The Aces drew first blood at South County through a Max Romero (Vanderbilt) moonshot in just the second at-bat of the game. But like most good things, it didn’t last.
Alexandria dropped the road game 15-5 leaving eight runners left on base. The club is amid a five-game skid and sits alone in last place 14 games behind the Big Train.
Casey Mayes (Michigan State) continued his success against the braves with a 3-4 clip at the plate with an RBI double and a triple. THe Spartan was the only Ace to record an RBI outside Romero’s homer.
The Aces will be back in action Sunday with a double-header at Silver Spring – Takoma. The T-Bolt stand alone at second in the Ripken League at eight games back.
The Alexandria Aces fell at the hands of Bethesda 15-5 in a Shirley Povich Field barnburner Tuesday night.
Alexandria moves to 13 games out of first – last in the Ripken League – while the frontrunning Big Train advance their record to 23-6.
Scotty Morgan (GMU) cracked a three-run bomb in the third inning knotting the ballgame up. Morgan is now tied with Bethesda’s Jacob Southern for most homers in the league at seven.
It was Bethesda’s two-out rally in the sixth frame, riding three hits toward six runs, to break open the scorebook and never look back.
The Aces only scored a single run in the final six innings while Riley Cheek (UNC Charlotte) notably batted in both second and six inning runs.
Alexandria is off Wednesday for the All-Star break where seven donning Pinstripes will take to the field representing Alexandria.
The Club is back in action Thursday and Friday for a two-game homestand hosting of the T-Bolt and Big Train.
Aces travel to Bethesda for last game before All-Star Break
The Aces have hit a bit of a cold spell over the last ten games, winning just three of them, but will travel to take on the first-place Big Train on Tuesday.
With the exception of the last meeting, a 10-0 Bethesda win on July 3rd, the Aces have played the Train pretty closely so far this season.
The Big Train have the league’s best record at 22-6 and have won nine of ten games, including five in a row.
The Aces offense has been silenced the last couple of games, mustering only five hits in their last 16 innings.
Stephen Hill (Morehead State) has been a sparkplug at times for the Aces this year and the club will need more of that to break out of this funk. Hill almost provided that on Sunday when he lined out on a hard-hit ball to third to end the game.
Bethesda is led by Kobe Kato (Arizona) and Jacob Southern (Jacksonville). Kato leads the league with a .463 average and Southern just passed Scotty Morgan (George Mason) for the league lead with his seventh home run.
The probable pitching matchup is Andre Orselli (Ball State) for the Aces and Michael Bechtold (James Madison) for Bethesda.
Orselli last pitched on Sunday against the Braves and threw one scoreless inning in relief. He has made seven appearances with two starts this year and has a 3.68 ERA.
Bechtold made his last start in the 10-0 Big Train win against the Aces last week. He got the win and gave up three hits in four innings. Bechtold is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA this season.
The game will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Shirley Povich Field and can be heard on mixlr.com/alexandriaaces.
Continuing his hot-streak at South County High School, Casey Mayes (MSU) was 2-3 from the plates with a double and walk scoring one run. Unfortunately, the Spartan would be the only Aces after nine frames to card hit in the 3-2 loss at the hands of the FCA Braves.
The Aces drop into the Ripken League cellar after the loss at 11.5 games behind Bethesda. The Aces have now lost seven of their last ten.
The Aces had a golden opportunity to make noise in the eighth – trailing one run – with two runners on base and no one down. Dom Toso (Bucknell) failed to execute a sacrifice bunt before Ryan Peltier (Ball State) flew out in shallow right field. Ending his on-base streak at 15 games, Max Romero (Vanderbilt) struck out to close the frame out in a pinch-hit situation.
The same opportunity came afoot in the ninth frame. This time it was Javon Fields (Towson) who executed the sacrifice bunt perfectly moving the tying and go-ahead runners into scoring position. TJ McKenzie (Vanderbilt) struck out before Steve Hill (Morehead State) greased a missile down the third base line into Charlie Ludwick’s glove at the hot corner.
Jared Lyons (GMU) was handed a tough loss after pitching five innings. Allowing only seven hits behind seven punchouts, all three of FCA’s runs came in the second frame of which two were earned.
Lyons is now tied with Bethesda’s Dalton Ponce for most strikeouts at 43. Lyons has notably pitched 3.2 less innings than the Big Train hurler.
Alexandria is back in action Monday in a 6:30 p.m. hosting of the T-Bolts at Frank Mann Field.
The league frontrunning Bethesda Big Train rolled out of Frank Mann field with a 10-0 victory Wednesday night over the Aces.
The Aces fall to 9-15 on the summer season and remind 9.5 games out of first. The fifth-place Aces are just a half a game up on the FCA Braves who reside in the league cellar.
Seth Marano (Lansing CC) tossed 3 innings in his start finding trouble in the second after Bethesda hit through their order with three walks and a pair of hits en rout to five runs.
Alexandria went four deep in the bullpen with Andre Orselli (Ball State), Brandon McGaw (Georgetown), Hugh O’Hara (GMU), and Brett Clements (Pitt CC) making an appearance. The quartet allowed two runs in the final six frames behind five strikeouts and just two walks.
The Aces carded just six hits – Max Romero (Vanderbilt) earning a pair of singles – and three defensive errors. The club left eight runners stranded on the evening.
Scotty Morgan (GMU) notably reached on a broken-bat infield single extending his hit streak to 15 games. Romero also extended his on-base streak to 14 games.
The Aces get Independence Day off before regaining familiar footing at Frank Mann field Friday in a date with the fourth-place Giants.
Gaithersburg is just two games head of the Alexandria in the standings. The Pinstripes whipped Gaithersburg 17-8 in their previous meeting.
The Alexandria Aces finish off their Maryland road trip in Bethesda at Shirly Povich Field against the league’s frontrunning Big Train. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.
The Aces are coming off a 17-8 shellacking of Gaithersburg en rout to a 9-14 record. Alexandria trails the 18-6 Big Train by 8.5 games.
Seth Marano (Lansing CC) with start for the Aces looking to improve his 1-1 record. The lefty tossed five innings against the Big Train June 16 in a 5-10 loss. He allowed just four earned runs in the outing.
Anthony Piccolino is slated to oppose. The Aces got a look at left-handed junior back on June 23 in a 13-5 loss. Piccolino faced just two batters in the outing.
Bethesda is coming off gutty a 15-11 comeback win over the second place Bolts and will be looking to continue their dominance over the league as they’re the three-time defending champions.
Aces win shootout in Gaithersburg
A nine run third inning sprung the Aces to a 17-8 victory in Gaithersburg on Monday night.
After an uncharacteristic start from Jared Lyons (George Mason) in which he gave up four runs and walked four in three innings, the offense battled back to get the win.
The Aces used two big innings to help get the victory. The first came in the top of the third. In that frame, the Aces sent 12 batters to the plate and scored nine runs on eight hits. Each of the nine hitters in the lineup reached base in the inning and all but one scored at least once.
T.J. McKenzie (Vanderbilt) singled to start the inning and later knocked in three runs with a triple. McKenzie scored both times he reached in the third.
Max Romero (Vanderbilt) and Scotty Morgan (George Mason) each extended their respective streaks in the third inning. Romero homered to extend his on base streak to 13 games, while Morgan singled and scored to extend his hitting streak to 14.
The second of the big innings came in the eighth. It was the second time the Aces batted around in the game, this time sending 11 hitters to the plate. They scored six times, but didn’t even register a hit. Six walks, two hit batters and an error helped the Aces plate six in the inning.
Adam Schwartz (UConn) was the Aces’ best pitcher in the ball game. He threw four innings in relief of Lyons, giving up one run on five hits and striking out three.
Schwartz started the game in left field and when the Aces brought him into pitch, didn’t realize they forfeited their right for a designated hitter.
That led to a fun moment in the top of the ninth, when Phil D’Ambrosio (Lynchburg) had to take an at-bat. D’Ambrosio was able to make contact, hitting a ball up the middle and beating it out for a base hit.
That single from the righty reliever was the cherry on top in the Aces’ big win on Monday. The team is back in action Tuesday night in Bethesda against the Big Train.
First pitch will be at 7 p.m. and you can catch all the action on mixlr.com/alexandriaaces.
Aces travel to Gaithersburg trying to get back to winning ways
The Aces have dropped two straight, but travel to Gaithersburg on Monday for a 7 p.m. battle with the Giants.
The Aces sit at 8-14 after two straight losses and are just a half-game ahead of the last place Braves.
The Giants are in fourth place with a 12-12 record and are coming off of a 9-4 win in Bethesda against the first-place Big Train.
The Aces are led offensively by Scotty Morgan (George Mason) and Max Romero (Vanderbilt).
Morgan comes into play Monday sporting a 13-game hitting streak, while Romero has reached base in 12 straight.
Defensively, walks and errors continue to plague the Aces, making four errors and walking eight batters in their most recent loss to the Braves.
The Giants are coming off of an impressive victory in Bethesda in which they roughed up the league’s best starting pitcher so far this year. The Giants chased Dalton Ponce after four innings, compiling eight hits and five runs against him.
Cade Doughty (LSU) was 2-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. He has been one of the best hitters in the league in 2019 with his season average at .409.
The probable pitching matchup is Jared Lyons (George Mason) for the Aces against Zach Adams (Campbell U) for the Giants.
Lyons comes in with a 1-0 record and a 1.96 ERA in four starts. His 32 strikeouts are third in the league and are just three behind Bethesda’s Chase Lee for first.
Adams is making his fourth appearance and third start. He is 1-1 with a 4.32 ERA in 8.1 innings.
First pitch will be at 7 p.m. from Gaithersburg. All of the action can be heard at mixlr.com/alexandriaaces.
With two on and one out, Jake Heilman (Lansing CC) ripped a two-run double into center field cutting the Braves lead to a manageable three runs highlighting the Aces rally. But when the six-foot-five sophomore peaked into left field after nine, he was met with a scoreboard reading a final 10-4 score in the loss.
The last-place Braves move to 8-15 with the Aces falling to 8-14. Alexandria remains just a half-game out of last place trailing Bethesda by 8.5.
The Aces carded four defensive errors bringing the season total up to an alarmingly high 41 while simultaneously stranding 16 pinstriped baserunners.
Perhaps the night’s lone bright spot shined through Scotty Morgan (George Mason). After a leadoff single in the fourth – later scoring on a Ryan Peltier (Ball State) RBI single – the second-year Ace extended his hit streak to 13 games.
Morgan is the only player in the league to rank top five in batting average (.394), RBI (20), and homeruns (6). Notably, Morgan is tied atop the leaderboard with Bethesda’s Jacob Southern for dingers despite playing four less games.
Monday, the Aces travel to Gaithersburg to take on the Giants. First pitch slated for 7 p.m.