The Alexandria Aces will take the field against the FCA Herndon Braves at 4PM on Sunday, June 5th at Frank Mann Field in the team’s only pre-season exhibition game. The game provides both Aces Manager David DeSilva and Braves Manager Chris Warren an opportunity to have several of their pitchers face live batters and likewise have several batters dig into the batter’s box for the first time since the end of the college season. Depending on the level of play (e.g., Division I, II or III) and whether their university team advanced to a conference tournament or beyond, the layoff for several of the players could have reached upwards of two to four weeks.
Gates will open at 3PM. Tickets for the exhibition game are available for $2 for adults, $1 for youth ages 6-17, and free for those ages 5 and under. Limited concessions, to include drinks, chips and candy, will be available. The Aces will also have some 2016 Game Hats for sale.
The regular season then opens at Frank Mann Field on Tuesday, June 7th at 7PM against the Gaithersburg Giants. Come on out and support the 2016 Alexandria Aces as they begin their quest to capture the franchise’s first ever Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League title! See you at the ballpark!
Interested in performing the National Anthem in front of a live audience? The Alexandria Aces are looking for three or four additional soloists or groups to sing the National Anthem before each Aces home game this season at Frank Mann Field at Four Mile Run Park. Whether performed once or before multiple games, the Aces are always searching for renditions of the Star Spangled Banner that honor our great nation and fittingly get the teams and the hometown fans ready for another exciting evening of Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League action.
There are two ways to audition. First, send a link of your rendition to firstname.lastname@example.org. Secondly, be at Frank Mann Field on Saturday, June 4th between 9AM and 12 Noon and perform the National Anthem for Aces General Manager Lou Nolan and a few members of the Aces Game Day staff. In either case, please provide an indication of which home games you or your group could attend.
The National Anthem and baseball – a great tradition!
Each offseason, Alexandria Aces Manager David DeSilva, now entering his 4th season as the Aces skipper, becomes passionate about assembling his squad for the upcoming season. This past offseason has been no different as Coach DeSilva has recruited a Division 1 dominated roster featuring thirty four ballplayers from twenty two universities and colleges from the east coast extending west to the Mississippi River. Highlighting the roster are two returning players from last year’s team, pitcher Billy Lescher from the University of Pennsylvania (Ivy League) and corner infielder Alex Stephens from Morehead State University (Ohio Valley). In addition, the roster features Chesdin Harrington, a pitcher from the defending Division 1 College World Series Champions, the University of Virginia, and another Atlantic Coast Conference infielder, Chris Balogh, the first Aces player from Boston College.
In addition to Boston College, 11 other schools are represented on the Aces roster for the first time in the team’s nine year history. For the Division 1 programs, the University of Rhode Island (Atlantic 10) debuts with two players, pitcher Evan Flanagan and infielder Kevin Heiss. Staying in the New England region, the University of Massachusetts-Lowell (America East) is forwarding outfielder Ted Leathersich. Moving into New Jersey, Seton Hall University (Big East) is sending pitcher Matt Ponsiglione and outfielder Liam McArthur. Heading out to the Shenandoah Valley, pitcher Christian Leckert is arriving from James Madison University (Colonial Athletic). Moving further west into Conference USA territory, both Western Kentucky University (WKU) and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) are delivering multiple players. WKU’s trio includes pitchers Evan Acosta and Micah Kaczor, and Hunter Wood, the first of the four Aces catchers. MTSU’s duo includes pitcher AJ Spencer and infielder Drew Huff. Not far from the Gateway Arch, Pitcher Danny Ehrsam is slated to become the Aces first Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (Ohio Valley) alum. Finally, we head south to Wofford College (Southern) which is providing catcher Cody Miller, and finally into Sun Belt Conference territory, where Georgia Southern pitcher Zach Cowart and infielder Tarez Miller play.
The two remaining new schools are both fairly local. Seton Hill University (Pennsylvania State Athletic), which just recently secured an at large Division II bid, will send pitcher Tyler Morder. Pitcher Jack Hennessy from Division III Catholic University (Landmark Conference) makes the short drive from Washington, DC.
Of course, that leaves 13 more players to fill out the roster. Lipscomb University (Atlantic Sun) provides a trio of talent in catcher Jeffrey Crisan, infielder Cade Sorrells and outfielder Von Watson. In addition to Stephens, Morehead State’s entourage includes pitcher Brent Stoneking and outfielder Niko Hulsizer. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Conference USA) sends pitcher Drew Morrison, while nearby Davidson College (Atlantic 10) offers pitcher Connor Gordon. Two hurlers, Patrick Finkelstein and Nate Ocker, arrive from the College of Charleston (Colonial Athletic). Moving further north, pitcher Jimmy Swad heads over from Georgetown while Penn delivers a second pitcher, Nick Pedalino, and Stony Brook (America East) rounds out the catching corps with Drew Bene. Finally, Coach DeSilva has once again nabbed talent from Division II Wilmington University (Central Atlantic Collegiate) with infielder Christian Adorno.
Overall Coach DeSilva is thrilled with the roster that includes thirty one of thirty four players out of Division I programs and encompasses nineteen pitchers, four catchers, seven infielders and four outfielders. He is also excited about the mix of experience, with seven rising seniors and eight rising juniors complementing seventeen rising sophomores and two rising freshmen. Coach readily admits his biggest challenge will be ensuring the position players receive ample at bats while he balances innings among a six man starting rotation and a fully loaded bullpen. He’s also hoping for better weather at the start of the season so the team isn’t relegated to a flurry of doubleheaders in the second half of the season.
Come on out and see the 2016 Aces in action beginning with an exhibition game on Sunday, June 5th at 4PM at Frank Mann Field against the in-state rival FCA Herndon Braves. Then two evenings later on June 7th, watch the Aces open the regular season at home at 7Pm against the North Division’s Gaithersburg Giants. See our full schedule here.
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We look forward to seeing you at Frank Mann Field on June 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. for our home opener against the Gaithersburg Giants.
We are 82 days away from Opening our 9th season on June 7, 2016 at Frank Mann Field and we are so excited! We are finalizing our roster for the 2016 season and are looking to you, our loyal fans, to help us host these 35 players from universities and colleges across the country, for the summer, as they come to play ball in Alexandria, VA. Without the generous support of all our host families, there is no team.
The Alexandria Aces are grateful to our wonderful host families, who provide our players with “homes away from home” during the summer season. We ask our host families to provide a clean, safe, smoke-free and pleasant environment, including a private bedroom for the player staying and a reasonable use of bathroom and laundry facilities.
There are many rewards to hosting a Cal Ripken League Baseball Player including great family memories and lifetime bonds. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions below for more information.
Many thanks for your invaluable support on behalf of the Aces organization! We look forward to seeing you soon on June 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Frank Mann Field!
If you are interested in becoming a host family in 2016, please email Amy Goodrich at email@example.com.
Alexandria Aces Host Family Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are we expected to provide the player as a host family?
A: Aces players often work jobs (such as the Aces Youth Camps) during the day, and play games at night. Therefore, their needs are relatively simple: private room, bathroom and laundry room access, a place to park a car, and a family to cheer them on.
Q: Will the player have a car? If not, will we be expected to drive him places?
A: About two-thirds of the players have their own car. Players who do not have cars are strategically housed close to players who do have cars, so their teammates can provide them rides. We do not expect host families to drive our players around.
Q: We would like to host a player, but we are leaving town for vacation for two weeks in July, and don’t feel comfortable leaving the player alone in our home. Is it possible to still participate?
A: We would prefer not to have players move once they have settled in with a family. However, there are times when host families are going on vacation at separate times, and they share a player that way. If we can match you with another family in this way, it might be possible for you to host this summer.
Q: My child is a shortstop. We would love to have a shortstop stay with us. Is it possible to request a certain position player?
A: Because of the sometimes complicated logistics of placing players with allergies into pet-free families, locating players with and without cars close to each other, and placing returning players (or new players from the same university) with the previous host family, it is not always possible to honor these types of requests. However, we will do our best to fulfill this request.
Q. We have a cat. Do you make sure that players don’t have pet allergies?
A: We ask about allergies and whether host families have pets to ensure that allergic players aren’t housed with animals they can’t be around.
Q: What happens if there’s a problem with the placement?
A: Historically, we have had minimal problems with placements. The Aces players appreciate host families’ hospitality, and behave as guests in your home. If there is a minor problem, we ask that you contact the host family coordinator, who will work to try to resolve it with the player. If there is a major problem, we will remove him immediately.
Q: Will players be using our phones? We don’t want to get late-night phone calls!
A: Players bring cell phones and other electronic devices to use for their phone calls.
Q: I’m really hoping that we can host a player who will help our child with his baseball skills. Is this possible?
A: All host family situations are unique, and your player and your child could certainly have that kind of relationship. However, you should keep in mind that the Aces players are rather busy between work and the schedule of 5 or more games a week. Some players do not interact as much with their host family as others do.
Q: What rules are there about drinking and using drugs?
A: Drugs are strictly forbidden, as is underage drinking, although some players are over 21 and can legally drink. However, even if your player is over 21, feel free to establish your home as a no-drinking zone, and please do not give underage players alcohol. At the beginning of the season, we supply host families with a contract. Although we do ask players and families to sign that form, it really is a forum for families and players to frankly and honestly discuss the details and rules of a player’s stay with that family.