Aces bounce back with win at Olney

By Chris Damond

In each of their past three games, the Aces faced an early deficit of three or more runs. Tonight, Dylan Koontz made sure that wouldn’t happen. His three-run homer in the first inning put the Cropdusters in a hole they couldn’t climb out of, as the Alexandria Aces downed Olney, 7-3, at OBGC Park on Wednesday evening.  

The Aces (5-3) had a solid offensive showing after scoring just four runs in yesterday’s loss to D.C. They smacked 12 hits and gave up eight to Olney (1-6), who scored the second-lowest number of runs against Alexandria this season.  

Koontz notched his fourth RBI in the seventh with a single that bounced off the wall. Alexandria scored two more runs in the inning to pull away even further. They led 7-1 after seven.  

Adam Tellier was the other star of the game. The Michigan native went 4 for 4 with a walk and scored three times. Tellier was also a demon on the basepaths. Entering the game, he led Alexandria with three stolen bases and took two more on Wednesday. He scored the Aces’ fourth run in the third off a sacrifice fly after stealing second and bolting to third on a passed ball.  

Olney made a late push in the eighth, scoring two runs – one of which was a homer – that narrowed the gap to 7-3. The Cropdusters tried to do more damage with one out and a runner on third, but Josh Berenbaum (University of Fraser Valley) quickly retired two batters to shut them down.  

The Cropdusters had another chance in the fifth with the bases loaded but could not capitalize. If it weren’t for third baseman Connor Offshack (Elon), who made two spectacular diving catches to save a pair of hits and a run in the inning, Olney could have ended up with the win. As a team, Alexandria was spectacular on defense all game too, recording just one error. 

Aces’ fans gasped in the eighth when it appeared Dylan Kootz took a pitch right to the bone. He eventually got up and walked to first base, before he was pulled for a pinch runner.  

Starting pitcher Ben Koomey (RPI) picked up the win and threw four stellar innings of baseball. The Arlington native and Yorktown High School alum struck out four, while allowing just one run. His dominant performance helped Alexandria hold onto its early lead.  

Justin Woodbury was tagged with the loss for Olney. 

The Aces have a rest day tomorrow before they face the league-leading Gaithersburg Giants at Frank Mann Field on Friday night. First pitch is at 6:30. 

Alexandria Aces
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Aces 7 12 1
Cropdusters 3 8 0

Cropdusters Baseball
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