July 8, 2019 | by: DCGrays.com Press

WASHINGTON, DC – – The DC Grays returned home on Monday night with high hopes of making up ground on first place Bethesda Big Train.  Some good Grays pitching was undone by sloppy play, and the result was a  6-5 loss.  The Grays fell to 15-14 on the season and are now seven and a half games back of the Big Train in the Ripken League standings.

The Grays’ defense was what really held them back, with all six Bethesda runs being unearned and the Grays totaling a season-high five errors.  Those misplays lead to a 6-0 Big Train lead by the sixth inning, a lead the Grays could not quite overcome.

The offense started slow, not recording a hit until the fourth, but they quickly picked it up and brought the deficit down to one run in the seventh. RF Jordan Wiley (Louisiana Lafayette) went two-for-four and hit his fifth home run of the season, a three-run bomb to center in the sixth. 3B Josh Congdon (Wofford Col) also went three-for-four with one RBI.  SS Justin Johnson (Lafayette Col) was two-for-three with a walk.

The Grays’ pitching was solid, with P Bryce Ross (Southern U) getting the start and going five innings, allowing all six unearned runs on five hits.

P Ned Ruffin (Col of William and Mary) tossed three no-hit innings in relief of Ross, and P Magnus Ellerts (Harford CC) struck out the side in the top of the ninth.  It was one of the Grays’ best overall pitching performances.

The Grays have a doubleheader at home on Tuesday against the Silver Spring Takoma T-Bolts, who are currently a half game behind the Grays