Back to their winning ways, the Aces were able to sweep the Rockville Express in a doubleheader on Thursday afternoon.
Game one was a hitting slugfest for the Aces that included two inside the park home runs. Kris Kremer (Penn State) gave the Aces a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth. In the fifth inning, the Aces exploded for five more runs, including a two-run inside the park home run from first baseman Justin Kelly (Wayne State). A quality start by starting pitcher Jacob Grzebinski (Georgetown) aka Grizz-Nasty, going all seven innings allowing one earned run and five strikeouts. The Aces would win by a score of 9-2, with 10 hits.
In game two, the Aces sent 6’4 right hander Jamie Sara (William and Mary) to the mound, looking for a quality start. He was able to work his fastball, hitting the corners of the strike-zone, and getting his hitters off balance with his breaking ball.
The Aces scored for Sara early in the game, when in the second inning, Reid Powers (South Alabama) hit a sac-fly to score Chris Alleyne (Maryland). In the fourth inning, Connor Bacon (Boston College) crushed a ball deep to centerfield (over 400 feet) for an RBI triple to score Powers to make the score 2-0. In a normal ball-park, Bacon’s hit would have been a home run. But the dimensions at Montgomery College were abnormal, with centerfield going as far as 470 feet. Bacon would score on an RBI from Eric Lansinger (UNC-Charlotte) after he hit a hard ground ball to second base, and wasn’t fielded cleanly.
The Express added two runs on a throwing error by Reid Powers to first base. It appeared to be three runs scored until the umpire noticed one of the baserunners for the Express did not touch third base. Catching a lucky break there, the Aces would add an insurance run on an RBI triple from Tristan Jorah (Wayne State) to give the Aces a 4-2 lead. A sac fly from Luke Balanger made the score 5-2 heading into the seventh inning, and Matt Moore (Purdue) was able to close the door on his first save of the season. The Aces would score five runs on eight hits in a game two victory.
The Aces are now tied for third place in the Cal Rikpen South Division standings with less than two weeks to play. They are now in the hunt for the playoffs.