Andrew Houghton | 6/14/13
The Grays chalked up both a win and a loss against the last place Herndon Braves at Hoy Field on Friday despite playing only 12 innings in total. The Grays won an extra inning game game that was suspended on June 8 before dropping their regularly scheduled game.
The Grays won the resumed game on a walkoff double by Greg Olenski (Maryland) in the bottom of the 13th inning before losing the regularly scheduled game 7-3.
The completion of the earlier game was necessary due to the lack of lights of Hoy Field that caused that game to be suspended with the score 5-5 in the bottom of the tenth. When the game resumed, both teams had chances in the eleventh. The Braves bunted into a double play while trying to squeeze home the tying run in the top of the inning and the Grays loaded the bases with no outs in their half but couldn’t score. After an uneventful twelfth, Grays pitcher Henry Sisson (North Carolina), who remained in the game to hit, drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the 13th and came around to score on Olenski’s double, sliding headfirst across the plate to touch off the celebration for the Grays.
After a short break, the second game started with Sisson remaining on the mound for the Grays to face off against Herndon’s Gregory Krug. This game started right where the last one left off for the Grays, as they pushed across two in the first on RBI singles by catcher Jud Sherrill (Alabama-Huntsville) and designated hitter Will Benenson (Franklin and Marshall). Sisson also continued to pitch well, yielding only two runs in his five innings of work, an admirable performance considering he had already pitched three innings of shutout relief to get the win in the earlier game. With the Grays pushing across another run in the fourth on an RBI single by center fielder Eric Ramsey (Wake Forest), he looked poised to perhaps add a second win to his day’s total. Unfortunately, the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead, with the Braves tying the game in the sixth off Tom Murphy (Williams College) and then breaking it open in the eighth with four runs off Cameron Lundmark (Shenandoah University), an inning highlighted by a two-run single by second baseman Nick Morabito. The Grays went down meekly in their last two at-bats to give Herndon only its second win of the season.
The Grays play next on Saturday June 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm against the Youse’s Orioles at Bachman Park in Glen Burnie, MD.