GAME RECAP (Grays vs. Riverdogs 6-12-2016)
DCGrays.com Press: Blane Crouse @bcrouse_6
After two lopsided losses, the DC Grays badly needed a win on Sunday as they took the field against the Vienna Riverdogs at the Nationals Youth Academy. Thanks to a complete game performance by Jacob Erikson (San Diego St.), they got one. Grays topped the Vienna Riverdogs 3-2 on a windy afternoon, raising their record to 2-4 going into tomorrow night’s road game against the Gaithersburg Giants.
The Grays scored first in the bottom of the second inning on one of the rarest plays in baseball. C Evan Pace (SE Louisiana) stole home to give the Grays the early lead. The Grays then added to their lead in the bottom of the third as infielder Marques Inman (West Virginia) drove in outfielder Denz’l Chapman (San Diego St). Inman stole third base and then scored on a throwing error by the Riverdogs, extending the Grays’ lead to 3-0 early in the game.
In the top of the fourth inning the Riverdogs scored their first run on a throwing error by the Grays. The Riverdogs added another run in the top of the fifth inning as Shaun Wood (West Virginia) doubled to bring the Riverdogs within a run of tying the game.
That was all the scoring for the Riverdogs as Erikson pitched four straight innings of shutout baseball and the Grays notched their second win of the year. Erikson went nine innings allowing only one earned run and striking out five Riverdog batters. Erikson displayed dominance throughout the game as no Riverdog batter recorded more than one hit off of him.
Inman continued to produce for the Grays, going one for two with a walk, a RBI, a stolen base and a run scored. Pace also added two hits, a stolen base and a run scored. Chapman proved to be an effective leadoff hitter as he got on base three times to jumpstart the Grays offense.
On Monday, the Grays will travel to Criswell Automotive Field in Gaithersburg, to take on the Giants (3-2) at 7:00pm. On the mound for the Grays will be left-hander Bo Burrup (BYU). Lefty Jacob Brewer (West Virginia) will get the start for the Giants.