By William Franciscus
A promising start for the DC Grays was wiped away on Saturday afternoon, as an early 4-0 lead turned into a 13-7 loss to the hometown Gaithersburg Giants at Criswell Automotive Field.
Julian Elizondo (Washington & Jefferson) earned the win in his first appearance of the season. While Adam Fischer (William & Mary) picked up the loss after going three innings and giving up five runs on three hits in his first start of the year.
The game started promisingly for DC. Kaleb Willis (Lafayette) scored on a passed ball in the first. Parker Goff (BYU) then hit a sacrifice fly in the third inning that scored Connor Larson (Wofford), giving D.C. another run. Then in the top of the fourth, the Grays added two more runs on a Kyle Tyler (Valparaiso) sacrifice fly and a Larson fielder’s choice that gave the Grays a 4-0 lead.
Then the roof caved in for the Grays, as the Giants put up 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. They had 4 hits, 4 walks, and 3 hit-by-pitches in the inning that gave them a 10-4 lead going into the fifth inning.
D.C. was able to scratch across a run in the fifth as Joe Marini (Catholic) scored on a wild pitch making the score 10-5. The Giants added another run in the fifth and then two in the seventh inning making it a 13-5 ballgame.
The Grays were able to put a little pressure on the Giants in the ninth inning with RBI singles from Braedon Mondeau (BYU) and Myles Sargeant (Maine) that cut the Gaithersburg lead to six, which is how things ended.
The Grays (1-3) will look to get back on track tomorrow Sunday, June 11 against the Bethesda Big Train (3-2) at 5 p.m. at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.