2017 News

Briggs, Freed and Dalke named to All-Ripken League team

August 30, 2017

By: DCGrays.com Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League announced its All-League teams for 2017. DC Grays standout Lamar Briggs (Jackson State) was named to the first team, while outfielder Harrison Freed (Butler) and pitcher Matt Dalke (Southeastern LA) received second team honors.

After a second straight disappointing season for the DC Grays, the three all-league selections from the team definitely can be considered a bright spot for the franchise and also something to build on going into next season. “So proud of all three of these guys, who showed up to play every single day,” said Grays General Manager Antonio Scott. “Their hard work and dedication paid off on the field.”

Lamar Briggs

 

Lamar Briggs had an outstanding summer in his third and last eligible season playing for the Grays. He had one of the finest seasons in Grays history – posting a .400 batting average (a Grays single season record), 54 hits (a Grays single season record), and driving in 28 RBI’s. “There’s no secret that we’re going to miss Lamar tremendously” said Scott. “He is the model type of player that you want. He’s a great player and a fine person.” he added.

 

Harrison Freed had a terrific summer campaign in his first season with the Grays. Freed posted a .330 batting average, with 7 home runs and driving in 29 RBI’s (tied Grays single season record). In one historic night, Freed bashed four home runs in a single game against the Herndon Braves. When asked about Freed’s play this summer Scott was very direct. “His intensity is almost unmatched. Despite our losing record, Harrison was one of the bright spots for us. I’m glad he got the recognition he deserved and I hope we can convince him to play for us again next summer.”

Harrison Freed

Matt Dalke (in his second season with the Grays) was the team’s number one starting pitcher. In eight starts for the Grays this summer Dalke posted very good 4-4 record with a 3.42 ERA and recording 32 strikeouts. “He definitely pitched with a huge chip on his shoulder this summer” says Scott. When asked if Dalke would possibly return for a third season with the Grays the GM expressed that “we would welcome him back with wide-open arms. He’s a part of the Grays family as far as I’m concerned.”

Matt Dalke

 

Grays RBI Program Making Progress

August 24, 2017

By: DC Grays Press.com courtesy of Andy P. Poulton

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The DC Grays as an organization adopted the charter for a DC RBI program to be revived in the city under the watchful eye of Major League Baseball in the spring of 2016. The strides that the program have made in just a little over a year and a half have been remarkable.

Recently, Mr. Andy P. Poulton, a journalist major at Georgetown University, did a freelance article on the strides that the program has made since being adopted by the DC Grays organization.

Click Link Below For Story:

https://andyppoulton.myportfolio.com/bringing-baseball-back-to-chocolate-city

 

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.

Lamar Briggs headed to Sunbelt Classic

July 14, 2017

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

WASHINGTON, DC – Three-year DC Grays veteran Lamar Briggs (Jackson State) is headed to his first ever Sunbelt Classic as part of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League’s best 22 players.

Briggs, who is second in the Ripken League league in batting average (.397), is headed as part of the All-Star squad to participate in the Sun Belt Collegiate Showcase on July 15-16 in Kannapolis, NC.

Briggs leads the Grays, in batting average and runs batted in (20) and is fourth on the team in extra-base hits (7).

Briggs was voted a starting outfielder in the annual Cal Ripken League All-Star game, representing the Grays along with teammate Harrison Freed (Butler).

The Sun Belt Collegiate Showcase pits all-star teams from the Ripken League, the Valley Baseball League, the Sunbelt League, the Florida Collegiate Baseball League and the Southern Collegiate League.   Games will be played at Intimidators Stadium, home of the Class A minor league Kannapolis Intimidators.

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.

All-Stars among us

July 7, 2017

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

WASHINGTON, DC – Two DC Grays players were named to the Cal Ripken Collegiate South All-Star Team on Thursday.  Outfielders Lamar Briggs (Jackson State) and Harrison Freed (Butler) will represent the Grays on Monday in Bethesda.

Briggs leads the Grays in nearly every offensive category.  He has a .388 batting average (1st), 16 RBIs (1st), two home runs (3rd), six stolen bases (2nd) and a .475 on-base percentage (1st).  His .388 batting average also puts him second in the entire Cal Ripken League.  Briggs has also stepped up as a leader on the Grays team as he competes in his third—and best—season with the Grays.

Freed, in his first season with the Grays, has emerged as an effective and timely hitter.  In 32 fewer at-bats than Briggs, Freed has 15 RBIs (2nd), nine extra-base hits (1st), including three home runs (T-1st).  His .548 slugging percentage is second only to Miles Jones (Eastern Kentucky), who was an all-star snub.

Grays fans can watch both outfielders and other great players from around the Cal Ripken League on Monday, July 10th at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Maryland.  Admission to the game is $5.


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