Aces advance to second round with win in South County
The Aces started the playoffs with a bang on Thursday with a 6-4 win on the road against the Braves.
Thanks to a four run fourth inning that included an Erek Bolton (Ball State) double and a Scotty Morgan (GMU) two-RBI single, the Aces offense provided enough run support for the pitching staff.
In Brandon McGaw’s (Georgetown) second win of the year, the righty tossed seven strong innings. He allowed one run on four hits, while walking one and striking out five in the victory.
McGaw had all of his pitches working for him in South County. Starting in the second inning, McGaw started a streak of 12 straight batters retired. He only allowed two hits after the first two hitters he faced to start the ballgame.
After two Braves runs in the eight, the Aces had a 6-3 lead into the last inning. In that inning, Noah Short (West Virginia) inherited two baserunners and a 3-0 count. After walking conceding a walk in that 3-0 count, Short retired three straight Braves hitters to secure his first save of the season.
Riley Cheek (UNC Charlotte) continued to stay hot at the plate with two hits, including his first home run of the year. Cheek had two RBI and two runs scored in the win as well.
The Aces played great defense on Thursday, not making any errors in the ballgame. The early offense was enough for the staff to hold the lead and advance the team to the second round.
On Friday, the Aces will begin a best-of-three series with the top-seeded Big Train. Game one and an if-necessary game three will be in Bethesda, while Saturday’s game two will be in Alexandria.
Game one of the second round will start at 7 p.m. from Shirley Povich Field and can be heard on mixlr.com/alexandriaaces.