaithersburg Giants, snuffing out a home team rally to survive in the bottom of the ninth.  The Grays 8-6 road win moved them to 4-6 on the season.

The Grays got on the board first in the second inning with RBI singles by 1B Cooper Mitchell (Florida Tech) and 2B Rahman Williams (Jackson State).

After the Giants battled back, LF Lamar Briggs (Jackson State) had a bases clearing double in the fourth to give the Grays the 5-4 lead. The Grays wouldn’t relinquish the lead from that point forward.  CF Will Johnson (Eastern Kentucky) added to the lead with a RBI single in the fifth.

The game saw some sloppy defense – the Grays committed two errors leading to two Giants runs while home team had three errors and a passed ball.

The Giants were kept in the game by LF Ryan Brown (Charleston Southern) who accounted for a third of the Giants runs going 2-3 with two RBI.

Some effective relief work helped the Grays.  RHP Nick Laster (Eastern Kentucky) came in on relief for starter RHP Matthew Dalke (Southeastern Louisiana) and gave the Grays three strong innings. He handed the ball over to RHP Trey Congleton (Patrick Henry CC) with a runner on second and no outs in the ninth. Congleton gave up a hit – which brought the winning run to the plate for the Giants.  After getting fly ball for the first out, Congleton induced the Grays’ third double play of the game and notched his first save of the season.

The Grays will head to Towson on Saturday to face the Ripken League North Division-leading Baltimore Redbirds at Calvert Hall.  Game time is 6:30pm.


Photo Courtesy: Doug Denneny

Bullpen falters in loss to Aces

June 15, 2017

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

WASHINGTON, DC – The Alexandria Aces came to the Washington Nationals Youth Academy to face the DC Grays for the second time this young season.  They came away with a 7-5 come from behind win – their second over the Grays.

The Grays jumped out early – scoring four runs in the first.  The damage was done with back to back RBI singles by RF Lamar Briggs (Jackson State) and 1B Miles Jones (Eastern Kentucky). The Aces came back in the second and thirds innings scoring two runs in each and tying things up.

The game wasn’t tied for long as C Nick Denicola (West Virginia) unleashed a solo blast to deep left center field to give the Grays a 5-4 lead in the fourth. That lead was held until the ninth inning where the Aces put up three runs to take the lead  – and shut down the Grays in the bottom half. 1B Ethan Cady (Lipscomb) knocked in the go ahead run for his fourth of four hits. The loss puts the Grays at 3-6 on the season.

Starting for the Grays was LHP Michael Parsons (Dartmouth).  After struggling early he pitched into the eighth inning, allowing four runs and leaving with the lead.  RHP Mark Tindall (Trinity) worked the third through the eighth shutting down the Grays for the Aces.

The Grays will head to Gaithersburg on Friday to face the Giants.  Pitching for DC will be RHP Phillip Ahern (West Virginia).


Photo courtesy: Doug Denneny

Grays outslug Thunderbolts

June 14, 2017

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

WASHINGTON, DC – Hits came in bunches in the game between the DC Grays and the Silver Spring-Tacoma Thunderbolts on Wednesday evening in Washington. Ultimately the Grays pulled away, winning 13-7 and improving to 3-5 on the season.

The Grays out hit the Thunderbolts 15 to 10, and much of the damage cane from the top of the order.  Lead off man CF Will Johnson (Eastern Kentucky) was on base four times with three hits and two RBI. The three and four men, RF Lamar Briggs (Jackson State) and DH Miles Jones (Eastern Kentucky) each had multi-hit games with two RBI and four runs combined. The biggest star on the night was 3B Drew Bertram (Purdue) who matched Jones’ home run with a three run blast of his own to break the game open in the eighth. That wasn’t all for the slugging third basemen, who scored four runs with two doubles and a triple.

LHP Mason Belcher (Catholic) started for the Grays.  He struggled, but he was backed up by effective relief work by RHP Liam Henry (Georgia State).  He made his first appearance for the Grays – going two innings with two hits and two strikeouts.

Silver Spring struggled defensively committing three errors. The Grays were mostly sure handed in the field – thanks to C Evan Baer (Old Dominion) who performed well behind the plate.  Slick fielding middle infielders SS Jacob Maekawa (San Diego State) and 2B Darren Baker (UC Berkeley) also shined.

The Grays will stay home to finish their four-game home stand against the Alexandria Aces on Thursday night at 7 pm.  Starting for the Grays will be LHP Michael Parsons (Dartmouth).


Bats fall silent in loss to Braves

June 12, 2017

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

WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Grays (2-5) offensive attack was punchless on Monday night, as they fell to the FCA Herndon Braves (4-3) in the second game of a four-game homestand.

The Braves, after giving up and unearned run in the first, kept the Grays off the board for the rest of the game with the help of several snappy defensive plays.

CF Will Johnson (Eastern Kentucky) was the sole Gray to cross home plate, scoring on a throwing error from the Braves shortstop after 1B Miles Jones (Eastern Kentucky) singled in the first.

RHP James Beasley (Hofstra) made his first appearance as a DC Gray Monday after joining the roster just a day prior. Beasley threw four and a third innings and allowed two earned runs while striking out three.

The Grays defense was uncharacteristically sloppy with two errors.  The middle infield was a bright spot, however, on an other wise bleak night. SS Jacob Maekawa (San Diego State) and 2B Ro Williams (Jackson State) combined for seven of the team’s 10 assists. Maekawa has only played in three games but already has 13 defensive assists.

The Grays will get Tuesday off and then return to the diamond Wednesday as they take on the Silver Spring-Tacoma T-Bolts at home at 7 pm.

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