By: Anna Dunlavey
What started as a promising evening for the DC Grays ended in a loss in their first road game of the summer. The team rallied to close a large gap, but in the end the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts won 11-9.
The Grays (1-2) started strong in the first inning. After David Kimbrough (Delaware State) singled and Trae Sweeting (Georgia State) was hit by a pitch, Joe Tietjen(UNC-Asheville) drove in Kimbrough for the first run of the game. Tietjen stole second, and after the second baseman missed the catcher’s throw, Sweeting scored the Grays’ second run. Austen Maggin (Lafayette) reached on an error while Tietjen scored run number three. In the bottom of the inning, Justin Drechsel (Johns Hopkins) got three quick outs in his first start of the season.
The T-Bolts (1-2) were able to tie things up in the bottom of the second. Tietjen and Maggin scored again in the top of the third, but when the T-Bolts responded with three runs for a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the inning, Arnold Capute (Williams) replaced Drechsel on the mound. One more unearned run occurred before Capute shut down the inning.
A bases loaded triple by the T-Bolts’ Jason Baytop Jr. in the fourth increased the lead to 9-3. Baytop Jr. also scored before Jay Graham (Dartmouth) relieved Capute.
The Grays were then able to calm the T-Bolts offensive storm, and in the top of the eighth inning they began a rally of their own. Kimbrough drove in Austin Sanders (Alabama-Huntsville), and Drew Reid (Harvard) scored on a Sweeting single. Kimbrough scored on an error, but that was the last run the Grays were able to score, leaving the game at 11-9. Aaron Tovsky (Davidson) gave up one unearned run in the seventh and James Lengal (BYU) pitched the scoreless eighth. Drechsel was tagged with the loss.
The Grays will be back home at the Nationals Youth Academy tomorrow to play Bethesda Big Train at 1:00pm. As of Friday night, Big Train (3-0) is one of three teams in the Ripken League without a loss.
By: Anna Dunlavey
There were a number of major league hopefuls on the field at the Nationals Youth Academy yesterday, and one major league legend in the stands. Cal Ripken Jr., founder of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, came to watch the DC Grays take on Youse’s Orioles. Although Ryan Ripken helped the Orioles to first inning lead with an RBI single, it was the Grays who prevailed in the end, taking their first win of the season 4-2.
The Grays (1-1) fell behind in the early innings, as starting pitcher Harry Thomas III (Delaware St.) struggled with his location. The single from Ripken and a bases loaded walk in the second inning made the score 2-0 in favor of the Orioles before the Grays even had a hit. Once Michael Breen (San Jose State) got the team’s first hit in the fourth inning, however, things began to look up. Webb Bobo (Southeast Louisiana) hit a single to drive Breen home and put the Grays on the board. Before the end of the inning, Eric Urry (BYU) scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by Lucas Martinez (New Mexico State), tying the game at 2-2.
The game remained tied until the middle of the sixth inning. After Urry was walked and Bobo was hit by a pitch, Jay Graham (Dartmouth) hit a line drive single to bring them home and give the Grays a 4-2 they would not relinquish.
After Harry Thomas exited the game after four innings of work, Sherman Graves (Savannah State) returning to the Grays’ bullpen this year, pitched the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings and was credited with the win. Max Kaplow (George Washington) pitched a scoreless eighth, and Ari Kaufman (Lafayette) got three quick outs in the ninth for the save.
Tonight, the Grays play their first away game, at Montgomery Blair High School at 7:00pm against the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts.
By: Anna Dunlavey
Fans came to watch the DC Grays at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy on Wednesday expecting an eventful night, and they were not disappointed. A grand slam home run in the bottom of the first inning gave the DC Grays the early lead over the Alexandria Aces. But the game was called in the 6th inning due to sudden heavy rain and winds with the Aces up 8-7 over the Grays.
Catcher Lucas Martinez (New Mexico State) got things started for the Grays early on. After the Aces plated two in the top of the first, Martinez came up with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the first inning and promptly swatted a grand slam home run over the left field wall. Martinez was the first player in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League to hit a home run this season, and he was the first of the Grays to do so at the Nationals Youth Academy. After a third inning single scored two more runs, Martinez has a league-leading six RBIs.
The game progressed slowly from then on, with the two teams battling each other through long innings. The game had only just shifted in the Aces’ favor when the rain began pouring down. The game was called in the 6th inning, with a final score of 8-7 favoring the Aces. This result keeps with tradition; for the past two seasons, the Grays and Aces have split their season series’ equally, and more than half the games between the two teams have been decided by one run.
Colin Kelly (Catholic University) was the starting pitcher for the Grays. He had two strikeouts and gave up four runs over the course of the evening. He was relieved in the fourth inning by Joseph Kinee (University of Maine). Andre Wilson (Grambling) came to the mound in the top of the 6th and was tagged with the loss.
On Thursday night, the Grays return to their home field to face Youse’s Orioles and, hopefully, play their first complete game and take their first win of the season.
By: Grays Press
The DC Grays are pleased to announce that Courage Performance East will once again serve as the official Strength and Conditioning Program of the DC Grays. Founded by former George Washington University and Siena baseball player Josh Courage and run by former Princeton baseball player Andrew Whitener, the Courage Performance East facility provides a state of the art training facility for the Grays’ players with expert, baseball-specific strength training and conditioning. The downtown DC location on Oglethorpe Street is co-located with the Washington Baseball Academy and is convenient to the Gray’s home field.
The Grays are pleased to renew this partnership with Courage Performance, look forward to continuing this amenity for our current and future players and thank Josh and Andrew for making this happen. Check out the Courage Performance East website at http://www.courageperformance.com/cp-east.html.