The DC Grays finished of the regular season with their second straight win and arguably their most impressive two days all year. After beating the 24-win Alexandria Aces on the road, the Grays traveled to Olney on Tuesday in a big game for both teams. The Cropdusters are fighting for first- place in the North division, while the Grays are fighting for their playoff lives. The Grays did just that improving their slim chances of making the playoffs with a 14-7 win in Olney on Tuesday. With the Grays posing as the home team, (makeup game from July 1st) the Cropdusters scored one in the first and two in the second off of Kimani Davis (Xavier University of LA). That would be the last time the Cropdusters were in the game.
In the bottom of the second, the Grays tallied 12 runs on six hits and eight walks off of three different Olney pitchers. Olney starter, Rece Ritchey, walked the first two batters before Aaron Thomas (Wofford) singled home Michael Mallas (Lafayette College). That wasn’t the last of Thomas either. Thomas recorded six RBI on the day as he went 3-5 with two runs scored as well. With the bases loaded, Braeden Mondeau (BYU) walked bringing the third run home. Miles Newsome (Brown University) followed with a two RBI single giving the Grays the lead. Next batter, Evan Bouldin, hit a Rithcey pitch to the right field wall that was dropped by Olney’s right fielder allowing Mondeau and Newsome to cross the plate with runs six and seven. Later in the inning, Myles Sargeant (University of Maine) came to the plate with the bases loaded and promptly drilled a 1-0 pitch down the left field line bringing two more runs home. Aaron Thomas one-upped Sargeant skying a three-run homerun over the left field wall. The final run of the never-ending inning scored on Newsome’s second single of the inning driving home Justin Grech (Lafayette College). Thomas capped off his day and regular season with a two RBI single to left in the sixth, giving the Grays a 14-4 lead.
Lucky Perrotto (Catholic University of America) relieved Davis for two innings after Davis went the first four of the ballgame. Elliot Eaton (Princeton) finished off the game for the Grays despite allowing three runs in the ninth.
The Grays still need some help from the other teams in the league if they are going to make the Cal Ripken Collegiate League Playoffs starting on Saturday. Should they get there they would most likely take on this exact team that they dominated on Tuesday in the first round.