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 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.”
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.”