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Aces Announce 2015 Schedule

The Alexandria Aces are pleased to announce that The Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League has released the 2015 schedule. This year’s schedule is packed with excitement and the new division format is sure to bring additional importance to match-ups.

Regular Season:

The Aces open their 40 game regular season schedule on the road against Southern Dvision foe, FCA Herndon Braves, at Herndon High School. The game is slated for June 2nd at 7PM. After another road game the following evening, the Aces return to the friendly confines of Frank Mann Field for their Home Opener on June 4th. The home opener is a rematch of last year’s wild card game in which the Aces beat Gaithersburg 5-3. The June 4th home game marks the first of 20 schedule regular season home games and the beginning of a three game home stand for the Aces.

Overall, the Aces play 12 home games in June and 8 home games in July. The regular season ends on the road on July 24th against the arch rival Bethesda Big Train at Shirley Povich Field.

For the first time in history, the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League has moved to a two division format. This forces the Aces to play an unbalanced schedule. Southern Division rivals, the DC Grays and the Vienna Riverdogs will visit Frank Mann Field three times during the season, while the Aces travel to the Grays’ National Academy and the Riverdog’s Warhawk Field at James Madison High School, for two away games. The five games against the remaining two Southern Division ball clubs, the Herndon Braves and the Bethesda Big Train, will be split with two home games at Frank Mann Field and three road games at McCullock Field and Povich Field, respectively. Against the five Northern Division franchises, the Aces will play four games, two home and two on the road.

Highlights for the 2015 regular season include June 18th and July 9th home games against last year’s regular season champion Bethesda Big Train. The 2015 Tournament Champion, Baltimore (Towson, MD) Redbirds make their visits to Frank Mann Field on June 10th and July 1st. The Aces are scheduled for two Monday, three Wednesday, five Thursday, four Friday, three Saturday and three Sunday home games. Tuesdays are set aside for makeup games in the event of inclement weather. In addition, the Cal Ripken League is not slated to play on June 25th, July 4th and 5th during the Independence Day weekend, and July 13th and 14th prior to the Cal Ripken League All Star game on Wednesday July 15th.

Playoffs:

The playoffs are scheduled to begin on Sunday July 26th, with 6 teams qualifying. After single elimination games between the 3rd and 6th seeds, and the 4th and 5th seeds, the playoffs will continue with best of three semifinal and championship series, culminating no later than Sunday August 2nd. The goal of the Alexandria Aces is to be playing baseball in August 2015!

An important note for 2015 as it is new this year: all Alexandria Aces home games will be played at 7PM. In the event of a home makeup game or doubleheader due to previous postponements, the updated game time will be posted on the Aces website and across the various Aces social media outlets.

Hope to see you at Frank Mann Field for the Home Opener on June 4th! Go Aces! Be sure to check out the full schedule here: http://www.alexandriaaces.org/schedule/

Local Rememberance for Aces GM Dennis Feeney Announced

Memorial Services for Aces former General Manager, Dennis Feeney, will be held in Washington D.C., on Thursday, February 5 at 12:00 P.M. at St. Peters Catholic Church, 313 2nd Street Southeast, Washington, DC 20003.

A reception will immediately follow at the American Legion, 224 D Street Southeast, Washington, DC 20003.

All are welcome to attend in remembering Dennis.

Aces Announce Coaching Staff

The Alexandria Aces are pleased to announce the 2015 coaching staff led by Manager David DeSilva. Newcomers Chris Metz, Anthony Naso and Tim Hadley round out the staff as the Assistant Coach, Pitching Coach and Bench Coach.

David DeSilva returns for a fourth season with the Alexandria Aces and his third as the Manager. With a regular season record of 50-34, DeSilva has led the Aces to the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League playoffs in his first two seasons, winning the Aces’ opening playoff game before heartbreaking losses in the modified double elimination playoff format. His 2013 squad finished the regular season with the second best record in the league at 27-17 en route to its first playoff game victory. Last season, the Aces finished tied for fourth in the league with a 23-17 record. After only two seasons as Manager, DeSilva holds the all-time wins record as well as highest winning percentage in Aces organizational history.

Chris Metz brings over 10 years of coaching experience at the high school level as he assumes Assistant Coach responsibilities. Currently the Head Coach at TC Williams High School in Alexandria, Chris played collegiately at both the University of Averett (Danville, VA) and the University of Findlay (Findlay, OH). When asked about Metz, DeSilva said “when I first met Chris, there was no doubt he was the right guy for the job. His passion for the game of baseball is unmatched and everything about the Aces excited him. In addition, he is a local guy that can provide a long term, stable solution for my staff.”

Anthony Naso, a recent graduate of Slippery Rock University, joins the on field staff as Pitching Coach. The current director of baseball operations at Canisius College (Buffalo NY), he joins a Golden Griffins program that holds back to back 40 win seasons, and a berth in the 2013 NCAA Baseball Tournament. He also pitched in three summer college baseball leagues from 2011 through 2013. DeSilva commented on Naso saying “He is a young energetic guy. I am really looking forward to having Anthony lead our pitching staff. His experience, knowledge and ability to relate to these guys will be a tremendous asset this summer.”

Tim Hadley joins the Aces as the Bench Coach. Tim was recently the assistant coach for Dig In Baseball of the Maryland Collegiate Baseball League. Tim began umpiring high school and semi-pro baseball in college as well as coaching as a Varsity Assistant and JV Head Coach at his alma mater, the Heights School, in Potomac, MD. DeSilva stated, “I am excited for Hadley to join the coaching staff this summer. His excitement for baseball and great attitude will be a great benefit to the Aces!”

For additional information on these three coaches, click the following link: http://www.alexandriaaces.org/coaching-staff/.

The Aces Remember General Manager, Dennis Fenney

Dennis Feeney , David DeSilva, Don Dinan

Long-time Alexandria Aces General Manager, Dennis P. Feeney, 59, a resident of Oswego, NY and formerly of Washington D.C., passed away after a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer on Wednesday January 7, 2015, at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, surrounded by his family.

For Denny, baseball was life. He loved the game and the game loved him. Denny joined the Aces during the 2009 season and he quickly became a fan favorite at Frank Mann Field. At Aces home games, he could always be heard urging fans to support the club and win some money by participating in the ’50-50′ raffle tickets. He would often joke with fans telling them that they can’t let the other team buy the winning raffle ticket.

His love for the game of baseball led him to fulfill the role of general manager for the Aces in 2011.  While assisting Aces owner, Don Dinan, with both on-and-off-the field operations, one of Denny’s favorites responsibilities was managing two weeks of youth summer baseball camps. At these camps, he encouraged all the kids to have a great attitude in life and to ‘keep swinging for the fences’. Denny always worked to make sure that children had great experiences at the ballpark.  His own positive attitude and humor inspired us all.

Denny would always participate in the superstitious activities that Head Coach David DeSilva and former broadcaster Lukas Favale believed in. Whether it was eating at Chipotle for lunch every day, getting smoothies, slurpees or milkshakes, Denny was always involved.

The Alexandria Aces will greatly miss Denny and thank him for all that he did for the organization. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.

Denny’s family has asked in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Purple Hope Foundation, Three Lakeview Drive, Wilton N.Y. 12831.

 

Aces Seek 2015 Host Families

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.

If you are interested in becoming a host family in 2015, please email John Kelly or Amy Goodrich.

 

The Cal Ripken Collegiate League announces new format

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.

2012-2014 Aces Broadcaster, Lukas Favale, Hired by Mississippi RiverKings

Lukas FavaleLukas 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.

Aces Hall of Fame Dinner Postponed

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.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook  and Twitter for more information.

Aces Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

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.

Aces Announce First Annual Hall of Fame Dinner

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.

 

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