Grays ready for playoff push after winning weekend

July 22, 2012 – The DC Grays won three games in unusual style this weekend, winning two suspended games and one full game to improve to 15-18 on the season. The Grays are in seventh place in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, just a game behind the Alexandria Aces for the final playoff spot.

On Saturday, the Grays defeated the Herndon Braves 3-2 in a game that was previously suspended due to rain and darkness after eight innings on Sunday, July 15. When play resumed on Saturday at Hoy Field, the Grays scored in the bottom of the 11th on an infield single by 2B Mike Genovese (Seton Hall). That made a winner of relief pitcher Chris Nee (Catholic). Click here for stats and the boxscore. The regularly-scheduled game between the Grays and Braves that day was rained out after just one inning, however, and the make-up date is unclear.

The Grays notched a pair of wins on Sunday at Hoy Field against the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts. The first win came on the completion of a game that was suspended on Saturday, July 7 with the Grays leading in the by a score of 15-9 in the tenth inning. Grays pitcher Danny O’Donnell (George Washington) retired the T-Bolts quietly in the bottom of the tenth (the T-Bolts were the home team in the suspended game) to seal the win for the Grays. There were several hitting starts for the Grays in the suspended game, including RF Josh Powell (Alcorn State) who knocked in four runs. SS Zach Lopes (Delaware) drove in three runs and played stellar defense in the late innings. Click here for stats and the boxscore.

In the regularly scheduled game Sunday afternoon, the Grays came from behind for a 7-4 win. Grays reliever Blake Louscher (Central Michigan) notched the win in relief of O’Donnell, who overcame a shaky start to give the Grays six and two-thirds serviceable innings. Nee pitched a scoreless ninth for the save. Grays C Blake Overmiller (Catonsville CC) tied the score with a run-scoring double in the eighth, and Genovese put the Grays ahead for good when he plated Overmiller with a single past a drawn-in infield. Click here for stats and the boxscore.

The Grays return to action on Monday at 5:00pm at Hoy Field to take on the red-hot Bethesda Big Train.