The T-Bolts lost 4-1 to the DC Grays at the Nats Baseball Academy after their doubleheader split on the road Saturday against the Alexandra Aces. Righthander Zeke Gongola (Montgomery College, Germantown) got his first start of the season against the Grays’ lefty, Cam Fowler. The Grays scored in the bottom of the second when Jordan Wiley came home on a single from Josh Cowden. The Grays added a run in the fourth on a double from Noah Searcy, who attempted to steal third and scored on a throwing error.
Gongola pitched a strong game, going five innings while allowing two earned runs on five hits. He walked none and struck out four.
The Grays’ Searcy scored again in the bottom of the sixth off T-Bolts relief pitcher Tanner Jacobson (Queens University of Charlotte) on an RBI groundout by Robby Wacker.
The Grays’ fourth run of the game came on a bases loaded walk issued by Bolts reliever Brendan Collinsin the bottom of the eighth.
The Thunderbolts scored their only run in the top of the ninth. Grays relief pitcher Hayden Wynja issued a two-out bases loaded walk to Ian McMillian (University of Houston), allowing catcher Tyler Murray (University of Hawaii) to score. The Bolts left the bases loaded on a strikeout to end the game.
T-Bolts relievers walked ten of nineteen batters in the final three innings yet did not allow a hit and yielded only two runs.
Gongola now drops to 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA and the Grays’ Cam Fowler improves to 2-2 with a 3.27 ERA. Fowler went eight innings, allowed no runs on two hits, walked four, and struck out five in a masterful performance.
Please join us tomorrow evening at Montgomery Blair High School as the T-Bolts take on the Bethesda Big Train at 7 pm.