Andrew Houghton 7/20/13
Starter Henry Sisson (North Carolina) took a no-hitter into the seventh as the Grays beat the league-leading Bethesda Big Train 1-0 on Saturday. The win puts the Grays above .500 at 19-18 on the season. The Grays took three out of four on the season from the Big Train.
Sisson was stellar through six innings, keeping the Big Train off balance with his changeup and allowing no baserunners while striking out five. The Grays scored one off league strikeout leader Bubba Derby (San Diego State) in the first when leadoff hitter DJ Miller (Delaware State) singled, moved over to third on two groundouts, and then scored on a wild pitch.
Sisson allowed his first hit to Big Train center fielder David Del Grande (Sacramento State) with no outs in the seventh but got three quick outs to escape the inning. Unfortunately he couldn’t do the same in the eighth as three consecutive singles with one out loaded the bases and ended Sisson’s day, as manager ArlanFreeman brought in reliever Chris Nee (Catholic University) to try for the five-out save. Nee quickly got ahead of Bethesda catcher Parker Guinn 1-2, but Guinn lined one softly up the middle that looked destined to tie the game before Miller appeared out of nowhere to make the catch and double the runner off second. The Big Train loaded the bases again in the ninth but Nee struck out Bethesda shortstop Ryne Willard (Tallahassee CC) to end it.
Playoff Watch: With this win, the Grays kept pace on wins but fell behind slightly on winning percentage in the race for the sixth and final league playoff spot. Youse’s Orioles swept a double-header against Vienna last night, and they and the Southern Maryland are both sitting on a .515 winning percentage. The Grays 19-18 record is good for a .514 percentage, leaving them in eighth place even as all three teams are nominally tied.
The Grays play next on Sunday, July 21st at 1:00 pm against the Silver Spring/Takoma Thunderbolts at Hoy Field on the campus of Gallaudet University. Come on out for a lovely afternoon of baseball as the Grays try to gain that last playoff spot.