GAME RECAP 6-29-2015
By Anna Dunlavey; @annadunlaveyy
It isn’t often that a pitcher can say he got a loss and a win on the same night, but that’s what happened to the Grays’ Harry Thomas (UNC-Greensboro) in Gaithersburg on Monday.
The Grays completed a previously suspended game before playing the regularly scheduled game between the two teams. were only supposed to play one game last night against the Gaithersburg Giants. Thomas had started the original game, and was tagged with the loss when the Giants eventually completed the game and beat the Grays 13-6. But Thomas was also the starter in last night’s second game, which the Grays won 8-2.
The first game started where it had left off, in the top of the third inning with the Giants up 5-0. The Grays got off to a better start this time around, getting a run in their first at bat of the night when DH Kurt Sinnen (Old Dominion) singled to score SS Jackson Kramer (Lafayette).
The Giants got two more runs in the bottom of the fifth, but a scramble in the sixth ended with some more runs for the Grays. RF Zack Irwin (East Mississippi) reached on an error by the Giants’ second baseman. Sinnen and C Colton Shaver (Brigham Young) were both able to score on the error.
The Grays got three more runs, one each in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings. Bryan Baquer (Washington College) scored on a groundout from Sinnen, 1B Scott Sanders (Southeast Louisiana) scored on a single from 2B Mike Caputo (Seton Hall), and 3B Keifer Rawlings (Bucknell) scored on a sacrifice fly from Irwin. But it wasn’t enough to overtake the Giants, who were scoring runs themselves.
Dan Jarrell (Washington College) pitched the restart, giving up six runs on five hits, walking three and striking out two over 3.2 innings. Will Korosec (Stevens Institute of Technology) pitched one complete inning, giving up a run, two hits, and a walk. Jarred Scott (Alabama Southern CC) finished the game, giving up a run on no hits and walking two batters.
The second game started and ended in the Grays’ favor. Quinn Carpenter (Texas Tech), who has been having a great season on the mound and at the plate, scored Baquer on a double in the top of the first. Kramer took a bases loaded walk in the top of the fourth to increase the lead to 2-0.
In the top of the fifth, the bases were loaded after Shaver doubled, Carpenter singled, and Sinnen was hit by a pitch. Lamar Briggs (Jackson State), who had been making great defensive plays all night, singled to score both Shaver and Carpenter. The bases were loaded again after Sanders was also hit by a pitch, and Sinnen scored after Caputo hit into a fielder’s choice.
Carpenter hit a two-run homer in the top of the sixth, and Kramer doubled in the top of the seventh to score Aaron Inman (Loyola New Orleans). The game had to end after seven innings because the lights at Criswell Field were turned off based on a city ordinance, but the game was official and the Grays notched the victory.
Thomas pitched four innings, giving up one run on three hits, walking two, and striking out four. Layton Dill (East Mississippi CC), Connor Van Hoose (Bucknell), and Maverik Buffo (Brigham Young) pitched one complete inning each to finish the game. Dill gave up no runs, hits, or walks, and struck out one. Van Hoose also gave up no runs, hits, or walks, and struck out two. Buffo gave up a hit and a run, but no walks, and struck out two batters.
Tonight, the Grays will make up Saturday’s rained out game against the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts at Montgomery Blair High School.
The Grays (9-14) will travel to Silver Spring tonight to make up this past Saturday’s rain out game versus the T-Bolts (10-9). Tonight’s probable starter for the Grays is Ryan Garner (Memphis). The T Bolts will throw Darrien Ragins (Delaware State).
Location: Blair Stadium (Blair High School; 51 University Blvd E, Silver Spring, MD 20901)
First Pitch: 7 p.m.
The Grays (8-13) are looking to bounce back from a losing skid and will face the Giants (5-13) tonight at 7 p.m. in Gaithersburg. The probable stater for the Grays is Harry Thomas (1-1) who is coming off a quality seven inning start allowing two earned runs.
Gaithersburg’s Cory Callahan (0-0) is looking for his first quality start of the season. Callahan’s last appearance was in two innings of relief without giving up a hit and striking out two.
Location: Criswell Automotive Field, 7 p.m.
GAME RECAP 6-28-2015
By Anna Dunlavey; @annadunlaveyy
The DC Grays took an early 2-0 lead last night in Baltimore against the Dodgers, but couldn’t hold on and fell 3-2 in 11 innings. The loss puts the Grays’ record at 8-13 on the season.
The Grays bats were quiet again — the team managed only four hits — and they wasted another well-pitched ballgame.
DC struck first, in the top of the fourth. 3B Taylor King (Memphis) drew a walk, and LF Lamar Briggs (Jackson State) doubled to drive him in.
The Grays added another run in the sixth when DH Kurt Sinnen (Old Dominion) led off the top of the sixth with a walk and scored on a double by 1B Colton Shaver (Brigham Young).
The Grays weren’t even able to hold the 2-0 count for a full inning, as the Dodgers scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the sixth. The Dodgers scored again in the bottom of the eighth to tie things up and force extra innings. The Grays were retired in order in the ninth, tenth, and eleventh innings, and the Dodgers scored the walkoff winner in the bottom of the eleventh.
Grays starting pitcher Quinn Carpenter (Texas Tech) deserved more support. He gave up one run on seven hits through 6.2 innings on the hill. He struck out seven batters and walked one. Reid Frazier (Penn State) relieved Carpenter with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, and pitched one complete inning, giving up one run on two hits, striking out one, and walking two. Marlon Pruitt (Grambling State) came in with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. He took the loss when he allowed the winning run to score on a bases loaded walk on the bottom of the 11th. He gave up one run on two hits, striking out two batters and walking three.
Today, the Grays will travel to Gaithersburg to play the Gaithersburg Giants. Harry Thomas (UNC Greensboro), who started a game against the Giants earlier this season that was rained out after two innings, will hopefully not have the same problem this time around as he takes the Criswell Field mound again tomorrow.
Tonight, the DC Grays (8-12) will take on the Baltimore Dodgers (7-11). Grays’ probable starter will be Quinn Carpenter (0-1) who is looking for his first win of the season. Carpenter had a rough outing his last time out, where he went three innings giving up six earned runs.
The Dodgers will throw Harold Myles (0-0) who in his last start pitched 4 2/3 giving up two earned runs.
Location: Joe Cannon Stadium, 7 p.m.
GAME RECAP 6-26-2015
By: Anna Dunlavey; @annadunlaveyy
The DC Grays kicked off their week on the road with a win last night, beating the Alexandria Aces 4-3. It was the third time these teams had met this season, and the second time the Grays came out on top. This win puts the Grays’ record at 8-12 on the season.
C Colton Shaver (Brigham Young) was hot at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI, including the game-winner in the ninth inning. Shaver played a role in all of the Grays’ runs. In the top of the first inning, he scored SS Jackson Kramer (Lafayette) with an RBI single. However, the Aces responded with a run in the second, and two runs in the fifth.
The Grays hopped back into things in the top of the sixth, after an Aces pitching change. Once again it was Shaver who got things started as the inning’s leadoff batter, advancing all the way to third on errors by the right fielder. Shaver scored on a single from LF Lamar Briggs (Jackson State). Briggs scored after RF Bryan Baquer (Washington College) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and the score was tied at 3.
The score remained tied going to the top of the ninth. Baquer led off with a single, and advanced to second on a passed ball. Then Shaver came up and delivered once again. He singled, and Baquer scored from second on an error by the left fielder with what became the winning run.
The Grays were solid on the mound. Zack Irwin (East Mississippi CC) had his longest outing of the season in his second start. He threw for seven innings, and gave up three runs on eight hits. He walked two batters, and struck out six. The win, however, went to Reid Frazier (Penn State), who pitched the final two innings of the game. Frazier gave up one hit and struck out one batter for his first win.
Tonight, the Grays will continue their road trip, taking on the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts at Montgomery Blair High School. Quinn Carpenter (Texas Tech) is the expected starting pitcher for the Grays.
The Grays (8-12) will take on the T Bolts (10-8) tonight at 7 p.m. The probable starter for the Grays is Quinn Carpenter (0-1) who is looking for his first solid outing on the season. In his last start, Carpenter went three innings giving up six earned runs.
T Bolts’ starter Logan Grant (0-0) pitched two scoreless innings in his last outing against the Grays giving up one hit.
Location: Blair Stadium, at 7 p.m.
DC Grays’ COLTON SHAVER SELECTED TO
2015 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby ROSTER
First Pitch 7:30 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 2, TD Ameritrade Park Omaha
Event to air LIVE on ESPN
The DC Grays of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League are pleased to announce C/1B Colton Shaver of Brigham Young University will participate in the sixth annual TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby<http://www.omaha.com/article/20110702/SPORTS/707029809>. The event will be shown live from TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha on ESPN on July 2 at 7:30 p.m. CT.
Playing primarily catcher and first base for the Grays, Shaver is hitting .310 in the Ripken thus far this summer. He is coming off a tremendous freshman season at BYU, where he was one of the most feared sluggers in the West Coast Conference. Shaver was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and to the West Coast Conference All-Freshman Team. He finished 2015 as the NCAA’s third-leading freshman home run hitter, leading the Cougars with 13 homers. He hit pair of homers twice against Utah, and once at Utah Valley University, Saint Mary’s College and the University of San Francisco (USF).
Playing for BYU this spring, Shaver compiled a .314 batting average and a .598 slugging percentage. He was second on the team with a 31-game on-base streak and was the Rawlings WCC Player of the Week for his play against USF. The six-foot freshman from Riverton, Utah, saw the bulk of playing time as BYU’s starting DH in 53 games, batting in the 5th spot behind cleanup hitter Dillon Robinson. Shaver, the Utah High School Gatorade Player of the Year in 2014, is currently playing summer ball for the DC Grays in Washington D.C.
“Colton is a tremendous hitter with great power,” said DC Grays manager Reggie Terry. “More importantly, he is a fine young man who represents his family, BYU and the DC Grays in a first-class manner. We are proud of him and will be rooting for him on July 2.”
Joining Shaver in the 2015 College Home Run Derby to date are:
* Eric Gutierrez, Texas Tech University (2014 runner-up): Gutierrez, who broke the College Home Run Derby record a year ago with 52 home runs, earned All-Big 12 first team honors this season after hitting .315 with four home runs, 14 doubles and a team-leading 46 RBI and earned the ABCA Rawlings Gold Glove as top defensive first baseman in college baseball.
* Will Craig, Wake Forest University: A consensus All-American, Craig put together one of the best offensive seasons in program history. The sophomore hit .382 with 13 homers and 58 RBIs, starting all 53 games for the Demon Deacons. The ACC Player of the Year led the nation in RBIs, home runs, slugging percentage and total bases at different parts of the season.
* Jeff Campbell, University of North Dakota: Campbell recently finished an impressive collegiate career in which he slugged 32 career round-trippers – third-most in school history – including a Western Athletic Conference-leading 11 homers this season. He hit .365 with 48 RBI in his final campaign and was a First Team All-WAC selection in 2015.
Individual tickets for the 2015 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby & Omaha World-Herald Fireworks are $8 for children (ages 3-12), $12 for adults, or a ‘Family Four-Pack’ for $36. Tickets may be purchased in-person from the CenturyLink Center<http://www.centurylinkcenter.com/> Omaha box office, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, or online at Ticketmaster.com. Service fees will apply to those tickets purchased over the phone or online, but not to those purchased in-person. For groups of 20 or more, visit www.collegehomerunderby.com<http://www.collegehomerunderby.com>.
Follow the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby on Facebook<http://www.facebook.com/collegehomerunderby> and Twitter<https://twitter.com/#!/CollegeHRDerby> for the latest event updates and information.
The Grays (7-12) will throw East Mississippi CC’s Zach Irwin on the mound for tonight’s game against the Alexandria Aces (7-9).
Irwin is looking for his first win on the season, where he is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA.
Aces’ starter Jake Wersinger (1-2) will take the mound coming off a 9-2 win where he pitched five innings giving up one earned run with seven strikeouts.
Location: Frank Mann Field at 7 p.m.
GAME RECAP 6-24-2015
By: Anna Dunlavey; @annadunlavey
Last night’s game between the DC Grays and the visiting FCA Herndon Braves was a scoreless battle until the top of the ninth inning — when the Braves scored the only run of the night to beat the Grays 1-0. The Grays’ record now stands at 7-12 on the season.
Starting pitcher Connor Van Hoose (Bucknell) had an outstanding outing. He pitched seven innings, his longest outing of the season. Van Hoose only gave up four hits, struck out six batters, and did not walk anybody.
Marlon Pruitt (Grambling State) took over in the eighth inning, and although he gave up no hits in the eighth inning, he ran into trouble in the ninth. After Pruitt walked two batters in a row with one out, the next batter hit into what could have been a double play. 1B Colton Shaver (Brigham Young) fielded the grounder, tossed the ball to SS Drew Reid (Harvard) for the first out, but as Reid threw the ball back to first, the Braves runner slid into him, affecting his throw. Shaver and Pruitt were both covering first, but neither one could catch the throw, and the Braves runner who had reached third easily scored. Reid Frazier (Penn State) then relieved Pruitt and struck out the final batter.
The Grays did not give up hope entering the bottom of the ninth. The first two batters in the order were quickly retired, but Hunter Southerland (Texas Tech) walked. Desmond Stegall (Grambling State) came out to pinch run for Southerland, and then Reid singled. With two runners on and two outs, Tony Holton (Jackson State) hit a blast to left center. It looked like it would drop for a hit, but the Braves centerfielder made a diving catch to rob the Grays of the tying run and Holton of his tenth RBI on the season.
The Grays have a day off today before beginning a week of road games. On Friday night, they will travel to Alexandria to play the Alexandria Aces.