The Aces dropped last nights game to the DC Grays 10-5 in which was a tough road performance for a team that had played 3 games in the last two days. The Aces got off to a rough start in the game allowing 8 of the 10 runs to be scored in the first few innings. Wyatt Rush the starter went 2 and 2/3rds innings of work, but did strike out 5 batters in which was an uncharacteristically tough outing from the star pitcher from Lansing Community College.
The DC Grays had a big time performance from Mitch Mcintyre the BYU leftfielder who went 3 for 5 at the plate which resulted in most notably one of the base hits being an absolute towering homerun shot. McIntyre himself wasn’t done just at the plate though, as he went out into the field and made one of the more impressive defensive plays we have seen all year in Cal Ripken Collegiate play as he made a full extension diving catch in the bottom of the 4th inning that ended an Aces rally that could have sparked a comeback of sorts for Alexandria.
The Aces did show some fight in the later innings down 8-0 as they fought to make it a closer game than expected, putting 2 on the board in the bottom of the 5th and 7th innings respectively. Luke Balanger (Radford) the utility infielder for the Aces was extremely productive as he was able to once again raise his game for the Aces as he had two base hits and a couple RBI’s, a day removed from his walk off sacrifice fly against the Loudon Riverdogs. The experience and production Balanger is providing to the Aces has been nothing short of impressive as he has really impressed coach Chris Berset in his third straight start after not playing a lot in the first 6 games of the year.
With the day off on Wednesday, it’s a safe bet that The Aces will bounce back as they possibly had their eyes on the teams they are playing later this week. Alexandria will host the likes of the Herndon Braves and the league leading Bethesda Big Train at home on Wednesday and Thursday respectively who are both at the top of the league standings in Cal Ripken Collegiate play. Expect the Aces to turn to young incoming freshman and local standout Carter Bosch as he pitched extremely well against a loaded Baltimore Redbirds team last week.
Both of these games have start times of 6:30 on Wednesday and Thursday evening so get to the ballpark a little early and enjoy some good refreshments for a beautiful summer night game! If not able to make it, please check out Aces radio to listen live at Mixlr.com/alexandriaaces or the live twitter feed with @Alexandriaaces and shoot us a follow.