Aces win first game of the year over the Giants


The Alexandria Aces pocketed their first victory of the summer Friday night in Gaithersburg, Maryland behind a 9-3, besting of the first place Giants.
The Aces awoke offensively cracking 12 base hits in the affair allowing all but two players in the starting lineup to score. They move to 1-6 on the season.
Leadoff hitter TJ McKenzie (Vanderbilt) was a catalyst for the club carding a 3-5 mark at plate for two doubles, three runs, and a walk. The promising youngster has shown improvement quickly.
“I was pretty much just sticking to my approach. Two strikes opened it up, allowed myself to see the ball long, and lay off the curveballs,” McKenzie said. “I’ve been in the cages 24/7 sweating my butt off.”
And to compliment the savvy small-ball approach, Steve Hill (Morehead State) and Daniel Brooks (George Mason) went yard to the alleyways – Hill a solo shot, while Brooks took Johnny Ceccoli (Auburn) around the base path with him.
“He’s got that swagger and brings energy to the game that we were missing to keep the boys loose,” skipper Chris Berset said of Hill. “He’s been very instrumental for us.”
Through just two games with the pinstripes, Hill has gone 5-8 at the plate for a homerun and four RBIs. He’s been clean defensively from the hot corner as well.
Jared Lyons (George Mason) tossed nearly five innings, giving up just four hits and three runs. Recording nine strikeouts, his summer total moves to 16. The rising sophomore was credited postgame with the win advancing his record to 1-0.
The Aces are back at Frank Mann Field Saturday for a 6:30 p.m. showdown with the Braves.