Playoff Primer Game 2: Aces vs. Big Train

Aces begin double elimination play vs. Bethesda

LCS Game 1: #5 Alexandria Aces (23-17) vs. #1 Bethesda Big Train (31-9)
7:30 p.m., Shirley Povich Field, Bethesda, MD
Probable starters: Sean Thompson (3-2, 4.21) vs. Sean Labsan (4-0, 2.80)

The double elimination portion of the Cal Ripken League’s LCS begins Tuesday night as the Aces renew their playoff rivalry with the Bethesda Big Train. This marks the third consecutive summer that the teams have met in the postseason; the Aces season has ended each of the last two years in Bethesda in a pair of one-run games.

The Aces, who went 23-17 and finished fifth during the regular season defeated the Gaithersburg Giants, 5-3, Monday night in the opening round of the playoffs to earn their spot in the second round. Bethesda won the regular season championship and thus earned a first-round bye with a 31-9 record. Tuesday will be their first game of the playoffs.

Tuesday begins the double elimination bracket with the winner of the Aces-Big Train game facing the winner of the Redbirds-Express game. The losers of each game will face each other in an elimination game Wednesday.


Today’s games can be heard live on the Aces Radio Network with play-by-play broadcaster Lukas Favale starting at 7:25.

For live, in-game updates, be sure to follow the Aces on twitter @Alexandria_Aces. Check back here on for post-game coverage.

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Aces open playoffs with 5-3 win

Advance to double elimination tournament for second straight year

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Three players hit home runs for the Aces and Tyler Tobin continued his strong summer with an excellent start as the Aces defeated the Gaithersburg Giants, 5-3, Monday night in the first game of the playoffs. Gaithersburg was eliminated from the postseason while the Aces advanced to the double elimination bracket, where they’ll face the league-champion Bethesda Big Train Tuesday night.

While the Aces banged out 12 hits as a team, with eight of nine starters chipping in, their only offense through most of the game came on the long ball. Ryan Lukach (University of Hartford) opened the scoring in the playoffs with a solo home run to left center field in the second inning to give the Aces a 1-0 lead. In the top of the fourth Danny Bermudez (Western Carolina) led off with another solo home run for a 2-0 Aces lead.

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Playoff Primer Game 1: Aces vs. Giants

Quest for a championship begins against Giants

LCS Game 1: #5 Alexandria Aces (23-17) vs. #4 Gaithersburg Giants (23-17)
7:00 p.m., Criswell Field, Gaithersburg, MD
Probable starters: Tyler Tobin (3-2, 1.39) vs. Ty Culbreth (2-0, 2.16)

The Cal Ripken League playoffs get underway Monday night as the Aces visit the Gaithersburg Giants at 7 p.m. Both teams finished the regular season with identical 23-17 records, but because Gaithersburg won the season series with Alexandria, the Giants earned the #4 seed and a home game while the Aces dropped to the #5 seed.

Gaithersburg rolls into the playoffs with a five-game winning streak, and wins in nine of the final 10 games. They swept two doubleheaders over the final three days of the regular season, one against the Baltimore Redbirds and the other against the Herndon Braves, to rise from the cusp of playoff position to the #4 seed.

This game is a single elimination format play-in game before the double-elimination tournament begins Tuesday. The winner of the Aces and Giants would play either the #1 seed Bethesda Big Train or #2 seed Baltimore Redbirds. The loser’s season comes to an end.


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Aces finish fifth

Open playoffs on the road Monday night

ALEXANDRIA, VA – After coming up short against the D.C. Grays, 5-3, Saturday night the Aces finished the regular season with a 23-17 record, their second consecutive winning season. However, because of the loss and results in other games around the league the Aces went from third place at the start of the day to fifth place at the end of the day.

Alexandria will begin the playoffs Monday at Criswell Field against the Gaithersburg Giants, who also finished at 23-17, but own the tiebreaker with the Aces on the strength of a 3-1 regular season series win. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Monday’s game is a single-elimination game, with the loser being eliminated from the LCS and the winner advancing into the double-elimination style tournament.

Game 40 Preview: Aces vs. Grays

Aces conclude regular season against Grays

Game 40: Alexandria Aces (23-16) vs. D.C. Grays (14-25)
7:00 p.m., Frank Mann Field, Alexandria, VA
Probable starters: Tyler Zamjahn (1-3, 3.32) vs. Max Kaplow (3-1, 5.28)

The Aces have arrived at game 40 of 40 and finish off their regular season schedule against the D.C. Grays Saturday night. The Aces are still playing for playoff positioning as they look to lock down the number three seed in the post-season and earn a home playoff game in the first round.

After back-to-back comeback wins the Aces are 23-16 on the season, tied with the Rockville Express for third place in the league. Meanwhile the Grays, after dropping to last place, have gone 5-5 in their last ten to move to 14-25 and get to ninth place in the league entering the final day of the season.

Tyler Zamjahn will start the season finale for Alexandria. The Tulane product is 1-3 with a 3.32 earned-run average. This will be his third start of the season and in 12 total appearances he has 24.1 innings pitched, allowing 20 hits and 15 walks to go with 28 strikeouts. He allowed seven earned runs June 9, but has allowed just two the rest of the season.


Today’s games can be heard live on the Aces Radio Network with play-by-play broadcaster Lukas Favale starting at 6:55.

For live, in-game updates, be sure to follow the Aces on twitter @Alexandria_Aces. Check back here on for post-game coverage.

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Aces rally past Redbirds

Win in extra innings on a walk

TOWSON, MD – A trio of Aces pitchers held a powerful Baltimore lineup to just two runs, and the Aces scored with two outs in the ninth and again in the tenth to inch past the Redbirds, 3-2, Thursday night. The win kept the Aces in a third place tie with the Rockville Express at 22-16 and secured a series win over the Redbirds, three games to one.

Alexandria took a first inning lead, but let an opportunity to get even more slip away. Brad Elwood (UNC Charlotte) reached on catchers interference. Ash Fulmer (Houston) hit a single to set up first and second and Danny Bermudez (Western Carolina) grounded one into right field on what was scored an error, which scored Elwood and gave the Aces a 1-0 lead. They would load the bases with one out but a pair of looking strikeouts ended the inning.

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Game 38 Preview: Aces vs. Redbirds

Aces jostle for playoff seeding

Game 33: Alexandria Aces (21-15) vs. Gaithersburg Giants (17-16)
6:30 p.m., Carlo Crispino Stadium at Calvert Hall High School, Towson, MD
Probable starters: Sean Thompson (3-2, 4.28) vs. Brady Bramlett (2-1, 3.27)

After clinching a playoff berth for the third straight year Tuesday, the Aces continue to battle for a first round home playoff game as they visit the Baltimore Redbirds Thursday. Alexandria is 21-16 on the season, tied with the Rockville Express for third place in the Cal Ripken League standings. If the playoffs started today both teams would host an opening round playoff game.

The Redbirds have surged the last few weeks to race past the Aces and clinch the number two spot in the playoffs, ensuring a bye into the double elimination playoff bracket. They had a double header yesterday and played to a 9-9 tie in the first game against the Grays. In the second they lost 13-1 to the Big Train, which clinched the league championship for Bethesda.

Sean Thompson takes the mound for his final start of the regular season. In his seven starts, the right-hander from Texas Tech has a 3-2 record and a 4.28 earned-run average. He lost his last start July 19 against the Herndon Braves, a 4-3 loss. In 42 innings this season Thompson has 44 strikeouts, while allowing 37 hits and 11 walks. He made a start against the Redbirds July 13 and received a no decision after four runs in 5.2 innings in a 5-4 Redbirds win.


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Game 37 Preview: Aces vs. Giants

Aces play penultimate home game

Game 33: Alexandria Aces (21-15) vs. Gaithersburg Giants (17-16)
7:00 p.m., Frank Mann Field, Alexandria, VA
Probable starters: Korey Anderson (3-1, 4.30) vs. Thayer Seely (0-0, 0.00)

The Aces host their second-to-last home game of the regular season tonight as they play the Gaithersburg Giants for the final time in 2014. The Giants have wins in two of the first three matchups. Depending on other results the Aces can clinch a playoff berth Tuesday.

Alexandria enters with a 21-15 record, having secured their second consecutive winning season with a 7-3 win over the River Dogs Monday. Meanwhile the Giants have wins in seven of their last 10 to improve to 17-16, good for fifth place in the Cal Ripken League.

Korey Anderson makes his third start for the Aces. The right-hander out of Western Carolina is 2-0 in his first two starts and is 3-1 on the season with a 4.30 earned-run average. In 23 innings he’s allowed 24 hits with 10 walks and 18 strikeouts. Anderson has benefited from a powerful offense in his two starts, getting 24 runs of support in those games.


Today’s games can be heard live on the Aces Radio Network with play-by-play broadcaster Lukas Favale starting at 6:55.

For live, in-game updates, be sure to follow the Aces on twitter @Alexandria_Aces. Check back here on for post-game coverage.

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Aces beat River Dogs 7-3

Two three-run innings propel Aces to 21st win

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Alexandria Aces scored three runs in the sixth and eighth innings to surge past the Vienna River Dogs, 7-3, Monday night in Vienna. The win gave the Aces their 21st win of the season, ensuring a winning record for the second straight year. It also kept them in third place in the league standings with just four games left to play.

Tyler Tobin (George Mason) was effective again for Alexandria, allowing just one earned run in six innings, bringing his earned-run average to 1.40 for the season. He gave up an unearned run in the third, which gave Vienna a 1-0 lead. The Aces got that run back in the fifth after Ryan Lukach (Hartford) doubled and Thomas Bradey (University of Montevallo) singled him home. However, the River Dogs took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth.

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Game 36 Preview: Aces vs. River Dogs

Stretch run continues as Aces visit River Dogs

Game 36: Alexandria Aces (20-15) vs. Vienna River Dogs (15-17)
7:00 p.m., James Madison HS, Veinna, VA
Probable starters: Tyler Tobin (2-2, 1.37) vs. Jack Gomersall (0-0, 5.40)

As the Aces close in to the end of the regular season they travel to Vienna to face the River Dogs for the fourth and final match between the teams this year. It also closes out the games against the two other Virginia teams within the league. The Aces lost to Herndon Saturday night, 4-3, splitting the series with the Braves and dropping to 20-15 on the season.

Like the Aces, Vienna was off Sunday after beating the D.C. Grays, 9-5, Saturday. After a 13-10 start to the year, the River Dogs are just 2-7 in their last nine games to fall to 15-17, currently on the outside looking in for the postseason.

Tyler Tobin starts for the Aces. On the season he is 2-2 with a 1.37 earned-run average. Over his last two starts the right-hander out of George Mason University has not allowed an earned run over 15.2 innings. Despite that, he is only 1-1 in those game. Tobin has 32.2 innings pitched, allowing 21 hits, walking eight, and striking out 23 while surrendering just five earned runs.


For live, in-game updates, be sure to follow the Aces on twitter @Alexandria_Aces. Check back here on for post-game coverage.

Last time out

The Aces lost to the Herndon Braves, 4-3, Saturday night at Pfitzner Stadium, home of the Potomac Nationals. Herndon barreled out of the gates in the bottom of the first against starter Sean Thompson. They loaded the bases with no outs. A 1-2-3 double play put Thompson on the brink of getting out of the jam, but Alan Mocahbee lined a three-run home run into left field for a 3-0 lead.

The Aces surged back with a three-run third. Ozzy Gonzalez and Ash Fulmer picked up RBIs as Alexandria tied the game at three. It stayed like that until the fifth. Herndon put together back-to-back two-out hits, including an RBI double to retake a 4-3 lead. The Aces threatened in several other innings, including the ninth when they got back-to-back singles, but they failed to score and lost 4-3.

Scouting the River Dogs

Before scoring nine runs Saturday against the Grays, the River Dogs offense had been in a slump, scoring just 19 runs over seven games, just 2.7 runs per game. That’s well below their season average of 4.8 runs per game. Their 159 runs are still fourth most in the Cal Ripken League, behind the Big Train, Redbirds, and Aces. Vienna’s .254 team batting average is third in the league, just .002 ahead of the Aces.

Jack Gomersall is expected to start for the River Dogs. It will be the first start for the right-hander out of Virginia Military Institute who has made 10 appearances out of the bullpen. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last three outings, but for the season Gomersall has a 5.40 earned-run average in 16.2 innings pitched. During that time he’s allowed 15 hits and 13 walks to go along with nine strikeouts. In one outing against the Aces July 1 he walked four in 2.1 scoreless innings.


Monday is the final game this season between the Aces and River Dogs. Alexandria won, 6-4, June 25 in Vienna in what was a rain-shortened six inning game. The Aces struck for five runs in the top of the sixth before the rains came in the seventh inning, cutting the game short. Then in Alexandria the River Dogs scored nine runs in the top of the ninth to beat the Aces 10-5 July 1. The Aces won 5-2 July 11.

The Aces and River Dogs met four times in 2013, splitting the series two games apiece. The Aces won the first match in June, a 4-3 victory. Three games were rained out, forcing the final three games to be played over a two-day stretch. The Aces won the first of a double header, 10-9, before losing the second, 4-0. Vienna wrapped up the series with a 5-2 win in Alexandria.

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