By: Anna Dunlavey
Yesterday’s game between the DC Grays and the Vienna River Dogs was a close contest almost all the way through. The Grays showed some of their best defense, with smart infield plays and multiple putouts at the plate. They struggled offensively, however, only getting one hit and one run off of River Dogs starting pitcher Dan Powers over the course of eight innings. The River Dogs took a 3-1 win and put the Grays’ record at 9-16 on the season.
The scoring did not begin for either team until the sixth inning, with the River Dogs scoring the game’s first run at the top of the inning. In the bottom of the same innings, the Grays answered back. Drew Reid (Harvard) reached first base on an error, and advanced to second on Trae Sweeting’s (Georgia State) putout. Webb Bobo (Southeast Louisiana University) then produced the Grays’ only hit of the game, a single to centerfield, and Reid beat the throw to the plate to score.
Things went south for the Grays in the top of the seventh inning. Caleb Evans (Liberty) had just entered the game, and was attempting to get out of a bases loaded jam with two outs, when he hit the batter, allowing a run to score. The third River Dogs run scored in the top of the eighth. After Michael Breen (San Jose State) walked in the top of the ninth, it seemed as though the Grays might find a way to come back. However, after Bobo flied out to the shortstop, Lucas Martinez’s (New Mexico State) hard hit line drive went directly where the Grays didn’t need it to go—the first baseman’s glove. The first baseman then beat Breen back to the bag for a double play to end the game.
Joe Kinee (West Chester) pitched the game’s first 6.1 innings and gave up two runs on four hits. Evans pitched 1.2 innings, gave up one run on two hits, and was tagged with the loss. Ari Kaufman (Lafayette) gave up two hits in the top of the ninth, but did not give up any runs.
Tonight, the Grays will play the Bethesda Big Train at their home field for the first time this season. Colin Kelly (Catholic) is the expected starting pitcher for the Grays.