GAME RECAP (Grays vs T-Bolts) 7/14/2016
By: DCGRAYS.com Press: Josh Shelton
The game seemed all but won Thursday night at the Washington National Youth Baseball Academy, as the DC Grays cruised into the eighth inning with a 4-1 lead and the hard throwing reliever Bryan Quillens (Eastern Kentucky) taking the mound. The visiting Silver Spring-Takoma T-Bolts, however, had a different idea. They scored five runs in the eighth to ultimately earn themselves the win 6-4, sinking the Grays even deeper into last place with a 10-22 record.
Starter Bo Burrup (Brigham Young) was stellar in his outing, going six innings allowing one run on three hits, while recording eight strikeouts. He tired in the seventh and exited after allowing a lead-off homerun. Reliever Evan Jordan (Southeastern Louisiana) closed out the inning without further damage.
In the eighth, however, Quillens struggled with his command, only throwing 13 strikes in 26 pitches and allowing four runs (two earned). Quillens only lasted a third of an inning before getting pulled and was replaced by ace Jake Erikson (San Diego St.). He gave up an unearned run on three hits before retiring two batters to get out of the dreadful eighth.
The four runs of offense came in the fourth and fifth innings (two in each), but were not enough with the T-Bolts outscoring the Grays in a single inning. 3B Marques Inman (West Virginia) recorded the only RBI of the game for the Grays in the fifth with a single that scored LF Lamar Briggs (Jackson St.) from second.
The Grays will attempt to pull out of their tailspin Friday night, as they travel to Herndon to take on the Braves and try to snap a six game losing streak.
This summer, DC Grays Baseball rejuvenated MLB’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program for Washington, DC – forming DC Grays RBI and providing free youth baseball and softball opportunities for kids across the District. As part of this mission, DC Grays RBI is proud to welcome Ward 7 Baseball, a four-team summer youth baseball league for boys and girls ages 8-13.
DC Grays RBI was originally founded with the idea of offering free summer baseball and softball opportunities for high-end play for middle school and high school age kids. By adding Ward 7 Baseball to DC Grays RBI, the program now has offerings for boys and girls across all age groups.
The photos below are from last night’s Ward 7 Baseball game at the baseball field at the Fort Davis Recreation Center in Southeast.
“We are proud to be working with Ward 7 Baseball,” said Mike Barbera, President of DC Grays Baseball. “They are a great addition to DC Grays RBI. As these kids grow and learn the game, we hope that they will play on our other RBI teams for older kids – and that they will be a part of DC Grays RBI for many years.”
“We are so grateful to be part of DC Grays RBI,” said Jason Medina, the founder and commissioner of Ward 7 Baseball. “They have gave given us so much support and encouragement, and they have provided our kids with new uniforms, hats and equipment. Being part of DC Grays RBI will allow us to grow our program and reach even more kids.
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!
GAME RECAP (Grays at Express) 7/10/2016
By: DCGRAYS.com Press: Josh Shelton
The DC Grays fell to the Rockville Express 14-9 Sunday night. The hosting Express had two five run innings that proved too much for the Grays to overcome. The Grays still sit at last place in the Ripken South division after having dropped their last four games.
Offense was spread out for the Grays, scoring at least one run in all but three innings. Some of the offensive production came from some unlikely players. DH Zach McCrum (Eastern Kentucky) led the team in runs scored with three and hit a lead off triple in the second inning. SS Chris Perez (Grambling St.) went 2 for 5 with two RBIs and C Lucas Martinez (Cal St. San Bernardino) went 3 for 5 with two RBIs.
Pitching for the Grays, however, was a different story Sunday night. Starter Scott Bean (Slippery Rock) only pitched three and two thirds innings, while allowing seven earned runs. RHP Matthew Dalke (Southeastern Louisiana) came into pitch relief in the fourth and finished out the game. Dalke did, however, also allow seven runs (five earned), which in total was too much for the Grays offense to over come.
The Grays will play Monday afternoon in a make up game against the division leading Bethesda Big Train. Game time is scheduled for 5:30pm at the Nationals Youth Academy as the Grays will look to snap a four game losing streak and gain a game back on the division leaders.
GAME PREVIEW (Grays vs Big Train) 7-11-2016
By DCGrays.com Press
Tonight’s game versus the Bethesda Big Train(20-10), has the Grays(10-20) hosting a make up game that got rained out this past Friday.
The starting pitcher for each team is currently not listed being that it is a make up game.
First Pitch is scheduled for 5:30p at the home of the Grays….the Washington Nationals Youth Academy (3675 Ely Place SE, Washington, DC)
GAME RECAP (Grays at Big Train) 7/9/2016
By: DCGRAYS.com Press: Blane Crouse
The Grays fell to the Bethesda Big Train 4-2 on Friday night. The loss drops the Grays record to 10-19 and 9.5 games back in the CRCBL South Division.
All of the runs were scored in the fourth and fifth innings. The Grays scored first in the top of the fourth as C Evan Pace (SE Louisiana) drove in LF Lamar Briggs (Jackson St) who had singled earlier in the inning. The Grays scored again when RF Vinnie Catanza (Florida Tech) drove in 3B Marques Inman (West Virginia) with a sacrifice fly. Inman had doubled earlier in the inning. Those would be the only two runs the Grays would score.
The Big Train tied the game in the bottom of the fourth and scored two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Four runs would be all the Big Train needed as both teams remained scoreless the rest of the game.
Grays’ starting pitcher Jacob Erikson (San Diego St) was solid going 7.1 innings and allowing four runs while striking out five Big Train batters. Inman and Pace each had two hits to lead the Grays.
Next up the Grays will go on the road to take on the Rockville Express on Sunday, July 10th. The Grays will try to right the ship before the all-star break.
GAME RECAP (Grays at Aces) 7/8/2016
By: DCGrays.com Press: Josh Shelton
The DC Grays must be exhausted after playing back to back to back extra-inning games (including a double header on Wednesday). The latest, a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to the Alexandria Aces on Thursday in Alexandria, was particularly difficult after the Grays held a two run lead before succumbing in the bottom of the 11th.
In Thursday’s contest, the Grays and Aces were tied with the Grays through ten innings, as each team got excellent pitching and played good defense.
Offense was sparse until the 11th inning, when 3B Marques Inman (West Virginia) scored on 1B Tyler Thomas’ (Shepherd) one out single giving the Grays the first lead of the night. C Evan Pace (Southeastern Louisiana) scored on an error committed by Aces CF Liam McArthur to give the Grays a two run lead headed into the bottom of the 11th.
Pitching for both teams was terrific throughout. Grays starter David Giusti (Lafayette) went six innings, recorded six strikeouts and surrendering just four hits. Bo Burrup (Brigham Young) pitched three shutout innings in relief before surrendering the lead in the 11th.
The Grays will try to snap a two-game losing streak Friday as they travel to challenge the Ripken South division leaders, Bethesda Big Train. It is a scheduled double-header with the first game taking place at 4:30pm.
GAME RECAP (Grays vs Riverdogs) 7-6-2016
By: DCGrays.com Press: Blane Crouse @bcrouse_6
The Grays lost to the Vienna Riverdogs 3-2 in what was game one of a double header at the Nationals Youth Academy. The game took eleven innings to decide and was a walk off win for the Riverdogs, as they were the “home” team for the first game of the double header.
Both starting pitchers were outstanding in the game as Grays starter, RHP Matthew Dalke (SE Louisiana), went seven innings allowing only one earned run and six hits and Riverdogs starter, RHP Mason Keen (East Carolina), went six innings allowing eight hits and no earned runs.
The Riverdogs struck first in the bottom of the second inning. No more runs would be scored until the Grays tied the game in the top of the seventh when SS Garrett Hudson (Virginia Tech), singled to score LF Lamar Briggs (Jackson St) who had singled and stole second earlier in the inning.
The Riverdogs added another run in the bottom of the eighth putting the pressure on the Grays who began the top of the ninth trailing 2-1. CF Jawan McAllister (Pittsburgh) led off the inning with a walk and later advanced to second and then third on wild pitches. With two outs and the game on the line DH Chris Perez (Grambling St) came up to bat. Perez used his keen eye to work a full count and then drove in McAllister with a single to tie the game. RHP Bryan Quillens (Eastern Kentucky) came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth for the Grays and quickly retired the side.
Offense was scarce in the 10th inning as there was only one hit between the two teams. In the top of the 11th the Grays offense stalled again producing three quick outs. The Riverdogs took advantage of the Grays lack of offensive output by scoring a run in the bottom of the 11th and ending the game.
As the first game took so long to play it was decided that game two would only be a seven-inning game. However, the game was suspended in the fifth inning due to a curfew at the Academy – field lights need to be turned off by 11:00PM. The game will resume where it left off the next time the Grays and Riverdogs meet with the Riverdogs leading 5-0.
In addition to Dalke’s impressive outing, Briggs impressed going three for five with a walk and a run scored. 1B Tyler Thomas (Shepherd U) also had a big game going three for four with a walk.
Next up the Grays will go on the road Thursday to take on the Alexandria Aces. RHP David Giusti (Lafayette) will be on the mound for the Grays. Giusti is 2-0 with a 4.15 ERA and 16 Ks in 21.2 innings pitched. The Grays will look to get back in the win column and climb back in to the playoff picture prior to the all-star break.
GAME RECAP (Grays vs Giants) 7-6-2016
By: DCGrays.com Press: Josh Shelton
It took an extra inning of play, but the DC Grays finally ended a five game skid with a 5-4 win Tuesday against the Gaithersburg Giants. With the win the Grays improve to 10-16 on the year while moving to seven and a half games back from the Bethesda Big Train.
The Grays trailed the entire game until the seventh inning, when they tied the score at four. The rally started with an RBI single from CF Jawan McAllister (Pittsburgh) that scored 2B Eric Sloper (Shepherd) from third. With two outs, 3B Marques Inman hit a towering fly ball that was dropped by Giants left fielder Tate Shaw, allowing RF Lamar Briggs (Jackson St.) and McAllister to score.
RHP Simon Rosenblum-Larson (Harvard) came on in relief and shut down the Giants in the eighth inning, retiring all three batters he faced with two strikeouts. Then in the ninth, Grays’ ace Jake Erikson (San Diego St.) came in to pitch relief and kept the Giants off the board. After the Grays failed to score with bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Erikson returned to the mound and pitched a second inning of shutout relief.
In the bottom of the tenth inning DH Chris Perez led off with a single, then was bunted to second base by 1B Tyler Thomas (Shepherd) before advancing to third on Sloper’s ground out. With two outs and a runner on third, Briggs stepped up to the plate. Briggs crushed a 1-0 fastball over the centerfielder’s head for a walk off single to score Perez from third and end the game.
The Grays will try and ride this momentum into Wednesday’s double-header against the Vienna River Dogs (11-15) in D.C. Both games will be nine-innings. The double-header starts at 5:00pm and can be listened to live at www.spreaker.com/user/8147824.
GAME PREVIEW (Grays vs Giants) 7-5-2016
By: DCGrays.com Press
For what has been a dreadful season to this point the Grays definitely needed yesterday’s off day for some rest and hopefully a reset on the season. The Grays(9-16) are technically not out of the playoff hunt as of yet and have a chance to turn around this heart breaking season. Tonight the Gaithersburg Giants(11-12) will visit the home of the Grays, the Washington Nationals Youth Academy tonight at 7p. This will be the last meeting between the two ball clubs this summer unless a playoff showdown occurs.
Tonight on the mound as the starting pitcher for the Grays will be Evan Jordan (SE Louisiana). With an 0-2 record and an ERA sitting at 5.40, Jordan is coming off his best performance for the Grays in last start in which he went 6 innings and allowing 2 earned runs (4 total) while striking out 5 batters. The Grays lost the game 4-1 to the Alexandria Aces.
The first pitch for tonight’s game is scheduled for 7p at the home of the DC Grays, the Washington Nationals Youth Academy (3675 Ely Place SE, Washington, DC)