6-13-15 GAME RECAP
By: Anna Dunlavey @annadunlavey
The DC Grays battled for the lead with the FCA Herndon Braves multiple times in last night’s game, before falling 9-7 to the home team. The Grays record is now 4-4 on the season.
The Grays got things started with a quick unearned run in the top of the first. CF Bryan Baquer (Washington College) walked to start the game, and then stole second during the next at bat. DH Kurt Sinnen (Old Dominion) reached base on an error by the first baseman, and Baquer scored all the way from second on the second error of the play, made by the catcher. The Grays did not have the lead for long, however, as one of the Braves hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the inning.
The Grays were down 5-1 in the top of the fourth, when they began to mount a comeback. RF Desmond Stegall (Grambling State) singled, and stole both second and third during LF Lamar Briggs’ (Jackson State) at bat. Briggs also singled. Stegall scored on a single from Baquer, and Briggs scored after 1B Taylor King (Memphis) took a bases loaded walk.
The Grays loaded the bases again in the fifth, with C Colton Shaver (Brigham Young), Briggs and Stegall. Baquer singled, scoring Shaver — but that was the Grays’ only tally in that frame.
After the Braves scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth, the Grays notched two more unearned runs in the top of the seventh. SS Jackson Kramer (Lafayette) reached first on an error, second on a wild pitch, and third on a passed ball. He scored on a single from Briggs. Stegall, who had gotten on with a walk, scored on a single from 3B Keifer Rawlings (Bucknell). The Grays finally tied the score at seven in the top of the eighth, when King, who had doubled, scored on a single from Shaver. However, in the bottom of the inning, the Braves loaded the bases. Ryan Garner (Memphis) came in to try to get the Grays out of the jam, but a double from the Braves scored two runs and took back the lead. The Grays went out in order in the top of the ninth.
Starting pitcher Jarred Scott (Alabama Southern CC) pitched the first two innings, giving up five runs on four hits with three strikeouts. Zack Irwin (East Mississippi CC) came in for relief in the third inning, and pitched the next 5.1 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits with six strikeouts.
Today, the Grays will play the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts at the Washington Nationals Youth Academy. Harry Thomas (UNC-Greensboro) is the expected starting pitcher for the Grays. First pitch is set for 1pm