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.