GAME RECAP 7-6-2015
By Anna Dunlavey; @annadunlaveyy
The DC Grays and the Alexandria Aces waited out a rain delay in the second inning of last night’s game that lasted nearly an hour. The Grays probably wish that the game had just been rained out. The Aces beat the Grays 5-2, and the Grays record now drops to 10-18 on the season.
Starting pitcher Connor Van Hoose (Bucknell) pitched five solid innings, giving up six hits and striking out nine batters. But in the top of the sixth, after getting two outs, Van Hoose walked two batters and allowed a run to score on a single. Layton Dill (East Mississippi CC) was called on in relief.
Dill needed to get just one out, but he was unable to do so. He allowed four runs to score, one on a bases loaded walk and three on a bases loaded double. Van Hoose was tagged with two of those runs, as well as the loss.
After the double, Harry Thomas (UNC Greensboro) came out of the bullpen. Thomas gave up a walk, but struck out the last batter to finally end the inning. The disastrous sixth inning proved to be the only inning where the Aces scored, as Enrique Oquendo (Lamar) and Reid Frazier (Penn State) effectively shut them down after that. Oquendo pitched the seventh, and had a characteristically outstanding performance. He only faced three batters, striking out two and getting the third on a groundout. Frazier pitched the final two innings. He only gave up one hit, and struck out one.
The Grays did not find much success at the plate, only getting four hits on the night. Two of those hits came in the bottom of the second, immediately after the rain delay. Colton Shaver (Brigham Young) singled, and Scottie Sanders (Southeastern Louisiana) doubled. Shaver tried to come home on the Sanders double, and although he was tagged out at the plate, Sanders was able to advance to third and then come home on a wild pitch.
The Grays’ next hit came six innings later, when Drew Reid (Harvard) singled in the bottom of the eighth. The final hit of the game was a ninth inning home run hit by Kurt Sinnen (Old Dominion). It was Sinnen’s second homer of the season.
The Grays have a day off tomorrow before playing the Baltimore Redbirds at home on Wednesday. Thomas is expected to start.