July 9, 2019 | by: DCGrays.com Press
WASHINGTON, DC – – Offense ruled the day when the DC Grays took on the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts in a doubleheader on Tuesday at the Nationals Youth Academy. The Grays won the opener 9-8 and lost the nightcap 13-10. The Grays are now 16-15 on the season and hold a half game lead over the T-Bolts for second place in the Ripken League.
The Grays didn’t get off to a great start in game one, trailing 4-0 at the middle of the second inning. They started the scoring as 2B Robby Wacker (U of Richmond) launched a three-run homer to left field. A solo HR by C Josh Cowden (BYU) later tied the game at four. After another T-Bolts rally, the Grays found themselves trailing 8-4 heading to the bottom of the sixth inning of a seven inning game. A two-RBI double from CF Matt Day (Coppin St) tightened the gap before a three-run go-ahead home run from 1B Austin Deming (BYU) gave DC it’s first lead. P Magnus Ellerts (Harford CC) escaped in the top of the seventh cleanly and the Grays won 9-8.
The second game was another high drama slugfest. Grays LF Noah Searcy (Georgia Southern) started the scoring with a grand slam in the second inning, and he later added another two run homer in what was a memorable slugging display. RF Jordan Wiley (Louisiana Lafayette) also went three-for-four with a pair of RBI’s.
After five complete innings, the Grays led 10-2, but they collapsed from there. The game was 10-8 Grays heading into the ninth, and the T-Bolts scored five to take a sizable lead, and the Grays couldn’t muster much in the bottom of the ninth. A disappointing loss after building up a seemingly commanding lead.
The Cal Ripken League All-Star Game takes place on Wednesday in Bethesda, and the Grays have an additional day of rest before Friday, when they take on the fifth place FCA Braves at the Nationals Youth Academy.