The Gaithersburg Giants defeated the DC Grays at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy Wednesday night by a score of 9-7, thanks to a six-run effort in the top of the fourth by the Giants.
The Grays quickly got on the board against the Giants, putting a pair of runs across home in the bottom of the first thanks to an error and a sacrifice fly from 2021 returner Cam Bufford (Grambling State), who joined the team Tuesday in Alexandria.
The Giants then cut the deficit in half in the top of the 2nd off of a triple from catcher Easton LaPlaca, which scored one run. In the bottom of the third, the Grays struck back and extended their lead to make it a 3-1 game off of an RBI double from Aaron Thomas (Wofford).
The Giants then poured on six runs in a busy top of the fourth, as they batted around to make it 7-3. LaPlaca got his second RBI of the day on a base hit single to score Matt Ryan (Maryland Baltimore). Bryce Demory (VMI) and Joey Bowers (Salisbury) then scored on an error. Drew Vogel (Murray State) hit a two-run shot over the left field wall for his second home run of the season to tack on the sixth run, scoring Dylan Wilkinson (Longwood).
The Giants put up two more in the top of the fifth to up their total up nine total runs, but not before the Grays were able to respond with a few runs of their own. In the bottom of the fourth, Patrick Vandenbergh (Lafayette) scored off of a double by Diego Barrett (George Mason).
Then, in the bottom of the seventh, Jarret Jenkins (Georgia Southern) scored from third off of an error, and in the eighth Bufford smacked a two-RBI single up the middle to make it trim the lead to two, 9-7.
Unfortunately for the Grays, their comeback was cut short thanks to Matthew Vernieri (Bloomsburg University), who struck out the side in the bottom of the 9th to seal the win for the Giants.
The Giants improve to a league best 6-1, and the Grays fall to 3-5 and take on the Big Train in Bethesda Thursday night at 7 p.m.