The Bethesda Big Train’s offense was too much for the Aces to handle, and they put up 20 hits and clinched first place in the south division beating the Aces by a score of 10-4.
Blake Walker (Northern Illinois) got the start for the Aces, and battled through 2.2 innings allowing 7 hits, 5 runs (4 earned) and he struck out 3. Kevin Milam was the starter for the Big Train going 6 innings and only allowing 5 hits, 2 runs (1 earned) and walked 1 while striking out 6.
The offense for the Big Train started in the second when James Outman advanced to third on a two base error after singling to lead off the inning. Luke Heyer would pick up an RBI single and the Big Train were the first to strike. They would add on three runs in 3rd when Kevin Milam the starting pitcher who was also batting in the three hole launched a three run home run to left field and the Big Train were up 4-0. The Big Train would get another run after the home run before being retired in the 3rd. They would add another in the top of the 4th before the Aces had a response in the bottom of the 4th when Mack Nathanson (Wofford) hit a solo home run to put the Aces on the board. It was 6-1 Big Train.
The Aces would get another run when Zach Moore (East Carolina) doubled home DaVonn Griffin (James Madison) and the Aces were only down 6-2. They would get to within two runs when Kam Smtih (Northern Illinois) launched a 2 run home run and it was looking like the Aces might have a comeback in them, as they were only down by two runs; 6-4.
The Big Train responded after the Smith home run when a couple errors on one play cost the Aces a run when no one was covering home when Logan Driscoll made it to third and Driscoll was able to walk home and give the Big Train a run to increase their lead back to three. James Outman then hit an RBI double and it was back to a 4 run lead; 8-4. In the 9th when the Big Train had runners on second and third a wild pitch and a passed ball brought home two more runs and the Big Train were up 10-4. The Aces would go down 1-2-3 in the 9th.
Out of the pen Matt Brooks (UNC Charlotte) threw 2.1 innings and only gave up 1 run. He was followed by Daniel Buratto (Santa Barbara CC) who threw a scoreless inning. Hughes Page (UVA) gave up two unearned runs in two innings, and Dustin Lander (Charleston Southern) gave up two runs in the 9th. With this loss the Aces are locked into the number three seed in the playoffs and will have a home playoff game on Sunday against an opponent TBD.
Up next the Aces will take the trip to Towson to take on the Baltimore Redbirds, first pitch will be at 6:30 and If you can’t make it to Calvert Hall HS the action will be on Aces Radio or you can follow along on the Aces Twitter at @Alexandria_Aces.
Author: Andrew Walker