The DC Grays extended their win streak to two on Friday, behind a dominating outing by Eddie Kaftan (Mitchell). DC defeated the Gaithersburg Giants 5-0 in an all-around impressive performance at the Nationals Youth Academy.
Wearing special hats to commemorate Pride month, the Grays started off hot, scoring all five runs in the bottom of the first inning - three coming before the first out. With hits from Delaware States’ Evan Bouldin, Wofford’s Aaron Thomas, Nebraska Omaha’s Henry Zipay and a RBI sac fly from Lafayette’s Justin Grech, the Gray’s were able to get control of the game early.
Kaftan made the lead stand up. The right hander pitched a phenomenal game, completing all nine innings and only allowing two hits. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter.
Kaftan was picking apart the Giants by not only striking them out, but by getting quick outs, only allowing one batter to see six or more pitches. The Giants’ only saw brief success against Kaftan with scattered singles in the third eighth. They had the only two hits for their team this evening compared to the Grays eight.
Catholic’s Jessie Lacefield, who played for the Grays last season, took the loss for Gaithersburg, while Julian Elizondo (Washington and Jefferson) closed out the game for the Giants pitching the last five innings.
The Grays’ win raised their record to 4-6. DC looks to inch closer to .500 on Saturday as they take on the Metro South County Braves at Washington Nationals Youth Academy, at 7:00 pm.