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Gallaudet's Casey Hicks set to debut with the D.C. Grays this summer

Gallaudet's Casey Hicks set to debut with the D.C. Grays this summer

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University rising senior Casey Hicks (Henderson, Nev.) will suit up for the D.C. Grays, members of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, this summer. The Grays play all of their home games at Hoy Field on the campus of Gallaudet and begin their 2013 campaign at home Thursday, June 6, at 5 p.m.

This is the second year the Bison have had a player on the Grays' roster. Last season, Tommy Barksdale (Brookeville, Md.) and William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) suited up for the D.C. Grays, in its inaugural season.

The Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, an amateur summer wooden bat league, is in its ninth season of existence and features 12 teams from the Baltimore-Washington area. The majority of the players on the teams' rosters are from NCAA Division I, II and III programs or a junior college.

Hicks finished the 2013 season as Gallaudet's starting catcher and earned North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) all-conference second team honors. Hicks started and played in all 41 games for the Bison (20-21) and helped to lead the team to the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament as GU shared the regular-season championship after posting an 11-3 NEAC record. Hicks batted .256 (34-for-133), drove in 26 RBIs, scored 23 runs, hit seven doubles and five triples to go with 10 stolen bases. Behind the plate he threw out 18 base stealers and posted a .979 fielding percentage.

The Grays were founded and named in honor of the great Homestead Grays, the Negro League champions of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. The Homestead Grays were a legendary franchise as they played at Griffith Stadium, home of the Washington Senators. The Grays will host several youth clinics during the summer, please log onto their website for more details.

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