The Aces were able to get a “W” in the win column tonight in Silver Spring as they defeated the Thunderbolts 5-3. Michael Stygles (Lansing Community College) and Reid Powers (South Alabama) both hit two-run homers in tonight’s effort, which were the differences in tonight’s game.
The Aces sent out the pitcher with the best ERA in the Cal Ripken Collegiate League in Carter Bosch (Georgetown), hoping to break off their two-game losing skid. While on an innings restriction, the 18-year old pitcher who just graduated from The Potomac School was able to pitch as well as advertised tonight. In four innings he had five strikeouts and only one run earned. That lone run came off the bat of Thunderbolts’ left fielder Jack Schroeder (VCU) on an RBI double to left field.
“I was proud of the way he competed tonight,” said Powers of Bosch, who was the man behind the plate tonight. “He didn’t have all four of his pitches going, but he was a two-pitch guy tonight and did well with it. He didn’t have any walks, which was the best part (of his performance). He went up there and fought today, I was proud of him.”
The Aces would tie the game in the fourth off an RBI by first baseman Justin Kelly. After Isaiah Thomas (Vanderbilt) was hit by a pitch and stole second base, Kelly hit a chopper to Thunderbolts pitcher Cheng-You Chen (Taiwan), who then committed a throwing error trying to get Kelly out at first base. The overthrow allowed Kelly to advance to second, and Thomas to stroll in easily to home.
The next inning Stygles, who appeared in his sixth game, with Joe Pace (Michigan) on second base with a double smashed a two-run homer over the left field fence, eclipsing 310 feet, and put the Aces back in front.
In the bottom of the fifth, Stygles’ college teammate Wyatt Rush came in relief for Bosch. After getting two quick outs, he walked the bases loaded twice to allow the Thunderbolts to tie the game at three.
In the sixth, after a Kris Kremer (Penn State) walk, Powers stepped into the dish looking to do some damage. His previous two at bats up to this point were smashed to left field, one was a single and another was a fly-out. Yet it seemed that the left-field fence was calling his name. He was able to take a fastball on the inside part of the plate on a long ride (over 300 feet) to give the Aces a 5-3 lead.
“To see the pitcher throw a lot of fastballs, I saw one down the middle and just tried to put a good swing on it”, said the South Alabama catcher. “It just happened to go over (the fence).”
“Well we came up with the big hit tonight,” added Head Coach Chris Berset. “Mikey (Stygles) came up with a big swing and Reid followed him after. If you find a way to make the big hits, that’s what matters and how we won the game tonight.”
Keegan Fogue (Colombia CC) was able to pitch two scoreless innings and Alex ‘Goose’ Gossman (South Alabama) was able to shut the door in the ninth for another save. Berset was impressed by his catcher’s leadership on the field tonight.
“You look for leadership behind the plate,” added Berset. “Whether it’s asking me questions about how to manage the pitching staff or what we should do in certain situations, that’s a lucky thing to have back there. I would take that kind of leadership (anyday) and to add a couple more hits that’s just icing on the cake. He’s always trying to get better and always trying to learn. I’m an open book and I can help him out as well. It’s awesome.”