Rain holds off as Aces lose
ALEXANDRIA – by Lukas Favale – Steady rain come just before the game, and more threatened in the middle but that held off as the Youse’s Orioles rolled past the Alexandria Aces 15-5 Saturday night. After coughing up a 5-0 lead and with the sky threatening to open up in the 4th, the Orioles scratched across a run to take the lead for good.
Zach Fisher started the 4th off with a single and he was sacrificed to second by Allan Bencid. Aces starter Jamie Treml then threw a wild pitch to move Fisher to third, and he later scored on a passed ball by catcher Nick Octavi.
Then in the 5th, the Orioles broke the game open. Dominic Fratantuono led off the inning with a single, his third hit of the game. With one out, KJ Hockaday, Ryan Ripken, and Brock Niggebrugge each singled, with Ripken and Niggebrugge both picking up RBIs to put the Orioles up 8-5. Two batters later, Allan Bencid hit a sacrifice fly to put the O’s up 9-5. Then Treml got Mikal Hill to hit a ground ball to second, but a Keith Picconi error allowed another run to score. Treml also balked in a run to put the Orioles on top 11-5. A Ryan Metzler RBI single capped the scoring with the Orioles leading 12-5.
In the 9th, the Orioles tact on 3 more runs, on a 3-run home run by Mikal Hill against Aces reliever Ryan Hill. Hill’s home run gave the Orioles the 15-5 lead, which turned out to be the final score.
The Orioles wasted little time getting on the board in the first off of Jaime Treml. Treml, who had some trouble with his footing on the mound after the steady rain prior to the game, gave up back-to-back hits to start the game. Brendan Butler then walked to load the bases before KJ Hockaday hit a 2-run single for a 2-0 lead. Ryan Ripken then followed with a 2-run double to left center, just as his father, Cal Ripken Jr. was walking into the ballpark. That put the O’s up 4-0 and then Dominic Fratantuono hit a solo home run in the 2nd for a 5-0 lead.
The Aces started their comeback in the bottom of the 2nd. Chris Sweeney led off the inning with a walk against DJ Park, who started the All-Star game for the American All-Star team. After Park got the next two men out, Craig Sweeney ripped an RBI double to get the Aces on the board, down 5-1.
In the 3rd, the AJ Koscelansky started the inning with a single. Adam Forrer also singled before Keith Picconi walked to load the bases. Alex Buccilli hit a sacrifice fly and then Chris Sweeney blasted a 3-run home run, his second homer in as many games and his 7th of the season, to even the game at 5.
After the 3rd inning though, the Aces had just 4 base runners and failed to score the rest of the way. With the loss the Aces drop to 15-16, just 1/2 game ahead of the Orioles for 5th place in the league.
Notes: W – DJ Park (4-1); L – Jamie Treml (2-2); Box Score