The Aces win Game One of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League 4-1 over the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts at Frank Mann Field in Alexandria Sunday night. Derek Sivec pitched into the seventh inning and gave up no runs on five hits with five strikeouts in a stellar playoff performance. He picks up the win. John Armstrong entered the game in the seventh inning with the bases loaded and only allowed one inherited runner to score. He struck out four batters in his two innings pitched. Blake Burkhalter pitched a perfect ninth inning to close the door.
Bobby Zmarzlak carried his strong regular season play into the postseason, reaching base three times with two hits and two runs scored. Infielders Mark Kattula and Connor Offshack also added two hits and each drove in a run. Justin Cassella launched a bomb over the fence in the bottom of the fifth inning to add on to the Aces’ lead.
The series now moves to Silver Spring where the Aces will go for the series win at 7pm at Blair Stadium on Monday evening, July 26.