By: Anna Dunlavey
The DC Grays suffered their first loss of the season last night. Despite bringing
five different pitchers to the mound over the course of the game, they could not silence
the bats of the Alexandria Aces. The Grays lost 12-1 at Barcroft Park. The team’s record
for the season is 1-1.
Dan Jarrell’s (Washington College) first start was a rough one. He pitched just
one inning, walking one and giving up four runs on six hits. He was tagged with the loss.
The winning pitcher for the Aces, Gabriel Mosser, shut down the Grays offensively. He
did not allow any earned runs and only gave up one hit over five innings of work.
For the Grays, Steven Ghiardi (Millersville) came in to relieve Jarrell, and kept
the Aces scoreless for two innings. Rebounding from a 4-0 deficit did not seem
impossible. However, to start the bottom of the fourth, Ghiardi hit the first batter he
faced and walked the next two. Ryan Garner (Memphis) took over on the mound to try
to get the Grays out of the bases loaded jam. He was able to get out the first batter he
faced, but the second batter hit a single that drove in all three Aces runners. The Aces
scored three more runs before the inning was over, and suddenly the Grays were facing
a 10-0 deficit.
With Mosser off the mound in the top of the sixth, the Grays were able to score a
run of their own. Kane Hassan (St. Mary’s-CA) doubled to drive in Corey Chafin (Memphis),
who had reached first on an error. Jarred Scott (Meridian CC) took the mound in the
fifth inning and was solid for two innings, but gave up two runs in the top of the seventh.
Marlon Pruitt (Grambling State) got the Aces out in order in the bottom of the eighth,
but by then it was too late for the Grays to rebound.
The Grays will play their home opening game, against the Baltimore Redbirds,
tonight at 7PM at the Nationals Youth Academy. Maverik Buffo (Brigham
Young) is the expected starting pitcher for the Grays.