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.”