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.