The Alexandria Aces are proud to introduce to you the new new host family coordinators! Thank you to the previous host family coordinator – Dave Cheney – who has made this position a very valuable one. For the 2015 season, John Kelly and Amy Goodrich will be taking over as host family coordinators. We are very excited that they are already getting the ball rolling.
See their message below:
PLAY BALL! Season’s Greetings to current and future Alexandria Aces host families from the Alexandria Aces!
Despite the recent freezing temperatures and the quickly approaching holidays, the Alexandria Aces are in the throes of planning for the 2015 summer season.
We (Amy Goodrich and John Kelly) are the new host family coordinators and are beginning the process of identifying potential host families. Both of our families hosted several players last year and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
First, on behalf of the Aces, THANK YOU for your continued support of our organization! We know being a host family does not come without tremendous commitment and a generous spirit. Without you, the Aces would not be a treasured part of the Alexandria community.
In 2015, we hope to build on the many great experiences and find ways to minimize any complications next season. Above all, we feel it is important to open the lines of communication between the Aces, host families and players to ensure a rewarding experience for everyone.
With that in mind, we want to begin identifying potential 2015 host families now. Of course not everyone is able to make this commitment six months in advance – so in addition to yes or no; maybe is an acceptable response.
Would you like to serve as a host family again for the 2015 summer season?
If you would like to be kept on the list of potential host families, we will quickly follow up with some questions to gather basic information to help us match players/interns with families.
Once again, we appreciate first-hand the key role played by you, the Alexandria Aces supporters. It is a huge responsibility and we want to do everything we can to make each experience rewarding and memorable for the families, players, interns and coaches.
Many thanks for your invaluable support on behalf of the Aces organization! We look forward to seeing you soon and have a safe and joyous holiday season! Please contact us with any questions or comments about 2015.
Two divisions and play-off series in 2015
The set-up of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League has changed since last year. The now 10 team league is divided into two divisions for the first time ever, with the Aces in the same division as in state rivals Herndon and Vienna, the Washington, DC based DC Grays, and perennial league powerhouse, the Bethesda Big Train. The Aces will play each team in their division five (5) times, with the additional home games scheduled against Vienna and DC. The Aces will continue to play four (4) games, two (2) home and two (2) away, against the five (5) teams in the other division comprised of the Redbirds, Baltimore Dodgers, Gaithersburg Giants, Rockville Express and the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts.
|DIVISION A||DIVISION B|
|ALEXANDRIA ACES||BALTIMORE DODGERS|
|BETHESDA BIG TRAIN||BALTIMORE REDBIRDS|
|DC GRAYS||GAITHERSBURG GIANTS|
|FCA HERNDON BRAVES||ROCKVILLE EXPRESS|
|VIENNA RIVERDOGS||SILVER SPRING/TAKOMA T-BOLTS|
The playoff format has also changed with the inclusion of the two divisions. Each division winner will receive a first round bye, while each division runner-up will play a single elimination game as the 3rd and 4th seeds against the remaining two teams in the league with the best records slated as the 5th and 6th seeds. The semifinals and final rounds will then be played as best of three series (a departure from the modified double elimination format), with at least one home game for each of the remaining teams. The playoffs, scheduled to begin on July 27th, will conclude no later than August 2nd. The goal of the 2015 Alexandria Aces is to be playing a meaningful game(s) in August!
Keep a look out for the full 2015 schedule coming soon.
Lukas Favale, an integral member of the Alexandria Aces Collegiate Baseball teams, game day staff for the last 3 years has been hired by the Mississippi RiverKings as their new radio play-by-play announcer. In addition, he has assumed responsibilities in the RiverKings Front Office as an Account Executive. The RiverKings, who play their home games in Southhaven, Mississippi, are a professional minor league ice hockey team playing in the Southern Professional Hockey League.
A broadcasting student at Syracuse University, Favale started with the Aces in the summer of 2012. He came to the Aces aspiring to be a professional broadcaster, and was able to partner with another local broadcasting student, Matt Krause, to help refine his skills and achieve his goal. Over his three year tenure, Favale’s role developed. Not only did he broadcast every home game from 2012-2014, but prior to the 2014 season, he was named Assistant Director of Interns where he helped interview, groom and mold new interns for the organization.
Favale was also heavily responsible for game day operations, including but not limited to game day set-up, attire sales, and scorekeeping. He was also in charge of updating the Aces social media sites including Twitter, Instagram, and facebook. Lastly, Favale spent a tremendous amount of time researching and completing in-depth pre and post-game reports. These reports were published prior to and after every game and included a complete report of the pitchers, teams and results for each game.
Current Aces Manager, David DeSilva summed up Favale’s contributions best. “Lukas is a high caliber broadcaster whose voice will forever be remembered. For the past three years he has been the heartbeat of the Aces game day operations and communications.” While the primary emphasis of the Alexandria Aces is to develop college baseball players, the organization takes pride in also grooming talent off the field. Lukas Favale, former intern and now professional broadcaster, embodies how time, effort and dedication lead to greater opportunity.
The Alexandria Aces Board of Directors has postponed the 1st Annual Aces Hall of Fame Dinner due to the Principal Owner, Don Dinan, unexpectedly being called out of the country on business. The dinner will be rescheduled for Spring 2015.
If you have any questions, please contact Dennis Feeney at 202-431-5304. We regret any inconvenience that this has caused.
Mr. Don Dinan, Principal Owner of the Alexandria Aces, announces the first annual Alexandria Aces Hall of Fame Dinner to be held November 10th at The Union Street Public House. Five former players will be inducted. Those players are John Skaggs, Tom Grandieri, Will Davis, Colin Milion and Kyle Zimmer.
The evening will consist of a Cash bar at 6:30 with hor douvres. House or Caesar salad, sit down dinner with your choice of Steak, Chicken Oscar or Fish served at 7:30 followed by dessert, coffee, and tea. Vegetarian entrée available upon request. A short program to follow, there will also be a silent auction for game worn Aces uniforms and Hall of Fame merchandise will be for sale during the cocktail hour.
Aces Sales Reps will be soliciting local merchants for ads in a Commemorative Hall of Fame program to be given out that night.
Tickets are $80.00 per person and can be purchased by calling 202-431-5304. Reservations must be made by November 7.
Mr. Don Dinan, Principal Owner of the Alexandria Aces, announces the first annual Alexandria Aces Hall of Fame Dinner to be held Monday, November 10, 2014 at The Union Street Public House in Old Town Alexandria. Five former players will be inducted with an announcement next week naming the five.
Cash bar will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a sit down dinner following at 7:00 p.m. with a short program to follow. There will also be a silent auction for game worn Aces uniforms and Aces Hall of Fame merchandise will be available for sale. Aces Sales Reps will be soliciting local merchants for ads in a Commemorative Hall of Fame program to be given out that night.
Tickets are $80.00 per person and can be purchased by calling Dennis Feeney at 202-431-5304.
Aces place 6 on All-League Team
The Cal Ripken League has announced its All-League team for the 2014 season. Six Aces were named to the first and second team with two more noted as honorable mention. The six Aces named were the second most of any team in the league behind the Baltimore Redbirds who placed seven on the teams. The Bethesda Big Train also placed six.
Ash Fulmer (University of Houston) was named first-team outfielder. He joined the Aces after the season started finishing with a .313 batting average and solidified the middle of the order. Of Fulmer’s 26 hits, 9 were extra base hits including four doubles, four triples and a homerun. Ash was second on the team in RBIs with 18 and led the Aces in stolen bases. Fulmer was the everyday centerfielder for the Aces. He was also named to the 2014 All-Star team.
Josh Swirchak (Wilmington University) was named first-team third basemen. He finished the season second in the league for batting average at a .352 clip. He had 45 hits and tied an all-time Cal Ripken league record with 7 triples. He also finished tied for the league lead in RBIs with 29. Swirchak saw the majority of his time at third base but also played vital innings at shortstop. Swirchak was a 2014 All-Star.
Danny Bermudez (Western Carolina) represents the Aces on the second-team as a catcher. Bermudez finished the season hitting .255 while commanding the teams pitching staff. Bermudez was also player of the week for week 2 of the season. The rising junior lead the team in homeruns and was named to the 2014 All-Star team.
Brad Elwood (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) was named a second-team outfielder after hitting .313. Coming off a hand injury which sidelined him for the latter part of his college season, Elwood quickly regained form and led the team in doubles. He was also second on the team in base on balls and on base percentage.
JD Long (Western Carolina) was named second-team shortstop. Long, a defensive wiz, always seemed to make the tough play. He also hit .311 at the top of the Aces order and was the starting shortstop in the 2014 All-Star game.
Andrew Witczak (Campbell University) was recognized as a second-team starting pitcher for his stellar summer. Witczak led the Cal Ripken league with a .84 ERA in 32 innings pitched. He allowed nine walks to twenty strikeouts. Witczak, also coming off a hand injury made three appearances out of the bullpen before making the move to the rotation. Witczak is the lone pitcher to make the All-League team.
Tyler Tobin (George Mason)
Zac Wittmus (Georgia Southwestern University)
The Aces finished the regular season 23-17 and earned a number five seed in the playoffs. This was the Aces second consecutive winning season under second year manager, David DeSilva. The Aces won their first play-off game against the Gaithersburg Giants before falling to the Bethesda Big Train and Rockville Express in double elimination play.
Here is the full All-League Team:
First Team All- League
Catcher – Nick Cieri – Baltimore Redbirds (University of Maryland)
1B – Webb Bobo – DC Grays (Southeastern Louisiana University)
2B – Brandon Lowe – Bethesda Big Train (University of Maryland)
3B – Josh Swirchak – Alexandria Aces (Wilmington University)
SS – Stephen Alemais – Bethesda Big Train (Tulane University)
OF – JB Woodman – Baltimore Redbirds ( University of Mississippi)
OF – Ash Fulmer – Alexandria Aces (University of Houston)
OF – Logan Farrar – Bethesda Big Train (Virginia Commonwealth University)
DH – Garrett Hudson – Baltimore Redbirds (Virginia Tech University)
UTL – Mac Caples – Baltimore Redbirds (Virginia Tech University)
SP – Octavio Rodriguez – Youse’s Orioles (Navarro College)
SP – Jake Enterlin – Baltimore Dodgers (Johns Hopkins University)
SP – Aaron McGarity – Baltimore Redbirds (Virginia Tech University)
RP – Michael Byrne – Herndon Braves (Cornell University)
RP – Nolan Riggs – Baltimore Redbirds (Sam Houston St. University)
Second Team All- League
Catcher – Danny Bermudez – Alexandria Aces (Western Carolina University)
1B – Joe Sergent – Vienna River Dogs (West Virginia University)
2B – Cody Sherlin – Baltimore Redbirds (Armstrong Atlantic State University)
3B – Connor Macalla – Gaithersburg Giants (University of Texas)
SS – JD Long – Alexandria Aces (Western Carolina University)
OF – Cody Brown – Bethesda Big Train (Mississippi State University)
OF – Brady Acker – Gaithersburg Giants (George Mason University)
OF – Brad Elwood – Alexandria Aces (University of North Carolina Charolotte)
DH – Devin Mahoney – Rockville Express (San Mateo University)
UTL – Jake Taylor – Siver Spring / Takoma Thunderbolts (Flagler College)
P – Anton Constantino – Rockville Express (Slippery Rock University)
P – Kit Scheetz – Bethesda Big Train (Virginia Tech University)
P – Andrew Witczak – Alexandria Aces (Campbell University)
P – Brandon Estrain – Gaithersburg Giabts (University of North Carolina Pembroke)
P – Josh Thorne – Bethesda Big Train (Stetson University)
P – James Lengal – DC Grays (Brigham Young University)
P – Juan Cortina – Rockville Express (Sam Houston St University)
Honorable Mention All-League Position Players
Kevin Tatum (Cornell University) – Gavin Sheets (Wake Forest University) – Tony Dileo (Eastern Michigan University) – Wes Rea (Mississippi State University) – Trae Sweeting (Georgia State University) – Andrew Clow (Mount St. Mary’s University) – Brandon Grove (Catonsville CC) – Brady Policelli (Towson University) – Ky Parrott (James Madison University) – Taylor Boyd (St. Josephs University) – Brandon Benson (Georgia College & State University) – Anthony Firenzi (Niagra College) – Romero Cortina ( Sam Houston State University) – Dominic Zaher (Fisher College) – Jason Baytop Jr. (St. Augistine College) – Quincy Nieporte (Florida State University) – Ty Kobylinski (Wake Forest University) – Logan Bible (Virginia Tech University) – KJ Hockaday Tennessee Wesleyan University) – Matt Davis (Virginia Commonwealth University) – Justin Morales (Monroe College) – Charles Dailey (Delaware State University) – Phil Pupillo (Viterbo College)
Honorable Mention All-League Pitchers
Colin Freidman (Johns Hopkins University) – Brandon Casas (University of Maryland) – Morgan Cooper (University of Texas) – Denis Mikush (University of Maryland Baltimore) – Joe Vanderplas (University of Maryland Baltimore) – Brandon Holsworth (Gallaudet University) – Connor Tagg (Case Western Reserve University) – Mike Bittel (Seton Hill University) – Joey Gaouette (College of William & Mary) – Matt Moser (Tufts University) – Ty Culbreth (University of Texas) – Taylor Stiles (University of Maryland) – Jake Valdez (St. Mary’s College) – Sean Labsan (Florida Atlantic University) – Bo Logan (Florida Atlantic University) – Brady Bramlett (Mississippi University) – Nick Grant ( Delaware Tech & CC) – Tyler Tobin (George Mason University) – Zac Wittmus (Georgia Southwestern St. University)
Aces face elimination in Rockville
LCS Game 3: #5 Alexandria Aces (23-17) vs. #3 Rockville Express (24-16)
7 p.m., Knights Field at Montgomery College-Rockville, Rockville, MD
Probable starters: Andrew Witczak (3-1, 0.84) vs. Daniel Gurganus (2-1, 3.56)
The Aces face elimination for the second time in the the playoffs tonight against the Rockville Express in the losers bracket of the double elimination tournament. The Aces squandered a late lead with several errors in losing to the top seeded Bethesda Big Train, 5-3, Tuesday to lose their first game of the tournament. The Express were trounced by the Baltimore Redbirds, 11-2, in the other game yesterday.
Rockville caught and passed the Aces on the final day of the regular season, finishing 24-16 and earning the third seed in the playoffs. They defeated the Youse’s Orioles, 6-5, in 10 innings Monday in the single elimination game. The Aces are the five seed after going 23-17 in the regular season and they defeated the Gaithersburg Giants, 5-3, Monday night.
The loser of tonight’s game is eliminated from the playoffs while the winner survives for another day and will face the loser of the matchup between the Baltimore Redbirds and Bethesda Big Train for a trip to the championship game.
For live, in-game updates, be sure to follow the Aces on twitter @Alexandria_Aces. Check back here on Alexandriaaces.org for post-game coverage.
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 Alexandriaaces.org for post-game coverage.
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.