2018 Game Recaps

Grays season ends with extra-inning playoff loss

July 22, 2018 | by: DCGrays.com Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. – – History was made Sunday night at a rain-soaked Nationals Youth Academy, as the DC Grays took the field to play their first home playoff game in the organization’s history. Hosting the visiting FCA Braves, DC battled back from down 6-2 before eventually succumbing 8-6 in ten innings.

 

The offense for the D.C. Grays showed their remarkable resiliency on Sunday. Going into the eighth inning the team trailed 6-2, desperately in need of runs to continue their playoff push. The bats did everything they could in the bottom half of the eighth to draw even in the game, including drawing seven walks from four different FCA pitchers in the inning to tie the game at six. Unfortunately, the magic ran dry for the Grays as the Braves plated two in the top of the 10th inning and the Grays were unable to respond in the bottom half. LF Jawan McAllister (Longwood) drove in two runs on Sunday as 3B John Marti (Lafayette) and 2B Brian Dempsey (Boston College) each scored two runs.

 

Anthony Amoroso (SUNY New Paltz) earned the start for the Grays on Sunday and pitched admirably. He gave way to JP Woodward (Lafayette) who picked up eight strikeouts in only four innings of work. The two aces for the Grays gave the offense a chance for the late inning heroics in the eighth inning. Kyle Dean (Williams) pitched two innings and took the loss.

 

With the loss, the D.C. Grays 2018 season has officially concluded. Despite the tough loss, the team reached a number of milestones in 2018 that had been previously untouched by the organization – which began play in the Ripken League in 2012. The Grays had their highest finish in the Ripken League in their history (second place in the South Division), and the final regular season record of 19-20 tied for the second most regular season wins in team history. The Grays earned their second playoff appearance since the team’s inception and their first ever home playoff game.

 

Terry’s extra inning walk-off clinches playoff spot

July 21, 2018 | by: DCGrays.com Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. – – With a chance to reach the Cal Ripken Collegiate Playoffs for the first summer since 2015, the D.C Grays hosted Baltimore Redbirds, leaders in the Noryhern Division and one of the perennial powers in the league.  In a game that will undoubtedly go down in Grays history, Tre Terry (Thomas Nelson CC) drilled a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning to claim a 7-6 comeback victory. The win solidifies a playoff spot for their Grays as their overall record is now just a game shy of .500 at 19-20, with one regular season game remaining.

The late game heroics began in the in the bottom of the 10th inning with C Ryan Shaw (Richmond) getting hit by a pitch leading off the inning.  LF Jawan McAllister (Longwood) laid down a flawless sacrifice bunt to move Shaw into scoring position. With two outs, Terry stepped in and laced a ball back up the middle, scoring Shaw with GR winning run.  Terry completed his day going 1-4 with 2 RBI and was swarmed by his teammates moments after his walk-off single.
Joe Crisp (Kentucky State) earned the spot start for the Grays Friday and delivered seven innings in his first start this summer. Despite a few ups and down, Crisp delivered 92 total pitches and was able to keep the team competitive.  Chris Kelly (University of Sciences) and Nathan Moore (Cincinnati) came on in relief and combined for three hitless innings of work.
Despite clinching a playoff spot, the Grays still have a critical matchup in their regular season finale Saturday against the FCA Braves. If the Grays win Saturday they will earn the #3 overall seed for the playoffs and a home playoff game, whereas a loss would put the team as the #5 overall seed. Saturday’s important first pitch was scheduled for 1:00 PM but now has been moved to 7:00 PM due to inclement weather.

Vital doubleheader split keeps Grays in contention

July 19, 2018 | by: DCGrays.com Press

LOUDOUN, VA – – The D.C. Grays traveled to Loudoun, Virginia Thursday to square off against the Loudoun Riverdogs in a doubleheader. With just four games remaining in the Cal Ripken regular season, the Grays desperately needed a positive result to stay in the playoff hunt. After falling in the first game of the doubleheader 5-3, the team bounced back in the second game of the slate, flipping the script on the Riverdogs and winning 5-3. The split brings the Grays to 18-20, still desperately clinging to a postseason spot.

 

In game one, the Grays stayed competitive through four and a half innings, as they led 2-1 after half of the ballgame. However, a tough bottom of the fifth inning for SP Cade Negley (Youngstown State) allowed for the Riverdogs to score four in the frame. The staff in the first game Thursday struggled with control, walking a total of nine batters throughout the ballgame. On offense, D.C was led by LF Mitch McIntyre (BYU) who went 3-4, raising his season batting average to .344. 2B John Marti (Lafayette) and CF Jawan McAllister (Longwood) also added two hits apiece in the matchup.

 

It was a different story for D.C in game two, as the bats delivered early to jump out to the lead.

1B Cory Moore (Cyprus CC) led the way for the Grays at the plate, going 2-3 and picking up three RBI, including a two-RBI double in the third inning that broke the game open for the team. 3B John Marti (Lafayette) added another two hits, to bring his hit total for the day to four. SP Mike Delio (SUNY New Paltz) picked up the win for the Grays pitching nearly the entire seven-inning game and amassing six strikeouts. Mitch McIntyre (BYU) came into the game in the seventh and earned the save.

 

With just two games left in the regular season, it’s crunch time for D.C. The Grays will be back in action on Friday for an important matchup against the north division-leading Baltimore Redbirds at 7:00 PM.

As playoff race tightens, Grays fall in nail biter

July 18, 2018 | by: DCGrays.com Press

BETHESDA, M.D. – – After a four-day break for the MLB All-Star game, the D.C Grays returned to action on the road against the Bethesda Big Train. In a game that had various playoff implications, the Grays fell 5-4. The loss forces the team back to 17-19, making each one of their remaining four games vital for playoff seeding.

 

The staff performed admirably against a potent Bethesda offense on Wednesday. J.P Woodward (Lafayette) started the game and gave way to Isaac Olson (Cincinnati). The two traditional starters went a total of six innings, allowing five earned runs and combining for five strikeouts. Cal Ripken Collegiate League Pitcher of the Week Nathan Moore (Cincinnati) came on in the seventh inning and let up only one hit in two innings of work.

 

The offense for the Grays continued its impressive stretch of play with seven different players totaling 12 hits. Unfortunately, D.C left 10 runners on base compared to the Bethesda’s six, which ultimately made the difference in the game. 3B John Marti (Lafayette) and 2B Brian Dempsey (Boston College) each picked up three hits and an RBI in the loss.

 

With the loss, the Grays now fall into a tie for second place in the South division with the FCA Braves. The team currently sits fourth out of six in the overall playoff picture, but will have to finish strong to solidify that position, as just a game and a half separates the fourth and seventh place teams. D.C will be back in action Thursday for a critical doubleheader against the Loudoun Riverdogs. The first game will begin at 4:00 PM.

DC Grays Salute Jackie Robinson

July 17, 2018 | by: DCGrays.com Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. – – The DC Grays, proud members of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, joined with Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, the American Continental Group and the Artists and Athletes Alliance to salute the great Jackie Robinson at a Capitol Hill event hosted by the Jackie Robinson Foundation on Tuesday afternoon.  The event, which was held at the Capitol Hill Townhouse of the American Trucking Association, was to announce plans for the opening of the Jackie Robinson Museum in New York in 2019.  Various memorabilia and historical artifacts from Robinson’s ground-breaking career were on display, as well as written and video information about the Museum.

 

Congressional representatives of both parties came to pay tribute to Robinson, the Hall of Famer who broke baseball’s color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and later became a leader of the civil rights movement.  Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) was in attendance, and also spoke to the Grays players and staff privately.  Kevin McGuiness, an original board member of DC Grays Baseball in 2012 who is the now the Chief Operating Officer for the Major League Baseball Players Association, also spent time talking with the Grays about the DC Grays RBI program and other efforts to support youth baseball in Washington.

 

In the photo attached, several DC Grays players, coaches, board members and staff, pose with Jackie Robinson’s daughter Sharon, with Jackie Robinson memorabilia in the background.

Pitching carries Grays in defensive battle

July 14, 2018 | by: DCGrays.com Press

ROCKVILLE, MD – – In need of a win to hold their current playoff standing, the D.C Grays delivered.  DC won a tight road game against the Rockville Express by a slim 2-0 score.  With just five games remaining, the Grays sit at 17-18, still holding onto second place in the Cal Ripken South Division.

The pitching staff was the highlight, as a combined effort from four different arms shutdown the Rockville offense. Cade Negley (Youngstown State) began on the mound and despite lasting only three innings, gave up just two hits. He gave way to an impressive bullpen combination of Ed Herbener (Bloomsburg U), Nathan Moore (Cincinnati), and Kyle Dean (Williams College). The three relievers allowed only three hits and amassed eight strikeouts in six complete innings. Herbener picked up the win and Dean was awarded the save.
The bats for the Grays were fairly quiet but got the job done when needed. The team totaled nine hits, coming from a group of seven different players. LF Miguel Cameron (Norfolk State) was the hero, driving in the only runs of the game on an RBI double in the second inning.
The D.C Grays only have five regular season games remaining, and are currently in line for coveted playoff spot. They have a short break for the Major League All-Star Game, and will look to solidify their position Wednesday, when they travel to Bethesda to take on the Big Train at 7:00 PM.

 

Nightmare inning dooms Grays

July 12, 2018 | by: DCGrays.com Press

BALTIMORE, MD – – After a brief break for the Cal Ripken League All-Star game, the D.C. Grays were back in action on the road to take on the North Division-leading Baltimore Redbirds.

The game was even through five innings, but the Redbirds broke through for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and went on to win 16-7. The loss knocks the Grays back to 16-18.

It was an up and down day for the Grays pitching staff at Carl Crispino Field in Towson, MD. Mike Delio (SUNY New Paltz) got the start on the mound and allowed only one earned run in his five innings, keeping the Grays competitive for the first half of the ballgame. However, the Redbirds figured out the DC bullpen and plated eight runs in the bottom half of the sixth inning and the team could not recover.  Josh Welcher (Virginia State) made his first appearance of the summer in the game.

The offense had an admirable performance in the game, but simply could not match the Redbirds potent offense. The Grays amassed twelve total hits and four players had multi-hit days.  1B Cory Moore (Cyrpus CC) was the star of the game for DC, breaking through his slump by hitting two home-runs and picking up three RBIs.

With the loss, the Grays maintain their second-place position in the South Division by only a single game. They’ll return to action on Saturday for a critical matchup with the Rockville Express at 7:00 PM.

Grays exploit Aces errors and pick up pivotal win

July 10, 2018 | by: DCGrays.com Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. – – In a vital matchup with the visiting Alexandria Aces, the D.C Grays scratched out a 6-5 win, taking advantage of mistakes by the Aces defense. With the key division win the D.C. Grays move to 16-17, sitting comfortably in a playoff spot with seven games remaining.

 

The team was largely able to squeak out the win due to mishaps in the field by Alexandria. In the four-run second inning for the Grays, the Aces committed three costly errors, all of which would make a difference in the tightly contested ball game. After the Grays relinquished the lead in the top of the fifth, RF Jahleel Sewer (Virginia State) blasted a two-run home run to right field, giving the Grays the lead which they held for the remainder of the game.

 

SP Isaac Olson (Cincinnati) had an up and down day on the bump, lasting just 4.2 innings but only allowing three hits and three earned runs. Nathan Moore (Cincinnati) became the hero of the contest delivering 4.1 innings of just one hit baseball in relief. He added on eight strikeouts making it a season high in both innings pitched and strikeouts.

 

Most the team will get the day off Wednesday before returning to action against the Baltimore Redbirds on Thursday. With just seven regular season games remaining, the Grays will have to protect their current spot in the standings in order to make the playoffs.

D.C falls in nail-biter to Bethesda

July 9, 2018 | by: DCGrays.com Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. – – Riding a three-game win streak, the D.C Grays returned home to the Nationals Youth Academy Monday to square off with division-leading Bethesda Big Train. In what became a pitching duel between both staffs, the game tilted slightly toward the Big Train in the end and the Grays fell 2-1. Despite the loss, bringing the team’s record down to 15-17, the Grays remain second in the Cal Ripken South division.

 

Cade Negley (Youngstown State) started for the Grays and was incredibly solid, building off his impressive 0.57 ERA summer thus far. He lasted 5.1 innings, allowing just one earned run and picking up seven strikeouts. His one earned run came in an unlucky sixth inning and snapped the Grays pitching stretch of allowing no runs in 25 innings. Relievers Ed Herbener(Bloomsburg) and Kyle Dean (Williams) continued where Negley left off, giving up only 1 combined run in 3.2 innings.

 

The bats struggled for the D.C. on Monday amassing only five singles as the lone base hits in the ball game. It seemed as though a late rall y was brewing for the Grays in the bottom of the ninth inning, as 3B John Marti (Lafayette) advanced to third base on a double error by the Big Train, but team was unable to bring him in. 2B Brian Dempsey (Boston College) scored the lone run for the offense on a wild pitch.

 

With just eight games remaining in the regular season each one will matter for the D.C Grays down the stretch. They’ll continue their playoff push Tuesday at home when they take on the Alexandria Aces at 7:00 PM.

 

Dominant start and late insurance leads to third straight victory

July 8, 2018 | by: DCGrays.com Press

BALTIMORE, M.D. – – Coming off a doubleheader sweep on Saturday, the D.C Grays continued rolling along, picking up their third straight win Sunday over the Baltimore Dodgers, 10-0. This marks the second consecutive shutout for the Grays and brings their record to 15-16, good enough for second place in the Cal Ripken Collegiate League South Division.

For the third straight game in a row, the pitching for the Grays was nothing short of brilliant. Ace J.P. Woodward (Lafayette) started the game and shut down the Dodgers offense, allowing just two hits in 6.2 innings. Michael Delio (SUNY New PALTZ) came on in relief and matched Woodward’s dominance, also allowing just two hits in the remaining 2.1 innings. The two picthers on the day combined for 10 strikeouts.

Once again, the offense was able to back up the strong pitching with ease, especially by padding the lead late in the game. The team plated three runs through the first four innings, before exploding for seven runs in the final two innings of the ball game. The bats were led individually by CF Tre Terry (Thomas Nelson CC), who went 2-3 and knocked in 3 RBI. 2B Brian Dempsey (Boston College) picked up right where he left off on Saturday, going 2-4 and raising his batting average to .303.

The Grays are in action again on Monday when they take on the division-leading Bethesda Big Train. First pitch will be at 7:00 PM.


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