Aces ninth inning rally falls short
The Aces had a much better defensive performance in the second game of the season, but the bats came up short in a 3-2 loss in Gaithersburg on Wednesday night.
Pitching and defense was the story for the Aces through the first seven innings. Jared Lyons (George Mason) started strong, pitching five no-hit innings, giving up one unearned run, walking none and striking out seven Giants hitters.
“Our pitching was outstanding tonight. They filled up the zone. Jared was just lights-out out there,” said Head Coach Chris Berset.
Lyons was around the strike zone all night and dominated Giants hitters. Pitching was much improved from opening night, but the Aces struggled to get the bats going.
Alexandria mustered just four hits in the game, two of which came on two doubles by Landon Langston (North Alabama). Langston led the ninth inning rally with an RBI double that scored Johnny Ceccoli (Auburn), but the rally fell short when Scotty Morgan (George Mason) grounded to first to end the ballgame.
Zach Fruit (Lansing CC) pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Lyons and kept the game tied into the late innings. After no-hitting the Giants through seven innings, the Aces gave up three hits and two runs in the eight and the Giants took a two run lead into the ninth.
It was an all-around better performance for the Aces in the second game of 2019, but there is still room for improvement as the season rolls on. The offense will look to be a bit more consistent and the pitching staff will try to spend more time in the zone. Still, there is plenty of time for the Aces to put some wins together.
The Aces will be back in action Thursday in Bethesda against the Big Train.