The gauntlet schedule of summer baseball got the better of the DC Grays once more on Thursday night when they matched up with the Bethesda Big Train at Shirley Povich Field. The Grays picked up five hits in seven innings – two of which were for extra bases – but ultimately fell to the Big Train, 12-0, which dropped the Grays to 3-6 this season.
After winning three games in a row earlier this week, DC has some stalled momentum as it has dropped its last two games. But, with the grind of the summer season and players still finding their groove and their respective roles, the Grays aren’t panicking with over three-quarters of the season left.
Wednesday’s loss to the Giants was a back-and-forth affair that Gaithersburg was able to pull out in the end. On Thursday, though, it was all Big Train from the second inning on.
In the beginning, the Grays appeared to be competitive – as they have all season. Jarret Jenkins (Georgia Southern) quickly walked and stole second in the top of the first, which was followed by a flawless bottom half via the right arm of Tyler Allen (Xaiver). Max Harper (BYU) then doubled to lead off the second inning, which continued the Grays’ early momentum.
However, the Big Train seized it in the bottom of the second when it scored the first run of the night. Then, the Grays punched back when Jenkins doubled – DC’s second of the night – with two outs in the third but was left stranded after moving to third on a passed ball.
After that, the Big Train scored 11 more runs over the final five innings of the night. But there were a few Grays that shined on the basepaths – Deigo Barrett (George Mason), Logan Scully (George Mason) and Jenkins all swiped bases. Barrett, too, collected a pair hits – both were singles – in addition to his steal.
A midweek stretch of road games continues on at South County High School on Friday at 7:00 p.m. when the Grays take on the Metro-South County Braves.
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