6-10-15 GAME RECAP
By: Anna Dunlavey
The DC Grays waited until the ninth inning to get their first hit and their first run Wednesday night, but by then, of course, it was too late. The Bethesda Big Train bested the Grays at the Nationals Youth Academy, winning 4-1. The Grays overall record dropped to 2-3 on the season.
The Grays wasted good pitching. Starter Layton Dill (East Mississippi CC) pitched for 5.2 innings, and gave up two runs on six hits with two strikeouts. Reid Frazier (Penn State) took over for Dill and threw for 1.2 innings, allowing one run. Ryan Garner (Memphis) threw for .2 innings, giving up a run and a hit. Marlon Pruitt (Grambling State) went out for the ninth inning and got three quick outs, two of which were strikeouts.
The score was tight for most of the game. The Big Train scored in the first inning, but the score remained at 1-0 until the top of the sixth, when the Bethesda leadoff batter tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly. Even then, a comeback didn’t seem impossible, but the Big Train scored two insurance runs in the top of the eighth to bring the score to 4-0 and digging a deeper hole for the Grays.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Grays tallied at last. CF Bryan Baquer (Washington College) got the Grays’ first hit, a single, and advanced to second on an error by the pitcher. He scored on a double from 3B Keith Rawlings (Bucknell), and the Grays suddenly had life. Just a quickly as it started, however, the Grays rally fizzled. The next three Grays’ batter went down in order.
The Grays will be on the road tonight, taking on the Rockville Express at their home field at Montgomery College-Rockville. Connor Van Hoose (Bucknell) is the expected starting pitcher for the Grays.