Aces take on the Train in makeup game


Aces travel to Bethesda for last game before All-Star Break

The Aces have hit a bit of a cold spell over the last ten games, winning just three of them, but will travel to take on the first-place Big Train on Tuesday.

With the exception of the last meeting, a 10-0 Bethesda win on July 3rd, the Aces have played the Train pretty closely so far this season.

The Big Train have the league’s best record at 22-6 and have won nine of ten games, including five in a row.

The Aces offense has been silenced the last couple of games, mustering only five hits in their last 16 innings.

Stephen Hill (Morehead State) has been a sparkplug at times for the Aces this year and the club will need more of that to break out of this funk. Hill almost provided that on Sunday when he lined out on a hard-hit ball to third to end the game.

Bethesda is led by Kobe Kato (Arizona) and Jacob Southern (Jacksonville). Kato leads the league with a .463 average and Southern just passed Scotty Morgan (George Mason) for the league lead with his seventh home run.

The probable pitching matchup is Andre Orselli (Ball State) for the Aces and Michael Bechtold (James Madison) for Bethesda.

Orselli last pitched on Sunday against the Braves and threw one scoreless inning in relief. He has made seven appearances with two starts this year and has a 3.68 ERA.

Bechtold made his last start in the 10-0 Big Train win against the Aces last week. He got the win and gave up three hits in four innings. Bechtold is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA this season.

The game will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Shirley Povich Field and can be heard on mixlr.com/alexandriaaces.