DC Grays News (7/12/2016)
By: DCGrays.com Press: Blane Crouse (@bcrouse_6)
While the 2016 season hasn’t been what the DC Grays hoping for when the season got underway, four Grays players have enjoyed excellent seasons. All four have been named to the Ripken League South All-Star team. 1B/3B Marques Inman (West Virginia), C Evan Pace (SE Louisiana), CF Jawan McAllister (Pittsburgh) and LHP Jacob Erikson (San Diego State) were all rewarded for their impressive seasons thus far and were named to the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League All-Star game tomorrow.
Inman has been a consistent offensive leader for the Grays since the beginning of the season. His 41 hits ranks third in the CRCBL and he leads the league in doubles with 12. He has also hit three home runs and driven in 20 RBIs, and leads the Grays in both categories. While he has beenoutstanding offensively, he has also been a standout defensively at first and third base. He has played 77.2 innings at first recording 74 putouts, six assists and no errors. He has also played 158.1 innings at third base recording 11 putouts and 29 assists.
McAllister has also been an outstanding offensive player for the Grays since day one. He is hitting .295 with two home runs and 12 RBIs as well as five doubles and two triples. He has also walked 12 times and stolen three bases. He has been on the field more than any other Grays player as hehas recorded 235.8 innings in the outfield. McAllister’s offensive versatility has been crucial for the Grays and he finds a way to contribute every day.
Erikson has been the Grays ace all season and constantly goes deep into the game for the Grays. Erikson has a 3-3 record but has pitched two complete games and boasts an ERA of 1.67, which ranks fourth in the CRCBL. He also is the only pitcher to pitch more than 40 innings in the CRCBL this season as he has pitched 43 innings for the Grays, almost eight more innings than anyone else in the league. Erikson had held opposing batters to a .206 batting average and has only allowed one home run and eight earned runs in seven appearances. He also has struck out 21 batters while only walking six.
Pace has been a fixture behind the plate all year for the Grays playing more innings than any other catcher in the league (162.2). He had been outstanding defensively as he is third in the league in putouts with 124 and fifth in assists with 13. Pace has also contributed on the offensive end, hitting .286 with two home runs and 12 runs scored. He has also walked nine times and even stolen a few bases, including stealing home against the River Dogs earlier in the season.
The All-Star game will take place Wednesday (7/13) at Shirley Povich Field (10600 Westlake Drive, Rockville, MD 20852). Gates will open at 3:30pm and there will be a 60-yard dash competition at 3:45 and a homerun derby at 6:30. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30. Grays players will be members of the South team and will take on the All-Stars from the North Division. You can watch the game live at http://livestream.com/accounts/19663665/events/5696716!