By: Anna Dunlavey
On Sunday night the DC Grays did something that few other teams in the Cal Ripken League have been able to do—they beat the Bethesda Big Train on their home field. The Grays notched a 5-1 victory in their last time facing Bethesda this season. The Grays’ record improved to 11-23 on the season.
Max Kaplow (George Washington) pitched his finest game of the season. He pitched 8.1 innings, struck out six batters, and gave up only one run on five hits to the team with the best record in the league. James Lengal (Brigham Young) came out to close the game after the first out in the bottom of the ninth. He did not give up any runs or hits, and had one strikeout. He notched his seventh save of the season.
The Grays took the lead in the top of the second inning. Jay Graham (Dartmouth) doubled, and Desmond Stegall (Grambling State) blasted a triple to score him. Stegall then scored on a sacrifice fly from Eric Urry (Brigham Young). The Big Train scored one run in the bottom of the inning, but it was all they could manage for the night.
After quick fourth and fifth innings, the Grays logged another run in the top of the sixth. Stegall hit a ball off the Big Train pitcher’s leg, and an overthrow to first allowed him to get all the way to third. Brandon Chapman (George Washington) then drove him home on a single to center field.
In the top of the eighth, Webb Bobo (Southeast Louisiana) singled to move Joe Tietjen (UNC-Asheville), who had singled previously, to second. Although the Big Train attempted to throw Tietjen out, the ball missed the second baseman and Tietjen was able to get to third. Tietjen then scored on Graham’s sacrifice fly to left field.
The Grays tacked on an insurance run in the ninth. After Michael Breen (San Jose State) and Drew Reid (Harvard) singled, Trae Sweeting (Georgia State) walked to load the bases. Breen then came around to score on a wild pitch.
The Grays hope to extend this win into a streak tonight, when they travel to Gaithersburg to face the Giants. Andre Wilson (Grambling State) is the expected starting pitcher for the Grays.