By: Anna Dunlavey
The DC Grays beat the Alexandria Aces 8-6 on Sunday in Alexandria, and they did it with something that has been short supply thus far in 2014 — clutch hitting with two outs. The win improves the Grays’ record to 9-13 for the season.
The scoring started for the Grays in the top of the second. With two outs, Austen Maggin (Emory) singled for the first hit of the game. Max Geller (Santa Fe) singled as well, and Drew Reid (Harvard) drew a walk to load the bases. Leadoff hitter Trae Sweeting (Georgia State) hit a single and drive in Maggin. Eric Urry (Brigham Young) came up next, and Geller scored on a passed ball before Urry singled to bring home Reid. Webb Bobo (Southeast Louisiana) then singled to bring home Sweeting for a 4-0 lead.
The Aces answered back in the bottom of the third, scoring three runs after the two-out mark. However, in the top of the fifth the Grays added to their lead. Jay Graham (Dartmouth) hit a double to score Bobo. Michael Breen (San Jose State) scored Graham on a single, increasing the lead to 6-4. The Aces scored in the bottom of the inning to once again bring the game within one run, but the Grays increased the lead once more in the top of the sixth. After Reid was walked again, Bobo drove him in with a double. Graham then drove in Bobo once again.
Winning pitcher Max Kaplow (George Washington) gave up four runs on eight hits over the course of five innings. Sherman Graves (Savannah State), who came out after Kaplow and pitched 1.2 innings, gave up two runs on two hits, and Ari Kaufman (Lafayette) was spotless in 1.1 innings of relief. Closer James Lengal (Brigham Young) pitched a three up, three down ninth to get the save.
The Grays are on the road again Monday, and will play the Baltimore Dodgers at Joe Cannon Stadium.