After splitting a doubleheader against the Big Train, the Aces fell to the Silver Spring Thunderbolts by a score of 11-7.
The Thunderbolts were able to hit around Aces starting pitcher Will Liverpool (West Virginia). In the first two innings, the Thunderbolts put up seven runs on the board. Once again, down a large deficit in the early parts of the game, the Aces had to climb out of a huge hole.
In the bottom of the second, down 7-0, Chris Alleyne (Maryland) smacked a two-run double to centerfield to score Luke Balanger (Radford) and Justin Kelly (Wayne State). Then Kris Kremer lined a shot to right field, scoring Reid Powers (South Alabama). On a close play at the plate, Alleyne was tagged out at home plate to end the Aces rally in the third. While the Aces cut the score to 7-3, it felt that Alleyne’s tag-out at home plate could have been a difference.
The Aces would score two more runs in the bottom of the third to cut the score to 7-5. Justin Kelly hit an RBI fielder’s choice to score his college teammate Tristen Jorah, followed by a Nate Mallot (Ohio) sac fly. With the Aces cutting the T-Bolts lead to two, it felt as if Alexandria gained enough momentum to tie the game in the later innings.
The T-Bolts were able to stop the rally from the Aces and put three more runs on the board to extend their lead to 10-5. The Thunderbolts scored 11 runs on 16 hits, with eight of their nine players earning at least one hit tonight. Nicholas Atkinson (Shepard College) had the most productivity today with four hits in five at bats, scoring three runs.
The Thunderbolts pitching staff was able to keep the Aces’ hitters at bay as well. While the Aces scored seven runs on 13 hits, the Thunderbolts pitching staff also forced 12 strikeouts.
The Aces, with their playoff chances unclear at this point, will try to regroup against the DC Grays tomorrow at Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy at 7pm.