July 25, 2019 | by: DCGrays.com Press
GAITHERSBURG, MD – – History was made Thursday night in Gaithersburg – as the DC Grays won the first playoff game in franchise history. The 6-5 win over the Giants advances the Grays to a best two of three Ripken League semifinal series against the Silver Spring Takoma Thunderbolts.
In an odd twist, the Grays were the home team for the game in Gaithersburg, since the Grays home field was unavailable.
The Grays started hot offensively, holding a 6-0 lead after four innings. Nine hits and five walks helped the Grays tally their runs, although they did leave 10 runners on base. Some standouts offensively were 2B Bryan Call (BYU) who went two-for-four with a walk, a double, and two runs scored, DH Robby Wacker (Richmond) who was two-for-four with an RBI, and 3B Josh Congdon (Wofford) who went two-for-three with a walk, a double, a run scored, and a pair of RBIs.
Grays starting pitcher Cam Fowler (Nebraska Omaha) was excellent – seven innings, two runs, seven hits, eight strikeouts. The Grays gave up three runs in the last two innings to close the gap, but P Jarren Norman (Virginia St) held off Gaithersburg to secure the win and the save on the night.
The Grays had advanced to the Ripken League playoffs twice previously since joining the Ripken League in 2012 – but they lost in the opening round both times, in 2015 and 2018.
The Grays prepare to face the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts in the second round, with the T-Bolts being the two seed and DC being the four seed. That match-up will begin on Friday in Silver Spring, followed by a Grays home game on Saturday at the Washington Nationals Youth Academy.