The Alexandria Aces, entering their 9th Season in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, are excited to open the 2016 campaign at home at Frank Mann Field on Tuesday, June 7th against the Gaithersburg Giants at 7 PM. The Aces, as in 2015, will play 40 games, 20 at home and 20 on the road. With the return of the two division format, the Aces will again play an unbalanced schedule. In terms of the Aces South Division rivals, the DC Grays visit Frank Mann Field on Sunday, June 26th for the only scheduled home twi-night doubleheader and again in July for a single game. The 2015 League Regular Season Champions, the Bethesda Big Train, visit Alexandria for three games in July. The Aces then round out the South Division home slate with two games apiece against the Herndon Braves and Vienna Riverdogs. The Aces play their only scheduled road doubleheader against the Herndon Braves on Sunday, June 19th. One more journey to Herndon, two games each at DC and Bethesda, and three games at Vienna round out the 20 games against South Division foes.
The schedule format remains the same against the five North Division franchises as the Aces will play four games against each team, two home and two on the road. Highlights include the Home Opener versus Gaithersburg and contests against the defending League Champion Baltimore (Towson MD) Redbirds on Sunday, June 12th and Wednesday, July 6th. One more contest against Gaithersburg and two games apiece against the Baltimore (Hanover MD) Dodgers, Rockville Express and the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts complete the home games against the North Division. Overall, the Aces play 10 home games in both June and July. The regular season ends at home on July 22nd against Vienna.
For the 2016 season, the Aces are scheduled for 3 Monday, 1 Tuesday, 2 Wednesday, 4 Thursday, 4 Friday, 2 Saturday and 4 Sunday home games. Several Tuesdays, to include June 14th, 21st, and 28th and July 12th, and 19th are set aside for makeup games in the event of inclement weather. In addition, the Cal Ripken League is not slated to play on Monday, July 4th, and Monday, July 11th. The Cal Ripken League All Star game is scheduled for Wednesday July 13th.
After a make up day on Saturday, July 23rd, the playoffs begin on Sunday July 24th, with 6 teams qualifying. With the same format as that used in 2015, after single elimination games between the 3rd and 6th seeds, and the 4th and 5th seeds, the playoffs will continue with best of three semifinal and championship series, culminating no later than Sunday, July 31st. The goal of the Alexandria Aces is to be playing baseball during the last weekend in July!
With a few exceptions, all Alexandria Aces regular season home games will be played at 7PM. First pitch for Game 1 of the Home twi-night doubleheader on Sunday, June 19th will be at 4:30 PM followed by a 7 PM nightcap. The Sunday, July 3rd contest against Bethesda will commence at 5 PM to allow fans to attend community fireworks afterwards. In the event of a home makeup game or doubleheader due to previous postponements, the updated game time will be posted on the Aces website and across the various Aces social media outlets.
Hope to see you at Frank Mann Field for the Home Opener on June 7th! Find the full schedule located here.
The Alexandria Aces are actively searching for local area college and high school students interested in spending two months this upcoming summer working for a college summer baseball team. The Aces are looking for motivated volunteers from the surrounding local communities to fulfill the responsibilities assigned to as many as 14 volunteer staff members to include Game Day Coordinators, Press Box Specialists, and Social Media and Public Relations Coordinators. If residing outside the local area, please note that the Aces have historically been able to hire one or two of these staff members and arrange accommodations with local host families.
While the primary focus of the Alexandria Aces of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League is the development and achievement of the players on the field under the guidance of Head Coach David DeSilva, the season cannot be successful without a dedicated Front Office and Game Day Staff. The Aces Internship Program is a great opportunity to gain experience, and develop and refine skills vital to successfully running a baseball organization. In addition, as in many cases the staff members can rotate game day assignments, the opportunity exists to develop a broader understanding of the various facets associated with providing the best experience possible for the players, coaches, umpires and fans.
The following link will take you to the list of available positions: http://www.alexandriaaces.org/internships/. Please contact Aces General Manager Lou Nolan at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. The Aces look forward to adding you to our team as we vie for the 2016 Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Championship!
Aces place 2 on All-League Team
The Cal Ripken League announced its 2015 All-League team this week. Two Aces were named to the first and second team with three more noted as honorable mention. The four-time defending champion, Baltimore Redbirds, were well represented, placing nine on the All-League Team.
Brett Netzer (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) was named to the first team as a utility player. Netzer was a versatile piece of the Aces defense all season. Predominately a second basemen, Netzer also spent time at third base and both corner outfield positions. Brett was a mainstay at the top of the Aces order for much of the year, hitting .349 with seven doubles, four triples and was second on the team in RBIs with 20. Brett received the 2015 CRCBL batting title as his 51 hits and .349 average ranked first in the league. Brett was also a starter on the CRCBL South All-Star Team.
Gabe Mosser (Shippensburg) was named to the second team as a starting pitcher. Mosser was the Aces #1 pitcher all season starting game 1 and throwing in several critical match-ups throughout the season. Gabe finished the summer with a 1.80 ERA in 40 IP. His 29 strikeouts lead the team while he only walked 12. Gabe was also named to the 2015 South All-Star team.
Malcolm Nachmanoff (Stony Brook University)
Danny Pardo (University of Montevallo)
Mike Marcinko (Shippensburg University)
The Aces finished the regular season 19-21, tied for third in the CRCBL South division. Based on tie breaking procedures, the Aces missed the play-offs for the first time in the last four years.
Here is the full All-League Team:
Catcher: Ben Breazelle-Baltimore Redbirds
1B: Gavin Sheets-Baltimore Redbirds
2B: Nick Dunn-Silver Spring Takoma Thunderbolts
3B: Kevin LaChance-Vienna Riverdogs
SS: Logan Warmoth-Baltimore Redbirds
OF: Chris Lewis-Bethesda Big Train
OF: Stuart Fairchild-Baltimore Redbirds
OF: Mac Caples-Baltimore Redbirds
DH: Nathaniel Lowe-Vienna Riverdogs
UTL: Brett Netzer-Alexandria Aces
SP: Emerson Gibbs-Baltimore Redbirds
SP: Jack Gomersall-Vienna Riverdogs
SP: Tim Yandel-Bethesda Big Train
RP: Walker Sheller-Bethesda Big Train
RP: Isaac Mattson-Baltimore Redbirds
Closer: Connor Tagg-Silver Spring Takoma Thunderbolts
Catcher: Andy Mocahbee-Herndon Braves
1B: Kurt Sinnen-DC Grays
2B: Evan Mendoza-Baltimore Dodgers
3B: Harrison Crawford-Bethesda Big Train
SS: Zac Kirtley-Bethesda Big Train
OF: Logan Farrar-Bethesda Big Train
OF: Zachary Racusin-Silver Spring Takoma Thunderbolts
OF: Michael Mioduszewski-Baltimore Dodgers
DH: Nick Perkins-Baltimore Redbirds
UTL: Jordan Sergent-Vienna Riverdogs
SP: Conrad Wozniak-Silver Spring Takoma Thunderbolts
SP: Taylor Bloom-Gaithersburg Giants
SP: Jason Morgan-Baltimore Redbirds
SP: Gabe Mosser-Alexandria Aces
RP: Mitch Aker-Herndon Braves
Position Players – Malcolm Nachmanoff (Alexandria Aces), Reid Leonard (Gaithersburg Giants), Steven Paredes (Silver Spring Takoma Thunderbolts), Danny Pardo (Alexandria Aces), Alex Lipman (Herndon Braves), Patrick Mathis (Gaithersburg Giants), Quinn Carpenter (DC Grays), Mike Marcinko (Alexandria Aces), Kevin Williams (Rockville Express)
Pitchers –Mark Gunst (Vienna Riverdogs), Dakota Forsyth (Baltimore Redbirds), Will Stokes (Baltimore Redbirds), Luis Collazo (Bethesda Big Train), Brandon Flemming (Rockville Express), Drew Strotman (Bethesda Big Train), Anthony Vattuone (Rockville Express), Alex Calvert (Bethesda Big Train), Jordon Accetta (Vienna Riverdogs), En-Sih Huang (Silver Spring Takoma Thunderbolts), Darrien Ragins (Silver Spring Takoma Thunderbolts), Riley Arnone (Rockville Express)
As the 2015 Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League playoffs begin today, the Aces season is officially over. Finishing with a 19-21 record and just one game shy of the postseason, the Aces played a great season of baseball.
Before Alexandria even took the field for the first time this season, there were already hurdles to jump. Coach David DeSilva had to deal with a number of high-profile players who, either because of injury or college coaches’ orders, changed their mind about playing baseball this summer and dropped out of the team. DeSilva made a number of early season moves but still began the season with a smaller roster than expected.
Once the season started, it was all about rain. The first three games of the regular season were all postponed due to rain. Throughout the entirety of the season, it seemed like a week did not go by without at least one game affected by weather, but especially in the beginning of the season. Finally, the Aces played the season and home opener at Barcroft Park in Arlington in a 12-1 thrashing of the DC Grays.
The hot streak, however, would not last long. The Aces lost the next three games of the season, two of them to eventual division-winning Bethesda and Baltimore Redbirds. For almost the entire first month of the season, the Aces were back and forth. The pitching staff was exceptional, the defense was solid, but the offense struggled to find consistency in the early weeks of the season.
After a walk-off loss in Bethesda and an 8-5 home loss to the Rockville Express on back-to-back nights, the Aces were 6-12 on the season and the playoffs seemed like a dream rather than a reality. The next game was a turning point in the season.
The Aces hosted the Big Train on June 30th at Frank Mann Field, just two days after losing a 6-5 walk-off in Bethesda. The game was close all the way into the ninth inning, when the Big Train scored three runs by result of a missed call from the umpires. After minutes of arguing, Coach DeSilva and Pitching Coach Anthony Naso were both ejected from the game. That ejection sparked the Aces’ players who went on to win a 6-5 walk-off of their own. From then on, the season had a brighter outlook. The Aces then won seven of the last eight games before the All-Star break in which six of those games came from doubleheaders.
Six Aces were then selected for the CRCBL 2015 All-Star game- Danny Pardo, Brett Netzer, Mike Marcinko, Nick DiEva, Gabe Mosser, and Kevin Superko. The team got a couple of days off before heading into the final stretch of the season.
After the All-Star break, there were only eight days left in the regular season. Because of all the rain in the early part of the summer, the Aces had 13 games in that eight day stretch, with five doubleheaders. That many games proved to take a toll on the Aces, as Alexandria went went 5-8 in the last 13 games, getting swept by the Braves and the Riverdogs in doubleheaders.
The season was on the line on Thursday when the Aces played the final home game of the season against the DC Grays. The Aces needed to beat the Grays and, with a win, would essentially be into the playoffs. Alexandria lead the game 2-0 after five innings, but the Grays tied the game in the top of the sixth and would go on to win 4-2.
With the loss to DC, the Aces headed to Bethesda for the final game of the season in need of not only a win, but also a Herndon loss. The Aces played one of the best games of the year, stifling the Big Train offense and taking advantage of miscues. Alexandria got half of the equation right, winning 3-1. But the Braves went on to win 6-5 in 12 innings in Vienna, clinching the 6th seed in the playoffs and knocking the Aces out of the postseason.
Thank you to all of our fans who came out to Frank Mann Field, tuned in to Aces Radio, or followed us on Twitter. It was a great season that came up just short, but we could not have made it happen without support. We look forward to an even better year next year! Go Aces!
The Aces traveled to Bethesda on Friday night to face the Big Train in the final game of the regular season. For Alexandria, a win against Bethesda was needed as was a Herndon loss in order to snag the final CRCBL playoff position.
The Aces were able to do the first, beating the Big Train 3-1, but the Herndon Braves ended up beating Vienna 6-5 in extra innings, taking the final playoff spot and knocking the Aces out of the postseason.
The game started similarly for both sides. The Aces were able to score a run in the top half of the first inning when Brett Netzer (UNC-Charlotte) scored on an error from Bethesda. The Big Train responded with a run of their own, ironically on a Netzer error, to tie the game at one apiece after just one inning.
After the first inning, both pitching staffs settled down, as the next five full innings were scoreless. The Aces put Wade McNabb (Stetson) on the mound for the start. McNabb went five innings for the Aces, giving up one run on four hits and picking up one K. The Aces faced three different Big Train pitchers through the first six innings.
The score remained 1-1 until the top of the eighth inning when Mike Marcinko (Shippensburg) singled to bring Danny Pardo (Montevallo) home. Just one batter later, Ryan McMillen (Shippensburg) scored on another Big Train error.
Billy Lescher (U of Penn), Matt Doughty (UVa) and Brandon Justice (College of Charleston) all gave solid one-inning relief appearances, but it was Kyle Menchaca (Wilmington) who was called upon in the ninth. Menchaca gave up one walk, but picked up a flyout and two Ks to end the game with the Aces winning 3-1.
While all of this was going on, another game was going on in Vienna. The Braves and Riverdogs were playing and the Aces needed a Herndon loss, coupled with the Aces win, to get to the playoffs. The Braves blew a five-run lead and Vienna tied the game in the bottom of the ninth. But in the 12th inning, a solo homerun for the Braves was the winning run, and the nail in the coffin that was the Aces season.
Alexandria finishes the 2015 CRCBL regular season at 19-21, just one game shy of making the playoffs. Brett Netzer (UNC-Charlotte) finishes the regular season as the CRCBL leader in batting average with a .349 average.
Thank you to all the Aces fans who supported the organization all season long. We could not have done it without you.