Aces take down Bolts


The Alexandria Aces closed the book on a seven-game skid Wednesday night in a 10-2 whipping of the Silver Spring – Takoma Thunderbolts.
The Aces are 15.5 games out of first with a 10-21 record on the summer.
Brandon McGaw (Georgetown) was rightfully awarded his first win after pitching six shutout frames allowing just two hits for no walks and six strikeouts.
McGaw credited much of his success postgame to his catcher Erek Bolton (Ball State) for calling a good game behind the plate. McGaw said the duo found success in low breaking balls.
The starter was relieved by Tyler Briggs (UConn) who gave up a two-run homer through a pair of innings, and later Zach Fruit (Lansing) who threw a shutout ninth frame. The entire pitching staff administered just a pair of walks all game.
Riley Cheek (UNC Charlotte) drew first blood after singling in his first at-bat and scoring after a hit-by-pitch with the bases juiced. Later in the third, Steven Hill (Morehead State) tugged a fastball over the left-field fence for a two-run dinger.
While three runs were all the Aces needed, they tacked on two more amid a two-out rally in the fifth. A solo shot from Scotty Morgan (GMU) was complimented by Dom Toso’s (Bucknell) RBI double to score Ryan Peltier (Ball State).
Javon Field (Towson) then manufactured a run in sixth after scoring on a wild pitch moments after his triple into the right-field corner.
Fields, Toso, Hill, and Bolton all touched home in final two frames thanks to a pair of fielding errors.
It was a night where everyone in the lineup got to eat as all nine batters reached base with eight of which recording a base hit.
The club is back in action Thursday for a double-header at Bethesda. Game one from Shirley Povich Field is set to be underway by 4:30 p.m.