By: Paul Fritschner – The 2017 Cal Ripken League All Star Game rosters were announced Thursday, and it was of little surprise that many Aces could be found among the ranks of the best in the league. Sporting the best record in the league by win percentage, the Alexandria Aces (20-5), will be sending six players to Monday’s game, one of which will be a starter. Aces’ head coach David DeSilva was also selected to manage the team.
“I’m excited for and proud of the six Aces that get to represent themselves, their universities, and the Alexandria organization in the 2017 CRCBL All Star Game. Each of the players have earned the opportunity to showcase their abilities in front of 30+ MLB scouts and represent the South division next Monday,” said Head Coach David DeSilva.
One of the nine starters will be Max Schuemann (Eastern Michigan). He is third on the team with a .327 batting average and has 10 RBI to go along with two doubles and a home run on the year. On the basepaths, Schuemann has stolen five bases; a number that has him tied for second place on the team.
The Aces’ second All Star is Nick Slaughter (Houston). Slaughter carries a .290 average and leads the team in triples (2), home runs (2), and is second in doubles (6). He has a .548 slugging percentage, and that figure leads the Aces by a wide margin.
The Aces’ third All Star is Ethan Cady (Lipscomb). Cady is currently seventh in the league in batting average at .355 and has five doubles, a triple, a home run, and 11 RBI on the year. He is tied with two other Aces for the team’s longest hitting streak at 10 games.
The Aces’ fourth All Star is Ray Zuberer (Western Kentucky). He has a .282 average, and at one point had a 20 game on-base streak that was recently snapped. Zuberer has also produced a 10 game hitting streak this year and has four doubles along with 11 RBI.
The Aces’ fifth All Star is Dom Masullo (Morehead State). A dominant reliever out of the bullpen, Masullo has a sparkling 0.60 ERA. While his 15 innings do not qualify him for the league leaderboard, he has been a shutdown reliever when he has entered games. He has only allowed five hits and one run, while walking two and striking out 25 – the most strikeouts of any pitcher on the Aces. He has held opponents to a .098 batting average against and has earned five saves.
The Aces’ sixth and final All Star is Dan Buratto (Santa Barbara CC). Buratto has the team’s second-best ERA at 0.73 and has also only allowed one run this year. Over 12 and a third innings, he has struck out 13, walked two, and held opponents to a .195 batting average against. Needless to say, all of these Aces are deserving of an All Star spot, and have played their way onto the team after helping Alexandria to their best first half in the organization’s history.
As mentioned, given the team’s successful summer, fifth-year head coach David DeSilva has been given the chance to manage the team.
“I’ve had significant involvement with the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League All Star Game the past five years serving as an assistant each summer. With the Aces currently in first place heading into the break, I have the opportunity to manage the South division this year. I’m looking forward to competing against the North squad and allowing the players to enjoy the experience,” said DeSilva.
The All Star festivities will be held at the Bethesda Big Train’s home park, Shirley Povich Field. There will be a home run derby which is scheduled to start at 5:25 and go until 6:15. The first pitch of the game is scheduled for 7:30. The gates to the park will open at 3:30 and admission is $5.