Andrew Houghton | 7/1/13
The Grays recorded just two hits and one solitary run against a succession of four Baltimore Redbirds pitchers in a 4-1 loss on Monday, dropping their record on the season to 8-12. The Redbirds jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first when leadoff hitter LaMonte Wade Jr. (Maryland) tripled and scored on third baseman Matt Campbell’s (North Carolina) RBI single. Campbell also scored later in the inning to give Baltimore a 2-0 lead against Grays starter Colin Kelly (Catholic University). The Grays then scratched out their only run in the bottom of the inning on a walk to Cody Walker (Mississippi State), a single by Greg Olenski (Maryland), and an error by Redbirds catcher Ian Rice (Chipola College). Rice would get that run back plus more in the third, though, with a two-run double off Kelly to give the Redbirds a 4-1 lead.
Kelly settled down after that, pitching a complete game with six strikeouts. As has often been the case of late, however, the Grays offense would not be able to mount a comeback as the Redbirds pitchers dominated. Peyton Fuller’s (Troy University) leadoff single in the third would be the Grays last hit of the game, with Redbirds relievers Eric Thomas (Rider University), Robert Galligan (Maryland), and Sean Kennedy (Virginia Tech) holding the Grays scoreless over the last five innings following starter Pete Macke’s (Pittsburgh) departure after the fourth.
The Grays look to right the ship on Tuesday, July 2nd at 5:00 pm against the Gaithersburg Giants at the Giants home field of Kelley Park in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Ripken League Press 6/29/13
The Grays took an early 2-0 lead with help from an RBI double from Greg Olenski (Maryland). The Nationals, however, battled back led by Zeke McGranahan (Tusculum) who had two hits and two RBI and a two RBI single from Trevor Freeman (Hillsborough CC). David Sapp (Towson) pitched 3 strong innings to earn the win for the Nationals.
Andrew Houghton 6/30/13
The Grays lost both ends of a doubleheader to the Gaithersburg Giants at Hoy Field Sunday, dropping their record to 8-11 on the season. The first game was a close affair, with the Giants scoring one run in the first on a leadoff home run by Collin Shaw (Texas) and the Grays matching it in the third when right fielder Eric Ramsey (Wake Forest) tripled with one out and scored on a sac fly by shortstop DJ Miller (Delaware State). The Grays also blew an opportunity that inning when center fielder Desmond Stegall (Grambling State) was thrown out stealing the pitch before Ramsey’s triple. This missed chance came back to haunt them in the sixth when the Giants scored two runs in the top of the sixth on a double by Brandon Grove (Catonsville CC). The Grays then loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning but couldn’t score. With time running short (doubleheaders in the Ripken league are two games of seven innings each) the Grays put the tying run on base in the bottom of the seventh when Ramsey doubled and scored on Miller’s single, but a flyout to center and a groundout to shortstop ended the game. Pitcher Enrique Oquendo (McLennan CC), making his second start for the Grays, pitched well, striking out four and giving up three runs in six innings, but it wasn’t enough as the Grays took the loss, 3-2.
With the first game in the books, the Grays started the second half of the doubleheader with high hopes. However, these were quickly crushed as the Giants jumped on starter Michael Daley (Kean University) for five runs in the top of the first, with Giants number one hitter Collin Shaw hitting a leadoff home run to go with his bomb from the first game and catcher Danny Freshley (Shenandoah University) adding a two-run double. The Grays got one back in the bottom of the inning with Miller scoring on a single by designated hitter Greg Olenski (Maryland), but the Giants added single runs in both the second and the third off reliever Sherman Graves (Savannah State), with Shaw singling twice, scoring one run and driving in the other. Graves settled down after that, holding the Giants scoring for the rest of the game, but the Grays couldn’t come all the way back after the disastrous first inning, falling 7-3.
The Grays play next on Monday, July 1st at 5:00 pm against the Baltimore Redbirds as a make-up game at Hoy Field.
Andrew Houghton 6/28/13
The Grays looked to have the game well in hand on Friday before the host Presstman Cardinals scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth to make it suspenseful. The late craziness obscured a great first eight innings for the Grays, who took a 6-0 lead on six shutout innings from Mitch Leeds (Lafayette) and Greg Olenski’s (Maryland) league-leading third homerun of the season, a two-run shot in the seventh that capped the Grays scoring for the day. The Cardinals would not go down easily, however, jumping on Grays reliever Sherman Graves (Savannah State) the instant he entered the game. Aided by several errors (only two of the runs given up by Graves were earned), they scored five runs and looked poised to perhaps give the Grays their second walk-off loss in a row when Graves got the last out.
The Grays play next on Saturday, June 29 at 3:00 pm against the Southern Maryland Nationals at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland.
Andrew Houghton | 6/27/13
Vincent Corbi (UMD Baltimore) hit a walk-off single as the Rockville Express beat the Grays 4-3 on Thursday. With the score tied 3-3, the Express quickly put runners on first and third with one out in the bottom of the ninth, setting the stage for Corbi, who singled off reliever Jayson Yano’s (Stevens Tech) first pitch to end the game. The Express had taken an early lead, loading the bases in the third and then scoring twice off a groundout and a wild pitch. They scored again in the fourth on a sacrifice fly and appeared to be in control with starter Daniel Gurganus (York College) shutting down the Grays bats until the eighth, when new arrival Kelton Caldwell (BYU) tripled home shortstop DJ Miller (Delaware State).
With no outs and Caldwell on third, the Grays looked poised to perhaps add another run, but Gurganus escaped the jam when the next batter flew out to center field and Bryan DeRosario (Shepherd College), running for Caldwell, was thrown out at the plate. The Grays would not be deterred by this, however. Rockville closer John Kovalick (Slippery Rock) entered the game in the ninth and got two quick outs, but the Grays battled back, loading the bases on two walks and a dropped third strike. With the game on the line, Miller came through for the Grays, doubling to right to score two runs and tie the game. Even with outfielder Brandon Kiser (Grambling State) flying out to end the rally, the Grays looked poised to go to extra innings, but the Express had other plans, with Corbi’s single ending it.
Starter Chunner Nyberg (BYU) pitched well for the Grays, giving up just the three runs and striking out three over eight innings. The loss dropped the Grays record to 7-8.
The Grays play next on Friday, June 28 at 7:00 pm against the Presstman Cardinals at Joe Cannon Stadium in Hanover, Maryland.
Greg Olenski (Maryland) of the D.C. Grays has been named the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Player of the Week for the week of June 17 to June 23. Olenski batted .400 on the week and tallied eight RBI. On June 22, Olenski exploded for four hits, including a double and two triples, with three RBI. He also hit two home runs and scored four runs in his six games last week. Through June 24, he has nine extra base-hits and has knocked in ten runs.
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Andrew Houghton | 6/26/13
Colin Kelly (Catholic) threw seven strong innings as the Grays beat the Bethesda Big Train 4-1 on Wednesday in a game that was called after the seventh due to lightning. The teams were warming up for the eighth inning when the first flash of lightning was spotted and the umpires immediately called for a 30 minute delay that eventually caused the game to be called.
The Grays took an early lead with three runs in the first on a sacrifice fly by Jud Sherrill (Alabama-Huntsville) and RBI singles by college teammates Brandon Kiser (Grambling State) and Desmond Stegall (Grambling State), with Big Train pitcher Zach Morris (University of Maryland) only escaping the jam when Stegall was picked off first with the bases loaded and two outs. As it turned out, those three runs were all Kelly would need, as he kept the Big Train in check the whole way, mixing his pitches, throwing strikes, and only giving up the one run in the fifth. Ominous clouds had featured in the skyscape the whole afternoon, but held off until the eighth, when the weather had the last say and sent Grays fans home early, but with the satisfaction of a victory.
The Grays play next on Thursday, June 27, at 7:00 pm against the Rockville Express at Knights Field in Rockville, Maryland.
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Andrew Houghton | 6/24/13
The Grays lost 3-1 to the Rockville Express at Knights Field on Monday, as they were held scoreless until the seventh by Rockville starter Nick Nowottnick (Towson). Grays starter Enrique Oquendo, a new signing from McLennan CC, pitched well, giving up three runs and striking out five in 6.1 innings, but took the loss. The Express took an early lead with a run in the first when shortstop Will Kengor (Slippery Rock) singled, was sacrificed to second, stole third and then scored on a passed ball. Oquendo then settled down and traded zeros with Nowottnick until the sixth when the Express scored two more on an RBI double and a sacrifice fly.
The Grays got one back in the top of the seventh as Jayson Yano (Stevens Tech) drove in Will Benenson (Franklin and Marshall) with a groundout to shortstop. With the deficit only at two, Grays manager Arlan Freeman called on Catholic University sidearmer Chris Nee out of the bullpen and he responded with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, but Express relievers Michael Byrne (Cornell) and Jack Kovalick (Slippery Rock) gave up only one baserunner over the last two innings to lock down the victory and send the Grays back under .500.
The Grays play next on Wednesday, June 26 at 5:00 pm against the Bethesda Big Train at Hoy Field. Come on down to see the Grays take on the league leaders.
Andrew Houghton 6/22/13
Greg Olenski (Maryland) had four hits, including two triples, and three RBIs as the Grays beat the Rockville Express 7-2 on Saturday at Hoy Field. Olenski’s offensive outburst backed starter Mitch Leeds (Lafayette), who got the win by pitching six effective innings, allowing only one run while striking out four. The Grays took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the first, with Olenski recording his first RBI on a one-out base hit. With Leeds pitching effectively, the Grays stretched their lead with a run in the fourth on an RBI double by third baseman Peyton Fuller (Troy University) and two more in the fifth, with Olenski tripling home Jud Sherrill (Alabama-Huntsville) and scoring himself on a single by shortstop Cameron Lundmark (Shenandoah University). Olenski would pick up another RBI in the sixth, following Sherrill’s double with one of his own, and would finish off his spectacular performance in the eighth with his second triple of the game, although by that time the Grays had the game well in hand. Relievers Brian Robett (Greensboro College) and Chris Nee (Catholic) each pitched a scoreless inning to put the final nail in Rockville’s coffin. Worthy of note: pitcher Jacob Williams (George Washington) entered the game at second base in place of Jayson Yano (Stevens Tech) in the top of the seventh and acquitted himself well, handling several chances cleanly and teaming up with Lundmark to turn a double play to end the eighth.
The Grays play next on Monday, June 24 at 7:00 pm against these very same Rockville Express at Knights Field in Rockville, Maryland.