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.