In a continuation from a game that was postponed earlier in the season by rain, the Aces gained a much needed victory against the Loudon Riverdogs on the road by a score of 6-4.
The game picked up where the delay ended, in the top of the fourth inning with the Aces clinging to a 1-0 lead. That was due to an Alec Roberts (UNC-Charlotte) RBI double to score Reid Powers (South Alabama).
The Aces sent Nicholas Sadd (Bucknell) to the mound hoping he could carry the Aces to a victory. He had a rough start in his two innings of work, and allowed the Riverdogs to take a 2-1 lead. Jack Howard (Roanoke College) hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at one, followed by an Alejandro Aponte (George Mason) RBI single to put the Riverdogs ahead 2-1.
In the fifth inning the Aces bats woke up; Luke Balanger (Radford) smacked an RBI single to score Chris Alleyne (Maryland), which tied the game at two. With Isiah Thomas on first base and Balanger at third, the Aces successfully pulled off a double steal that brought home Balanger, which gave the Aces a 3-2 lead.
Aponte would tie things up at three in the sixth with another RBI single, and he would go on to finish the day with three hits, two RBI’s in four plate appearances. In the seventh inning, Powers hit what looked like a six-four-three double play, but the Mobile, AL native used his southern wheels to run out Aponte’s relay throw to first base safely, which scored Belanger to give the Aces a 4-3 lead. In the top of eighth inning, Alleyne put the game out of reach when he crushed a two-run home run towards the foul pole over the left field fence on a first pitch fastball right down the heart of the plate to extend the Aces lead to 6-3.
The Riverdogs would add another run in the eighth to make the score 6-4, but Dom Massulo (Morehead State) shut the door in the ninth to earn his first save of the season. The bullpen of Richard Hovde (Wayne State), Keegan Foge (Northern Alabam), Matt Moore (Purdue), and Massulo pitched excellent out of the bullpen allowing one run, four strikeouts, but more importantly, not allowing the Riverdogs to gain any momentum in the game.
The Aces will continue their playoff push in a doubleheader against he Baltimore Dodgers at Frank Mann Field tomorrow. First pitch is at 4pm.