The Aces start the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League playoffs tonight, Sunday, July 25 at 6:30pm at Frank Mann Field. The Aces will host the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts. This is the first game in a three game semi-final series. The winner of this series will face the winner of the Big Train/Grays series for the league championship. The Aces start the playoffs as the number two seed, finishing the regular season with a 20-15 record.
Derek Sivec will take the mound for the Aces. Sivec has started seven games for the Aces and has gone 2-1 in those seven starts with a 3.48 ERA. Sivec is fifth in the CRCBL in ERA. Outfielder Bobby Zmarzlak enters the playoffs blazing hot, ending the regular season with a .375 batting average and leading the team in home runs with five. Infielder Garrett Farquhar leads the team in RBI with 30.
The Thunderbolts will start righthander Tommy Dunleavy, who finished the season with 23 strikeouts. The Thunderbolts enter the playoffs with a 16-20 regular season record. The Thunderbolts beat the South County Braves in a one game play-in game to have the right to face the Aces.