June 27, 2019 | by: DCGrays.com Press
ALEXANDRIA, VA – – The DC Grays split a road doubleheader with the Alexandria Aces on a stormy Thursday night. The homestanding Aces came from behind to win the opener 7-6, while the Grays took game two 6-5. The Grays now sit at 10-11 and are still tied with the Gaithersburg Giants for third place in the Ripken League standings.
The Grays’ bats were hot to start the opener, as they scored three runs to start the game. The Aces shortened the gap to 3-1 in the first, and then the Grays made it 4-1 on an RBI double from RF Matthew Day (Coppin St). The Aces scored three in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at four, until an RBI single from 2B Bryan Call (BYU) gave the Grays a 5-4 lead. After a rain and lightning delayed the game, an RBI sIngle from 3B Josh Congdon (Wofford Col) made it 6-4 Grays in the top of the seventh. The Aces scored a pair in the bottom of the last inning to tie the game, and they won it in the bottom of the eighth on a solo HR.
DC fared better in the nightcap. After two innings, the score was tied 1-1. Each team added four runs later in the game to make it 5-5. The Grays added a run in the top of the seventh on a throwing error by the Aces, and with P Magnus Ellerts (Harford CC) on the mound in the bottom of the seventh the game ended on a pickoff to first from C Reece Yeargain (Randolph Macon) the caught the Aces’ runner napping. The Grays only totaled four hits, but the Aces had four errors and allowed ten walks to Grays’ hitters. P Frank Craska (Lafayette Col) grabbed the win on the mound for the Grays with two innings of relief work, with Ellerts getting the save.
The Grays return home on Friday to take on the Gaithersburg Giants in a game that will decide third place in the standings. The Grays look to have a repeat of Tuesday, when they beat the Giants 7-5 at the Nationals Youth Academy.