By: Anna Dunlavey
The DC Grays looked as though they were in complete control of last night’s game against the Baltimore Redbirds, but multiple errors in the bottom of the sixth brought the game to extra innings. After four and a half hours of play and twelve complete innings, the game, which started at 6:30, had to be suspended because the lights on the Redbirds’ field at Calvert Hall High School were scheduled to turn off at 11:00. At that point, the score was a 9-9 tie.
The first two innings were scoreless, but the Grays’ offense exploded in the top of the third. After Max Geller (Santa Fe) reached first on an error and David Kimbrough (Delaware State) walked, Lucas Martinez (New Mexico State) brought them both home on a single. Webb Bobo (Southeast Louisiana) then doubled to move himself and Martinez into scoring position. Martinez scored on a single from Jay Graham (Dartmouth), and Bobo scored on a single from Michael Breen (Santa Fe State). The Redbirds overthrew when attempting to pick off Breen at first, allowing Graham to score one more run. Grays’ starting pitcher Sam Delaplane (Eastern Michigan) then had a three-up-three-down bottom of the inning to ensure the 5-0 lead.
The Grays got two more runs on Redbirds errors, an overthrow after a dropped third strike and a wild pitch. By the top of the sixth inning, the score was 8-2 in favor of the Grays, after a base hit from Bobo with the bases loaded brought in Kimbrough. Then, the Grays began making mistakes of their own. Two wild pitches and an infield error allowed three of the Redbirds’ five runs in the bottom of the sixth. The score became 8-7 and a lead that had seemed safe became endangered. The Redbirds tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with a bases loaded walk, and scored again in the same inning to take a 9-8 lead.
Trae Sweeting (Georgia State) tripled and scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly from Bobo. Through the game’s final four innings, Ari Kaufman (Lafayette), who pitched one inning, Caleb Evans (Liberty), who pitched two innings, and Sherman Graves (Savannah State), who pitched the final inning, were able to quiet the Redbirds’ bats. Unfortunately, the Grays’ offense could not find their way around the Redbirds’ pitchers, either. It has not been announced when the game will be rescheduled.
Tonight, the Grays travel to Herndon to make up a rained out game earlier in the season against the Herndon Braves. Tyler Shamas (Mitchell) is the expected starting pitcher for the Grays.