GAME RECAP 6-26-2015
By: Anna Dunlavey; @annadunlaveyy
The DC Grays kicked off their week on the road with a win last night, beating the Alexandria Aces 4-3. It was the third time these teams had met this season, and the second time the Grays came out on top. This win puts the Grays’ record at 8-12 on the season.
C Colton Shaver (Brigham Young) was hot at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI, including the game-winner in the ninth inning. Shaver played a role in all of the Grays’ runs. In the top of the first inning, he scored SS Jackson Kramer (Lafayette) with an RBI single. However, the Aces responded with a run in the second, and two runs in the fifth.
The Grays hopped back into things in the top of the sixth, after an Aces pitching change. Once again it was Shaver who got things started as the inning’s leadoff batter, advancing all the way to third on errors by the right fielder. Shaver scored on a single from LF Lamar Briggs (Jackson State). Briggs scored after RF Bryan Baquer (Washington College) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and the score was tied at 3.
The score remained tied going to the top of the ninth. Baquer led off with a single, and advanced to second on a passed ball. Then Shaver came up and delivered once again. He singled, and Baquer scored from second on an error by the left fielder with what became the winning run.
The Grays were solid on the mound. Zack Irwin (East Mississippi CC) had his longest outing of the season in his second start. He threw for seven innings, and gave up three runs on eight hits. He walked two batters, and struck out six. The win, however, went to Reid Frazier (Penn State), who pitched the final two innings of the game. Frazier gave up one hit and struck out one batter for his first win.
Tonight, the Grays will continue their road trip, taking on the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts at Montgomery Blair High School. Quinn Carpenter (Texas Tech) is the expected starting pitcher for the Grays.