Aces split Double Header with Big Train

Alexandria split a double-header with the league’s frontrunning Bethesda Big Train Sunday afternoon at Shirley Povich Field.
The Aces are hot having now won three of their last four. They remain four games back in the standings, and sit on a 3-7 record one quarter of the way through the season.
The Pinstripes – serving as the home team in game one – fell behind 4-0 early, but awoke in the bottom of four to knot up the scoreboard. A Landon Langston (North Alabama) RBI drove in Erek Bolton (Ball State) just moments before Jared Lyons (GMU) tagged a dinger to deep left field for a three-run moonshot.
The tie wouldn’t hold as Bethesda plated six runs in the final inning behind five hits; Alexandria responded only with an Adam Schwartz (UConn) RBI to call Steve Hill (Morehead State) home falling 10-5.
Game two was a different tale, however.
Striking first blood in the top of the first, Scotty Morgan (GMU) jumped the tall 370-foot center-field wall for a two-run dinger.
Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
Just three innings later in his next at-bat, Morgan did the same – this time a pull down the right field line – putting the Aces up 4-1 in the fourth.
“Yeah, I’d done it before,” Morgan said. “My first two high school homeruns were in the same game, but I think that’s it.”
And with Bethesda matching in the home half of the inning, the Alexandria continued on the gas.
The fifth inning saw six Aces card base hits. This was highlighted by a Max Romero (Vanderbilt) double bringing in a pair runs, and a Morgan RBI single down the line.
“As a coach its rewarding to see [Morgan] show out and do what he needs to do,” Berset said of second-year Ace. “Those were some pretty swings.”
Connor Campbell (Florence-Darlington Tech), Zach Fruit (Lansing CC), and Hugh O’Hara (GMU) combined on the mound for just four runs on five hits in a six-strikeout effort.
Alexandria pocketed their first win of the summer over perennial powerhouse Bethesda in a comfortable 8-4 fashion.
“Both games were close,” Berset said. “Jared [Lyons] had this big three-run bomb in the first game and it just kind of carried over. We’re playing better fundamental baseball and – like I said – good things are going to happen.”
The club returns to work Tuesday at Frank Mann Field for a 6:30 dual with the Gaithersburg Giants.