July 7, 2019 | by: DCGrays.com Press

The DC Grays split a Sunday double header against the Giants at Criswell Automotive Field, with the Grays dropping game one 9-3 before rebounding to defeat the Giants 7-4 in game two. The Grays now sit at 15-13 on the year, in second place in the Ripken League and six and a half games back of the first place Bethesda Big Train.

Game one was the continuation of a suspended game from Tuesday (7/2), which was tied 1-1 when inclement weather caused the suspension.  When the game resumed Sunday afternoon, the Giants posted six runs in the fifth inning while the Grays bats were silent until the ninth and couldn’t catch up.  DH Bryan Call (BYU) had an impressive day at the plate, going three for four with a double and two runs scored.  CF Matt Day (Coppin St) added his second home run of the season in the third inning (just before the game was suspended). Aside from the big inning by the Giants in the fifth, the Grays pitching was decent. P Jake Lewis (Eastern Kentucky) threw for six innings to start, followed by three innings of one-run ball from P Frank Craska (Lafayette).

Game two saw a change of fate for the Grays, as they picked up four runs to start the scoring in the top of the fourth and never trailed.  The final was 7-4.  C Reece Yeargain (Randolph Macon) had a multi-hit game, reaching base three times.  DH Jordan Wiley (Louisiana-Lafayette) had a two-RBI double as well to lead the Grays offense. P Reid McLaughlin (BYU) started and tossed three shutout innings. P Kyle Subers (Lafayette) was excellent in relief – throwing five innings of one-run ball.  He picked up the win.  INF/P Blake Martin (Southern U) pitched in the ninth and allowed three runs on four hits.

The Grays return home to the Nationals Youth Academy on Monday to face the Bethesda Big Train at 7pm.  Bethesda is 21-6 on the season.