GAME PREVIEW (Grays at Dodgers) 6-27-2016
By: DCGrays.com Press
After a bad weekend of tough losses for the Grays (8-11), they hope to break the losing streak tonight in Hanover, MD as they travel to face the Baltimore Dodgers (8-10). One day before the league-wide off day the team looks to get back into the win column to end their first half of the season.
Jake Josephs (Old Dominion) will be tonight’s starting pitcher for the Grays. Josephs currently has a 1-0 record with a 4.05 ERA. His first start of the season was ironically versus the Dodgers in which he went 6.1 innings allowing 3 earned runs.
First pitch is scheduled for 7p at Joe Cannon Stadium (7551 Teague Rd, Hanover, MD 21076) which is the home field of the Baltimore Dodgers.
GAME RECAP (Grays at Redbirds) 6-25-2016
By: DCGrays.com Press: Blane Crouse
The Grays fell to the Redbirds 4-3 on Saturday night, dropping a heartbreaker after a valiant comeback. The Grays are now 8-9 on the season and sit in fourth place in the CRCBL South Division.
For the first two innings both teams could not score and were knotted at zero after two innings of play. That changed when the Redbirdshit a home run in the bottom of the third inning. Neither team would scoreagain until the bottom of the eighth when the Redbirds added another run to their lead.
The Grays went into the top of the ninth down 2-0 and struggling offensively as they only had two hits. CF JawanMcAllister (Pittsburgh) lead off the bottom of the ninth with a single, as did 3B Marques Inman (West Virginia). With the tying runs on base C Evan Pace (SELouisiana) singled as well, loading the bases with no outs for DH Drake Hollingsworth (Alabama-Huntsville). Hollingsworth fell behind 0-2 then grounded in to a fielder’s choice, scoring McAllister for the Grays first run of the game. 2B Lamar Briggs (Jackson St) then drove in Inman with a sacrifice fly.
With two outs and the game tied at two, LF Luke Robinson (Lafayette) stepped up to bat and Denzl Chapman (San Diego St) was brought in as a pinch runner for Hollingsworth. Robinson singled, moving Chapman to third and bringing up 1B Tyler Thomas (Shepherd) with a chance to give the Grays alead. Thomas eventually advanced to first on an error by the Redbirds and Chapman came in to score to give the Grays a 3-2 lead. The next batter for the Grays was SS Eric Sloper (Shepherd) who grounded out to end the inning.
With the Grays leading 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, RHPJacob Erikson (San Diego St) went back out to pitch seeking his third straight complete game. Unfortunately, the Redbirds scored quickly evening the score at three. Erikson was pulled for RHP Bryan Quillens (Eastern Kentucky) after he surrendered the lead. The Redbirds then scored one more run for a walk off win.
Luke Robinson had a nice day at the plate going two for four, as did Lamar Briggs who went one for three with an RBI. Starting pitcherJacob Erikson was impressive once again for the Grays as he pitched 8.1 terrific innings – another workhorse performance.
Next up the Grays will stay on the road and take on the Alexandria Aces Sunday in a doubleheader starting at4:30pm.
GAME PREVIEW (Grays at Redbirds) 6-25-2016
By: DCGrays.com Press
The Grays are back on the road tonight after a struggling loss at the hands of the Herndon Braves last night. The Grays(8-8) look to erase the memory of being no-hot by the Braves less than twenty-four hours after the defeat. Tonight they face the Baltimore Redbirds(10-3). It’s going to be tough coming off two straight losses.
Tonight’s starter on the mound for the Grays will be Jacob Erickson (San Diego State) who currently has a 2-0 record with a league leading 0.42 ERA. His first two starts resulted in two complete games including a 1-0 shutout over the Rockville Express on June 19th. “The kid has a plan and well-oiled approach on the mound and he sticks to his script” said Antonio Scott, Grays General Manager.
First Pitch is scheduled for 6:30p at Carlo Crispino Stadium at Calvert Hall High School (8102 Lasalle Road, Towson, MD 21286)
GAME RECAP (Grays at Braves) 6-24-2016
By: DCGrays.com Press: Josh Shelton
Friday night was a tough one for the DC Grays, as the team went hitless and lost to the hone standing FCA Herndon Braves, 8-0. This was the team’s second straight loss, dropping their record to 8-8 and falling to third place in the Ripken League south division.
Not much offense was generated Friday night as Braves pitchers combined to throw a no hitter. Only six Grays got aboard (four walks, two errors), but all were stranded on base.
DC starter Simon Rosenblum-Larson (Harvard) struggled inhis third loss of the year in three appearances. He only lasted four and two thirds innings with two strikeouts and two earned runs. Good news for the bullpen, as LHP Marlon Pruitt (Grambling St.) joined the team and pitched two and one third scoreless innings while striking out five Braves batters. Pruitt was a reliable reliever on last year’s Grays squad.
The Grays will look to end their two game losing streak tomorrow on the road against the Baltimore Redbirds at 6:30pm at Calvert Hall. Jacob Erickson (San Diego State), one of the top starters in the league so far, will be on the mound for the Grays.
GAME PREVIEW (Grays vs T Bolts) 6-23-2016
By: DCGrays.com Press: Blane Crouse
The Grays fell to the Silver Spring-Tacoma T Bolts 6-4 Thursday night, ending the Grays win streak at four games. The Grays fall to 8-7 on the season and sit in 2nd place in the South Division of the Ripken League.
The Grays fell behind early as the T Bolts scored a run in the first inning and then added two more runs in the top of the second.
With the Grays down 3-0, 3B Marques Inman (West Virginia) hit a solo home run over the left field wall to bring the Grays within two. The T Bolts then added another run in the top of the fourth bringing their lead to 4-1.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, SS Eric Sloper (Shepherd) doubled and advanced to third on an error by the T Bolts. 2B Tanner Sampson (Mount St. Mary’s) then singled to drive in Sloper to bring the Grays within two. The Grays added another run in thebottom of the sixth after DH Evan Pace (SE Louisiana) drove in LF Luke Robinson (Lafayette) who had singled and stole second earlier in the inning.
The Grays were trailing 4-3 in the top of the seventh when the T-Bolts added two more runs pushing their lead to 6-3. The Grays rallied inthe bottom of the eighth as RF Vinnie Catanza (Florida Tech) drove in Robinson who had reached base on a fielder’s choice earlier in the inning. Catanza doubled and was thrown out on a close call trying to stretch the double into a triple, ending the inning and the Grays’ rally. The Grays got no closer the rest of the way.
Grays RHP Trey Congleton (Farleigh Dickinson) was excellent in relief going 2.1 innings allowing no runs and striking out two batters. At the plate, the Grays were lead by Marques Inman, Vinnie Catanza, Tanner Sampson and Evan Pace who all drove in one run. CF Denzl Chapman (San Diego St) added two hits in four at bats.
Next up, the Grays will travel to Herndon to take on the Braves on Friday night. RHP Simon Rosenblum-Larson (Harvard) will be on the mound as the Grays look to get back in to the win column.
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.