By: Anna Dunlavey
The DC Grays scored four runs in the final two innings of last night’s game against the Baltimore Redbirds. Unfortunately, it was way too little, and way too late. The Redbirds trounced the Grays 15-5 for a home win at Baltimore’s Calvert Hall High School.
The Redbirds jumped out to an early lead and never let up. Max Kaplow (George Washington), starting for the second time this season, pitched 4.1 innings giving up 7 runs on 10 hits. Andre Wilson (Grambling State) relieved Kaplow in the middle of a bases loaded jam, and gave up three runs while facing his first batter of the game thanks to two passed balls and a wild pitch. Wilson had a three-up-three-down sixth inning, but Arnold Capute (Williams) came out in the bottom of the seventh and was undone by some poor defense, as an error in left field was the catalyst for the Redbirds’ five unearned runs that inning. Des Stegall (Grambling State) had his first outing as pitcher in the eighth inning, and gave up one run on two hits.
The Grays didn’t begin scoring until the seventh inning,and even then their runs came courtesy of the Redbirds.The Grays’ scored their first three runs on bases loaded walks, and their last two with the help of passed balls. Trae Sweeting (Georgia State) scored on a passed ball to round out a three run eighth inning. Jay Graham (Dartmouth) doubled in the ninth inning and scored on a Joe Tietjen (UNC-Asheville) single.
Tonight, the Grays return to the Nationals Youth Academy to face the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts for the second time this season. Joe Kinee (West Chester) is expected to start for the Grays.