The DC Grays (1-2-0) struggled offensively against the Alexandria Aces (3-0-0) in their first
meeting of the season. Despite a strong day behind the bat for Delaware States’ Evan Bouldin,
the Grays fell 17-8 to the Aces at Washington Nationals Youth Academy. Massachusetts
Boston’s Sam Belliveau was handed the pitching win for the Aces, allowing only two hits over
his three innings on the mound.
The Grays put runs on the board first, heating up following Bouldin double and some expert
base running from BYU’s Parker Goff. DC rode its 2-0 lead into the top of the fourth, where the
Aces responded with a four-run inning that set them on fire for the remainder of the contest.
Alexandria continued its run in the sixth inning, where the squad tacked on five more runs. The
Grays threw some back at the Aces at the bottom of the eighth, where Nebraska Omahas’
Henry Zipay managed a double, setting up the field for two Grays runs on an error at first and a
foul tip, their final two of the evening. Despite the late efforts, the Grays did not succeed in the
five-run inning they would have needed in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game, and the Aces
were able to send the home squad packing.
LHP from Xavier Kimani Davis took the pitching start for the Grays, and was handed the loss
after allowing nine hits over his four innings with the ball. DC also featured Wofford’s Sam
Stratton on the mound, who allowed six hits over three innings. The pitching squad combined
for 17 allowed hits in Friday’s game, compared to eight for the Aces.
The Grays face redemption Saturday night at 4 p.m., where they will take on the Gaithersburg
Giants (1-2-0) at Criswell Automotive Field.