July 14, 2017

By: Josh Shelton (@JoshNLISports); DCGrays.com Press

WASHINGTON, DC – Mother Nature was the scheduler for the DC Grays game against the Bethesda Big Train Friday night at the Washington Nationals Youth Academy. A torrent of thunder, lightning, and rain delayed the start of the game more than thirty minutes, but the hardy fans who remained saw a both teams combine for 23 hits, 17 runs, and 11 innings of play.  The Grays came back twice in the late innings before but falling 9-8 in extra innings.  The team’s seventh straight loss drops the Grays to 11-22 on the season.

The Big Train put up two runs in the first then single runs in the second and fifth innings. The Grays got on the board in the bottom of the fifth when DH Harrison Freed (Butler) singled to drive in CF Cory Alexander (Old Dominion).

Bethesda scored two in the sixth but the Grays scored four in the seventh and one in the eight to tie the game. In back to back innings 2B Lamer Briggs (Jackson State) had a two out RBI single.

This clutch hitting and three scoreless innings by RHP David Mervis (Palm Beach State CC) kept the Grays in the game and sent the game to extra frames.

The Grays had their backs against the wall in the tenth, losing 8-6 and down to their last strike with a runner on.  When the Grays needed it most, 3B Isiah Kearns (West Virginia) hit his much awaited first home run of the season to tie the game.

Big Train 1B Logan Driscoll (George Mason) was not to be outdone.  Among his three hits, he blasted a two run home run in the top of the 11th to take the lead again. The Grays couldn’t answer in the home half, and another unhappy loss was in the books.

To join Driscoll in the hit parade for Bethesda was RF James Outman (Sacramento State) and SS Garret Kueber (Austin Peay).  They each got on base three times.

Grays 1B Miles Jones (Eastern Kentucky) had one of his best nights in the loss – four hits and a walk in six plate appearances.

The Grays will look to end the losing streak tomorrow night at 7 PM against the Alexandria Aces.  The Grays will be hosting Military Appreciation night in the Nation’s Capital.