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Giants vs. Cropdusters

Sun. July 3, 2022

 
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Giants vs. Braves

Thu. June 30, 2022

 
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Magic in the Top of the Eleventh

By: Ben Strober

The Gaithersburg Giants picked up its second win in a row, and moved back over .500 on Thursday, as they knocked off the South County Braves in a grueling, extra-inning battle, 12-6.

The Giants loaded the bases in the first, but two strikeouts from Braves’ pitcher Nick Frazier (sophomore, Virginia Commonwealth) negated a potential big inning.

In the top of the second, an error then a bunt base hit gave another prime chance for the Giants. After a sacrifice-bunt, then a walk, suddenly the bases were juiced against Frazier once again. Frazier responded, striking out a man, then inducing a fly-out to escape the jam for the second time.

The Braves then broke through and took the lead in the second.

The Giants offense responded with a break through of their own against a new pitcher in the third.

After Easton LaPlaca (sophomore, High Point) reached base, Bryce Porter (junior, Bloomsburg) doubled down the line, tying the game.

The very next inning, LaPlaca came through again, blooping a two-out RBI double down the line, pushing the Giants in front by one.

Matt Kahn (sophomore, High Point) got into trouble in the fourth, but a diving stop by Dylan Wilkinson (junior, Longwood) saved the tying run from scoring.

 

Matt Ryan (sophomore, UMBC) saw a first-pitch fastball, and he didn’t miss the opportunity. Ryan crushed it for a no-doubter over the left field wall, extending the Giants’ lead.

Kahn came out again for the fifth and saw himself get into a bases-loaded jam. However, Kahn remained poised, forcing a grounder to end the threat, and hold the Giants’ two-run lead.

It was an already big day for LaPlaca, and he just kept on giving.

Drew Vogel (junior, Murray State) started the 6th with a leadoff double, then LaPlaca came through again — lacing yet another RBI knock up the middle, extending the Giants’ lead to three.

The Braves showed life in the bottom of the sixth and seventh, scoring one each inning and putting the pressure on the Giants in the late innings.

In the bottom of the ninth, heartbreak shook the Giants.

After Caleb Guisewite (sophomore, Belmont) recorded the first two outs quickly, he was one out away from the save.

The next batter, Quinn Madden (junior, Harford CC), crushed a hanging slider from Guisewite, which was the game-tying blast, dashing the hopes of a win in regulation. For the first time all season, the Giants had to battle in extras.

Vogel got things off on the right track in the top of the tenth, walking then stealing second. The throw into second was a bad one, so Vogel advanced to third with one down. This left LaPlaca with a crucial chance. LaPlaca hit a pop-up, relatively shallow and Vogel decided to attempt to tag and grab the lead. The throw home was on the mark, and on an extremely close play, the umpire yelled that Vogel was out, and the inning was over in a flash.

The Giants found its magic in the top of the eleventh.

Ehi Okojie (sophomore, Harford CC) started things off with his first hit of the season, a swinging-bunt that Okojie had to dive into first to beat out. Matt Ryan then walked, setting up a pivotal at-bat for Wilkinson, who rose to the occasion, lining a ball up the middle and scoring the go-ahead runner plus an extra via a throwing error by the Braves’ defense. Joe Quelch (sophomore, Harford CC) then hit a bullet past third to add the Giants’ third run of the inning. A wild-pitch added insult to injury for the Braves, then LaPlaca continued his dominant day, ripping another run-scoring single into center.

If you thought things couldn’t get any better, they did.

The man who started the rally, Okojie, got his second at-bat of the inning. This time, instead of a swinging-bunt, Okojie destroyed the ball out of sight for a three-run blast.

An eight run inning electrified the Giants to new levels. The Braves battled back for two more runs in the bottom half of the frame but ultimately the Giants shut the door and closed out a morale boosting victory.





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Giants vs. Grays

Wed. June 29, 2022

 
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Giants Set Off Offensive Explosion

By: Ben Strober

 An offensive explosion by the Gaithersburg Giants was just what the doctor ordered, as the Giants’ bats found a major breakthrough, propelling them to a crucial, 9-1 victory over the DC Grays. The win puts the Giants back at .500 after dropping below the mark on Monday.

 Giants’ starter Robert Lee’s (Freshman, Denison) day got off to a magical start, retiring the Grays 1-2-3 on just seven pitches.

Just like on Monday against the Aces, Joe Quelch (sophomore, Harford CC) started the game off with a loud crack of the bat. On the second pitch of the at-bat, Quelch tomahawked the high fastball over the left field wall, giving the Giants the early lead.

Lee got into a jam in the second, putting runners on the corners with no one out.

Lee caught a sigh of relief when Dylan Wilkinson (junior, Longwood) gunned down the DC runner heading to the plate. Lee forced the next batter to ground out, ending the inning with no one coming in to score.

Following the masterful escape from the jam, the Giants’ bats exploded. Three-straight walks loaded the bases for JT Amaral, (sophomore, San Francisco) who was plunked in the back, scoring one. Dusty Mercer (junior, Murray State) then extended the lead to three with an RBI groundout. Next batter, Jeremiah Jenkins, (sophomore, Maine) opened the floodgates by ripping a liner into the right-center gap for a two-run triple.  Jenkins’ triple was the only hit of the inning for the Giants, but nevertheless, it was a five-run inning for the Giants, putting them in a position they so desperately desired these past few weeks, the chance to play with the lead.

Quelch continued to torch the Grays in the third, as he blooped an RBI single, extending the Giants’ lead to 7-0.

Two innings later, Quelch came through for the Giants again — delivering a sac-fly for his third RBI of the night.

Lee came out for his sixth and final frame and posted yet another scoreless one. Lee’s six innings of work held the Grays scoreless on six hits, four walks and two strikeouts.

The Grays finally got on the board with a run-scoring grounder in the seventh.

The Quelch show didn’t end — After Quelch’s third hit, he advanced to second, then took off to steal third. The Grays catcher’s throw was off the mark, allowing Quelch to race in for his third run of the day.

Ethan Harden then shut the door on the Grays in the ninth, sealing the victory.





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Giants vs. Aces

Mon. June 27, 2022

 
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Aces vs Giants  6/27/22
By: Ben Strober

The Gaithersburg Giants dropped its seventh game in a ten-game stretch, falling to the Alexandria Aces, 9-7.

After Giants’ starter Chris Baumann (sophomore, Wilson) posted a scoreless first inning, Joe Quelch (sophomore, Harford CC) gave the Giants a leadoff spark, crushing a moonshot over the center field wall.

Baumann then gave the lead right back, walking two to load the bases, then Aces’ left fielder Drew Collins (sophomore, Oakland) roped a two-run single. Next batter, Eddie Hacopian (sophomore, Maryland), lifted a sac-fly to make it a two-run Alexandria lead.

The Aces struck again in the top of the third when first baseman Cade Sullivan (junior, Western Michigan) launched a solo shot, extending the Alexandria lead to three.

Hacopian tortured the Giants again in the next inning, roping an RBI double in the gap in right.

Bryce Demory (sophomore, VMI)  helped cut into the Giants’ deficit, lacing an RBI single through the left side of the infield.

In the top of the sixth, the Aces threatened again, but pitcher Noah Covington (senior, Maryland Eastern Shore) flagged down Hacopian’s grounder, and turned a 1-4-3 double play, ending the threat.

Errors were an issue for the Giants today, as the Giants committed its fifth error of the day by the eighth inning.Those errors proved costly. 

With the bases loaded and one down, Hacopian looked to break the game open for the Aces, and he did. Hacopian cranked a ball that one-hopped the right-field fence, clearing the bases, and making it a six-run deficit for Gaithersburg. A throwing error, the sixth of the game for the Giants, added another run just moments later.

The Giants battled in the bottom of the ninth, scoring five, including a mammoth grand slam by Jeremiah Jenkins that cleared the tree-line past the wall. Unfortunately, the next two batters grounded out, ending the game, and dropping the Giants to 8-9 on the season.





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Giants vs. Cropdusters

Sun. June 26, 2022

 
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Giants vs. Thunderbolts

Sat. June 25, 2022

 
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Giants vs. Thunderbolts

Sat. June 25, 2022

 
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Giants vs. Braves

Fri. June 24, 2022

 
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Giants vs. Big Train

Thu. June 23, 2022

 
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Giants vs. Braves

Mon. June 20, 2022

 
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Giants vs. Big Train

Sat. June 18, 2022

 
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Giants vs Big Train 6/18

By: Ben Strober

Seven days in a row of games ended on a sour note for the Gaithersburg Giants, as they suffered their third straight loss, falling to the Bethesda Big Train, 12-0 in seven innings.

The Giants went down 1-2-3 in the top of the first, then disaster struck in the bottom half.

Giants’ starter Michael Standen (sophomore, Bloomsburg) appeared to be on his way to a 1-2-3 frame. After the second out, Standen surrendered an unlucky infield hit, which started a Big Train rally. The next batter singled, then Standen walked the bases loaded. The next batter, Sean Lane (sophomore, Maryland) was 1/24 on the season before this at-bat.

Lane ended his cold streak, hitting a towering pop-fly that JT Amaral (sophomore, San Francisco) lost in the wind. The ball dropped, and by that point, everyone that had been on base had already crossed the plate.

The Big Train added to its lead in the third with an RBI groundout by Garrett Felix (junior, Nicholls St).

Innings two, three and four were a familiar feeling offensively as of recent, as they were held to a single hit.

Despite the unfortunate events that took place in the first, Standen settled in nicely.

Standen struck out the side in the fourth and the fifth, concluding a more than solid, eight strikeout outing for the left-hander.

The Giants surrendered another two runs on a bases-loaded grounder that induced miscommunication on the infield, and the ball trickled away into the outfield.

A balk followed by two wild-pitches added to the damage, as the Big Train continued to break the game further open.

The Big Train posted a six spot in the bottom of the six, while only notching a single hit.

A positive sign for the Giants; Joe Quelch’s (sophomore, Harford) first at-bat in nine days was what most people thought was a hard-hit single, the Giants’ second hit of the day. However, it was scored as an error.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Big Train scored another two runs to complete the mercy victory over the Giants.





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Giants vs. Aces

Fri. June 17, 2022

 
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Giants’ Offensive Woes Continue
By: Ben Strober

On the road in Virginia, the Gaithersburg Giants’ offensive woes continued, as they only mustered up four hits and suffered a demoralizing 8-1 loss to the Alexandria Aces.

The Giants’ offensive struggles appeared to be nearing a breakthrough in the top of the second. Dean Mercer (junior, Wilson) walked, then Joshua Wilson (sophomore, Frederick Community College) singled on the next pitch. Unfortunately for Gaithersburg, the next pitch was a liner off the bat of Ethan Harden, (sophomore, Belmont) which was snagged by Alexandria’s second baseman, who then flipped to second to double off Mercer, ending the top of the inning. The Aces Matt Wolfe (freshman, Vanderbilt) then crushed Andrew Neff’s (senior, Concord) first-pitch fastball for a leadoff blast.

Neff bounced back in the third with a 1-2-3 frame.

The Giants’ once again wasted a scoring opportunity in the fourth. Dylan Wilkinson (junior, Longwood) led off the inning with a double and then moved to third on a grounder. With the runner on third and one out, all the Giants needed was some solid contact and the game would be tied. Instead, Mercer struck out looking, then Wilson grounded out, ending the hopeful chance.

The Aces added to its lead in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by Wolfe. The next batter, Cade Sullivan ripped a ball down the line that appeared foul, but was called a fair ball by the third-base umpire. Wolfe raced around, looking to score but the relay throw from Wilkinson was a great one — beating Wolfe to the plate by two steps — However, catcher Easton LaPlaca (sophomore, High Point) couldn’t corral the ball as he tried to apply the tag. Neff hit the next batter, and the damage continued. Mike Eze (junior, Georgetown) then ripped a two-run triple to the wall, extending the Aces’ lead to five after four innings.

JT Amaral (sophomore, San Francisco) ended the Giants’ twelve-inning scoreless streak with an RBI groundout in the fifth.

The Giants have experienced a multitude of unfortunate events recently, but in the top of the seventh, the bad luck hit a high peak. Looking for his first hit of the year, Brady Andre (junior, Wilson) looped a ball tailing toward the line in left. What would have been extra-bases and likely an RBI, ended as a web-gem diving catch for Aces’ left-fielder Dylan Koontz (sophomore, Campbell)

The Aces then added another run in the bottom of the seventh on a sac-fly.

The Giants’ offense continued its struggles in the last two innings, with only one batter even reaching base. With that, the Giants were shut down, officially marking twenty one straight innings in which the Giants have failed to score a run from a base-hit.





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Giants vs. Cropdusters

Thu. June 16, 2022

 
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Giants vs. Grays

Wed. June 15, 2022

 
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6/15/22 The Gaithersburg Giants Historic Start Continues to impress.
By: Ben Strober

For the second time this season, the Giants battled with the DC Grays.

The Giants’ offense was alive and well, posting a six-run fourth inning, which was enough to squeak past the Grays for a second time this season, 9-7.

Tyler Russo’s (senior, Towson) first inning started off shaky when a routine ground ball was bobbled by Bryce Porter (sophomore, Bloomsburg). Russo then walked a man, then balked, moving runners to scoring position. A deep sac-fly then gave the Grays an early lead. Russo surrendered his second run of the inning when his off-speed pitch couldn’t be handled by catcher Easton LaPlaca (sophomore, High Point).

Matt Ryan (sophomore, UMBC) was the first Giant to reach base, being hit in an 0-2 count. The next batter, LaPlaca, broke up the no-hitter in a big way.  LaPlaca’s towering drive hit off the top of the fence in right, scoring Ryan and bringing the Giants within one.

Russo surrendered a single in the second, but Jeremiah Jenkins (sophomore, Maine) helped out his pitcher, turning an inning-ending 3-6 double play.

Drew Vogel (junior, Murray State) nearly tied the game in the third, but Grays’ right-fielder Aaron Thomas (sophomore, Wofford) made an incredible diving catch to rob Vogel.

Russo got into trouble again in the bottom of the third. Russo gave up a double then walked a man. With two down, Thomas then roped an RBI double, adding to DC’s lead. Porter then bailed out Russo, making an all-out dive to make the inning-ending catch.

Oddly enough, the top of the fourth was a familiar situation for the Giants’ offense. 

Ryan was hit by a pitch for the second time in as many at-bats. Ryan then swiped second, and then LaPlaca delivered again, singling through the right side, bringing in Ryan. The rally continued. LaPlaca stole second, then advanced to third on an error. Manager Jesse Frawley then put on the double steal — a smart decision — as it allowed LaPlaca to swipe home and tie the game. The Giants weren’t done yet. After putting another two in scoring position, Dylan Wilkinson (sophomore, Longwood) hit a grounder that was mishandled, and some aggressive baserunning allowed two to cross the plate. Vogel came up next, and a very loud sound ensued. Vogel destroyed a ball into the sunset, putting the Giants up four.

The Grays responded with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning.

The Giants added two more runs in the fifth on back-to-back wild pitches from the Grays.

The Grays trailed by four in the eighth and they began to claw their way back, scoring a quick two runs. The Grays then loaded the bases but the Giants escaped the threat.

After a stressful few late innings, Ethan Harden (sophomore, Belmont) entered the game, attempting to seal the deal. Harden was brilliant, striking out the side to seal the sixth victory of the year for the Giants.





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Giants vs. Thunderbolts

Tue. June 14, 2022

 
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Giants vs. Braves

Mon. June 13, 2022

 
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After a historic first week of the season for the Gaithersburg Giants, they finally got their first taste of defeat, falling to the Metropolitan Braves, 6-3.

It was one of those nights for the Giants, as they struggled offensively all night long, and were even held hitless for seven and two-thirds innings.

Michael Standen (sophomore, Bloomsburg) gave up a single on the first pitch of the game, but a liner right back at him turned into a convenient, 1-3 double play. It then only took Braves’ starter Kristian Asbury (junior, Troy) nine pitches to retire the Giants’ top of the order.

Asbury continued to stifle the Giants, striking out five and held them hitless through the first three innings.

In the top of the fourth, Justin Carden (sophomore, Concord) came in, relieving Standen. The Braves then struck first blood. With runners on the corners, the Braves attempted to swipe second, and John Amaral’s (freshman, San Francisco) throw was a poor one, sailing into center field and allowing the Braves’ runner to trot home. The next batter, Quinn Madden, (junior, Harford CC) ripped a single into left, extending the lead. Things then got worse for Carden. After walking the bases loaded, the game was blown wide open when Blake Marrs (sophomore, Lander) took the ball to the opposite field and over the tall wall in right-center field for a grand slam. The Braves batted around and posted a six spot in a brutal fourth inning for Carden.

Asbury was relentlessly blanking the Giants. Still yet to record a hit, the Giants’ batters once again were blanked 1-2-3.

Through five, the Giants trailed by six and hadn’t yet put a hit in the books.

After his six-run blow-up, Carden settled down, posting two-straight scoreless frames.

The Giants went quietly again in the sixth, going down 1-2-3, keeping Asbury’s hopes at a no-hitter alive.

Asbury hit Amaral to start the bottom of the seventh. Amaral then advanced on a wild-pitch. Amaral wound up being stranded, as Asbury notched strikeout number 10 and 11, and kept the Giants hitless for the seventh-straight inning. Due to the league’s pitch limit, Asbury’s day was done after seven. Through seven innings, Abury threw 97 pitches, allowing no hits and striking out 11 with only one walk.

Dylan Heil (sophomore, Marymount) came in with a tall order on his hands, Keeping the no-hitter alive. Finally, with two down in the bottom of the eighth, pinch-hitter Jeremiah Jenkins (sophomore, Maine) beat out a grounder on the infield for the Giants’ first hit. After a walk loaded the bases, Heil plunked Amaral, which brought in the long-awaited first run for the Giants. Dusty Mercer (Murray State) came to the dish next with a chance to get the Giants back in the game, but a lengthy at-bat ended with Mercer caught swinging to end the inning.

The Giants were just three outs from their first defeat. The Giants began to battle, scoring two and even bringing the tying run to the plate.

Even though the effort toward the end was valiant, the Giants fell short and left the diamond in defeat for the first time this season.





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Giants vs. Big Train

Sun. June 12, 2022

 
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It was a solid day all around for the Gaithersburg Giants, featuring timely hitting and a strong performance from its pitchers, as they derailed the Bethesda Big Train, squeaking past them, 6-3. The Giants’ victory leaves them as the last undefeated team of this summer.

Big Train starter Brandon Clarke (sophomore, Alabama) dug himself an early hole, walking the first two Giants’ batters. Dylan Wilkinson (junior, Longwood) stole third but was caught in a rundown two pitches later when John Amaral (sophomore, San Francisco) stole second, and Wilkinson crept toward home. Jeremiah Jenkins (sophomore, Maine) then grounded out, ending what was initially a promising inning.

Giants’ pitcher Andrew Neff (senior, Concord), just like Clarke, put the first two batters on. Neff then balked, moving both runners to scoring position. Bethesda’s Sean Lane (sophomore, Maryland) then lifted a sac-fly into right to push the Big Train ahead. Neff was able to settle down, limiting the Big Train to just one first-inning run.

Neff then posted a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the second.

The Giants’ offense broke through in the third. A leadoff walk then a passed ball put a runner in scoring position. Amaral came to the dish and ripped a ball down the line in left, which wound up getting lodged in the fence. The tying run scored and Amaral rounded the bases for what was momentarily an inside-the-park homer. The umpires eventually ruled that it was a ground-rule double and sent Amaral back to second. Nevertheless, the Giants tied the game.

The Giants’ bats stayed hot in the fourth. A single, walk, then hit by pitch, loaded the bases for Joshua Wilson (sophomore, Frederick CC), who got his first hit as a Giant, and it was a big one. Wilson’s liner found a gap in left-center, scoring the go-ahead run. Bryce Demory (sophomore, VMI) tried to race home as well, but the Big Train’s relay throw was good enough to gun him down.

In the bottom of the fourth, Sam Alswang (sophomore, Central Connecticut St) came on in relief. After a strikeout to start, Alswang put runners on the corners with one down. Alswang responded with another strikeout, then Easton LaPlaca (sophomore, High Point) ended the threat, gunning down the Big Train base-runner attempting to swipe second.

The first batter in the top of the fifth was Wilkinson, who crushed a moonshot into the forest behind the right-field wall, extending the Giants’ lead to two.

The Big Train deleted the Giants’ lead, as Garrett Felix (junior, Nicholls State) cranked an RBI double into right, then Alswang uncorked a wild-pitch, scoring Felix, the tying run.

For the fourth straight inning, the Giants broke through. After a Demory single and a couple walks, Wilkinson came to the dish with the bases full. Wilkinson hit one back up the middle. Big Train second baseman TJ Rogers (sophomore, Austin Peay State) fielded it cleanly, but his flip to second was dropped, allowing the go-ahead run. The next pitch for Evan Marcinko (sophomore, UNC Wilmington) was one that got away. LaPlaca raced home, giving the Giants their second two-run lead of the day.

After two scoreless frames from Matthew Vernieri, (sophomore, Bloomsburg) Dominic Valis (sophomore, Towson) made his first appearance and posted a 1-2-3 eighth, which included an incredible leaping grab at the wall by right-fielder Dusty Mercer (junior, Murray State).

The Giants added some insurance in the ninth. Amaral notched his second double, then Mercer followed up with a single. Jenkins then lifted his third sac-fly of the season, scoring Amaral and extending the lead to three.

Valis came out for the ninth and struck out two of the four batters he faced, finishing off the Big Train and improving the Giants to 4-0 on the season.





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Giants vs. Cropdusters

Fri. June 10, 2022

 
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Giants Spoil Cropdusters’ Home Opener, Improve to 3-0 for First Time in History

By: Ben Strober

Cropdusters’ starter Brett Seils (sophomore, Towson) had a strong start to his outing, retiring the first two Giants’ batters, then inducing a long fly-out from Jeremiah Jenkins (sophomore, Maine Orono).

Gabriel Barrett (sophomore, University of San Francisco) got into a massive jam in his first inning as a Giant. An error, hit, and walk left the bases loaded and no one yet gone. What looked to be a routine 6-3 double play for the Giants ended up seeing two runs come across for the Crops, as Jenkins dropped Dylan Wilkinson’s (junior, Longwood) throw. Barrett settled down, striking out one, then inducing a pop-out to end the inning, but the two Giants’ errors put them in an early deficit.

The Giants put two on with one out in the second but Ethan Harden (sophomore, Belmont) who’s typically a pitcher, grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

The Giants got on the board in the third when Dusty Mercer (junior, Murray State) roped an RBI double into right. Jenkins then grounded out, but it was slow enough to tie the game, as John Amaral (sophomore, San Francisco) trotted home. The next batter was Michael Marrale (senior, Wilson College), who blasted a double into the gap in left-center, bringing in the go-ahead run.

Max Simpson (sophomore, Towson) entered the game to pitch for the Cropdusters and the Giants found success. After the first two reached base for the Giants, Amaral layed down an almost perfect sac-bunt, setting up a big moment for Mercer, who wound up hitting an RBI groundout, extending the Giants’ lead to two.

Relieving Barrett was put into the hands of Quinn Holt (sophomore, Bloomsburg University), who got the job done, holding the Cropdusters scoreless for three innings.

The Giants loaded the bases in the top of the seventh but Simpson sat down Harden on strikes to end the threat.

As the Gaithersburg Giants’ first road battle progressed into the seventh-inning-stretch, the Giants held a minuscule two-run lead over the Cropdusters.

Following the interesting performance of the “Cotton Eye Joe” by the Cropdusters players during the 7th inning stretch, the Giants rallied in the eighth.

Mercer drove his third run of the game, and Jenkins hit a very untraditional sac-fly.

Jenkins popped up into foul territory adjacent to the Giants’ dugout. The catcher and third baseman each raced over to try to make a play. Cropdusters’ catcher Ryan Shieh (sophomore, Liberty) made the catch, and Wilkinson made a heads up decision to tag-up and score. The Giants’ three-run surge gave them a five-run lead with six outs to get.

The Crops chipped away with a run in the bottom half of the eighth, but still trailed by four heading to the final inning.

With an already comfortable lead, Amaral added insult to injury for the Cropdusters, destroying a three-run blast into the sunset.

Noah Covington (senior, Maryland Eastern Shore) pitched the final frame and quickly finished off the Cropdusters.

A battle that started as a pitcher’s duel, concluded as a convincing victory for the Giants, as they spoiled the Cropdusters’ inaugural home opener, defeating them, 10-3.

The win also marked the team’s first ever 3-0 start.





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Giants vs. Aces

Thu. June 9, 2022

 
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11
10
1
Aces
4
7
3

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Giants vs. Grays

Tue. June 7, 2022

 
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12
10
2
Grays
0
4
1

Season Opens with a Bang
by: Ben Strober

On a wet opening night in Gaithersburg, the Giants started its 2022 campaign with a bang, mercying the Grays in seven innings, 12-0.

After two innings of nothing against DC Grays’ pitcher Tyler Allen (senior, Xavier (LA)), the Gaithersburg Giants saw a prime opportunity fall into its arms. Still with no hits yet in the game, returning player Dusty Mercer (junior, Murray St Col) stepped into the dish with the bases juiced. Mercer got the Giants offense rolling, lining a missile down the left field line that cleared the bases.

Mercer’s big-time knock lit the match for a big day by the Giants’ offense, as the flood gates were open from there on out.

After Michael Standen (sophomore, Bloomsburg U) sat down the Grays’ first three in order, the Giants threatened to strike early as Dylan Wilkinson (junior, Longwood U) walked on four pitches to lead off. Wilkinson then moved over on two groundouts, but Joe Quelch (sophomore, Harford CC) grounded out, ending the threat.

The Giants saw a prime opportunity fall into their arms. With runners leading off first and second, Allen attempted to pick off Bryce Demory (sophomore, Virginia Military Institute). Allen’s throw was atrocious – sailing well over the head of Patrick Vandenberg (senior, Lafayette). Allen then walked Zach Saryeldin (junior, Concord U) and was pulled in favor of Nick Fletcher (junior, Holy Cross). Following the base on balls, returning player Dusty Mercer came to the dish in a crucial spot, and delivered a bases-clearing triple to open the scoring for Gaithersburg. The following batter was Quelch, who hit a slow grounder to third, and it was all Mercer needed to trot home and extend the Giants’ lead.

Through three innings, the Giants had only notched one hit but broke out to a 4-0 lead.

In the fourth, Giants’ pitcher Justin Carden (sophomore, Concord U) made his first appearance. After a quick two-outs, Carden ate a line drive directly off his leg. Carden recovered and shoveled the ball to first, completing a 1-2-3 inning.

The Giants continued to find success against Fletcher in the fourth. 

Michael Marrale (senior, Wilson College) lined a double into the gap to lead off, then two batters later, Demory delivered with an RBI single into right, scoring Marrale.

Carden surrendered two-straight singles to start the fifth. Following a pop-out to short, Carden induced a hectic double play. Grays’ right-fielder Donovan Frayer (junior, Shorter U) lined a missile that nearly took the head off of Carden. The ball deflected off of Carden’s glove and right into the mitt of Saryeldin. With the runners moving on contact, Saryeldin slowly walked to second, completing the double play and ending the inning.

The bottom of the fifth was the third straight inning that the Giants scored. Jeremiah Jenkins (sophomore, Maine Orono (U of)) came through with an RBI Sac-fly, then Marrale delivered, roping an RBI single through the right side.

After five, the Giants lead had grown to a whopping seven.

Carden continued his stellar outing, striking out the side in the sixth.

The Giants’ offense couldn’t cool off, adding another three in the bottom of the frame.

After Caleb Guisewite (sophomore, Belmont U) pitched a scoreless frame, the Giants reached the mercy rule on a dramatic play. After a lengthy at-bat, Matt Ryan (sophomore, Maryland Baltimore (U of)) struck out swinging, but the ball was dropped by Grays’ catcher Logan Scully (sophomore, GMU), who then threw the ball away as he attempted to complete the strikeout. Wilkinson and Porter raced around to score the game’s ending runs..

After a slow start, the Giants scored in five straight innings closing out and walking away with a mercy rule victory.