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All League Team Announced

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.

First Team:

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.

Second Team:

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.

Honorable Mention:

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)

Playoff Primer Game 3: Aces vs. Express

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.

Coverage

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.

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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.

Coverage

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.

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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.

Coverage

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.

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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.

Coverage

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 Alexandriaaces.org 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.

Coverage

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.

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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.

Coverage

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 Alexandriaaces.org for post-game coverage.

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