By Duncan Weigand
The DC Grays got steamrolled by a relentless offensive attack by the visiting Bethesda Big Train, losing 15-2 in seven innings on Sunday afternoon at the Nationals Youth Academy.
The Big Train played a “bullpen game” to perfection as four pitchers took the hill. Brandon Clarke (Liberty University) was the pitcher of record for Bethesda despite only pitching two innings. In those two innings Clarke allowed three walks but struck out three as well.
The Big Train started the onslaught early in the first inning giving Grays starter Kai Cummings (Cabrini University) no chance to settle in. Bethesda put three on the board in the opening frame thanks to a home run by Jeffery Heard (Sacramento State) that set the tone for the game. Bethesda also put up a five spot in the third, giving them an 8-0 advantage.
The big bats of Bethesda managed to plate another five runs in the sixth, all but ending the game right then and there. Two more runs in the seventh were the cherry on top of the Train’s Sunday victory.
There were few highlights for DC, but Parker Goff (BYU) and Connor Larson (Wofford) both collected two hits and an RBI on the afternoon.
The Grays (1-4) look to snap the three game skid, with a double header against the South County Braves on Monday. Game one will begin at 4 p.m. at the Washington Nationals Youth Academy.