By: Anna Dunlavey
Yesterday was a long, hot afternoon of baseball that the DC Grays might want to forget. They dropped a double header to the Baltimore Dodgers, the last place team in the Ripken League. The Grays and Dodgers battled for twelve innings in the first game before the 3-2 Dodgers victory, and the Dodgers went on to rout the Grays 5-0 in the second game.The Grays are now 8-13 for the season.
The Dodgers scored in the very first inning of the first game. They had a 2-0 lead by the top of the second. It took the Grays until the bottom of the sixth to get on base, and until the bottom of the seventh to get on the board. Webb Bobo (Southeast Louisiana) hit a double, and Brandon Chapman (George Washington) drove him home with a single. They tied the game up in the bottom of the eighth, when Trae Sweeting (Georgia State), who had advanced to first on a walk, scored on a wild pitch. It took four more innings and many close calls before the Dodgers scored on a wild pitch themselves to take the 3-2 lead. The Grays loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning, but were not able to score.
The double-header was supposed to be two nine-inning games, but after the first game went longer than expected,the second game was shortened to seven innings. This time, however, it was no contest. An unearned run, a two-run home run and a two run single put the Dodgers up 5-0 and the game out of the Grays’ reach.
Colin Kelly (Catholic) started the first game, and gave up two runs on six hits in six innings. Jay Graham (Dartmouth) pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth innings, and Sherman Graves (Savannah State) pitched a clean 1.1 innings after. Sam Delaplane (Eastern Michigan) pitched the final 2.2 innings. He gave up one run on two hits and was tagged with the loss.
Justin Drechsel (Johns Hopkins) was tagged with the second game loss, giving up the five runs on six hits. Andre Wilson pitched the scoreless and hitless final inning.
Today the Grays hope to pick up a win when they travel to Alexandria to play the Aces. Max Kaplow (George Washington) is the expected starting pitcher for the Grays.