ROCKVILLE—Two last place teams faced off Tuesday night as the Rockville Express (12-21, fifth in North division) hosted the DC Grays (11-20, fifth in South) at Montgomery College. The game remained tied until the bottom of the eighth inning when the Express added two more runs en route to a 4-2 win.
Rockville would strike first in the bottom of the first when outfielder Justin Smith hit an RBI single to drive in a run scored by outfielder Pearce Howard and give the Express an early 1-0 lead.
However, in the top of the fourth, DC would respond when outfielder Darius Gillus doubled to drive in first baseman Miles Jones and tie the game at 1-1. Then two at-bats later, hit an RBI triple as catcher Andrew Webb was able to round the bases, making his way from first to home plate to give the Grays a 2-1 lead.
But Rockville would tie it up at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth when Smith would hit his second RBI of the game, this time a triple that would send second baseman Billy Lennox home.
One reason and for the low scoring through seven innings was the dominant pitching by the two starting pitchers: Mason Belcher of the Grays, and Ian Scheidemann of the Express.
Scheidemann would pitch seven full innings, striking out three batters and allowing nine runs and two earned runs. “Excellent, to say the least,” Rockville manager Rick Price said. “He was excellent. Minimum number of pitches and seven strong innings.”
Belcher, on the other hand, would last 6.2 innings, striking out two, and allowing six hits, two earned runs, and six walks. “He did well,” DC manager Reggie Terry said. “He did very well.”
But in the bottom of the eighth, Grays reliever/catcher Evan Baer would allow a leadoff triple by Express first baseman/pitcher Dakota McFadden, which followed with McFadden scoring the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly to right field by designated hitter Brandon Crosby.
“That was a great at-bat because he did that with two strikes and hit a two-strike curveball,” Price said. “It was a very great pitch and he just stayed with it and hit it to right field and got the run in.”
Rockville would add another run when, with the bases loaded, outfielder Corey Howard was walked to first by Baer, allowing third baseman Jack Barry to score from third.
Rockville won their 13th game of the season, with their record now standing at 13-21, while DC’s loss drops their record to 11-21. Express reliever Milo Sklar was credited with the win while reliever Joe Kruszka was credited with the save.