The DC Grays will honor some of Washington, DC’s best athletes tomorrow night before their game against the Herndon Braves with a “Salute to Legends Night.”
International Boxing Federation world light welterweight champion and DC area native Lamont Peterson will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Many baseball legends from the area will also be attending, along with Little Leaguers from Bolling AIr Force Base, Andrews Air Force Base and Fort Belvior.
Peterson’s inspiring story has received worldwide attention. He and his brother Anthony were left parentless at a young age and were homeless for many years. The brothers developed their boxing skills under the tutelage of Barry Hunter, a successful coach from the Headbangers Boxing Program. Under Hunter’s mentorship, Anthony became a lightweight contender, while Peterson became one of the most exciting fighters in boxing. DC boxing fans will remember his homecoming performance at the DC Convention Center in 2011, where he came from behind to overtake Amir Khan.
Many “DC Diamond Legends” will be honored by the Grays tomorrow as well. Al Bumbry (Baltimore Orioles), Emmanuel “Manny” Burriss (Wilson High School, Kent State University, San Grancisco Giants, Washington Nationals), Vince Colbert (Eastern High School, Cleveland Indians), Greg Fleet (Gwynn Park, Howard University, Texas Rangers), famed local sportscaster Glen Harris (Anacostia High School, Howard University), Ron Harris (Anacostia High School, George Washington University, Black Sox), Gerard Hall Jr (Gonzaga High School, Old Dominion University, Kansas City Royals, Schaumburg Boomers), Marvin Jackson (Ballou High School, Bowie State, CTV Host), Rock Newman (Gwynn Park, Howard University), Charles Vinson (Phelps High School, Angels and Yankees), Curtis “Butch” White (Western High School, Howard University), and Robert Woodland (Suitland High School, Howard University, Montreal Expos) will all be honored in a special pre-game ceremony. Fleet, Ron and Glen Harris, Jackson, and Newman are expected to attend in person.
The festivities will start at 6:30 PM, and the first pitch with the Legends and local Little League ballpayers will be at 6:50 PM
The DC Grays (7-11) are looking to bounce back from a rough last week. With starter Connor Van Hoose (1-1) looking to get his second win of the season, he is coming off a tough outing where he went 5 2/3 giving up five earned runs on seven hits. He will be facing Braves’ (5-7) Steven Shwartz (0-0) who went one inning in relief on June 11, giving up one earned run on two hits.
Come out tonight to enjoy festivities before the game when the Grays honor DC’s great players on the diamond and in the ring. DC’s own Lamont Peterson, world light welterweight champion will throw out the first pitch!
The DC Grays snapped their losing streak on Monday, splitting a road doubleheader against the Vienna Riverdogs.
The Grays won a decisive 12-5 victory in the first game before losing the night cap 4-2. The team’s record is now 7-10 on the season. RF Tony Holton (Jackson State) was the slugging star, leading the team in RBIs and hitting a home run in both games. In the first game, he drove in two runs with a double and followed up with a two-run homer. The home run was his first of the season, but he was quick to take the team lead in home runs in the second game with a solo blast. Holton also singled in that game to bring in the second of the Grays’ two runs.
Although Holton carried the team offensively in the second game, he had some help in the first game. DH Kurt Sinnen (Old Dominion) was the one who got things started, scoring Holton on an RBI single in the top of the first. SS Drew Reid (Harvard) followed that up with an RBI double that scored C Hunter Southerland (Texas Tech). Sinnen came back in the top of the eighth, when the Grays were leading 9-5, with a two run double, and was backed up by 1B Colton Shaver (Brigham Young), who brought Sinnen home on an RBI single.
Ryan Garner (Memphis) got his first start of the season in the first game, and pitched 4.1 innings, giving up two runs on four hits. Jarred Scott (Alabama Southern CC) took over for Garner and got the last two outs in the fifth, giving up a hit and striking out one. Reid Frazier (Penn State) pitched the sixth and seventh, and although he struck out three, he gave up three runs on two hits. Enrique Oquendo (Lamar) pitched the final two innings. He only game up one hit, and struck out four batters. Scott was credited with the win.
Layton Dill (East Mississippi CC) was on to start the second game, and was tagged with the loss after giving up three runs on six hits over 5.1 innings. Shaver relieved him in only his second appearance on the mound for the Grays. Shaver gave up a run and four hits over 2.2 innings, and struck out three.
Today, the Grays will take a much needed day off after playing 14 games in 13 days. They return to the Nationals Youth Academy on Wednesday to take on the FCA Herndon Braves at 7pm.
On this special night the DC Grays will be establishing it new “DC Grays Hall of Fame” of collective local baseball history. To open the annual event the Grays will pay special recognition to the following “DC Diamond Legends”
Charles Vinson – Phelps High School – Angels and Yankees
Marvin Jackson – Ballou High School – Bowie State, CTV Host
Greg Fleet – Gwynn Park – Howard University – Texas Rangers
Robert Woodland – Suitland High School – Howard University -9 Montreal Expos
Curtis “Butch” White Western High School- Howard University -(Deceased)
Vince Colbert – Eastern High School – Cleveland Indians
Ron Harris – Anacostia High School -George Washington University –Black Sox
Glen Harris – Anacostia High School- Howard University
Rock Newman – Gwynn Park- Howard University
Chuck Hinton – Washington Senators – Howard University Baseball Coach (Deceased)
Al Bumbry – Baltimore Orioles
Gerard Hall Jr – Gonzaga High School – Old Dominion University – Kansas City Royals – Schaumburg Boomers (2 Time Frontier League Champion)
Emmanuel “Manny” Allen Burriss – Wilson High School – Kent State University – San Francisco Giants drafted him in the first round of the 2006 MLB Draft – Washington Nationals (AAA Syracuse Chiefs)
In addition to the DC Diamond Legends…..
The D.C. Grays will honor International Boxing Federation world light welterweight champion and Washington D.C.’s own Lamont Peterson before Wednesday night’s game against the Herndon Braves at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.
Peterson, a former National Gold Glove champion, is one of the most popular and exciting fighters in boxing, and is one of a long line of world champions to come from Washington boxing gyms. He electrified the hometown crowd in 2011 with a come-from-behind win over the highly-touted Amir Khan at the D.C. Convention Center.
The story of Peterson and his younger brother Anthony — a lightweight contender — has received world wide attention and is one of the most inspirational in all of sports. The Petersons were left without parents at an early age and homeless on the streets of Washington for several years. They were noticed Barry Hunter, the successful boxing coach who runs the Headbangers Boxing program. Hunter developed their boxing skills while mentoring them and both brothers become boxing stars.
Join us Wednesday night to honor the champion Peterson, who will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, with pre-game ceremonies at 6:30 and game time at 7 p.m. The Nationals Youth Baseball Academy is located at
3675 Ely Place SE, Washington, DC 20019
The Grays (6-10) will play a doubleheader with the first game against the Vienna River Dogs (5-6) starting at 4. The second game will start at 7.
Tonight’s probable starters for the Grays will be Layton Dill (1-2) and Ryan Garner (0-0). Dill is coming off a one inning appearance against the Bethesda Big Train where he allowed one hit.
Garner is coming off a similar start, pitching one inning against the Gaithersburg Giants and allowing one hit.
The starters for the River Dogs will be Brandon Withers (0-0) and Jordon Accetta (1-1).
Location: James Madison High School, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
GAME RECAP 6-21-2015
By: Anna Dunlavey; @annadunlavey
Another day, seemingly another loss for the D.C. Grays. Last night they fell to the Rockville Express 4-1. It was the Grays’ sixth loss in a row and brings their record to 6-10 on the season.
Starting pitcher Harry Thomas (UNC Greensboro) took the hard-luck loss after pitching seven solid innings. He gave up three runs (only two were earned) on sox hits. Zack Irwin (East Mississippi CC) pitched the eighth inning, giving up two hits and one run.
The Grays’ only run was scored by 3B Keifer Rawlings (Bucknell) in the top of the eighth. Rawlings walked, and Quinn Carpenter (Texas Tech), one of the Grays most consistent hitters, brought him home with a single.
The Grays are the only team in the league that did not have either a scheduled day off or a game cancelled due to rain this week. They have now played 12 games in 12 days, and will have to play two more before they get a chance to rest. The team will travel to Virginia for a Monday double header against the Vienna Riverdogs. The first game will begin at 4:00, and the second game will begin at 7:00.
GAME RECAP 6-20-2015
By: Anna Dunlavey; @annadunlavey
The DC Grays watched the Bethesda Big Train run away in the third inning and were unable to catch up. The 7-3 defeat was the Grays’ fifth loss in a row and their third straight loss at home. The team’s record is now 6-9 on the season.
Quinn Carpenter (Texas Tech), the designated hitter and starting pitcher for the Grays, went 3-4 at the plate. On the mound, however, he was not as fortunate. Carpenter gave up six runs on six hits and struck out six in three innings on the hill. Four of those runs came in the third. The Big Train scored two on a triple and two more on two singles.
Steve Ghiardi (Millersville) came out to pitch the top of the fourth, and was immediately victimized by Big Train CF Logan Farrar. Ghiardi walked Farrar, who then stole second, reached third on an throwing error by Ghiardi, and scored an unearned run on a sacrifice fly to make the score 7-1. After Ghiardi gave up another walk with two outs, Bailey Spence (Cecil CC) was called on to finish the inning.
Spence, Layton Dill (East Mississippi CC) and Colton Shaver (Brigham Young) kept the Big Train from scoring any more runs. Spence pitched three more complete innings, giving up no hits and a walk. Dill pitched the eighth, and gave up one hit. Shaver, making his first appearance of the season on the mound in the top of the ninth, had a three up three down inning, including a strikeout.
After the Big Train scored two runs in the top of the first, the Grays had some luck in the bottom of the inning. CF Bryan Baquer (Washington College) was hit by a pitch, 3B Keifer Rawlings (Bucknell) walked, and 1B Kurt Sinnen (Old Dominion) singled to load the bases with no outs. What looked like a possible big inning fizzled, as the only Grays fun scored on a bases loaded walk to RF Lamar Briggs (Jackson State).
The Grays scored their next run in the bottom of the sixth. C Corey Chafin (Memphis) singled, and came home on two consecutive putouts, from 2B Mike Caputo (Seton Hall) and SS Jackson Kramer (Lafayette). Caputo then hit a home run in the bottom of the eighth, the Grays’ second of the season and his first. It could have been a two-run homer, had Chafin not been picked off only a few pitches earlier.
Tonight, weather permitting, the DC Grays will play the Rockville Express at Montgomery College. Harry Thomas (UNC Greensboro) is the expected starting pitcher.
Weather permitting, the DC Grays will play the Rockville Express tonight at 7. The expected starting pitcher for the Grays will be Harry Thomas (1-0) of UNC Greensboro. Thomas is coming off a six inning start where he allowed just two hits with two strikeouts.
Rockville’s expected starter is Cody Mauri (0-1) with a 2.25 ERA.
Location: Montgomery College, Rockville, MD. at 7 p.m.
GAME RECAP 6-19-2015
By: Anna Dunlavey
The DC Grays gave away free bases like Halloween candy last night, and the Gaithersburg Giants took full advantage of DC’s generosity in a 9-3 win at the Nationals Youth Academy.
The last-place Giants scored 9 runs against the hapless Grays, helped by 11 walks and a hit batsman to go with 10 hits. The Grays got 13 hits, but few of them were timely. The blowout loss (the teams fourth in a row) brings the Grays’ record to 6-8 on the season.
Starter Jarred Scott (Alabama Southern CC), who was tagged with the loss, had four walks, and gave up two runs on three hits in three innings. Marlon Pruitt (Grambling State) relieved Scott. Pruitt had an uncharacteristic performance, issuing four walks and only striking out one. He gave up three runs on three hits in two innings. Ryan Garner (Memphis) came out in the top of the sixth and quickly retired the Giants on a double play and a fly out, giving the Grays a bit of hope. However, he walked the first two batters he faced in the top of the seventh, and Dan Jarrell (Washington College) took over. Four runs, including the runners Jarrell inherited, scored in the top of the seventh, and Jarrell gave up two hits and a walk with one strikeout. Steve Ghiardi (Millersville) pitched the final two innings of the game, giving up one hit and striking out three.
The Grays were boosted by a large early crowd (the team hosted a group of young African-American business students in the Future Leaders and Young Entrepreneurs program) and the game was close in the early going. Although the Giants were the first to strike, the Grays tied the score at one in the first when 2B Mike Caputo (Seton Hall) scored on a double from SS Jackson Kramer (Lafayette). But the next time the Grays scored, when DH Kurt Sinnen (Old Dominion) crossed the plate on a fielder’s choice, they were down by four runs. The Grays’ final run, when C Colton Shaver (Brigham Young) scored on a single from RF Quinn Carpenter (Texas Tech), was scored in the eighth inning, when the game was all but decided.
Today, the Grays will play an afternoon home game against the Bethesda Big Train. Carpenter is expected to move to the mound and pitch for the Grays.
By: Anna Dunlavey; @annadunlavey
The DC Grays held a “Salute to Negro League Baseball” last night at their home game against the Baltimore Dodgers. Unfortunately, in front of home crowd that included Negro League veterans, the Simmons Museum of Negro League Baseball and the baseball team from Sousa Middle School, the Grays turned in a mostly lifeless performance in a 3-1 loss that was delayed by rain in the sixth inning.
The team’s record is now 6-7 on the season after their third straight loss.
The Dodgers were able to strike early, scoring their first run in the bottom of the second. A home run in the top of the sixth bumped their lead up to 2-0 just before the rain delay. The Grays showed promise after the rain passed, when RF Desmond Stegall (Grambling State) led off the bottom of the sixth with a bunt single and C Hunter Southerland (Texas Tech) was hit by a pitch. 1B Colton Shaver (Brigham Young), who was 2-3 on the night with an RBI, scored Stegall on a single. Things were looking up for the Grays, with two runners on and no outs, but the next three batters went down in order. The Grays didn’t register any more hits for the rest of the game, and the Dodgers added another run in the top of the seventh.
Zach Irwin (East Mississippi CC) got his first start last night after working the first few weeks of the season as a reliever. He pitched six innings, and gave up two runs on five hits but wasn’t helped by some sloppy Grays defense. He struck out six batters and walked none. Bailey Spence (Cecil CC) took over in the top of the seventh. He immediately got a strikeout, but hit the next batter, who advanced to second on a passed ball and to third on a wild pitch. After Spence gave up a hit and the Dodgers scored again, Reid Frazier (Penn State) took over on the mound and pitched until the end of the game. He walked three, struck out three, and gave up no hits or runs.
Tonight, the Grays will play at home again, facing the Gaithersburg Giants. Jarred Scott (Alabama Southern CC) is the Grays’ expected starting pitcher.
Tonight, the Grays (6-7) will take on the Gaithersburg Giants (1-11). The starting pitcher will be Jarred Scott (0-0) who is looking for his first win on the season.
Giants’ probable is Braden Pearson (0-1) who is coming off a three inning outing where he gave up seven hits with one earned run.
Come out and support your hometown Grays at the Washington Nationals Youth Academy (3675 Ely Place, SE, Washington DC) at 7 p.m.