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.