By: Duncan Weigand
The Grays (6-13) got back into the win column on Wednesday evening defeating the South County Braves (6-11) 13-6 in a lopsided affair. The two-day break for the Grays seemed to work wonders for the offense as the bats came alive culminating in the team's first double-digit run total of the season.
The Grays went with an unconventional pick to start -- Jake Roberti (Louisburg JC). The righty, who normally works out of the pen, looked calm and poised when he took the mound for the first inning. Roberti started out strong, getting the first two batters, but then gave up a single and a double. A single by the Braves’ Quinn Madden (James Madison University) brought home two runs for an early Braves’ lead. Roberti got the third out he needed on a Matt Wright (Virginia Military Institute) ground out, but that’s how things stood for three innings.
In the top half of the fourth, the Grays got to work on the Braves’ Kaden Hilburger (Bryant University). The first three batters for D.C. got on base. A Joe Marini (Catholic) double quickly tied the game and ended Hilburger’s night. After Hilburger was yanked, the Grays never looked back, getting five more runs in the inning to take a commanding 7-2 lead.
But the fun didn’t stop there as Myles Sargeant (Maine) got into the action in the top of the fifth with an RBI double. Sargeant also came around to score later in the inning giving the Grays a 9-2 lead. Roberti worked five innings and only allowed the two first inning runs.
The Braves showed some life in the bottom of the seventh when they put up two runs. But in the eighth, D.C made sure the game wouldn’t get interesting by putting up three more runs to increase their lead to nine.
Caleb Causey (Mississippi Valley State) came in to pitch the ninth for D.C. Two runs came across for the Braves, but it was no cause for concern as Causey calmly secured the much-needed victory for the Grays.
The Grays will play a 7-inning doubleheader on Thursday, June 29th, against the Bethesda Big Train and look to keep the good times rolling.
By Dominic Varela
The D.C. Grays fell behind early against the Silver Spring - Takoma Thunderbolts on Sunday at the Washington Nationals Youth Academy and never recovered, losing 8-4.
Southpaw Kimani Davis (Xavier) got the start for Grays, while the T-Bolts turned to lefty Evan Rishel (Millersville). Davis struggled with his command across just 1.1 innings of work, yielding two runs in the first before conceding two more in the second and being pulled in favor of right-hander Kai Cummings (Cabrini).
SS-T added two more runs before the end of the second and tacked on another in the fourth, bringing the score to 7-0. Grays' first baseman Evan Bouldin (Delaware State) scored in the bottom of the frame to end the shutout, but another T-Bolt run in the sixth brought the Grays back to a seven-run deficit.
D.C. exhibited some late-game fire, adding two runs in the eighth on a single by Aaron Thomas (Wofford). Later in the inning, a triple to right-center by third baseman Braeden Mondeau (BYU) scored Thomas and cut the lead to four. The Grays' bullpen was strong. Kyle Tyler (Valparaiso) and Stevie Thomas (Catholic) combined to shut out the T-Bolts across the final three frames. However, the eighth-inning offense was to no avail, as the Grays failed to score in the ninth. Despite a team-total 10 hits, D.C. only managed to plate four runs, falling 8-4. Davis was saddled with the loss, dropping his record to 1-3.
Patrick Vandenbergh (Georgetown) made his D.C. Gray debut, going hitless in two at-bats.
With the loss, D.C. moves to 5-13 and 9.5 games back in the South division. The Grays look to snap their five-game losing streak on Tuesday against the Metro South County Braves at 7 p.m. at South County High School.
The DC Grays and Gaithersburg Giants played a nailbiter at Nationals Baseball Youth Academy on Saturday night. Despite a strong outing by Diego Barrett (North Carolina A&T), the Giants edged the Grays, 4-2.
The Giants took the lead early on a single to center field in the first inning to score Bryce Demory (Lynchburg College). The Grays took the lead back in the second inning, with a double from Connor Larson to score Derrick Mayes (Maryland Eastern Shore) and Braeden Mondeau (BYU). Larson accounted for one of the Grays five hits in the contest and was responsible for the Grays' only RBIs.
Both teams put up zeros for four consecutive innings. In the bottom of the seventh, the Giants tied the game on a wild pitch by the Grays' Elliot Eaton (Princeton) who had relieved Barrett. The Giants kept the ball rolling, scoring one more in the seventh on an error by Wofford’s Connor Larson. Gaithersburg put up one more run in the bottom of the eighth on a home run by Will Wikner (Shenandoah). The Grays had a chance to respond, loading the bases in the ninth inning. But Mason Levin (Harford) struck out to end the game
Diego Barrett pitched six innings and logged nine strikeouts for the Grays. He allowed just one earned run and walked two batters. Eaton made his first appearance for DC and gave up three hits and two runs. Caleb Causey closed the game for the Grays, allowing two hits and one run. Gaithersburg had 10 hits; the Grays had just five. Eaton took the loss. Tyler Russo (Towson) got the win.
The Grays (5-12) have a chance to break their four game losing skid in a Sunday afternoon game against the Tacoma Thunderbolts at 5 p.m. at Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.
By: William Franciscus
The DC Grays dropped their third straight game on Friday night, losing in heartbreaking fashion to the Southern Maryland Senators 6-5 at the Washington Nationals Youth Academy
Eddie Kaftan (Mitchell) started for the Grays and was less than his best. He gave up a run in the fourth on a double by Matt Illgenfritz (Gardner-Webb). The Senators added to their lead in the fifth with a Mikey Guysingle (Frostburg St) and then then DC walked in Cadyn Karl (Kansas St) and Brett Vondohlen (Middle Tennessee) giving Southern Maryland a 4-0 lead. Kaftan did not finish out the fifth inning - his shortest outing f of the season.
The Grays were able to answer back in the sixth inning on an Evan Bouldin (Delaware St) double cutting the Senators lead to 4-2. In the seventh inning DC showed great discipline at the plate as they were able to score three runs as Southern Maryland walked in Kyle Tyler (Valparaiso), Justin Grech (Lafayette) and Joe Marini (Catholic). This gave DC at 5-4 lead heading into the eighth inning. The lead could have been greater - as the Grays still had bases loaded with no one out when they took the lead. They failed to tack on any insurance runs - a missed opportunity that would define the game.
That the Grays weee even in the game at all is credit to the terrific relief work of Sam Stratton (Wofford). He gave up zero runs on zero hits and he had four strikeouts for DC in three plus innings.
The Grays went into the ninth inning with the lead and DC sent out reliever Ryan Wheeler (Alvernia) to close out the game. The Senators lead off the inning with a walk by Joshua Braxton (Mt St Marys) and then one batter later Vondohlen hit a two-run homer giving Southern Maryland the lead 6-5 which would be the final score. John Gray (Wofford) picked up the win for the Senators, as Wheeler was credited with the loss.
DC drops to 5-11 on the season, while the Southern Maryland Senators moved to 6-8.
The Grays will look to get back in the win column Saturday against the Gaithersburg Giants. The game will be at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy at 7 o’clock due to unplayable conditions in Gaithersburg. DC will be the visiting team.
The DC Grays played to the weather on Thursday, falling to the Olney Cropdusters by a 10-0 score on a wet and gloomy night at the Olney Boys and Girls Club.
The Grays were 2-0 against Olney heading into the game and are the only team that have beat the Cropdusters in their last 10 contests.
The Cropdusters took the lead early, with designated hitter Jimmy Kirk (Millersville) booming a two-run-homerun over the left-center wall in the bottom of the first. Kirk also drove in two more runs in the second inning with a single. Olney went on to a 12 hit game, including a three-hit performance from Hawaii’s Matt Miura.
The Grays’ offense, on the other hand, remains stalled. DC logged only three hits, and has just six hits in its last eighteen innings.
DC’s starter, Catholic University's Lucky Perrotto, was roughed up - allowing seven hits over his three innings pitched. Alex Jankowski (South Florida) replaced Perrotto on the mound in the fourth, allowing three hits over four innings in another solid outing. Over his two appearances this season, Jankowski has an ERA of 2.25. Kenny Micheals (Wofford) finished out the game for the Grays.
The loss dropped the Grays to 5-10 on the season, while the Cropdusters moved to 11-4 and sit in first place of the Ripken League’s North Division.
The Grays look to shake off their two game losing skid in a Friday night contest against the Southern Maryland Senators at Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. First pitch is 7 p.m.
The Silver Spring Takoma Thunderbolts turned the tables on the DC Grays on Tuesday night, shutting down the DC offense and winning a 6-1 decision at Montgomery Blair High School.
A day after putting up nine runs on 10 hits in a win over the T-Bolts, the Grays were held without a hit through five innings. Brayden Stutzman (Wilson College) pitched five no-hit innings before being relieved by Trystan Crawford (Lehigh University). The result was the Thunderbolts third win on the season. Stutzman didn’t throw with great velocity, but the movement on his pitches kept the Grays off balance all night.
Meanwhile, Grays starter Adam Fischer (William & Mary) struggled. As was the case in his previous outing, he had difficulty consistently finding the zone. The Thunderbolts took the lead early in a three-walk first inning. Jonathan McMath (Montgomery College- Rockville) singled home two runs – giving the T-Bolts a lead they would not relinquish.
Fischer made it through the Thunderbolts’ lineup one time around before being pulled for Caleb Causey (Mississippi Valley State University). Causey helped the Grays bullpen by going four and a third innings of mostly solid work. Pitching to contact, Causey ended up giving up three runs in the fourth on an RBI double by Michael Heckman (Shippensburg University) and a two-RBI single by Colman Calabrese (James Madison University).
The Grays had plenty of baserunners, as Stutzman walked seven batters in his five innings of work. DC had difficulty cashing in on those opportunities. The Grays got their lone run in the fifth. After three straight walks, a Parker Goff (BYU) sacrifice fly brought home Derrick Mayes (University of Maryland- Eastern Shore). In the sixth, Joe Marini (Catholic) recorded the Grays first hit with an infield single against T-Bolts reliever Crawford, who gave up just one more hit in the ninth to Aaron Thomas (Wofford College), but that was all the Grays could muster.
DC travels to Bethesda on Wednesday as they look to turn it around against the Ripken League powerhouse Big Train. Weather permitting, Lucky Perrotto (Catholic University of America) will be on the mound for the Grays.
By: William Franciscus
The DC Grays defeated the Silver Spring Takoma Thunderbolts 9-7 in a high-scoring affair Monday night, at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. The win stopped a two-game losing streak for DC and improved the Grays' record to 5-8.
Kamani Davis (Xavier-LA) started and picked up the win for the Grays as Edward Sargent (Maryland Baltimore) was credited with the loss for the T-Bolts.
The visitors took an early lead on a Coleman Calabrese (James Madison) two-run home run in the first inning. They added another run on a Johnathan McMath (Montgomery Coll-Rockville) single giving them a 3-0 lead after the top of the second.
DC started their comeback in the second inning as Myles Sargent (Maine) scored on a wild pitch. Then Miles Newsome (Brown) singled making it a 3-2 game.
The Grays offense came alive in the third inning as a pair of singles by Justin Grech (Lafayette) and Derrick Mayes (Maryland Eastern Shore) gave DC a 4-3 lead. Then DH Evan Bouldin (Delaware State) came up with the bases loaded and unleashed a towering grand slam giving the Grays an 8-3 lead. Bouldin said, “My mindset was to just hit it hard, when you hit it hard good things tend to happen.”
The Thunderbolts were able to close the gap in the fifth inning as Amani Jones (Stevenson) hit a three-run homer cutting the DC lead to two. The Grays were able to add an insurance run in the sixth on a Connor Larson (Wofford) single making it 9-6. Takoma tacked on one more run on a McMath home run, but the game would end 9-7. Ryan Wheeler (Alvernia) closed out the game for DC, going three innings, giving up one run on two hits in another solid relief outing.
A couple of key offensive performances spurred the Grays to victory. Bouldin ended the game with two hits and four RBI and two runs scored. Miles Newsome also had a two-hit night for DC.
The Grays and the Thunderbolts will be back in action Tuesday in a make up game at Montgomery Blair High School at 7 o'clock. When talking about the quick turnaround between the two teams Bouldin said “We are feeling pretty confident right now, especially after a great team win like that.”
By: Duncan Weigand
Washington D.C- The DC Grays (4-8) dropped their second straight game on Sunday, falling to the Alexandria Aces (9-2) by a score of 5-3. A combination of timely hits and solid relief work by the Aces pitchers allowed Alexandria to prevail in the Sunday matinee.
The Grays quickly found themselves in a 2-0 hole after three innings. In the fourth inning however, the Grays started to dig themselves out with a Miles Newsome (Brown) single. Parker Goff (BYU) then took advantage of an Aces fielding error when he popped up the fifth pitch he saw to shallow left. The Aces left fielder Nate Polo (University of Pennsylvania) charged in hard as the ball continued to fall. What seemed to be such a routine play became anything but as Polo failed to make the grab as he watched the ball go in and out of his glove. That seemed to be the catalyst of things to come as the Grays managed to plate three runs in the inning to take the 3-2 lead.
The lead didn’t last for long however as DC’s bullpen faltered in the sixth. Lucky Perotto (Catholic) replaced the starter Diego Barrett (WVU Potomac State) - and soon a couple hits, a wild pitch, and a walk put ducks on the pond for the Aces with no outs. Perrotto managed to limit the damage in an inning that could have been disastrous, but the Aces plated two and regained the lead. Alexandria never looked back and one more insurance run in the eighth proved to be too much to overcome.
D.C made it interesting in the bottom of the ninth when they managed to put two runners on with one out. Two batters came to the plate representing the winning run and both struck out as Aces closer Michael Gillen (Seton Hall) managed to shut the door leaving no room for fanfare or dramatics.
The Grays look to get back in the win column as they welcome theSilver Spring Takoma Thunderbolts to the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy at 7 p.m. for the last game of the Pride Weekend homestand.
Another promising start turned into disappointment for the DC Grays on Saturday night. The Grays watched a 6-2 seventh inning lead turn a 7-6 defeat to the South Coubty Braves at the Washington Nationals Yourh Academy.
As has been the case several times this season, things started well for the Grays. Catholic University's Stevie Thomas kicked off the fun for DC, scoring early in the second inning on a wild pitch. Henry Zipay (Nebraska Omaha) and Michael Mallus (Lafayette) quickly followed suit, scoring off of a perfectly placed single from Layfayettes’ Justin Grech.
The Braves had a response, and put two up during the top of the fourth, but their efforts were not enough to take the lead back from the Grays. DC held onto its lead through the seventh, scoring two in the bottom of the fourth and tacking on one more in the sixth. Zipay and Grech were in the middle of things in the fourth, scoring with the help of singles from Brown University's Miles Newsome and Delaware States’ Evan Bouldin. Connor Larson (Wofford) logged the last run for DC.
The game turned when South County scored five runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead - an inning that featured three pitchers for the Grays. Caleb Causey (Mississippi Valley State) started the inning on the mound for the Grays, and was relieved by Kyle Tyler (Valparaiso) who had the front row seat to a majority of the Braves' damage. After the Braves put up three runs on Tyler, Bouldin took the mound, allowing two unearned runs to finish out the inning.
Bouldin pitched the remainder of the contest, allowing no runs for the final two innings and no earned runs over the day. Tyler was eventually handed the pitching loss, with the win awarded to Braves pitcher Sean Harasin (Penn St Greater Allegheny).
The loss bumped the Grays (4-7) to fourth place the South Division of the Ripken League where the Braves (5/6) sit in second.
The Grays won’t see the Braves again until June 28th. However, DC will host the Alexandria Aces at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 18th for a special Fayher's Day matinee