June 4, 2019 | by: DCGrays.com Press
Alexandria, VA – – The DC Grays were rude visitors in their Ripken League opener in Alexandria against the Aces, taking advantage of some Aces miscues and tallying a 10-6 win.
P Ned Ruffin (William & Mary) took the hill for the Grays, but struggled early, giving up four earned runs on four hits while walking six Aces in 2.2 innings. Head Coach Reggie Terry’s revamped bullpen, however, bailed Ruffin out. The combination of P Hayden Wynja (Purdue, 2.1 IP),P Rasesh Pandya (Wofford, 3.0 IP), and P Jarren Norman (Virginia State, 1.0 IP) stifled the Aces for no runs as the Grays took advantage of walks and errors to gradually pull away from the Aces.
2B Robby Wacker (Richmond) lead the way for the Grays at the dish, walking twice and hitting two singles in six plate appearances. Wacker’s 2-run single in the fourth proved the decisive hit in the game as it put the Grays up 7-6. Then, with the Aces threatening in the fifth, RF Miguel Cameron (Norfolk State) nailed the Aces’ Steven Karis at the plate as he attempted to tag up on Cameron’s catch in right field, ending the inning.
Overall, the Grays were aided by Alexandria’s lackluster performance in the field (six errors) and trouble finding the zone (11 walks and 2 HBP) in their victory, although Alexandria pitchers did strike the Grays out a total of 14 times.
The Grays tacked on some insurance in the later innings, thanks in part to 1B Jacob Hardney’s (Marymount) pinch-hit single in the ninth.
Putting up 10 runs on seven hits tonight, the Grays (1-0) head back to the Nationals Youth Academy for their home opener vs the FCA Braves (0-1) Wednesday at 7 pm.