GAME RECAP  7-2-2015​

By: Anna Dunlavey; @annadunlaveyy

The Rockville Express used a four runs fourth inning to take a lead they would not relinquish last night, defeating the hometown DC Grays 8-2. The Grays’ record now falls to 9-17 on the season.

​The Express struck first, with a run in the top of the second, but the Grays evened things up in the bottom of the inning. 1B Scottie Sanders (Southeastern Louisiana) doubled, and scored on a sacrifice fly from LF Lamar Briggs (Jackson State). The Grays took a one-run lead in the bottom of the third, when 3B Keifer Rawlings (Bucknell) doubled and DH Kurt Sinnen (Old Dominion) scored him on a single. However, the Express took over in the fourth inning, establishing a 5-2 lead. The Grays were unable to score again themselves, and were unable to stop the Express’ offense in the game’s remaining innings.

Starting pitcher Layton Dill (East Mississippi CC) gave up the game’s first five runs. He threw for 3.1 innings, gave up seven hits and two walks, and struck out two batters. Dill was pulled after three runs had scored in the fourth inning in favor of southpaws Marlon Pruitt (Grambling State) and Ryan Garner (Memphis). Pruitt walked two batters, but gave up no hits or runs. Garner, who finished out the fourth inning and came back out for the fifth inning, gave up two hits, one of which was a two-run home run.

Reid Frazier (Penn State) entered the game in the top of the sixth, and pitched for three innings. He gave up a run without giving up a hit, as an Express batter made it all the way to second on an error, went to third on a fielder’s choice, and came home on a wild pitch. Frazier walked one batter, and struck out three. Enrique Oquendo (Lamar) pitched the ninth. He walked one batter, but struck out the side. Oquendo now has 11 strikeouts in five innings, and has only given up one hit so far this season.

​Tonight, the Grays will play the Vienna Riverdogs at home at the Nationals Youth Academy. Maverik Buffo (Brigham Young) is expected to start for the Grays.