The Aces look to rebound after a tough loss yesterday against the Big Train with a doubleheader against the D.C. Grays, the Aces’ only doubleheader scheduled at Frank Mann Field this season. The Aces and Grays have faced off once before, a 5-0 Grays victory at Nationals Youth Academy on June 16.
Last night, the Aces held a 5-3 lead over the Big Train heading into the bottom of the ninth, but the Big Train scored three runs to walk off and gain a two-game advantage over the Aces in the South division. Starter Jimmy Swad (Georgetown) pitched six outstanding frames of four-hit, two-run ball and struck out six. Liam McArthur (Seton Hall), Cade Sorrells (Lipscomb) and Drew Huff (Middle Tennessee State) had multi-hit games, going 2-5, 3-4 and 3-4, respectively.
Chesdin Harrington (U. of Virginia – 1-0, 3.00 ERA) takes the mound in the first game of the doubleheader. In his previous start, a winning effort against the Redbirds on June 12, Harrington went five innings and allowed two runs on three hits. He also pitched a perfect inning of relief on Friday against the Thunderbolts.
Evan Acosta (Western Kentucky U. – 0-1, 6.75 ERA) gets the nod in the second game. He has gone four innings in each of his previous starts, giving up two runs on June 10 against the Thunderbolts and four runs on June 18 against the Redbirds.
The games start at 4:30 and 7:00. They will each be seven innings long, and a single admission will be charged. Come and enjoy two games for the price of one for the only time at Frank Mann Field this season! If you can’t make it, be sure to follow the game live on Twitter (@Alexandria_Aces) or tune into Aces Radio.
The Aces were unable to hold a 5-3 lead in the ninth, allowing three runs to the Big Train in the bottom of the frame to drop the game, 6-5. With the loss, the Aces are back at .500 (8-8) and in third place in the South division, two games behind the Big Train and one-and-a-half behind the Braves. The Aces and Big Train split their two games played at Shirley Povich Field, with the Aces winning last Wednesday, 4-2.
The Aces jumped out ahead in the first inning, scoring two runs on three hits and a Big Train error. Liam McArthur (Seton Hall) led the game off with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, then an Alex Stephens (Morehead State) single was thrown away by the third baseman. McArthur scored and Stephens advanced to second. Cade Sorrells (Lipscomb) then doubled home Stephens for a quick two-run lead.
The Big Train tied the game by scoring runs in the second and third innings. In the second, a leadoff double came around to score on a single from the next batter. In the third, a single, a stolen base, and and an error from Christian Adorno (Wilmington) brought home the Big Train’s second run.
In the late innings, the Aces took the lead twice but were unable to keep them. In the eighth, Sorrells and Drew Huff (Middle Tennessee State) hit consecutive one-out singles and advanced to second and third on a groundout. Spencer with a RBI single scored Sorrells and the Aces took a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the inning, the Big Train knotted the score again, this time at 3, when a leadoff double came around to score on a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly.
The Aces scored two more runs in the top of the ninth. Niko Hulsizer (Morehead State) led off the inning with a 12-pitch walk, then advanced to third on two wild pitches and scored on an RBI single by McArthur. Stephens scored the Aces’ second run of the inning after reaching on a fielder’s choice, moving to second on a Sorrells single and scored on a Huff single and an error by the center fielder.
Drew Morrison (UNC-Charlotte), who pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth innings, was called upon to close the game, but after striking out the first batter in the bottom of the ninth, put the next two batters on base through a hit-by-pitch and walk and advanced them to second and third on a wild pitch. Christian Leckert (James Madison) relieved him and got the second out on a groundout that scored the fourth Big Train run. He was unable to get that elusive final out, as the Big Train walked off on three consecutive singles.
Starter Jimmy Swad (Georgetown – 1-1, 3.12 ERA) threw six strong innings of two-run, four-hit ball, striking out six. McArthur, Sorrells, and Huff had good nights at the plate, going 2-5, 3-4 and 3-4, respectively. McArthur is in the middle of a hot hitting streak, recording at least one hit in each of his last five games and raising his average to .362. Sorrells has hit consistently all season, hitting safely in eight of the ten games he’s played.
The Aces look to bounce back tomorrow in a doubleheader against the D.C. Grays, the Aces’ only scheduled doubleheader at home this season. Chesdin Harrington (U. of Virginia – 1-0, 3.00 ERA) starts the first game at 4:30 and Evan Acosta (Western Kentucky U. – 0-1, 6.75 ERA) takes the mound in the second game at 7:00. The games will be live-tweeted (@Alexandria_Aces) and broadcast on Aces Radio.
Author: Carolina Velloso
The Aces were on the winning side of a pitchers’ duel yesterday, defeating the Thunderbolts by a score of 1-0 at Frank Mann Field. With the win, they are back over .500 and look to continue improving their record against the Big Train, against whom they recorded a win last Wednesday. The Big Train currently lead the South division by one game over the Aces.
Starter AJ Spencer (Middle Tennessee State) pitched five hitless innings while striking out seven in his most dominant effort to date. Matt Ponsiglione (Seton Hall) gave up both of the Thunderbolts hits in the top of the seventh, but he, Chesdin Harrington (U. of Virginia) and Micah Kaczor (Western Kentucky) were outstanding in relief, maintaining the shutout.
The Aces’ only run came in the bottom of the second on a Cody Miller (Wofford) single that scored Drew Huff (Middle Tennessee State), who had reached on an error. One run on five hits proved to be more than enough run support for the inspired Aces pitching staff on Friday.
Liam McArthur (Seton Hall) continued his hot streak at the plate, recording two hits in four at-bats. He has now hit safely in his last four games and his .349 average is good for second on the team. Cade Sorrells (Lipscomb) also had a successful night, going 2-3.
Washington, D.C. native Jimmy Swad (Georgetown – 1-1, 3.17 ERA) starts for the Aces tonight. He has been a solid and consistent presence in the rotation, pitching at least five innings in each of his previous starts while allowing no more than four runs in a game. His season debut on June 9 against the Braves was outstanding: six innings of three-hit, no-run ball. The Big Train will counter with Matthew Herzog, who is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA through 6.0 innings pitched so far this season.
Author: Carolina Velloso
In the quickest game of their season, the Alexandria Aces used strong defense and lights out pitching to top the Silver Spring Takoma Thunderbolts 1-0. The Aces (8-7) scored the only run of the game, an unearned tally, in the second inning and that would prove all the team needed to defeat the T-Bolts (8-8) in their second matchup of the season.
The game, which in total lasted 1:57 was dominated by both starting pitchers on the mound from the outset. AJ Spencer (Middle Tennessee State) lasted five innings for the Aces, allowing no hits and striking out seven. He recorded his second win of the season to move to 2-1 on the year. Matt Ponsiglione (Seton Hall) pitched two scoreless innings of relief followed by Chesdin Harrington (University of Virginia) who also went a scoreless inning out of the bullpen. Micah Kaczor (Western Kentucky) shut the door in the ninth, striking out the side and recording his team high second save.
The Thunderbolts started Andy Rozylowicz who pitched eight innings and didn’t concede an earned run. Rozylowicz scattered five hits over eight innings and walked one batter while striking out four. He threw just 79 pitches in his eight innings on the hill. Cody Miller (Wofford College) proved to be all the offense the Aces needed against the T-Bolts hurler as he connected on an RBI single in the second inning.
Along with a spectacular pitching performance from the four Aces staff members, the defense also shone for Alexandria. Mike Annone (Wilmington U) made a diving grab at third base to save a leadoff double in the later innings. Drew Huff (Middle Tennessee State) made the play of the game for the Aces in the top of the 7th inning. With one out and runners on the corners, Huff made a diving catch in left field to secure the second out of the inning. With Huff on the ground the runner at third tagged but Huff collected himself and threw a strike to Drew Bene (Stony Brook) at home to stave off the best chance of the night for the T-Bolts.
The four Aces pitchers gave up just two hits to the Thunderbolts, both coming in that seventh inning that ultimately resulted in no runs. The Aces are back in action again tomorrow, on the road as they face the Bethesda Big Train. Game time is set for 7:30. If you cant make it to Shirley Povich Field, action can be heard on Aces Radio or followed on Twitter (@Alexandria_Aces).
Author: Jack Milewski
Yesterday’s game between the Aces and Express was postponed due to inclement weather in Rockville, and a make-up was scheduled for Tuesday, June 28. With an extra day of rest, the Aces will welcome the Thunderbolts to Frank Mann Field, hoping to earn their second straight win. This will be the second time that the Aces face the Thunderbolts. The first time out, the Aces fell 10-7.
The Aces’ offense notably cooled down during their tough road trip, hitting for a collective .222 average over the last seven games. Liam McArthur (Seton Hall), Drew Huff (Middle Tennessee State), and Mike Annone (Wilmington) hope to propel the Aces back to their winnings ways. Each has been swinging the bat extremely well, sporting a .500, .348, and .304 average in the last week, respectively.
Yesterday’s scheduled pitcher, AJ Spencer (Middle Tennessee State), will instead take the mound tonight. Spencer has put together an excellent season thus far, sporting a 3.00 ERA in 9.0 innings. He also happens to own the team’s highest batting average, a .382 mark through 34 at-bats.
The Thunderbolts have not listed their starting pitcher.
Author: Carolina Velloso