Aces win second straight game
The Aces got off to a fast start for the second straight game, scoring seven runs in the first two innings en route to a 10-4 win at home against the Braves.
Alexandria mashed 10 hits to score their 10 runs and now have a 2-6 record. The team’s second win started with a solid outing from Tyler Briggs (UConn). Briggs went 5.0 innings, giving up five hits and two runs, while striking out three and walking two.
“Locating the fastball, slider was working well today, too. Swinging the bats early, got some runs, capitalized and that paved the way for the rest of the game,” said Briggs about the keys to Saturday’s game.
T.J. McKenzie (Vanderbilt), Javon Fields (Towson) and Steve Hill (Morehead State) led the way for the Aces offense. The top three hitters combined to go 5-10 with five walks, five runs scored and four RBI.
“They’re making stuff happen,” said head coach Chris Berset about the top of his order.
The Aces made no errors on defense for the first time all season on Saturday night and Berset said that “goose egg” was a goal for his squad.
The bullpen pitched well in relief of Briggs with Noah Short (West Virginia) and Phil D’Ambrosio (Lynchburg) pitching four innings and giving up just two runs on four total hits to finish off the Braves.
Max Romero (Vanderbilt) started his first game for the Aces behind the plate and showed off his arm early, throwing out a potential base-stealer to end the first inning. Romero continued his great night with his first two hits of the summer, including an RBI single in the sixth inning.
Aces are back in action Sunday in Bethesda for a double-header that starts at 4 p.m. Catch all the action on mixlr.com/alexandriaaces.