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2016 ALEXANDRIA ACES SEARCHING FOR POST GAME MEAL SPONSORS

Looking for a unique way to enhance the experience of the ballplayers recruited by Manager David DeSilva for the 2016 Alexandria Aces and the interns working on the Aces game day staff? How about sponsoring one of the post game player meals! Resurrected during the 2015 season, the post game meals, whether homemade, or purchased at or donated by one of the local eating establishments, were a hit after each of the Aces home games at Frank Mann Field. Utilizing the picnic benches at the ballpark, the ballplayers and interns were able to unwind after each game.

There are three ways to sponsor a meal. First, is for a local family to either purchase or prepare a home cooked meal and deliver it to the ballpark sometime around the 8th inning. The second method is for a family or business to sponsor a meal for $250. The Aces game day staff will then make or confirm arrangements with a local dining establishment and will pick up the meal that evening and bring it to the ballpark. Finally, a local dining establishment can donate a meal. The Aces staff will gladly pick up the meal and bring to Frank Mann Field. In all cases, the Aces staff will ensure the meal is set up just prior to the conclusion of the game.

For planning purposes, figure on feeding approximately 45 individuals. The Aces Concession Stand frequently provided drinks (waters, soda, Gatorade) and occasionally added in bags of chips. Last year’s meals ran the gamut from BBQ, pizza and cheesesteaks to chicken sandwiches, burritos and shrimp!

If interested, please email the Aces General Manager Lou Nolan at lrnolan@verizon.net. Thank you!

ALEXANDRIA ACES TO HOST EXHIBITION GAME ON SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH

The Alexandria Aces will take the field against the FCA Herndon Braves at 4PM on Sunday, June 5th at Frank Mann Field in the team’s only pre-season exhibition game. The game provides both Aces Manager David DeSilva and Braves Manager Chris Warren an opportunity to have several of their pitchers face live batters and likewise have several batters dig into the batter’s box for the first time since the end of the college season. Depending on the level of play (e.g., Division I, II or III) and whether their university team advanced to a conference tournament or beyond, the layoff for several of the players could have reached upwards of two to four weeks.

Gates will open at 3PM. Tickets for the exhibition game are available for $2 for adults, $1 for youth ages 6-17, and free for those ages 5 and under. Limited concessions, to include drinks, chips and candy, will be available. The Aces will also have some 2016 Game Hats for sale.

The regular season then opens at Frank Mann Field on Tuesday, June 7th at 7PM against the Gaithersburg Giants. Come on out and support the 2016 Alexandria Aces as they begin their quest to capture the franchise’s first ever Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League title! See you at the ballpark!

Alexandria Aces Searching for Soloists or Groups to Sing the National Anthem

Interested in performing the National Anthem in front of a live audience?  The Alexandria Aces are looking for three or four additional soloists or groups to sing the National Anthem before each Aces home game this season at Frank Mann Field at Four Mile Run Park.  Whether performed once or before multiple games, the Aces are always searching for renditions of the Star Spangled Banner that honor our great nation and fittingly get the teams and the hometown fans ready for another exciting evening of Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League action.

There are two ways to audition.  First, send a link of your rendition to lou.nolan@alexandriaaces.org.  Secondly, be at Frank Mann Field on Saturday, June 4th between 9AM and 12 Noon and perform the National Anthem for Aces General Manager Lou Nolan and a few members of the Aces Game Day staff.  In either case, please provide an indication of which home games you or your group could attend.

The National Anthem and baseball – a great tradition!

2016 Alexandria Aces Roster Features Players From 22 Different Conferences

Meet the PlayersEach offseason, Alexandria Aces Manager David DeSilva, now entering his 4th season as the Aces skipper, becomes passionate about assembling his squad for the upcoming season.  This past offseason has been no different as Coach DeSilva has recruited a Division 1 dominated roster featuring thirty four ballplayers from twenty two universities and colleges from the east coast extending west to the Mississippi River.  Highlighting the roster are two returning players from last year’s team, pitcher Billy Lescher from the University of Pennsylvania (Ivy League) and corner infielder Alex Stephens from Morehead State University (Ohio Valley).  In addition, the roster features Chesdin Harrington, a pitcher from the defending Division 1 College World Series Champions, the University of Virginia, and another Atlantic Coast Conference infielder, Chris Balogh, the first Aces player from Boston College.

In addition to Boston College, 11 other schools are represented on the Aces roster for the first time in the team’s nine year history.  For the Division 1 programs, the University of Rhode Island (Atlantic 10) debuts with two players, pitcher Evan Flanagan and infielder Kevin Heiss.  Staying in the New England region, the University of Massachusetts-Lowell (America East) is forwarding outfielder Ted Leathersich.  Moving into New Jersey, Seton Hall University (Big East) is sending pitcher Matt Ponsiglione and outfielder Liam McArthur.  Heading out to the Shenandoah Valley, pitcher Christian Leckert is arriving from James Madison University (Colonial Athletic).  Moving further west into Conference USA territory, both Western Kentucky University (WKU) and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) are delivering multiple players.  WKU’s trio includes pitchers Evan Acosta and Micah Kaczor, and Hunter Wood, the first of the four Aces catchers.  MTSU’s duo includes pitcher AJ Spencer and infielder Drew Huff.  Not far from the Gateway Arch, Pitcher Danny Ehrsam is slated to become the Aces first Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (Ohio Valley) alum.  Finally, we head south to Wofford College (Southern) which is providing catcher Cody Miller, and finally into Sun Belt Conference territory, where Georgia Southern pitcher Zach Cowart and infielder Tarez Miller play.

The two remaining new schools are both fairly local.  Seton Hill University (Pennsylvania State Athletic), which just recently secured an at large Division II bid, will send pitcher Tyler Morder.  Pitcher Jack Hennessy from Division III Catholic University (Landmark Conference) makes the short drive from Washington, DC.

Of course, that leaves 13 more players to fill out the roster.  Lipscomb University (Atlantic Sun) provides a trio of talent in catcher Jeffrey Crisan, infielder Cade Sorrells and outfielder Von Watson.  In addition to Stephens, Morehead State’s entourage includes pitcher Brent Stoneking and outfielder Niko Hulsizer.  The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Conference USA) sends pitcher Drew Morrison, while nearby Davidson College (Atlantic 10) offers pitcher Connor Gordon.  Two hurlers, Patrick Finkelstein and Nate Ocker, arrive from the College of Charleston (Colonial Athletic).  Moving further north, pitcher Jimmy Swad heads over from Georgetown while Penn delivers a second pitcher, Nick Pedalino, and Stony Brook (America East) rounds out the catching corps with Drew Bene.  Finally, Coach DeSilva has once again nabbed talent from Division II Wilmington University (Central Atlantic Collegiate) with infielder Christian Adorno.

Overall Coach DeSilva is thrilled with the roster that includes thirty one of thirty four players out of Division I programs and encompasses nineteen pitchers, four catchers, seven infielders and four outfielders.  He is also excited about the mix of experience, with seven rising seniors and eight rising juniors complementing seventeen rising sophomores and two rising freshmen.  Coach readily admits his biggest challenge will be ensuring the position players receive ample at bats while he balances innings among a six man starting rotation and a fully loaded bullpen.  He’s also hoping for better weather at the start of the season so the team isn’t relegated to a flurry of doubleheaders in the second half of the season.

Come on out and see the 2016 Aces in action beginning with an exhibition game on Sunday, June 5th at 4PM at Frank Mann Field against the in-state rival FCA Herndon Braves.  Then two evenings later on June 7th, watch the Aces open the regular season at home at 7Pm against the North Division’s Gaithersburg Giants. See our full schedule here.

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We look forward to seeing you at Frank Mann Field on June 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. for our home opener against the Gaithersburg Giants.

Aces Seek 2016 Host Families

Aces WelcomeWe are 82 days away from Opening our 9th season on June 7, 2016 at Frank Mann Field and we are so excited! We are finalizing our roster for the 2016 season and are looking to you, our loyal fans, to help us host these 35 players from universities and colleges across the country, for the summer, as they come to play ball in Alexandria, VA. Without the generous support of all our host families, there is no team.

The Alexandria Aces are grateful to our wonderful host families, who provide our players with “homes away from home” during the summer season. We ask our host families to provide a clean, safe, smoke-free and pleasant environment, including a private bedroom for the player staying and a reasonable use of bathroom and laundry facilities.

There are many rewards to hosting a Cal Ripken League Baseball Player including great family memories and lifetime bonds. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions below for more information.

Many thanks for your invaluable support on behalf of the Aces organization! We look forward to seeing you soon on June 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Frank Mann Field!

If you are interested in becoming a host family in 2016, please email Amy Goodrich at amy_goodrich@comcast.net.

 

Alexandria Aces Host Family Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are we expected to provide the player as a host family?
A: Aces players often work jobs (such as the Aces Youth Camps) during the day, and play games at night. Therefore, their needs are relatively simple: private room, bathroom and laundry room access, a place to park a car, and a family to cheer them on.

Q: Will the player have a car? If not, will we be expected to drive him places?
A: About two-thirds of the players have their own car. Players who do not have cars are strategically housed close to players who do have cars, so their teammates can provide them rides. We do not expect host families to drive our players around.

Q: We would like to host a player, but we are leaving town for vacation for two weeks in July, and don’t feel comfortable leaving the player alone in our home. Is it possible to still participate?
A: We would prefer not to have players move once they have settled in with a family. However, there are times when host families are going on vacation at separate times, and they share a player that way. If we can match you with another family in this way, it might be possible for you to host this summer.

Q: My child is a shortstop. We would love to have a shortstop stay with us. Is it possible to request a certain position player?
A: Because of the sometimes complicated logistics of placing players with allergies into pet-free families, locating players with and without cars close to each other, and placing returning players (or new players from the same university) with the previous host family, it is not always possible to honor these types of requests. However, we will do our best to fulfill this request.

Q. We have a cat. Do you make sure that players don’t have pet allergies?
A: We ask about allergies and whether host families have pets to ensure that allergic players aren’t housed with animals they can’t be around.

Q: What happens if there’s a problem with the placement?
A: Historically, we have had minimal problems with placements. The Aces players appreciate host families’ hospitality, and behave as guests in your home. If there is a minor problem, we ask that you contact the host family coordinator, who will work to try to resolve it with the player. If there is a major problem, we will remove him immediately.

Q: Will players be using our phones? We don’t want to get late-night phone calls!
A: Players bring cell phones and other electronic devices to use for their phone calls.

Q: I’m really hoping that we can host a player who will help our child with his baseball skills. Is this possible?
A: All host family situations are unique, and your player and your child could certainly have that kind of relationship. However, you should keep in mind that the Aces players are rather busy between work and the schedule of 5 or more games a week. Some players do not interact as much with their host family as others do.

Q: What rules are there about drinking and using drugs?
A: Drugs are strictly forbidden, as is underage drinking, although some players are over 21 and can legally drink. However, even if your player is over 21, feel free to establish your home as a no-drinking zone, and please do not give underage players alcohol. At the beginning of the season, we supply host families with a contract. Although we do ask players and families to sign that form, it really is a forum for families and players to frankly and honestly discuss the details and rules of a player’s stay with that family.

Alexandria Aces Announce the 2016 Broadcasting Team

The Aces are excited to introduce the two broadcasters who will be calling all home games and select road games for the 2016 campaign.

Noah reedNoah Reed is completing his junior year at Ball State University. A native of Huntington, Indiana, Noah is a Sports Broadcasting student and a Digital Sports Production major. He currently serves as the play-by-play voice of the Ball State Women’s Basketball, Men’s Volleyball, and Women’s Volleyball teams on the student radio station, 91.3 WCRD. He also hosts an award-winning radio show on 91.3 WCRD called, “On the Clock with Connor Onion and Noah Reed.” Guests on the show have included on air personalities from notable sports entities to include ESPN, CBS, the Big Ten Network, and Fox Sports. In addition, Noah has served as a broadcaster on three separate ESPN3 broadcasts this year. Last summer, Noah had the opportunity to work with Minor League Baseball’s Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Midwest League. There he worked in a variety of positions to include replay, audio, graphics creator and operator and camera operator for the Class ‘A’ affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

Jack MilewskiJack Milewski is finishing his sophomore year at Penn State University where he plans to major in Broadcast Journalism while minoring in Spanish. During his time at Penn State, Jack, who hails from Springfield, VA, has participated in numerous clubs and internships. He is a Sports Director for Penn State’s student run radio station, ComRadio, where he beat writes, produces and broadcasts many different University sports to include baseball and softball. In addition, Jack interns with gopsusports.com, Penn State’s very own athletics website. In this capacity, he covers women’s hockey and men’s volleyball, producing written and video content for the student blog. This past fall, Jack served as the voice of Penn State women’s volleyball, traveling with the team to broadcast all matches, home and away. He hopes to continue continue announcing for the team again during the fall of 2016. Ultimately, Jack aspires to be a play-by-play man for a major market hockey team, ideally the New York Rangers.

Once again, Aces broadcasts will be available on line at http://www.alexandriaaces.org/aces-radio/. We hope fans and family members enjoy all of the action as Noah and Jack call the play-by-play throughout the 2016 Alexandria Aces quest to win their first-ever Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Championship!

Aces Head Coach Wows Alexandria Sportsman’s Club Attendees

On February 16th, 2016, the Alexandria Aces (www.alexandriaaces.org) Head Coach David DeSilva delivered the keynote speech at the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club (ASC) (www.alexndriavasports.org) Spring Kick-off meeting. The meeting, held at the Old Dominion Boat Club in Alexandria, VA, featured the local High Schools “Athletes of the Month” awards and the local High School Baseball coaches.

After ASC President John Duke kicked off the meeting by awarding three (3) local High School students, “Athlete of the Month” awards, the meeting switched gears to focus on the upcoming High School baseball seasons. ASC had the pleasure of hosting Bishop Ireton Head Baseball Coach, Rex Thomas; TC Williams Head Baseball Coach, Chris Metz, who served on Coach DeSilva’s Aces staff during the 2015 season; and Episcopal Head Baseball, Coach Chris Warren, who also coaches the Herndon Braves, one of the Aces South Division rivals in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League.

IMG_8240The Aces Head Coach then took the stage, delivering an entertaining synopsis about the Aces and their upcoming 2016 season. He immediately engaged those in attendance by challenging them on who the Aces were, where they play and determining how many have ever attended a game. Throughout his 20 minute presentation, Coach DeSilva offered background on the Alexandria Aces; describing the history of both the Aces and the Cal Ripken League, even citing reference to Alexandria’s former professional baseball team, the Alexandria Dukes.

In addition to information on the Aces, DeSilva had a clear objective to stress the importance of the community. He highlighted the importance of host families who open their homes each summer to young athletes from across the country. He applauded the local sponsors and explained that without their annual support, the Aces would be non-existent. He also praised the community members, as well as numerous Alexandria restaurants, that stepped up to donate and contribute to a successful new initiative in 2015, the players’ post game meals. Collectively, these efforts helped Coach DeSilva deliver what he calls a “positive player experience” in 2015.

DeSilva gushed with passion for baseball, the Aces and the city in which he resides, Alexandria. He spoke proudly of his formers players and all they have accomplished including the six (6) former players that signed professional contracts just last year. Five (5) were selected during Major League Baseball’s annual draft, while the other signed a free agent contract. He recognized the most formidable former Ace, Kyle Zimmer, currently on the Kansas City Royals’ 40-man roster, who was taken as the fifth (5th) overall draft pick in the 2012 after calling Alexandria his home during the summer of 2010.

DeSilva closed his speech with a genuine discussion on player development. In addition to his role as the Alexandria Aces Head Coach, DeSilva co-owns an indoor baseball training facility, Prime Time Baseball (www.primetimebaseball.net) which opened in September of 2014. Prime Time already has eight (8) youth teams ranging in age from 9-14 and they continue to look for opportunities to grow their offerings. With organizations such as Prime Time Baseball, Alexandria Little League, four (4) quality High School Baseball Programs and the Collegiate Alexandria Aces, the small city on the outskirts of DC has a lot to be excited about.

Come support your hometown Alexandria Aces on June 7th at 7pm at Frank Mann Field at Four Mile Run Park for the Season and Home Opener of the 2016 campaign. See you at the ballpark!

About Alexandria Sportsman’s Club

The Alexandria Sportsman’s Club, founded in 1947, is a non-profit and civic organization. Their sole purposes are to support local high school athletics and to recognize the achievements of our young athletes on the field and in the classroom. The sportsman’s club membership meets at the Old Dominion Boat Club on the third Tuesday of each month, where they gather in the fellowship of others with a shared interest in promoting competitive and recreational youth activities in Alexandria. ASC also presents an Athlete of the Month Award recognizing a student-athlete selected from one of our four high schools. At each meeting a prominent speaker is featured. All meetings also feature drinks and snacks provided by the Sportsman’s Club, as well as a community dinner following the award presentation and the speaker.

 

 

Alexandria Aces Looking for Official Scorers and Concession Stand Staff

Among the various summer internships and game staff positions offered by the Alexandria Aces to provide the best fan experience each night at Frank Mann Field at Four Mile Run Park, three in particular remain vacant as of February 29th. Interested personnel from the local area are especially encouraged to apply. These positions are only required for scheduled home games.

The Concession Stand Coordinators set up and operate the Aces Concession Stand located adjacent to the Press Box behind home plate. These coordinators: 1) arrange for the delivery or, most likely, pickup of the hot food items (e.g. hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza); 2) run the concession stand; and 3) maintain the inventory of all items offered such as drinks, chips, and candy. Upwards of two personnel are required each game to complete all of the tasks and provide proper coverage of the stand. One of these coordinators will need their own transportation if pickup of the hot food items is required either before each game or during a game if the hot food inventory runs low.

The Post Game Meal Coordinator arranges the menu and the delivery or pickup and set up of the Aces post game meal. Reestablished in 2015, the post game meal is either home cooked by one of the Aces fans or purchased by the Aces from a local dining establishment. This coordinator can be dual-hatted as one of the Concession Stand Coordinators provided they have their own transportation available to pickup any meals provided by a local establishment prior to the conclusion of the game.

Finally, the Aces are looking for an Official Scorer who not only understands how to properly score a baseball game manually, but is comfortable with scoring the game on the computer, in this case, via Pointstreak. The Official Scorer is required to arrive at the ballpark at least 1 hour prior to game time. Duties include: 1) inserting the starting lineups into the Pointstreak scoring software as provided by the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (CRCBL); 2) keeping the detailed “live scoring” of the game that is accessible via the CRCBL website; and 3) properly closing out each game at the conclusion of the contest. Past experience as an assigned Official Scorer is not required. Access to a laptop to load Pointstreak is a plus. Of all the Game Day positions, this is most critical as the Official Scorer creates the statistical record that become the historical recap of the CRCBL and impacts player selection to the CRCBL All-Star Game, All League Team and All College Summer Baseball League Teams, in addition to populating professional baseball databases. Official Scorers will be required to complete formal computer-based training on Pointstreak prior to the start of the CRCBL season.

If interested in these or any of the other vacant internships, please contact General Manager Lou Nolan at lrnolan@verizon.net.

Aces Announce 2016 Schedule

The Alexandria Aces, entering their 9th Season in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, are excited to open the 2016 campaign at home at Frank Mann Field on Tuesday, June 7th against the Gaithersburg Giants at 7 PM. The Aces, as in 2015, will play 40 games, 20 at home and 20 on the road. With the return of the two division format, the Aces will again play an unbalanced schedule. In terms of the Aces South Division rivals, the DC Grays visit Frank Mann Field on Sunday, June 26th for the only scheduled home twi-night doubleheader and again in July for a single game. The 2015 League Regular Season Champions, the Bethesda Big Train, visit Alexandria for three games in July. The Aces then round out the South Division home slate with two games apiece against the Herndon Braves and Vienna Riverdogs. The Aces play their only scheduled road doubleheader against the Herndon Braves on Sunday, June 19th. One more journey to Herndon, two games each at DC and Bethesda, and three games at Vienna round out the 20 games against South Division foes.

The schedule format remains the same against the five North Division franchises as the Aces will play four games against each team, two home and two on the road. Highlights include the Home Opener versus Gaithersburg and contests against the defending League Champion Baltimore (Towson MD) Redbirds on Sunday, June 12th and Wednesday, July 6th. One more contest against Gaithersburg and two games apiece against the Baltimore (Hanover MD) Dodgers, Rockville Express and the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts complete the home games against the North Division. Overall, the Aces play 10 home games in both June and July. The regular season ends at home on July 22nd against Vienna.
For the 2016 season, the Aces are scheduled for 3 Monday, 1 Tuesday, 2 Wednesday, 4 Thursday, 4 Friday, 2 Saturday and 4 Sunday home games. Several Tuesdays, to include June 14th, 21st, and 28th and July 12th, and 19th are set aside for makeup games in the event of inclement weather. In addition, the Cal Ripken League is not slated to play on Monday, July 4th, and Monday, July 11th. The Cal Ripken League All Star game is scheduled for Wednesday July 13th.

Playoffs:

After a make up day on Saturday, July 23rd, the playoffs begin on Sunday July 24th, with 6 teams qualifying. With the same format as that used in 2015, after single elimination games between the 3rd and 6th seeds, and the 4th and 5th seeds, the playoffs will continue with best of three semifinal and championship series, culminating no later than Sunday, July 31st. The goal of the Alexandria Aces is to be playing baseball during the last weekend in July!

With a few exceptions, all Alexandria Aces regular season home games will be played at 7PM. First pitch for Game 1 of the Home twi-night doubleheader on Sunday, June 19th will be at 4:30 PM followed by a 7 PM nightcap. The Sunday, July 3rd contest against Bethesda will commence at 5 PM to allow fans to attend community fireworks afterwards. In the event of a home makeup game or doubleheader due to previous postponements, the updated game time will be posted on the Aces website and across the various Aces social media outlets.

Hope to see you at Frank Mann Field for the Home Opener on June 7th! Find the full schedule located here.

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