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.