GAME PREVIEW (Grays at Braves) 6-24-2016
By: DCGrays.com Press
After last night’s 6-4 loss to the T-bolts the Grays winning streak came to an end. The Grays(8-7) hope to bounce back and get back on a new streak tonight as they visit the Herndon Braves(7-8). This will be the first visit to Herndon for the season for the Grays and they look to avenge their early season loss to the Braves in D.C.
Simon Rosenblum-Larson (Harvard) starts on the mound for the Grays tonight. He is coming off an excellent performance in his last start which was versus the Bethesda Big Train on June 17th which resulted in a 2-1 loss for the Grays in what was a pitcher’s duel.
First pitch is scheduled for 7p at Alan McCullock Field at Herndon High School (700 Bennett Street, Herndon, VA 20170)
By: DCGrays.com Press: Blane Crouse; @bcrouse_6
Grays pitcher Bo Burrup (BYU) is not your average college baseball player, and he’s far from it. Burrup is an immensely talented, six foot five inch, hard throwing left handed pitcher who had interest from many big time colleges as well as MLB teams during his Junior year of high school, but there’s more to his story than that.
Bo’s story begins as a nine-year-old boy growing up in Pocatello, Idaho where he dreamed of being a major league ballplayer. Athleticism runs in Bo’s genes as one of his uncles was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates, and another played division one college football. Bo and his best friend (and cousin) Camden Christensen did everything together from baseball to just hanging out until Camden suddenly passed away at the age of 10. Bo was devastated losing his best friend at such a young age and turned to his faith (Bo is Mormon) and sports to get through this difficult time in his life. Camden’s death motivated Bo to always keep his priorities straight and make sure to remember there is more to life than baseball.
Bo was clearly a talented athlete, being named all conference as a freshman and sophomore in high school as well as being named all state his junior year. During Bo’s senior season he had a 6-1 record with a 1.11 ERA, which included a no hitter during the state tournament in which he struck out 17 of the 21 batters he faced. When Bo wasn’t pitching, he played first base and hit for an outstanding .456 average. Not surprisingly, Bo had interest from colleges such as Stanford, Oregon State, and BYU among many others. He even received letters of interest from MLB teams such as the Royals, Angels, Braves, Diamondbacks and Cubs. After receiving all that attention most high school players would spend their next year honing their skills in high school and planning to play major college baseball or even begin their professional career. Bo decided to go a different path, graduating high school early and deciding to serve a two-year, Spanish speaking mission trip in Baltimore, MD.
Bo graduated high school in November 2013 and headed to Baltimore later that month to begin his missionary work. During his mission work he did many things such as cleaning up the streets after the Baltimore Riots as well as assisting people who were old or disabled with yard work or other things that may be difficult for them. While Bo was there, he spoke mostly Spanish (Bo is fluent in Spanish) and interacted with many Spanish-speaking people. For two full years Bo served for his religion and threw only one pitch during that time period. This pitch was the first pitch at an Orioles game on August 29th, 2014. One of the missionaries serving with Bo had a connection with someone working for the Orioles and found a way for him to throw out the first pitch at Camden Yards. Bo went out and threw the pitch in honor of his cousin, Camden. Bo very much enjoyed the experience of the mission work and looking back knows putting his baseball future on hold was the right choice for him.
This past November, Bo returned from his mission trip and enrolled in BYU where he began training again after two full years off. This spring, Bo appeared in 25 games and struck out 18 batters for the Cougars. He helped BYU have a successful season as they had a record of 37-17, one of their best records in recent memory. Even though Bo was slightly older than the average college freshman, he will still have three more years to develop with BYU and his pro dreams remain quite realistic.
Bo has had an impressive start to this season for the Grays as he has a record of 2-0 and has struck out 20 batters over 11.2 innings. Bo is second in the CRCBL in strikeouts and has pitched 7.1 innings less than the only pitcher ahead of him. Bo is also tied for first in wins and is in the top 20 in ERA. Not only is Bo successful on the field, but he is having fun and enjoying his experience in DC as well. When asked about his time in DC so far Bo said “I couldn’t ask for anything better. I love my teammates and my coaches and having the opportunity to get better every single day.”
Bo is currently studying finance and business management at BYU and is an excellent student, so baseball or not his future is bright. Bo says his goal still remains to be drafted and become a professional baseball player and if he keeps pitching the way he has, he will give himself a great chance to realize that dream. Regardless of whether or not Bo plays baseball for a livelihood, he still wants to stay around baseball and would like to coach or teach young people how to play the game. While Bo is a great baseball player, he is a better person and its safe to say whatever he does upon finishing his playing career he will be successful.
Check out Bo’s first pitch at Camden Yards here
Note: Bo is pitching tonight for the Grays against the SS-Tacoma T Bolts.
GAME RECAP (6-22-2016 Grays vs Giants)
By: DCGrays.com Press; Josh Shelton @JoshNLISports
The DC Grays kept their recent hot streak alive with a 6-3 home win Wednesday night against the Gaithersburg Giants. The win moves the Grays to 8-6 on the season, good enough for a share of the lead of the Ripken League South division.
No time was wasted getting the offense going as LF Luke Robinson (Lafayette) hit a lead off home run in the bottom of the first to tie the game at 1-1. RF Jawan McAllister (Pittsburgh) followed up with a single before being driven in by 3B Marques Inman’s (West Virginia) RBI double. Inman would also come around to score on a wild pitch after C Evan Pace (Southeastern Louisiana) hit a single to put runners on the corners. Finally, Pace would cross home plate for the fourth run of the inning on RF Lamar Briggs’ (Jackson St.) fielder’s choice ground ball.
The Grays wouldn’t score another run until the sixth inning where Inman reached first on an error. Pace then hit a 1-2 fastball into right for a single, advancing Inman to second. Then, when Inman attempted a steal at third, Giant’s catcher Trey Martinez sailed a through into left field that scored Inman and moved Pace to third. 1B Tyler Thomas (Shepherd) then hit a sacrifice fly into right that easily scored Pace giving the Grays a 6-3 lead.
The pitching for the Grays was solid as well. Starter David Giusti (Lafayette) went four and two thirds innings, allowing only two earned runs (three in total), six hits and struck out seven batters. RHP Matthew Dalke (Southeastern Louisiana) relieved Giusti in the fifth inning and shut out the Giants the rest of the way, striking out four and only conceding four hits. Dalke picked up the win.
The Grays will try and continue this hot streak Thursday night at the Washington Nationals Youth Academy against the SIlver Spring-Tacoma T-Bolts (7-7) at home. The probable starting match up is set to be Bo Burrup (BYU) for the Grays vs. Chih-Yuan Lai (1-0) of the visiting T-Bolts. Burrup has a 2-0 record on the season. Game time is 7pm. If you can’t make it to the ballpark, you can listen at www.spreaker.com/user/8147824.
GAME PREVIEW (Grays vs T-Bolts) 6-23-2016
By: DCGrrays.com Press
As the Grays(8-6) come into tonight’s home game versus the Silver Spring/Takoma Thunderbolts(7-7) on a four game winning streak, they also come into tonight’s game tied for first place in the Ripken League South division. The Grays look to stay on the streak and remain in first place as the pitching and offense have blended well during this streak.
Bo Burrup(BYU) will be tonight’s staring pitcher for the Grays. He looks to make a bounce back from his last start on June 13 against the Gaithersburg Giants in which as the starter he gave up 6 runs (4 earned) in just a short 3 innings of work that day but the Grays did end up getting the win 13-9 in extra innings. Burrup has however been very good out of the pen so far this season as he is second in the league in strikeouts with 20. “He’s such a good pitcher who commands the strikezone when he’s in a rhythm. We like our chances with him out there” said pitching coach Chris Nee.
First pitch is scheduled for 7p at the home of the DC Grays, the Washington Nationals Youth Academy (3675 Ely Place SE, Washington DC)
GAME PREVIEW (Grays vs Giants) 6-22-2016
By: DCGrays.com Press
Tonight’s home game between the Grays(7-6) and the Gaithersburg Giants(6-7) comes a day after the league off day and on the heels of a current three-game winning streak for the Grays. The Grays have played some good baseball over the past five games winning four them. This has the Grays currently in second place in the Ripken South Division just 1 game back of the division leading Bethesda Big Train.
On the mound as tonight’s starter for the Grays will be David Giusti (Lafayette). Giusti currently sits at a 2-0 record with a solid 3.00 ERA. His first two starts have both been quality outings. “He has been impressive for us so far, no doubt. We have a good feeling he will always give us a chance to win” said Grays Manager Reggie Terry.
First pitch is scheduled for 7p at the home of the DC Grays, the Washington Nationals Youth Academy. The Grays also look forward to hosting both the Ward 7 baseball group and the unveiling of the players selected for the DC Grays RBI team. Come out and help us cheer on the Grays and this youngsters in our stands.
GAME PREVIEW (Grays vs Dodgers) 6-20-2016
By: DCGrays.com Press: Blane Crouse
The Grays defeated the Baltimore Dodgers in dramatic fashion on Monday night. The final was 6-5, with the home standing Grays tying the game in the eighth inning and winning it in the ninth. The win puts the Grays over .500 for the first time, with a record of 7-6. The Grays now sit in a tie for second place in the South Division and are riding a three game win streak into an off day tomorrow.
The Dodgers struck first, taking a 1-0 lead on a throwing error by the Grays in the second inning. The Grays quickly answered in the third inning as LF Luke Robinson (Lafayette) singled and came around to score on a throwing error by the Dodgers.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Grays CF Jawan McAllister (Pittsburgh) hit his second home run of the season, driving in Robinson who had reached on a walk. McAllister’s blast gave the Grays a 3-1 lead.
The Dodgers answered the Grays with a run of their own in the sixth inning and then two runs in the seventh giving – taking a 4-3 lead. The Dodgers continued to add to their lead with a lone run in the top of the eighth inning.
Going into the bottom of the eighth the Grays trailed 5-3 and badly needed some offense to keep their win streak going. Thankfully, that offense came in the form of two RBI singles that tied the game – one from RF Lamar Briggs (Jackson St) and SS Eric Sloper (Shepherd).
The Grays were in a good spot in the bottom of the ninth as the top of their lineup lead off the inning. Robinson flew out to start the inning, bringing up McAllister who was hit by a pitch. 3B Marques Inman (West Virginia) then doubled down the left field line to move McAllister to third base with one out. C Evan Pace (SE Louisiana) was intentionally walked to load the bases and put all the pressure on DH Denzel Chapman (San Diego St). Chapman quickly fell behind 0-2 but worked the count back to 2-2 before hitting a blooper in to the shallow infield. The Dodgers tagged one runner and attempted to throw Chapman out at first but he beat the throw as McAllister crossed home plate giving the Grays the win.
Starting pitcher Jake Josephs (Old Dominion) went 6.1 innings allowing three earned runs and striking out three batters. Brian Quillens (Eastern Kentucky) allowed a run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning, and Trey Congleton (Fairleigh Dickinson) came on in relief and held the fort for 1.1 innings of scoreless ball. Lefty Bo Burrup (BYU) pitched two thirds of an inning in the ninth and got the win – moving his record to 2-0.
Next up, the Grays will host the Gaithersburg Giants at Nats Youth Academy on Wednesday, June 22nd at 7:00 p.m, as they look to increase their win streak to four games. The Grays will be hosting players and coaches from Ward 7 Baseball, which is part of the new DC Grays RBI program.
GAME PREVIEW (Grays vs Dodgers) 6-20-2016
By: DCGrays.com Press
The Grays(6-6) enter tonight’s game winners of two straight games and look to turn that into a winning streak tonight as they host the Baltimore Dodgers(8-4). The last time the Grays faced the Dodgers it was the 18-9 disastrous loss up at Joe Cannon Stadium. The Grays look to avenge that loss tonight.
Jake Josephs (Old Dominion) will be the starting pitcher for the Grays tonight. He currently sits at 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA and seven strikeouts in seven innings of work. This will be his first start of the season as his first appearance was 7 innings of relief work on June 13 versus the Gaithersburg Giants in which he got the win.
The Grays will also host some Little League ball players and parents from the Capitol Hill Little League. “Our games seem to have a different flare to them when we host a Little League organization and our guys play their hearts out” said Antonio Scott the Grays General Manager.
First pitch scheduled for 7p at the home of the Grays the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy (3675 Ely Place SE, Washington DC)
GAME RECAP (6-19-2016 Grays at Express)
By: DCGrays.com Press; Josh Shelton @JoshNLISports
DC Grays starting pitcher Jake Erikson (San Diego St.) shined bright on Sunday, throwing a complete game shutout and leading the Grays to a 1-0 victory over Rockville. The road win against the Express extended the Grays win streak to two and brought them to 6-6 on the season. They are now just one game back from the division leading Bethesda Big Train.
Erikson pitched his second straight gem, allowing only six hits, striking out five, and recording his second win, all while improving his ERA to a microscopic 0.42. He even managed to pitch the entire game without breaking the 100 pitch mark.
The Grays scored the only run of the night on a second-inning RBI ground out by DH Lucas Martinez (Cal. St.-San Bernardino) that scored C Evan Pace (SE Louisiana). DC totaled seven hits, three walks, and only stranded four baserunners.
The Grays will look to add to their win column Monday night as they take on the Baltimore Dodgers (8-4) at home at 7pm. On the mound for the Grays will be right-hander Jake Joseph (Old Dominion). Listen to the game live at www.spreaker.com/user/8147824
GAME RECAP (6-18-2016 Grays at Riverdogs)
By: DCGrays.com Press; Blane Crouse: @bcrouse_6
On Saturday night the Grays defeated the Vienna Riverdogs 5-4 to improve their record to 5-6. This win puts the Grays only one and a half games out of first place in the South Division about a quarter of the way through the season.
The Grays found themselves behind early as they trailed 1-0 at the end of the second inning. However they struck back in the top of the fourth, taking a 2-1 lead as DH Tyler Thomas (Shepherd) and SS Eric Sloper (Shepherd) both drove in runs. The Grays could not escape the fourth inning with the lead as the Riverdogs scored a run of their own in the bottom of the fourth, tying the score at two.
In the top of the fifth the Grays offense came alive once again as RF Lamar Briggs (Jackson State) drove in LF Luke Robinson (Lafayette) with a double. Later in the inning C Drake Hollingsworth (Alabama-Huntsville) scored on a wild pitch bringing the score to 4-2 in favor of the Grays.
The Riverdogs then answered back with a home run in the bottom of the fifth and another run in the bottom of the seventh to tie it at four.
In the top of the eighth, 2B Parker Farley (Alabama-Huntsville) came through in the clutch with a single that drove in Thomas. This was all the scoring the Grays needed as RHP Bryan Quillens (Eastern Kentucky) and LHP Bo Burrup (BYU) shut down the Riverdogs’ offense for the final two innings.
The Grays relief pitching was outstanding, and the key relievers were rewarded. Burrup got the win and Quillens got the save as the two combined for eight strikeouts over only three innings pitched.
The back of the Grays lineup was particularly potent at the plate, as the six through nine hitters all drove in key runs in the win. 1B Marques Inman (West Virginia) continued his impressive season going two for four with a walk and a run scored.
Next up for the Grays will be another road game as they travel to Rockville to take on the Express (3-8) on Father’s Day. The Grays defeated the Express in their first meeting of the year, 8-4. On the mound for the Grays will be LHP Jacob Erikson (San Diego State) who won the Pitcher of the Week award for week one of the Ripken League season. Erikson is 1-0 on the year with a 0.73 ERA. RHP Nate Harmon (Southeastern U) will pitch for the Express. Harmon is 0-1 on the season and has struck out three batters over three innings.
GAME PREVIEW (Grays at Rockville) 6-19-2016
By: DCGrays.com Press
Coming off a hard fought win last night the Grays(5-6) finish up this three game road skid tonight at the Rockville Express(3-8). On the mound for the Grays tonight as the starter will be Jacob Erikson (San Diego State) who is coming off a masterful performance in his first start of the season which earned him “Pitcher of the Week” honors for the Ripken League.
First pitch is scheduled for 7P at Knights Field at Montgomery College-Rockville (51 Mannakee St., Rockville, MD 20850)