Colin Milon gets 1st win as Aces bounce back from loss
SILVER SPRING, MD – by Lukas Favale – One night after a sloppy loss to the Rockville Express, the Alexandria cleaned things up in a crisp 9-5 win over the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts Friday night. Colin Milon finally got run support and solid defense behind him as he picked up his first win of the year to help the Aces climb back to .500 at 15-15.
The big inning for the Aces came in the 5th in a 2-2 game. After James Mills, who started for the Thunderbolts got two quick outs to start the inning, Keith Picconi singled into left. Alex Buccilli walked and Chris Sweeney singled to load the bases with two outs. Then Anthony Papio drew a walk to force in a run for the second straight game. Kevin Francke also walked to force in a run before a third run was scored on a wild pitch. That put the Aces up 5-2.
In the 7th inning, Chris Sweeney hit what turned out to be the game winning home run. It was a solo home run to put the Aces up 6-2 and for Sweeney it was his team leading 6th homer of the year. The Thunderbolts responded with a run off of Brian Leon in the bottom half to make it 6-3.
In the 8th, it was an Alex Buccilli RBI single that put the Aces back up by 4, with a 7-3 lead. In the 9th the Aces got even more insurance. Jacob Stockton and AJ Koscelansky each drew walks to give the Aces two on and two out for Adam Forrer. He hit a mile-high pop up into shallow right field. The second baseman Bobby Vitulano drifted back but dropped the ball, which allowed both runners to score to give the Aces a 9-3 lead.
After Steven Schuler worked a 1-2-3 inning in the 8th, Nick Marics came on in the 9th to seal the win. The Thunderbolts tried to make it interesting as Jerry Chavaria hit a one-out double into right center field. After a line out put the Aces one out away from the win, Jake Huxtable grounded one to short, but Koscelansky let it go through his legs and into center field. The error brought in one run to make it a 9-4 game.
Adam Spires then followed that with a booming triple to right center which plated Huxtable to cut the lead to 9-5. Marics then walked Joel Rosencrance, which put runners at the corner for Jake Taylor, who won the home run derby just a few days ago. But Marics was able to get the strike out of the dangerous Taylor to secure the 9-5 win.
The Aces were able to overcome an early deficit as the Thunderbolts struck first against Colin Milon. In the 1st, Huxtable hit an infield single to short before Adam Spires walked. After a strikeout by Rosencrance, it was the aforementioned Taylor who slammed a 2-run double to give the Thunderbolts the 2-0 lead.
The Aces wasted little time cutting into the deficit as Anthony Papio led off the 2nd with a solo home run, his 4th of the year, to make it a 2-1 game. Then in the 3rd, Adam Forrer led off with a walk and later came around to score on Chris Sweeney’s sacrifice fly.
Colin Milon worked 6 strong innings, striking out 9 and giving up just those 2 first inning runs. Papio and Sweeney both knocked in 2 RBIs.
With the win the Aces move to 15-15 on the season. They will once again try to get back over .500 as they take on the Youse’s Orioles at 7PM. Coverage can be heard on the Aces Radio Network.
Notes: W – Colin Milon (1-4); L – James Mills (1-2); Box Score