Aces Drop Season Opener Behind Miscues


Before a hometown Opening Day crowd of 130, the Alexandria Aces took back a previously established lead bringing home Ryan Peltier (Ball State), Casey Mayes (Michigan State), and Adam Schwartz (UConn) in the bottom of the third inning to go up 6-5.
The lead didn’t hold long as just a frame later the DC Grays scored a pair of runs and never looked back.
It would be DC’s Hayden Wynja (Purdue) named the winning pitcher, and not the Aces’ Will Palinkas (UNC Charlotte). After the three-hour affairs conclusion, the Aces dropped their Opening Day outing by 10-6 mark.
Palinkas tossed just two innings never quite finding his groove. After a five-run second innings, Manager Chris Berset decided it was time to close the book on the sophomore’s outing. Five other Aces took to the mound combining for nine strikeouts and six walks over the final seven innings.
“Baseball is a feel game,” Berset said. “Most of these guys haven’t pitched in a long time and I know they’re better than that. Once they get in their rhythm and routine down, they’re going to be just fine.”
The most effective pitcher for Alexandria was in the form of Hugh O’Hara (George Mason). The southpaw saw just one inning, though retired his entire side in order via three consecutive strikeouts.
Offensively, an Aces trio of Javon Fields (Towson), Tyler McKenzie (Vanderbilt) and Peltier posted RBIs in the first three innings. The juiced barrels didn’t last though as Alexandria failed to score from that point forward.
As the Aces stayed quiet, DC continued to emerge tacking on four more runs in the final four frames – most of which a byproduct of the Aces seven charged fielding errors.
“I think our time in field affected our bats, and that’s why this is a team game,” Berset said. “These guys are quality hitters and I expect them to have quality at-bats.”
The Aces look to bounce back Wednesday beginning a three-game road trip at Gaithersburg. The Giants currently sit at 1-0 after defeating the Herndon Braves Tuesday afternoon.
First pitch is set for 7 p.m. at Criswell Field.