By: Anna Dunlavey
The DC Grays scored only one run in last night’s game against the Herndon Braves. But one was enough, because of outstanding pitching and sure-handed defense.
Tommy Broyles (Drew) shut out the Braves for eight complete innings, giving up only three hits to get the win. James Lengal (Brigham Young) pitched a clean ninth inning to get the save. Both pitchers had good defensive support, with both infielders and outfielders making diving stops and running catches.
The Grays themselves didn’t get a hit until the bottom of the fourth inning, when Webb Bobo (Southeast Louisiana), the first batter of the inning, hit a ground ball single through to right field. A few batters later, with the bases loaded and one out, Austen Maggin (Emory) hit a sacrifice fly to center field to drive Bobo home.
The 1-0 home win for the Grays stops a two-game losing streak, and evened the Grays’ record at 5-5.
The Grays will have a day off tomorrow before traveling to Calvert Hall on Wednesday to face the Baltimore Redbirds for the third time this season. The Grays and Redbirds split their first two games, with the Grays winning the first and the Redbirds taking the second. Max Kaplow (George Washington) is expected to start for the Grays.
By: Anna Dunlavey
Last night’s game at Montgomery College between the DC Grays and the Rockville Express was a low scoring affair, with the Express winning 3-2. The Grays’ record is now 4-5 for the season.
Webb Bobo (Southeast Louisiana University) provided all of the Grays’ offense, scoring two runs on his own. The first was a home run to right field in the second inning that barely stayed fair to put the Grays up 1-0. The second was in the top of the ninth inning, with the Grays down 3-1. Bobo hit a double, but continued running to third. The throw to third base almost beat him there, but the Rockville third baseman missed the catch, allowing Bobo to score.
Justin Dreschel (Johns Hopkins) gave up three runs on four hits over the course of 6.1 innings. Ari Kaufman (Lafayette) took the mound in the seventh with two runners on and one out. One of those runners came around to score, but Kaufman kept the Express at bay with a three-up-three-down eighth inning.
The Grays return home tomorrow to face the FCA Herndon Braves. The team’s first game against the Braves was cancelled due to inclement weather. Tommy Broyles (Drew) is expected to start.
By: Anna Dunlavey
It was a windy afternoon Saturday, but the winds did not blow in the DC Grays’ favor. The Grays suffered a 7-1 home loss to the Baltimore Redbirds, putting a halt the Grays’ three game winning streak. The Grays are now 4-4 for the season.
Trae Sweeting (Georgia State) provided what offense there was for the Grays, scoring the home team’s only run. After singling and stealing second, Sweeting was driven home byMichael Breen (San Jose State). Sweeting now holds the highest batting average in the league at .529, and is the only Ripken League player to currently be batting above .500.
Five different pitchers took the mound for the Graysthroughout the course of the game, and three of them were touched up by the Redbirds. Starting pitcher Harry Thomas (Delaware State) gave up three runs in less than three innings and took the loss.
Tomorrow night, the Grays travel to Montgomery College to face the Rockville Express (3-4) for the first time this season. Justin Drechsel (Johns Hopkins) is expected to start for the Grays.
By: Anna Dunlavey
The Grays scored six runs last night in their game against the Gaithersburg Giants, and Joe Tietjen (UNC-Asheville) had a hand in all of them. Colin Kelly (Catholic University) pitched six clean innings for his first win of the season — a 6-0 victory for the Grays. The team moved to 4-3 for the young season with its third straight win.
Tietjen was the offensive star. In the second inning, he singled on the first pitch. After going to second on a wild pitch and making it to third on Austen Maggin’s (Lafayette) groudout, he scored on a single by Max Geller (Florida Tech).
Tietjen’s second at bat, in the bottom of the fourth, looked much like the first—a single to get on base, and a wild pitch allowing him to take second. This time, however, it was Maggin who drove him home with a double.
The shining moment for Tietjen, however, came in the bottom of the fifth. After Trae Sweeting (Georgia State) was hit by a pitch, Eric Urry (Brigham Young) was intentionally walked, and Webb Bobo (Southeast Louisiana) was unintentionally walked, Tietjen delivered once again. His long drive sailed over the left field fence for a grand slam and a 6-0 lead.
Kelly was sharp on the hill, striking out seven batters while only allowing three hits. He was relieved by Sherman Graves (Savannah State), who pitched the scoreless seventh, and Ari Kaufman (Lafayette), who pitched two scoreless innings of his own. The Giants attempted a rally with runners on first and second with one out, but after a diving stop by Geller, he, second baseman David Kimbrough (Delaware State), and first baseman Bobo pulled off a double play.
Tonight, the Grays will travel to Glen Burnie to face Youse’s Orioles. This is their second meeting this season. In the last game, the Grays beat the Orioles 4-2. Harry Thomas (Delaware State) is expected to take the mound for the Grays.
By: Grays Press
Casey Hicks (’13 Grays) of Gallaudet University was named “Player of the Year” by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) yesterday. Hicks had a more than solid season this spring putting up some unquestioned numbers both offensively and defensively behind the plate as Gallaudet’s starting catcher.
Read more about Casey’s awesome honor and season here.
Also of note, William Bissell (’12 Grays) was named to the 2014 ECAC Division III Upstate Baseball All-Star Team (First Team). Bissell also played for Gallaudet.
By: Anna Dunlavey
This means that players who go to school together during the year will rarely be on the same teams over the summer, and many players end up seeing their regular season teammates on opposing rosters during the summer.
Many DC Grays players have experienced this phenomenon. Some of the Grays battle their classmates from the first pitch to the last out, but before and after the game they remain teammates and friends. Players are sometimes seen at the Nationals Youth Academy going to the opposing team’s dugout to talk to friends.
Drew Reid of Harvard University has faced another Harvard player on Youse’sOrioles, and he didn’t find it awkward at all. “It’s a little interesting being in a different scenario with him,” Reid said. Ari Kaufman of Lafayette College has also seen players from his school team and said, “It’s great to see that guys on my team are working hard and continuing to play over the summer.”
Some of the Grays’ have played for more than one Ripken League team. Last year, Justin Drechsel of Johns Hopkins and David Kimbrough of Delaware State played for the Baltimore Presstman Cardinals, a team that was dissolved and reformed as this year’s Baltimore Dodgers. Kimbrough noted that although some of the coaches were the same ones he had last year, the team itself was entirely different. “As far as the baseball,” Kimbrough said, “it’s pretty much the same as the Grays.”
Since teams often scrimmage at school, summer leagues are not the first time that college team teammates have played against each other. “We inter-squad a lot at school, so you see a lot of each other,” said Jay Graham of Dartmouth College, who pitched against another Dartmouth player a few weeks ago. “It’s a little bit of an advantage, but at the same time it’s facing one of your buddies.”
Playing against a college teammate is one of the things that makes summer college baseball unique. “I came out here to meet people from all over the country, to make connections, and there’s no better way to do that than to play baseball in this league,” Kimbrough said.
“That’s the fun of summer baseball,” Graham said. “You get to meet people from all over. You obviously get to know everyone at school really well, but you’ve got two months to spend every day with a bunch of kids who you don’t really know going into it. I think that’s pretty cool.
By: Anna Dunlavey
It wasn’t easy, but the DC Grays got their third win of the season tonight, and Eric Urry (Brigham Young) was a big reason why. He had a home run and threw a runner out at the plate.
The Grays got themselves out of three bases loaded jams late in the game to beat the visiting Vienna Riverdogs 4-2. The Grays are now 3-3 on the season.
The Riverdogs (2-3) scored the first run of the game in the first inning, but in the bottom of the fourth, Urry ignited the home dugout with a drive over the right field fence. Aaron Tovsky (Davidson) and Brandon Chapman (George Washington) drove in Desmond Stegall (Grambling State) and Jay Graham (Dartmouth), respectively, for two more runs.
Andre Wilson (Grambling State) took over for starting pitcher Joe Kinee (West Chester) in the sixth, and soon found himself in a tight spot with the bases loaded and two outs. However, he was able to pick up a soft ground ball and flip it to catcher Chapman for a force out at home to end the inning. The Grays then scored another run of their own in the bottom of the sixth. Austin Sanders (University of Alabama-Huntsville) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, sending Tovsky home.
Graham relieved Wilson in the seventh, with the bases again loaded, this time with no outs. Urry then made the play of the game. After catching a fly ball for one out, he made a perfect throw from right field to home plate, where Chapman was able to tag the runner trying to score from third. Another fly ball and the Grays were out of the inning unscathed.
Graham was in a jam once again in the eighth inning, with the bases loaded and nobody out, but he and the Grays escaped the inning with minimal damage—one run.
Kinee got his first start and his first win of the season, pitching effectively into the sixth inning. James Lengal (Brigham Young) came out in the ninth inning for the second night in a row to shut down the Riverdogs for the save.
Tonight, the Grays will travel to Herndon, VA to face the FCA Herndon Braves, who are also 3-3. Colin Kelly (Catholic University) will take the mound for the Grays.
By: Anna Dunlavey
A great night for the DC Grays started with a pitch thrown out by DC mayor Vincent Gray at the Nationals Youth Academy and ended in a 6-3 win over the Baltimore Redbirds. It was the Grays’ second win of the season young season .
he Redbirds (2-3) took the lead in the first inning, but in the fourth inning the Grays (2-3) hit their stride. The home team had four hits before the first out of the inning. After Trae Sweeting (Georgia State) and Webb Bobo (Southeast Louisiana) both singled to get on base, Sweeting scored on a single by Eric Urry (BYU). Austin Sanders (Alabama-Huntsville) hit a double to bring in Bobo, and Lucas Martinez (New Mexico State) drove in Urry on a fielder’s choice. Sanders scored the final run of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Aaron Tovsky (Davidson). The Grays tacked on anther run in the fifth when Bobo drove in Sweeting to make it a 6-3 lead.
Max Kaplow (George Washington) got the win in his first start of the season, Sherman Graves (Savannah State) contributed two scoreless innings, and Ari Kaufman (Lafayette) pitched a clean eighth. James Lengal (Brigham Young), who threw eight pitches to get the easy save.
Tomorrow night, the Grays will host the Vienna River Dogs. Joseph Kinee (University of Maine) will be on the mound for the Grays.
By: Anna Dunlavey
Bethesda Big Train stopped the DC Grays in their tracks on Sunday afternoon at the Nationals Youth Academy, besting the home team 14-3. Big Train remains undefeated in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League,improving their record to 5-0. The Grays suffered their second loss in a row, bringing their record to 1-3 in the League’s first week of play.
The early innings were short and uneventful, and the game was scoreless through three innings. Grays hurler Thomas Broyles (Drew) in his first start of the season, didn’t give up a hit in the first three innings.
In the fourth inning, a home run and a series of Grays errors led to the Big Train taking a 5-0 lead. Ari Kaufman (Lafayette) was brought in to relieve Broyles but two more runsscored before the Grays could get out of the inning. In the bottom of the fourth, Michael Breen (San Jose State) hit a double and was driven home by Eric Urry (Brigham Young), but it was the only run the Grays could muster in the inning.
In the top of the fifth, the Grays gave up back to back home runs, the second a two-run shot. Kaufman was replaced by Joe Tietjen (UNC-Ashville), and the Grays continued trying to fight back. Trae Sweeting (Georgia State) scored on a steal, and Sayvon O’Neal (Texas Southern) scored on Jamie Cooper’s (Holy Cross) base hit. Peyton Fuller (Troy) pitched the eigth inning and got three quick outs, but a home run against Aaron Tovsky (Davidson) in the ninth cemented the Big Train win.
The DC Grays return to the Nationals Youth Academy tomorrow to play the Baltimore Redbirds, with Max Kaplow (George Washington) as the probable starting pitcher.
By: Grays Press
Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray will be throwing out the first pitch at the Grays home game versus the Baltimore Redbirds on Monday June 9. The Grays are honored to have the Mayor come out and support the team as well as the Academy. For more information please read the press release below.
The honorary First Pitch will be thrown out at 6:45pm.