Andrew Houghton 6/21/13
Grays starter Henry Sisson (North Carolina) pitched a great game on Friday, giving up only two runs in eight innings, but was outdone by his counterpart Joseph Vanderplas (UMD Baltimore) of the Vienna River Dogs to take the tough-luck loss. Vanderplas pitched a complete game, only the fourth thrown in the league so far this year, holding the Grays to one run to get the win. Both pitchers were in complete control until the seventh, when the River Dogs scored two unearned runs off Sisson in an inning kept alive by a two-out error by Grays third baseman Will Benenson (Franklin and Marshall). The Grays offense, hoping to get Sisson off the hook, brought one back in the bottom of the inning on a home run by left fielder Greg Olenski (Maryland), his league lead tying second of the year. Sisson finished up his day with a scoreless eighth inning and Grays relievers Matt Kilby (Navy) and Tom Murphy (Williams College) combined for a scoreless top of the ninth, leaving the Grays one last chance for a comeback. Unfortunately it was not to be, as Vanderplas finished his masterpiece by getting Jud Sherrill (Alabama-Huntsville) to fly out to center with a runner on first to end it. The Grays actually outhit the River Dogs five-four, getting two hits apiece from Olenski and catcher Cody Walker (Mississippi State), but couldn’t string enough of them together to put runs on the board.
The Grays play next on Saturday, June 22 at 5:00 pm against the Rockville Express at Hoy Field. Come on down for an afternoon of great baseball in the shadow of the Capitol.