After another quality start by Carter Bosch (Georgetown) against the FCA Herndon Braves, in which he pitched six innings of scoreless baseball and adding seven strikeouts, the Aces defeated the Braves 2-1 in seven innings due to mother nature. The win improves their record to 7-5.
The Aces came out swinging the bats early in the first inning. Isiah Thomas (Vanderbilt), coming off his 5-5 game against the Gaithersburg Giants, led things off with a double to deep left-center field. After Thomas stole third base and Justin Kelly (Wayne State) walked, clean-up hitter Ethan Cady roped an RBI double over the head of first baseman Rob Weissheiser to score Thomas.
That was all the run support Carter Bosch needed. He was hitting his spots as he has in his previous two starts. He hit the corners with his fastball, throwing the heat when needed in the low 90’s. He also had his change up and his slider working too, throwing his breaking pitches on the corners to fool the opposing Braves batters as well.
Reid Powers (South Alabama) hit a sac fly to score Kris Kramer (Penn State), who roped a single to centerfield and would steal second and third base with ease, to increase the Aces lead to 2-0. That would be the difference maker later in the game.
Powers called a great game behind the plate, allowing Bosch to work his pitches effectively. When Keegan Fogue entered the seventh inning with mother nature effecting the game, he managed to allow only an RBI double to Vinny Costello. With the rain effecting the Aces in the field, Fogue was able to put the ball in play and allow his defense, particularly the infield, to make outs when needed to limit the damage of the Braves.
As the rain poured down at Frank Mann Field, the umpires called the game and the Cal Ripken Summer Collegiate League ruled the result of the game final with the Aces clinging on to the 2-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh.
The win puts the Aces (7-5) one game behind the Braves (8-4) for third place in the Cal Ripken South Division standings. This win gives the Aces confidence as they play the Bethesda Big Train tomorrow.