Five DC Grays members were honored when the Cal Ripken Collegiate League announced its 2022 All-League teams in late August. Dane Campenhausen (Wooster) and Henry Zipay (Nebraska-Omaha) finished with First Team honors, while Sam Blancato (Georgia Southern), Kai Cummings (Mount St. Mary’s) and Kai Leckzas (Georgetown) were named to the Second Team.
Campenhausen led the team in homers with eight, while Zipay led the team with an average that hovered around .400 for most of the season. Sam Blancato, too, was a consistent bat in the middle of the Grays lineup after playing in Georgia Southern’s NCAA Regional. He crushed three homers and drove in 16 runs during the summer, which included a grand slam in his DC debut.
Cummings returned to the Grays after his 2021 summer that saw him as a two-way player. In 2022, he exclusively pitched and was near the top of the Cal Ripken League leaderboard with a 2.95 ERA.
The backend of the bullpen, too, was stones all summer. Led by the rising freshman Leckszas, who boasted a 1.22 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 14 ⅔ innings, relief pitching was never much of a worry for the Grays.
Backed by five of the league’s top players, the Grays had all the right pieces to put together a solid 2022 season. Unfortunately, it never turned out that way, but DC was on the brink of winning just about every night. Luck never seemed to turn the Grays’ way as they were in contention all season