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

 

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.

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.

POSTPONED – Military & Veterans Appreciation Night

July 6, 2017

By: Alison Krizmanich (@alikrizmanich); DCGrays.com Press

WASHINGTON, DC – Tonight’s game against the Alexandria Aces, along with Military and Veterans Appreciation Night, has been postponed due to the inclement weather. Both the game and Military and Veterans Appreciation Night will be rescheduled, however a make-up date has not yet been announced. As they become available, details will be announced on DCGrays.com and our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Tomorrow’s game against the Gaithersburg Giants will be on as scheduled. Join us at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy as we will be hosting First Responders Appreciation Night!

Grays honoring Military and Veterans

July 5, 2017

By: DCGrays.com Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The DC Grays team and organization will host a special event honoring those who have served our country.  On Thursday night, July 6,  at the home field of the DC Grays (Nationals Youth Baseball Academy; 3675 Ely Place SE, Washington, DC 20019), the Grays will have it’s “Military and Veterans Appreciation Night” with pre-game ceremonies beggining at 6:40 pm and the game itself will start at 7:00 pm.

The team will pay homage to America’s active duty/reserve military, National Guard, and veterans by wearing special commemorative camouflage DC Grays hats during the entire game. Also, the first one hundred active duty/reserve military, National Guard, and veteran attendees to arrive at the game will receive a free DC Grays camouflage hat.

DC Grays Camouflage “Commemorative” Hat

Briggs named Offensive Player of the Week

July 3, 2017

By: DCGrays.com Press

WASHINGTON D.C. – In his third season with the DC Grays, Outfielder Lamar Briggs (Jackson State) earned his very first Ripken League honor/award being named the “Offensive Player of the Week” for week four of the 2017 Ripken League season.

Here is the League write up on Lamar’s week……..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to being named player of the week, Briggs was also selected as one of the players the league will be taking with them to play in the “Southern Collegiate Showcase” on July 15-16, in Kannapolis, N.C. where several of the premier summer collegiate baseball leagues will be getting together for the Southern Collegiate Showcase. The leagues participating include the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, the Southern Collegiate Baseball League, Valley Baseball League, Sunbelt League, and Florida Collegiate.

 

Grays to host Salute to Negro Leagues

June 29, 2017

By: Alison Krizmanich (@alikrizmanich); DCGrays.com Press

WASHINGTON, DC – On Friday June 30th, the DC Grays will be hosting the Baltimore Dodgers at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. In cooperation with the Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro League Baseball and the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, the DC Grays will be giving tributes to the Negro Leagues.

The DC Grays’ Salute to the Negro Leagues Night will include pre-game festivities, a ceremonial first pitch by former members of the Negro Leagues, and exhibits and memorabilia celebrating the history of Negro League Baseball. Members of the DC Grays’ RBI programs will be in attendance to help us commemorate the historic league as well.

The ceremonial first pitch for the game will be thrown out by former Negro-Leaguer and DC native, Jimmy Bland, as well as representatives from two of our outstanding sponsors, Amway and Strada Education.

In addition to the celebration of the Negro Leagues, the DC Grays staff will still hold their legendary raffle for a fan’s chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Outback Steakhouse! The Grays’ Fun Zone will also be set up for children of all ages to play games for a chance to win a DC Grays prize.

Come out to the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy this Friday, June 30th, for a great celebration of Negro League Baseball and an evening of fun for the entire family! First pitch is at 7:00 pm.

Grays spend day on Capitol Hill

June 28, 2017

By: Mike Barbera, DC Grays President

WASHINGTON, DC – The D.C. Grays may have had the day off from Ripken League action on Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean the team wasn’t busy.  The Grays participated in a private tour of the US Capitol in the afternoon and were the guests at a Capitol Hill reception hosted by longtime sponsor Amway at the company’s townhouse on New Jersey Avenue.

Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA), a college baseball all-star in his playing days and star of the annual Congressional Baseball Game, talked to the team about his love for the game and its impact on his life.  He took questions and posed for pictures with the Grays.

Congressman Richmond is a big supporter of the Urban Youth Baseball Academy in his congressional district in New Orleans.  He is very supportive of the Grays community efforts to support inner-city baseball in Washington DC, including the DC Grays RBI youth baseball and softball program, and the organization’ partnership with the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.

“Keep it up,” he told the Grays.  “What you are doing makes a big difference for so many kids.”

In the photo above, Congressman Richmond is on the left, next to Richard Holwill of Amway and Grays General Manager Antonio Scott.

Show host Mark Gray to throw out first pitch

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The DC Grays summer college baseball team begins it’s 2017 Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League season with a Tuesday June 6 home game against the Alexandria Aces at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy (3675 Ely Place, SE, Washington, DC).

Game time is 7:00pm, and the Grays are honored to have special guest throw out the first pitch to kick-off the new season. Mark Gray (pictured above-right), a sports talk radio host on 106.7 FM The Fan and the Heritage Sport Radio Network, will do the honors that night.

Gray has been a fan and supporter of the DC Grays for several years, and is a regular at the Grays’ annual “Cigars and Curveballs” fundraiser hosted by Thom Loverro, a Washington sports media institution and a longtime board member of DC Grays Baseball. Gray was attracted to the Grays because he supports the team’s community outreach efforts – including the Grays’ extensive youth baseball programs for kids in Wards 6, 7, and 8.

“We are honored to have Mark help open our 2017 season,” said Grays General manager Antonio Scott. “He has been a great supporter of our mission in being ambassadors for baseball in the District.”

“For a kid that played the game growing up this is a dream come true,” said Gray. “I’m down with what the DC Grays stand for and I hope to be a part of it moving forward. Hopefully, I still have 60 ft. 6 in. left in the right arm and don’t make the Not Top 10” said Gray.

Mark Gray of WJFK-FM 106.7 The Fan and the Heritage Sports Radio Network

 

The DC Grays collegiate team begins its 2017 season on Tuesday June 6th, 7PM at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy (3675 Ely Place SE, Washington, DC 20019) which is the home field for the team. This will be the Grays fourth season using the Academy as its home field – and the Academy’s location on Ely Place allows the Grays to make top-quality college baseball available to inner-city kids and their families.

The Grays also partner with Major League Baseball to operate the “Reviving Baseball in Inner-Cities” (RBI) program for DC. Through the “DC Grays RBI” program, the Grays sponsor nine baseball and softball teams – primarily for kids in wards 6, 7 and 8. DC Grays RBI also offers a full “fall ball” schedule in baseball and softball as well as a winter training program.

“From the college Grays all the way down to DC Grays RBI, we are making the great game of baseball more available to more kids of all ages throughout the District,” said Scott.


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