Aces vs Big Train Preview-Game 4 – David Jarman
Third time is a charm as the Alexandria Aces earn their first victory of the season after defeating the DC Grays 6-2 on Thursday.
While smiles and excitement continued through the night, with their first win and the Washington Capitals winning the Stanley Cup a few hours later, the Aces will need to regroup quickly for a big test ahead of them on Friday afternoon; as the back-to-back defending Cal Ripken Summer Collegiate League Champion Bethesda Big Train arrive at Frank Mann Field.
The Big Train are picking up where they left off from last year’s championship run. Their offensive firepower is electric. Outfielder Justin Wyle, a senior from the University of Arizona, leads the Cal Ripken League in Home Runs. He’s batting .462 with two homers, six hits, four of which are doubles. Five players on their roster are in the top five for RBI’s produced after three games. Both Wyle and Carson Taylor, a freshman from Virginia Tech, each have six RBI’s and teammates Jacob Westerman and Andrew Shebloski have five and four RBI’s each respectively. They are a complete team, having the bats on offense and have a sound defense to make the plays necessary to shut down their opponents.
The Aces will send freshman Nicholas Sadd (Bucknell) to the mound tomorrow. Only pitching in 12 and two thirds innings this year for the Bucknell Bison, he had nine strikeouts in his limited action; which partially explains his 12.08 ERA. Head coach Chris Berset is confident in Sadd’s abilities to be successful, as he faces a tough test from the defending back to back league champions on Friday. He will just need to approach the game one pitch at a time.
Coverage begins on Aces Radio at 6:30. If you can’t attend the game, please follow @Alexandria_Aces on Twitter.