July 19, 2018 | by: DCGrays.com Press
LOUDOUN, VA – – The D.C. Grays traveled to Loudoun, Virginia Thursday to square off against the Loudoun Riverdogs in a doubleheader. With just four games remaining in the Cal Ripken regular season, the Grays desperately needed a positive result to stay in the playoff hunt. After falling in the first game of the doubleheader 5-3, the team bounced back in the second game of the slate, flipping the script on the Riverdogs and winning 5-3. The split brings the Grays to 18-20, still desperately clinging to a postseason spot.
In game one, the Grays stayed competitive through four and a half innings, as they led 2-1 after half of the ballgame. However, a tough bottom of the fifth inning for SP Cade Negley (Youngstown State) allowed for the Riverdogs to score four in the frame. The staff in the first game Thursday struggled with control, walking a total of nine batters throughout the ballgame. On offense, D.C was led by LF Mitch McIntyre (BYU) who went 3-4, raising his season batting average to .344. 2B John Marti (Lafayette) and CF Jawan McAllister (Longwood) also added two hits apiece in the matchup.
It was a different story for D.C in game two, as the bats delivered early to jump out to the lead.
1B Cory Moore (Cyprus CC) led the way for the Grays at the plate, going 2-3 and picking up three RBI, including a two-RBI double in the third inning that broke the game open for the team. 3B John Marti (Lafayette) added another two hits, to bring his hit total for the day to four. SP Mike Delio (SUNY New Paltz) picked up the win for the Grays pitching nearly the entire seven-inning game and amassing six strikeouts. Mitch McIntyre (BYU) came into the game in the seventh and earned the save.
With just two games left in the regular season, it’s crunch time for D.C. The Grays will be back in action on Friday for an important matchup against the north division-leading Baltimore Redbirds at 7:00 PM.