After splitting a double header yesterday against the Loudoun Riverdogs, The Alexandria Aces will head into yet another double header against The Rockville Express at Frank Mann Field tonight. Alexandria really needed to get at least one victory yesterday in the two game battle against the Riverdogs, and we’re able to do so taking the second game by a score of 5-1 that was lead by a wonderful pitching performance by Sacred Heart right handed starter John Cerratani. The Aces will be taking on The Rockville Express for the first time all season tonight, which should provide some serious entertainment as the Aces and the Express both look to qualify for the playoffs at the end of the regular season which is a mere 2 and a half weeks away.
On the mound in game number one is right hander Noah Abdalla. Noah a starting pitcher from Georgetown University will be making his Cal Ripken Collegiate play debut at 4:30pm this afternoon. Abdalla will rely heavily on Georgetown teammate Jacob Grzbinski and future Hoya teammate Carter Bosch for tips on getting adjusted to play out in the CRCL as he brings his high velocity fastball to the mound at Frank Mann Field this evening.
On the mound for the Alexandria Aces in game number 2 is Cole Lalonde a right hander from Minnetonka, Minnesota. Cole has an 0-1 record so far this season with a 6.94 ERA in 11 innings of work and 10 strikeouts. Cole a big kid standing at 6 foot 3 has an overpowering fastball and some nice off speed pitches to compliment the heater.
The Aces lineup will deal with John Farley a 6 foot 2 south paw out of Eastern Kentucky University as he has a 1-2 record with a 2.61 ERA. Farley known for his devastating breaking ball will be a relatively tough match up for the Aces as despite the record, he has proven he can seriously pitch with his ERA being under 3.
The Aces lineup woke up yesterday after putting up 1 run or fewer in five of the last six games as they put up 6 runs in a loss in the first of a double header, and 5 runs accounted for in a second game victory over the Louden Riverdogs. Look for players such as Isaiah Thomas (Vanderbilt Commit), Luke Balanger (Radford), Kris Kremer (Penn State), to lead the Aces to some much needed runs today at Frank Mann Field for both games.
Game time will start at 4:30 and 6:30 respectively today so make sure you come early to catch first pitch. If not able to attend the game, please listen on the radio live at www.mixlr.com/alexandriaaces or follow us on twitter at @Alexandria_aces.