Andrew Houghton 7/11/13
Mitch Leeds (Lafayette) recorded two wins for the Grays Thursday against the Silver Spring/Takoma Thunderbolts, pitching the last two innings of the suspended game from Wednesday and then starting the regularly scheduled game and pitching six more effective innings.
The first game got its start on Wednesday at the Thunderbolts’ Blair Stadium, but was suspended in the eleventh due to a rain delay. The Grays needed a two-run home run from Chris Bzozowski (Keystone College) to send it to extra innings. The game continued scoreless from there until its suspension after the end of the tenth.
Upon resumption on Wednesday at Hoy Field, the T-Bolts quickly substituted for the catcher, then pinch ran for the backup in the bottom of the eleventh. This quickly became important in the top of the twelfth, when the emergency catcher threw away a bunt attempt by Eric Ramsey (Wake Forest), allowing Bzozowski to score from second to give the Grays a 6-5 lead. Leeds worked around a one-out single in the bottom of the inning to end the game and pick up his first win of the day.
But he wasn’t done. Remaining on the mound to start the second game, he allowed just two hits and a walk over his first five innings, handcuffing the Thunderbolts hitters. The Grays offense, meanwhile, finally broke out, scoring five in the second and four more in the fifth off beleaguered T-Bolts starter JoshuaKisamore (Florence-Darlington Tech). SS DJ Miller (DelawareState), and DH Kelton Caldwell (BYU) had RBI hits in the second in the second before C Cody Walker (Mississippi State) capped the inning with a two-run single. After Leeds mowed down the T-bolts in the top of the third, the offense went right back to work, with OF Brandon Kiser (Grambling State) doubling home Ramsey and then scoring on a single by Miller. Walker added another RBI hit, and first baseman Jud Sherrill (Alabama-Huntsville) finished the barrage off with an RBI double. The Grays kept hitting, eventually piling up 17 hits and adding four more runs in the eighth when backup catcher Casey Hicks (Gallaudet) slammed a pitch over the left field wall for a grand slam, the team’s first of the season, to make the final score 13-1.
The two wins improved the Grays record to 14-15 going into a full weekend of Ripken League action.
The Grays play next on Friday, July 12th at 6:30 pm against the Baltimore Redbirds at Carlo Crispino Stadium in Calvert Hall, Maryland.