Aces Place 4 on All-League Team
The Cal Ripken League announced its 2016 All-League team this week. Two Aces were named to the first and second team and two Aces were named to the honorable mention.
Chesdin Harrington (University of Virginia) was named to the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball Leagues All-League First team. Chesdin excelled at the top of the Aces rotation posting a 1.45 ERA in 31 innings pitched over 7 appearances, 5 of which were starts. His 31 innings was second on the team while his ERA was staff best. Chesdin was also selected to the 2016 South All-Star team for his first half performance.
Cade Sorrells (Lipscomb University) was named to the Cal Ripken Collegiate Leagues All-League second team. The first basemen was a mainstay in the Aces line-up predominately in the 3rd position playing first base and as the designated hitter. Cade compiled a .322 batting average with 8 extra base hits over 115 plate appearances. Cade was selected as the starting first basemen for the South All-Star team and named the game’s Most Outstanding Player after a stellar performance going 2-2 with a walk, run scored and RBI.
Below is the full All-League Team:
C: Andy Mocahbee – Braves
1B: Vinny Esposito – Big Train
2B: Clayton Daniel – Big Train
3B: Kyle Datres – Redbirds
SS: Utah Jones – Redbirds
OF: Evan Alderman – Braves
OF: Matt Pita – Giants
OF: Cody Brown – Big Train
OF: Zach Racusin – Tbolts
UTL: Marty Costes – Redbirds
DH: Jordan Sergent – Riverdogs
P: Chesdin Harrington – Aces
P: Hunter Parsons – Redbirds
P: Johnny York – Big Train
P: Matt Chanin – Giants
P: Sean Barry – Big Train
Closer: Mike Rescigno – Redbirds
C: Trey Martinez – Giants
1B: Cade Sorrells – Aces
2B: Grayland Fowler – Tbolts
3B: Alan Smoot – Big Train
SS: Jake Mueller – Redbirds
OF: Logan Farrar – Big Train
OF: Cameron Simmons – Redbirds
OF: Mason Koppens – Express
UTL: Justin Morris – Big Train
UTL: Marques Inman – Grays
DH: Bryce Only – Dodgers
DH: Nick Egli – Giants
P: Jacob Erickson – Grays
P: Chih – Yuan Lai – Tbolts
P: John Murphy – Big Train
P: Jacob Christian – Riverdogs
P: Mark Curtis – Redbirds
P: Joey Sullivan – Redbirds
C: Dom Morabito – Braves
William Brown – Thunderbolts
Reid Frazier – Braves
Patrick Finklestein – Aces
Alex Deise – Thunderbolts
Jared Price – Thunderbolts
Cole Aker – Redbirds
Tyler Galazin – Express
Pat Causa – Giants
Nate Favero – Riverdogs
Jason Reyes – Express
Allan Mocahbee – Braves
Max McDougald – Riverdogs
Tyler Thomas – Grays
Nick Cieri – Thunderbolts
Peyton Isaacson – Giants
Manny Pazos – Redbirds
Liam McArthur – Aces
Kyle Baker – Express
Ron Farley – Dodgers
Tate Shaw – Giants
Brian Bauk – Dodgers
The season came to a somewhat disappointing end for the Alexandria Aces as they dropped the one game play in contest to the Herndon Braves by a score of 6-5. The three seeded Aces were unable to maintain a one run lead as the Braves, who led for most of the game, were able to use timely hitting and pitching to defeat an Alexandria team that had beaten them four of the five regular season meetings. With the Braves victory they will face the Baltimore Redbirds in the semi-finals.
The game got off to a rocky start for the Aces as Chesdin Harrington (UVA) relinquished four runs in the first inning. The Aces were able to plate runs in both the first and second innings against the Braves starter Reid Frazier. Frazier was shaky with command but limited the Aces damage, only allowing a single hit in three innings of work. Tyler Morder (Seton Hill) came in to relieve Harrington and worked a phenomenal five innings surrendering just one hit.
With Morder on the mound the Aces continued to plug away, scoring another run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Then in the sixth the Aces got their first lead of the game thanks to an RBI single from Drew Huff (Middle Tennessee State) and an RBI double from Mike Annone (Wilmington U). The Aces lead was short lived however as in the very next half inning, Zach Barron untied the game with a one out double to give the Braves the lead for good.
The Aces threatened in the seventh and eighth and even loaded the bases in the second to last frame but were unable to push the run across they needed to tie the game. They left 14 runners on base and the bats fell somewhat silent as the Aces managed only five hits.
Though the season is now officially over, the Aces, despite the early end to the season, still had a campaign to remember. Alexandria vastly improved on their record of 19-21 from last season, finishing the regular season well over .500 at 23-17. They also made the playoffs improving on last year when they missed out from the postseason. The Aces saw five players head to the All-Star game this year and had one of the best pitchers all summer season long, Chesdin Harrington.
Though the season ended earlier than expected, the Aces still showed tenacity and a grinding mentality that became the teams calling card all the way down to the seasons final strike. With the foundation built by the team this season, Alexandria will have a good foundation to recruit with come next season.
Author: Jack Milewski
The Alexandria Aces and the Herndon Braves will square off in a single-elimination game tonight, with the winner advancing to the Cal Ripken League semifinals. The Aces were 23-17 in the regular season and secured the #3 seed in the playoffs, earning hosting privileges for tonight’s game. The Braves earned the #6 seed by going 18-22 on the season.
The Aces scored 213 runs over the course of the regular season, good for sixth in the league. The Braves, only two runs behind with 211, were seventh. The Aces offense was remarkably consistent, scoring at least four runs in 25 of 40 games and at least ten runs an impressive eight times. The Aces lineup was stacked with offensive threats — six players who appeared in at least 29 games had batting averages over .280: AJ Spencer (Middle Tennessee State – .283), Drew Huff (Middle Tennessee State – .287), Mike Annone (Wilmington – .288), Niko Hulsizer (Morehead State – .295), Cade Sorrells (Lipscomb – .322), and Liam McArthur (Seton Hall – .331). Huff and McArthur tied for the most hits with 45, and Annone led the team in home runs (4) and RBIs (26).
Aces pitching was overall outstanding this season — the pitching staff was third in the league in wins, with 23, as well as third in strikeouts, with 310. The Aces had seven pitchers who appeared in at least six games and had ERAs lower than 4.00: Patrick Finklestein (College of Charleston – 3.63), Danny Ehrsam (SIU-Edwardsville – 3.46), Billy Lescher (UPenn – 3.34), Christian Leckert (James Madison – 2.61), Tyler Morder (Seton Hill – 2.07), Chesdin Harrington (UVA – 1.45), and Jack Hennessy (Catholic – 1.25). Micah Kaczor (Western Kentucky) led the team in strikeouts, with 33, and saves, with 3.
The Aces and Braves faced off five times in the regular season, with the Aces winning four of those contests. The victories were on June 9 (4-2), June 30 (10-5), and a July 10 doubleheader (6-3 and 2-1). The Braves won on June 19 (8-6).
Chesdin Harrington (4-1, 1.45 ERA) gets the start tonight. He not only sports the team’s second-lowest ERA, but had fantastic outings in each of his five starts, never going less than five innings or allowing more than two earned runs. Harrington faced the Braves twice. On June 19, he threw five innings and gave up three runs (one earned) on five hits before the game was suspended and concluded on July 10. He also started the regularly-scheduled game on July 10, throwing six innings of one-run, seven-hit ball. The Braves will send up Reid Frazier, who is 4-2 with a 2.45 ERA. He made two relief appearances against the Aces, pitching 2.1 scoreless innings for a win on June 19 and giving up one run in 2.0 innings for a loss on July 10.
The first pitch at Frank Mann Field is at 7 pm. Come out to cheer on the Aces as they try to extend their season and advance further into the playoffs! If you can’t make it, be sure to follow the game live on Twitter (@Alexandria_Aces) or tune into Aces Radio.
Author: Carolina Velloso
After dropping four consecutive games earlier this week, the Alexandria Aces are riding two straight wins into the postseason after an 11-5 victory tonight over the Vienna Riverdogs.
In his first start of the season on the mound, Jack Hennessy (Catholic University), looked tremendous. He tossed a season high five innings, surrendering just two hits and keeping the Riverdogs scoreless. He retired the last seven batters he faced over the final two and a third innings.
The Aces jumped on the Riverdogs early after two walks in a row to Kevin Heiss (University of Rhode Island) and Alex Stephens (Morehead State University). Heiss scored a batter later on a throwing error when Niko Hulsizer (Morehead State University) reached on a fielder’s choice. Heiss also scored the second run of the game in the third inning.
Alexandria scored an additional run in the fourth and fifth innings as well. Zach Cowart (Georgia Southern University) led off the fourth with a single and later came around to score on a fielding error by the third baseman. Drew Huff (Middle Tennessee State University) led off the fifth by reaching on an error and scored on a Cody Miller (Wofford College) sacrifice fly.
The Vienna bats woke up in the seventh when they scored four runs to tie the game, highlighted by a two-run double from the BYU product, Pete Nielsen.
It took just a half inning for the Aces to respond, exploding for five runs in the bottom half of the frame. Drew Bene (Stony Brook University) delivered a clutch two-RBI double to start the rally. Cowart singled for his second hit of the night, and Chris Balogh (Boston College) followed that up with a three-run bomb to right field. It was Balogh’s second long ball of the season, tying him for second most on the club.
Hulsizer led off the eighth with a double and Huff followed with a walk. With two outs in the inning, Cowart delivered a two-run double for the 10th and 11th runs of the night for the Aces.
AJ Spencer (Middle Tennessee State University) tossed a scoreless inning in his first relief appearance of the summer season. Danny Ehrsam (SIU-Edwardsville) closed out the Riverdogs, throwing the final inning and two-thirds, giving up just one hit.
Seven of the 10 Aces who recorded plate appearances notched at least one hit, with Cowart having his first three-hit game of the year.
The Aces completed the regular season tonight with a 23-17 record. Tomorrow will be an off day before beginning the playoffs on Sunday. The opponent is still to be determined with tomorrow being final day of the regular season for some teams. The Aces are the number three seed and will host the play game at 7pm on Sunday. If you can’t make it to Frank Mann Field, action can be caught on Aces Radio or followed on Twitter at @Alexandria_Aces.
Author: Noah Reed
The Aces conclude their regular season with a home game against the Vienna Riverdogs tonight. The 22-17 Aces secured the #3 seeding in the playoffs with a win over the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts last night and will face the #6 seed at home on Sunday.
The 17-21 Riverdogs are in fourth place in the South division and hunting for a playoff berth. The teams will decide the season series tomorrow, as they’ve split their previous four contests.
Yesterday, the Aces pulled out a tight win to secure their playoff seeding, scoring the decisive run in the top of the ninth inning. Kevin Heiss (U. of Rhode Island) walked in the run after the Aces loaded the bases with one out. The Aces scored their first run in the top of the seventh when AJ Spencer (Middle Tennessee State) scored on a passed ball.
The star of yesterday’s game was Aces pitching: starter Evan Flanagan (U. of Rhode Island) tossed six outstanding innings of one-run, three-hit ball. Nick Pedalino (UPenn), Chesdin Harrington (U. of Virginia) and Christian Leckert (James Madison) each contributed a scoreless inning of relief.
The bats were again quiet, and the Aces have not scored more than three runs in a game in their last five contests, resulting in four straight losses before yesterday’s victory. The Aces hope to turn it around tonight against the Riverdogs and head into the postseason with offensive momentum.
Jack Hennessy (Catholic) gets his first start after appearing in nine games as a reliever. Hennessy has been one of the Aces’ best pitchers all season, recording the team’s second-lowest ERA at 1.92. He has made two relief appearances against the Riverdogs, on June 20 and June 27, giving up only one run. The Riverdogs will send up Jacob Christian, who is 1-1 with a 1.44 ERA. He has not faced the Aces.
The first pitch at Frank Mann Field is at 7 pm. Come out and enjoy our last home game of the regular season! If you can’t make it, be sure to follow the game live on Twitter (@Alexandria_Aces) or tune into Aces Radio.
Author: Carolina Velloso
The Alexandria Aces (22-17) locked up the third overall seed in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Summer League standings with a win Thursday night over the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts (19-19). The win gave the Aces a firm grasp on the three seed and the guarantee that they will face whoever the sixth seed may be in the one single elimination game on Sunday at Frank Mann Field.
The Aces 2-1 victory didn’t come easy against the T-Bolts, but true to form, Alexandria battled out a hard fought win when they needed it the most. After dropping four straight, the Aces looked to be in danger of backing into the playoffs. However, with a win Friday against the Vienna Riverdogs, Alexandria could head into the playoffs with a small winning streak and momentum for the play-in game.
Evan Flanagan (Rhode Island) got the start for Alexandria and worked six phenomenal innings, surrendering just one run on a sacrifice fly in the first inning. Flanagan worked his fastball with continual success to both sides of the plate as location played a key factor in his success against the T-Bolts. Nick Pedalino (U Penn), Chesdin Harrington (UVA), and Christian Leckert (James Madison) each worked scoreless frames, with Leckert notching his first save of the season in a 1-2-3 ninth.
At the plate, the bats were once again quiet for Alexandria, as timely hitting continues to be the question mark hanging over the teams head. Multiple times in the game the Aces had runners in scoring position with less than two outs and failed to push a run across. AJ Spencer (Middle Tennessee State) scored the first run of the game on a passed ball in the top of the seventh inning. He then came to score the winning run in the top of the ninth as Kevin Heiss (Rhode Island) worked a full count walk with the bases loaded to provide the difference on the scoreboard that the Aces needed.
Though the offense couldn’t muster much, Alex Stephens (Morehead State), Liam McArthur (Seton Hall), and Shane Connahan (Elon) all recorded multi-hit games. For McArthur, it was the 13th time this season in which he has recorded two or more hits and he continued to hit the ball hard against Silver Spring-Takoma as he finished 9-18 with a .500 average in the season series against the T-Bolts.
Though seeding isn’t on the line tomorrow, the Aces will look to ride some momentum into the playoffs as they face off against the Vienna Riverdogs for their last regular season home game. First pitch from Frank Mann Field is at 7pm. If you cant make it to the game, tune in to Aces Radio or follow along on Twitter (@Alexandria_Aces).
Author: Jack Milewski
The Aces lost their fourth straight against the Dodgers yesterday, dropping a close contest, 4-3. Today, they hope to start a new winning streak against the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts. The Aces are 21-17 and in second place in the South division, while the Thunderbolts are 19-18 and in second place in the North division. The Aces lead the season series, 2-1, with wins on June 24 and July 15. The Thunderbolts won on June 10.
One night after making a combined seven errors in a doubleheader, the Aces made another that proved to be costly. The Dodgers scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, the second and decisive one coming on an error by the third baseman. The Aces attempted to mount a rally in the ninth, scoring a run on a pair of hits, but ultimately fell short.
Cody Miller (Wofford) had a good night at the plate, going 2-2 with an RBI, a sac fly in the seventh. Liam McArthur (Seton Hall) also had a two-hit game, while Niko Hulsizer (Morehead State) and Kevin Heiss (U. of Rhode Island) each had an RBI.
Billy Lescher (UPenn) threw five solid innings of two unearned runs, four-hit ball. Drew Morrison (UNC – Charlotte) pitched three innings of relief and allowed two runs (one earned).
Tonight, the Aces give the ball to Evan Flanagan (U. of Rhode Island – 1-2, 7.42 ERA). Flanagan has made two starts and four relief appearances this season. He has not faced the Thunderbolts. The T Bolts will send up Andy Rozylowicz (0-3, 4.55 ERA), who faced the Aces on June 25 and July 15, taking the loss in both starts.
Author: Carolina Velloso
After winning five consecutive games, the Alexandria Aces have now dropped four in a row after a loss to the Baltimore Dodgers by a final score of 4-3.
The Alexandria native, Billy Lescher (University of Pennsylvania) was handed the ball for the start. After a shaky second inning in which Lescher allowed two unearned runs, he was able to settle in and give the Aces a good outing. Lescher went five strong innings, yielding just the two unearned runs on four hits.
Trailing 2-0, the Aces were able to get one of the runs back in the third inning. Cody Miller (Wofford College) led off the inning with a single. After Chris Balogh’s (Boston College) fly out moved Miller up to third, he scored just a batter later on an RBI ground out from Kevin Heiss (University of Rhode Island).
AJ Spencer (Middle Tennessee State University) began the seventh inning with a walk. He was the tying run when Miller came up with no outs and scored him with a sacrifice fly.
The Dodgers broke the tie in the eighth inning and even added an insurance run after they plated two runs. The first came on a sacrifice fly, while the second runner scored on a throwing error.
Miller continued to swing a hot bat when he laced a one-out double down the left field line in the ninth inning. Niko Hulsizer (Morehead State University), who didn’t start tonight but came in as a pinch hitter, scored Miller on the very next at bat with an RBI-single straight back up the middle. The Aces fell short after the next two batters grounded into fielder’s choices.
Miller went 2-for-2 tonight with a single, double, and RBI. He also scored two of Alexandria’s three runs. Liam McArthur (Seton Hall University) was the only other Ace to record a multi-hit game. He tacked on a pair of singles, going 2-for-5. Drew Morrison (UNC-Charlotte) threw three innings in relief for Alexandria, giving up just three hits.
The Aces look to put an end to their four game skid tonight when they travel to face the Silver Spring Takoma Thunderbolts. This game holds playoff implications as the two teams battle for the number three seed come postseason. Action can be caught on Aces Radio or followed on Twitter at @Alexandria_Aces.
Author: Noah Reed
The Aces go on the road to take on the Baltimore Dodgers tonight. Though the Big Train clinched the South division with two wins in yesterday’s doubleheader, the 21-16 Aces have clinched a playoff spot and will host a play-in game at Frank Mann Field on Sunday. After winning five games in a row, the Aces have dropped three.
The Aces needed to sweep yesterday’s doubleheader to remain in the hunt for the South division title. It seemed as if they were up to the challenge, erasing a two-run deficit in the late innings of the first game. With the score tied at two in the top of the seventh, the Big Train batter popped up for the would-be third out, but the ball was dropped by the first baseman. A single, a walk, and a grand slam followed the play, effectively sealing the game and the Aces’ chance at the division. Starter Micah Kaczor (Western Kentucky U.) had a decent outing, going five innings and allowing two runs on three hits.
The Aces couldn’t seem to shake the first game’s tough loss, dropping the second game of the doubleheader, 13-0. Jimmy Swad (Georgetown) threw his shortest start of the year, lasting only 1.1 innings while giving up seven runs on four hits and five walks. The Aces also committed seven errors between the two games. Game 2 was called in the bottom of the sixth due to lightning.
Hoping to help the Aces right the ship and get back into playoff mode is Alexandria native Billy Lescher (UPenn – 2-0, 3.30 ERA). Lescher has been very consistent in the Aces rotation, only twice going less than five innings and never giving up more than four runs. He faced the Dodgers on June 22, throwing 5.2 innings and allowing four runs on eight hits. The Dodgers have not yet announced a probable starter.
Author: Carolina Velloso
Entering the night, the Aces needed to sweep today’s double-header with Bethesda to still be in contention for the South Division title. But instead, Alexandria dropped the pair of games, 6-2 and 13-0.
Cody Brown got Bethesda on the board in the top of the second with a two run homerun to right-center field. The bomb plated Vinny Espisito, who led off the inning with a single.
AJ Spencer (Middle Tennessee State University) notched the first base hit of the night for the Aces in the fourth with a one out single. Just a batter later, Mike Annone (Wilmington University) drove Spencer in with an RBI-double. That pulled Alexandria within a run, 2-1.
No more damage was done until the sixth inning. The first two batters went down, but the Aces put together a two-out rally to tie it up. Alex Stephens (Morehead State University) began with a walk and a stolen base to put him in scoring position. Cody Miller (Wofford College) tied the game up with an RBI-single to score Stephens.
In the seventh inning, Bethesda loaded the bases with two outs. In the first pitch of the at bat, Espisito cracked a grand slam that proved to be the game winning hit. The Aces couldn’t answer and fell in game one, 6-2.
Micah Kaczor (Western Kentucky University) put together a solid outing in the starting role. He tossed five innings, giving up just two runs on three hits.
In game two, Bethesda got started early with a five-run first inning. Jimmy Swad (Georgetown University) lasted just an inning and a third. He allowed seven runs, his most all season long.
Bethesda scored at least one run in every inning except for the sixth inning, on their way to 13 runs.
The Aces tallied just three hits in game two, all of which came from the bottom half of the lineup. Annone tacked on another hit, giving him a base hit in 13 of his last 14 games. Chris Balogh (Boston College) singled in his first plate appearance of the night, and Ted Leathersich (UMASS Lowell) also singled. Unfortunately, those hits didn’t equate to any runs, as the Aces fell 13-0 in game two.
Author: Noah Reed