Category: Game Recaps

Aces Drop Game 14 vs Redbirds

After mother nature cancelled baseball games on Friday and Saturday, the Aces returned to Frank Mann Field hoping to extend their winning streak to three games. Unfortunately they could not muster up enough hits and runs to defeat the Baltimore Red Birds tonight by a final score of 7-2.

Starting pitcher Nicholas Sadd (Bucknell) struggled to get through the two innings he pitched, allowing five of the seven runs that the Aces allowed tonight.  

The Red Birds were able to get on the board early and often. Leadoff hitter Anthony Servideo (Ole Miss) ledoff with a single, stole second base, moved to third on a putout to first base, and stole home on a pass ball. Then, a bases loaded walk to Servideo scored the second run, followed by sac-fly by his college teammate Carl Gindl, and a two-run RBI single by Justin Vought (Maryland) all occurred in the second inning. By the time the Aces went through their entire batting order, they were down 5-0. 

The Aces would score a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth innings, a Justin Kelly (Wayne State) sac fly followed by an RBI on a fielder’s choice by Eric Lansinger in the sixth, but the pitching by the Red Birds was spectacular. The Red Birds pitching staff gave up zero earned runs, as starting pitcher William Flemming (Wake Forest) and Collin Donnelly (Quinnipiac) had a combined nine strikeouts and only three walks.  

“We didn’t find the strike zone tonight and you can’t give a good team that many free-bees,” said Aces Head Coach Chris Berset. “They (Red Birds) took advantage of it from the get go.”

The Aces pitching staff gave up a total of 10 walks, which is something that Berset has mentioned as a result to some of the losses the Aces have suffered this season. 

“We have to fill the (strike) zone up,” said Berset as to how the Aces can get back on track tomorrow against the Gaithersburg Giants. “Those walks hurt in so many aspects of the game, whether it’s base runners or putting (our defense) on our heels. We need to increase the tempo tomorrow (as well) and go right at them (Gaithersburg)”. 

The Aces look to gain some ground in the Cal Ripken Collegiate League South Division against the FCA Herndon Braves and the Bethesda Big Train as they head into tomorrow’s game against the Gaithersburg Giants. 

Aces Get The W vs Bethesda Big Train

The Aces got their biggest win of the season Thursday night over the league leading Bethesda Big Train winning by a landslide 10-2.  The Aces fresh off of beating the second best record in the league last night the Herndon Braves, came through big time and beat the 11-1 (now 11-2) Big Train that showed domination in all of aspects of the game of baseball as they out pitched, out fielded, and out slugged a team that many have predicted to take the league championship for a third straight year this time.  Chris Berset noted after the game on how impressed he was with the “aggressiveness” provided by his team tonight.

The beat down of Bethesda started with the pitcher for the Aces Jacob Grzbinski of Georgetown University who pitched outstanding against the best offense in the league.  Grzbinski, the tall lefty put together 6 innings of work with 4 strikeouts, but most importantly held the Big Train lineup who have scored upwards of 15 runs multiple times this year to just one run.  Georgetown is gonna be thanking their lucky stars next year as they are not only going to have Grzbinski as a starter, but fellow talented Ace Carter Bosch who is an incoming freshman for the Hoyas next year.

The lineup was most likely the best we’ve seen all year.  Ethan Cady (East Tennessee State) was on top of his game as he reached base 4 times in 5 plate appearances and thanks to Kris Kremer’s (Penn State) absolute no doubter 3 run home run in the bottom of the fifth, things really went the Aces way.  Solid performances from other Aces standouts included Reid Powers who called an incredible game from the catching position (South Alabama), Tristan Jorah who had a massive RBI double in the top of the fourth (Wayne State), and Isiah Thomas’ (Vanderbilt commit) who had two base hits as well as two stolen bases, it’s clear that the lineup was as impressive as we’ve seen it all season long.  

After 6 innings of work from Grzbinski, the bullpen took over as Matt Moore (Purdue) pitched 1 and 2/3rds and looked impressive getting four of his 5 outs by strikeout.  The Boilermaker has really carved out a spot in the bullpen for the Aces and it appears Coach Chris Berset has no plan to stop using the lefty anytime soon.  The last four outs came from right hander John Cerratani (Sacred Heart) who completely shut the door on the talented lineup from the Big Train.  Cerratani a right hander, looked as good as we’ve seen him for the final four outs as the Aces moved into a tie for second place in the league with the Baltimore Redbirds and the FCA Herndon Braves.

The Aces will look to keep the magic alive tomorrow on the road as they take on the Rockville Express at 7:00 PM.  If not able to attend, please listen live to the Aces broadcast at www.mixlr.com/alexandriaaces as well as following us on twitter for live updates @alexandriaces.

 

Aces win Game 12 against the FCA Braves

After another quality start by Carter Bosch (Georgetown) against the FCA Herndon Braves, in which he pitched six innings of scoreless baseball and adding seven strikeouts, the Aces defeated the Braves 2-1 in seven innings due to mother nature. The win improves their record to 7-5. 

The Aces came out swinging the bats early in the first inning. Isiah Thomas (Vanderbilt), coming off his 5-5 game against the Gaithersburg Giants, led things off with a double to deep left-center field. After Thomas stole third base and Justin Kelly (Wayne State) walked, clean-up hitter Ethan Cady roped an RBI double over the head of first baseman Rob Weissheiser to score Thomas.

That was all the run support Carter Bosch needed. He was hitting his spots as he has in his previous two starts. He hit the corners with his fastball, throwing the heat when needed in the low 90’s. He also had his change up and his slider working too, throwing his breaking pitches on the corners to fool the opposing Braves batters as well.  

Reid Powers (South Alabama) hit a sac fly to score Kris Kramer (Penn State), who roped a single to centerfield and would steal second and third base with ease, to increase the Aces lead to 2-0. That would be the difference maker later in the game.

Powers called a great game behind the plate, allowing Bosch to work his pitches effectively. When Keegan Fogue entered the seventh inning with mother nature effecting the game, he managed to allow only an RBI double to Vinny Costello. With the rain effecting the Aces in the field, Fogue was able to put the ball in play and allow his defense, particularly the infield, to make outs when needed to limit the damage of the Braves.

As the rain poured down at Frank Mann Field, the umpires called the game and the Cal Ripken Summer Collegiate League ruled the result of the game final with the Aces clinging on to the 2-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh. 

The win puts the Aces (7-5) one game behind the Braves (8-4)  for third place in the Cal Ripken South Division standings. This win gives the Aces confidence as they play the Bethesda Big Train tomorrow.

Aces Drop Game 11

The Aces dropped last nights game to the DC Grays 10-5 in which was a tough road performance for a team that had played 3 games in the last two days.  The Aces got off to a rough start in the game allowing 8 of the 10 runs to be scored in the first few innings.  Wyatt Rush the starter went 2 and 2/3rds innings of work, but did strike out 5 batters in which was an uncharacteristically tough outing from the star pitcher from Lansing Community College.  

The DC Grays had a big time performance from Mitch Mcintyre the BYU leftfielder who went 3 for 5 at the plate which resulted in most notably one of the base hits being an absolute towering homerun shot.  McIntyre himself wasn’t done just at the plate though, as he went out into the field and made one of the more impressive defensive plays we have seen all year in Cal Ripken Collegiate play as he made a full extension diving catch in the bottom of the 4th inning that ended an Aces rally that could have sparked a comeback of sorts for Alexandria.

The Aces did show some fight in the later innings down 8-0 as they fought to make it a closer game than expected, putting 2 on the board in the bottom of the 5th and 7th innings respectively.  Luke Balanger (Radford) the utility infielder for the Aces was extremely productive as he was able to once again raise his game for the Aces as he had two base hits and a couple RBI’s, a day removed from his walk off sacrifice fly against the Loudon Riverdogs.  The experience and production Balanger is providing to the Aces has been nothing short of impressive as he has really impressed coach Chris Berset in his third straight start after not playing a lot in the first 6 games of the year.

With the day off on Wednesday, it’s a safe bet that The Aces will bounce back as they possibly had their eyes on the teams they are playing later this week.  Alexandria will host the likes of the Herndon Braves and the league leading Bethesda Big Train at home on Wednesday and Thursday respectively who are both at the top of the league standings in Cal Ripken Collegiate play.  Expect the Aces to turn to young incoming freshman and local standout Carter Bosch as he pitched extremely well against a loaded Baltimore Redbirds team last week.

Both of these games have start times of 6:30 on Wednesday and Thursday evening so get to the ballpark a little early and enjoy some good refreshments for a beautiful summer night game!  If not able to make it, please check out Aces radio to listen live at Mixlr.com/alexandriaaces or the live twitter feed with @Alexandriaaces and shoot us a follow.  

-Will Decker

Aces Stay Red Hot With Win Over The Riverdogs

The Alexandria Aces stay red hot as they are able to pull off a come from behind victory against the Loudon Riverdogs tonight winning in 12 innings by a final score of 5-4.  The Aces were able to extend the game into extras by a clutch solo Home Run by the first baseman Justin Kelly who took a first pitch breaking ball over the left center field wall.  From there the Aces and Riverdogs battled for three more innings and it came down to a leadoff walk from the DH Tristan Jorah.  After Jorah’s walk, left fielder Connor Bacon took one on the shoulder and put the eventual game winning run Jorah on second in scoring position.  Thanks to a much needed sacrifice bunt by Joe “Joey Hustle” Pace, it advanced the runners to third and second respectively.  After that, the stage was set for starting Third baseman Luke Balanger as he was able to hit a game winning sac fly to right field bringing home Jorah and winning the game.

The Aces starter Cole Lalonde looked special at times, specifically in the first 3 innings of work as he went 5 and 2/3rds allowing three runs and striking out 5.   The bullpen did an extremely impressive job for the Aces as Keegan Foge and Austin “Goose” Gossmann put 6 and 1/3rd innings of work and only allowing one run.  Goose has been nothing short of spectacular out of the pen for the Aces as he struck out 5 in 2 innings of shut out ball, giving himself the win.  Goose known for being the closer for this team, has a tough pitchers mentality on the mound and has a sensational fastball/breaking ball combination.

The Aces lineup was lead by Kris Kramer and Ethan Cady as Kremer had his 3rd 3 plus hit game in the last 4 games total.  Kremer also was able to get two extra base hits on his first three hits as they went for a double and triple respectively.  Cady got things started early for the Aces with a 2 run homerun of his own to right field bringing home Justin Kelly in the bottom of the first.  Cady and Kremer have clearly been two of the catalysts for this team and it doesn’t look to be stopping anytime soon.

The Aces have won 5 of their last 6 games and now have a record of 6-4.  Chris Berset when asked on the teams success was excited post game, but shrugged it off and said the team is just taking each win game by game.  The Aces will play The DC Grays tomorrow on the road at 7:00 PM at their place.

Get all Aces updates on twitter @AlexandriaAces and listen live to the game on mixlr.com/alexandriaaces.

 

Aces Split Doubleheader against the Giants

On a beautiful day for baseball, the Alexandria Aces split the doubleheader against the Gaithersburg Giants. But there was a golden opportunity for the Aces to steal two wins on the road.

In the first game, the Aces bats continued the offensive firepower they showed Friday night against the Silver Spring Thunderbolts. They jumped out to a 7-1 lead after five and a half innings. Alec Roberts (UNC-Charlotte) started things off in the fourth with a two-run RBI double to score Ethan Cady (East Tennessee State) and Kris Kremer (Penn State), followed by Chris Alleyne (Maryland) scoring Reid Powers (South Alabama) on a sac-fly. Alec Roberts was then credited with an RBI with a bases loaded walk in the fifth inning, and the runs continued in the sixth. Tristen Jorah (Wanye State) hit an RBI single; Justin Kelly (Wayne State) follows with an RBI single to bring home his college teammate, and Powers hits a sac-fly to score Kelly.

Only allowing one run up to this point, the Aces starting pitcher Nicholas Sadd (Bucknell) was pitching well up to this point. While he may have had only two strikeouts, he was able to make his pitches, put the ball in play and have his defense back him up with ground-ball and fly outs. He ran into some trouble in the bottom of the sixth starting with a bases loaded walk to Andreas Machado of the Giants. That was followed by a Giovani DiGiacamo two-run RBI single to cut the Aces lead to three. Sadd was then pulled in relief for Richard Hovde, and the Giants were able to gain more momentum. Inspired by their head coach being thrown out of the game, Nick Yovetich hit a grand slam to give the Giants their first lead of the game since leading 1-0 in the third inning, and would be the difference make in game one.

“We now know that no lead is safe in this League,” said Head Coach Chris Berset. “All the teams in this league are good. It will be a good learning experience for the team.”

As Berset was looking for his team to re-group, he decided to use a different deck of cards to win the second match of the afternoon.

While it was a rocky start for Aces pitcher Robert Corallo (Hillsboro CC) his defense was able to back him up when he needed it the most; in his three innings of work he had the bases loaded with at least one out in each inning. Not only did his defense back up Corallo but the Aces continued to put up more runs on the scoreboard, continuing their offensive power that has been displayed in the past two games.

Getting his first start in centerfield, leadoff hitter and Vanderbilt commit Isaiah Thomas was the spark plug the Aces needed. He finished the game five for five with five hits, two RBI’s, two runs scored, and hit a solo home run that went 380+ feet. His debut increased his batting average to .833; not bad for a kid who just graduated high school.

Thomas’ performance was just as good as Kris Kramer’s performance in the second game. While making spectacular plays in the field with his glove and lateral movement, his bat came through when the Aces needed it the most. With the Aces clinging to a 1-0 lead in the third inning, the Penn State second baseman crushed a pitch to deep left-centerfield for a two run homer to extend the Aces lead to 3-0. The man wearing number four finished with four RBI’s for the Aces, as he and Thomas contributed to six of the nine runs scored against the Giants in the second game. The Giants were not able to have the same offensive performance as they did in the first game, as the Aces win 9-3.

Aces Take Game 6

The Aces were able to pull out a much needed victory over the Baltimore Redbirds after a three day delay due to rainouts and scheduled off days.  The Aces were anchored by starting pitcher Carter Bosch a Georgetown commit and local Alexandria resident who looked electric posting 8 strikeouts in 6 and 2/3rd innings.  The Redbirds, a team with players from the top divisions in all of college baseball were fooled by Bosch’s pitch selection and pin point accuracy on his breaking ball/fastabll combos.  It is all the more impressive when you consider he hasn’t even set foot on a college campus yet and just recently graduated high school from the area.  

Aces really got their offense started in the top of the 5th with an epic two out rally which brought home 3 runs through three straight RBI Doubles.  Starting with a Joe Pace (University of Michigan) single, which lead to Chirs Alleyne, Tristan Jorah (Wayne State), and Justin Kelly (Wayne State) who doubled to really make a huge impact giving not only the Aces, but Bosch the run support he needed.

Chris Alleyne (University of Maryland) continues to be outstanding at the top of the order as he has been on fire the last 3 games.  Alleyne sparked the team with two extra base hits as he not only had his RBI double in the fifth, but delivered an RBI triple in the top of the 8th to allow the Aces to build a comfortable 4-1 lead against a talented Redbirds team.  Alleyne, who wasn’t a starter on day one and replaced an injured Ryan Tassone has been sensational and it appears Chris Berset has every reason to keep Alleyne his hottest hitter at the top of the order.

In the ninth trotted out South Alabama reliever Austin Gossman who is widely  reffered to by friends and teammates as “Goose”.  Goose shut down a tough part of the order for the Redbirds, even recording a couple strikeouts to completely shut down Baltimore.  Goose collected his second save of the season as the redbirds move to a record of 3-3 on the season, their first time they have been at the .500 mark.  The Aces will take on the Silver Springs Thunderbolts tomorrow night at Frank Mann Field @ 6:30 or check us out on mixlr.com/alexandriaaces or follow us on twitter @AlexandriaAces

Aces fall to Big Train

Aces fall to Big Train 10-3- By David Jarman

Despite cutting the defecit to three runs in the eighth inning, a multitude of walks and unfortunate errors led to an Aces 10-3 loss to the Bethesda Big Train.  

 

Aces starting pitcher Nicholas Sadd pitched sound baseball through three innings only giving up three runs at that point, one of them unearned. For not pitching for many weeks since his season at Bucknell University, head coach Chris Berset was pleased with Sadd’s effort.  

 

“He did well,” said Berset, “it was the first time for him getting in there. I think I threw him into the fire a little bit, but I figured he could manage. He didn’t have his ‘A-Plus’ stuff, but he kept us in the ball game”.

 

One of the reasons why the Big Train, who averaged 16 runs per game entering tonight’s contest, won was because the Aces Pitching Staff gave them one too many opportunities to score. 17 walks were issued by the Aces and that gave the Big Train scoring opportunities early in the game. This was one of the reasons why Bethesda had a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the third.  

 

“I don’t care if you’re the best offensive team or the worst offensive team,” said Aces Head Coach Chris Berset, “if you give up that many walks, it will hurt you. That’s one of the things we can clean up”.  

 

Yet in the bottom of the third with Chris Alleyne on first base with one out, first baseman Ethan Cady hit a single into left field which advanced Alleyne to second base. Alleyne, who has tremendous speed, decided to advance to third base; running aggressively in order to increase his chances to score in the inning. Unfortunately Alleyne was tagged out at third base, which killed the momentum for the Aces as they were trying to get their first run across the board. Yet the skipper for the Aces had no issues with Alleyne’s aggressiveness on the bases.

 

“I want our baserunners to be aggressive” said Berset. “That’s how we play the game. We’ll play aggressively and learn from that (situation).”

 

The Big Train showed why they are the best team in the Cal Ripken Summer League tonight. Starting pitcher Brock Guffey led the way with four scoreless innings and six strikeouts, as the Big Train Pitching staff only gave up one run in the first seven innings of play. They were able to get on base early and had timely hitting with runners in scoring position. Carson Taylor, the freshman from Virginia Tech who leads the league in RBI’s, knocked in the first two runs of the game for the Big Train to establish the 3-0 lead. That was followed by RBI’s from Jacob Westerman, AJ Lee, Tylar Weis, and Cal Ripken Summer League home run leader Justin Wyle to take a 6-1 lead in the eigth inning.

 

With the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the eigth, Ethan Cady hit a line drive to right field to score Chris Alleyne. With the score 6-2, designated hitter Michael Stygles hits a sacrifice fly to score Kris Kremer. Then Cady commits a costly baserunning error for the second out, and Scott Morgan strikes out to end the inning.  

 

With the Big Train leading 6-3 in the top of the 9th inning, Berset made the call for Cady, his first baseman, to pitch and moved Stygles to first base. The move resulted in the Big Train adding four more runs to seal the victory, yet the move didn’t seemed questionable by Berset.

 

“We were kind of thin and we used our pitchers earlier this week,” said Berset. “But (Cady) was a top recruited pitcher in high school and at the junior college level and he has a fastball ranging from 80-90 mph. He really wants to be a pitcher, so I gave him an opportunity.”

 

In the top of the ninth the Aces made two more costly mistakes; one on a misplayed fly ball and another on a ground ball that resulted in the Big Train scoring four runs in the ninth.

 

“If we don’t make those two errors, it’s still a 6-3 ballgame heading into the ninth” added Berset. “We’ll clean it up

Aces win 1st game of 2018 Season!

The Alexandria Aces were able to capture their first win of the season Thursday night against the D.C Grays by a score of 6-2.  The Aces looked like the complete team coach Berset believed they could be in their home opener with the team seemingly clicking on all cylinders looking sharp at the plate, the field, and looked nearly flawless out of the bullpen to shut down the Grays.

The Aces starter and local Georgetown standout Jacob Grzebinski lead the way by throwing five innings of work while striking out 7 and allowing only two earned runs.  His counterpart Issac Olson (Cinncinatti the starting pitcher for the Grays, looked dominant at times striking out 8 of the 12 outs allowing two earned runs, but only went 4 innings.

The Aces were able to break the game open after the Grays pulled Olson to start the 5th with Luke Burton (Davidson).  Things got underway quick when Kris Kremer hit a solo shot off of Burton the first batter he faced. The aces then capitalized even more when Justin Kelly (Wayne State) and Reid Powers (South Alabama) responded with back to back doubles that gave the Aces a 4-2 lead.

From there the bullped took over, most notably when 16 year old phenom Jolon Lun struck out three batters for all three outs in the seventh.  It was the first appearence from the young gun, and marked the youngest player to ever appear in the CRCL.

When the Bottom of the 7th arrived, the Aces put two more on the board lead by Scott Morgan’s (George Mason) RBI triple that slid down the first base line.  Moore also was able to score from third on a pass ball that got behind hitter Tristan Jorah (Wayne State).

From there, Auston Grossman (Alabama State) shut things down finishing the game in relief and retiring the final 6 batters to finish a 6-2 victory for the Aces.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s game against one of the tougher opponents on the Aces schedule, the Bethesda Big Train.  Follow @Alexandria Aces 

Aces Drop Game 2

Aces Fall to Redbirds in Game 2- By David Jarman  

 

With a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning, it seemed to be anyone’s game. After two walks and a costly throwing error by the Aces, Adam Hackenburg of the Red Birds stepped up to the plate with two outs. After hitting a line drive to centerfield in the first inning, he showed his power again by crushing a bases clearing 3-Run RBI double to make the score 4-1. That would be the final after the Aces were shut out in the 9th.  It seemed that errors became the deciding factors in the first two games.  

 

“Errors are going to haunt you,” said Head Coach Chris Berset. “ I told the guys that if you give (the other team) free-bees by way of a walk, overthrow, pass ball or error that they will come back to haunt you. You don’t want to make errors, but those things happen. We have to clean them up and get ready for tomorrow”.

 

Despite the tough loss, there were a few positives for the Aces in tonight’s contest. Setting the tone for tonight’s game was starting pitcher Carter Bosch. The 18-year old Georgetown commit came into tonight’s game with high velocity on his fastball, gaining confidence by gaining strike outs. He pitched five innings of four hit scoreless baseball over five innings of work with four strikeouts. His head coach was pleased with his performance.  

 

“I thought Carter threw the ball very well” said Berset. “He threw the ball hard, kept the (Red Birds) hitters off balance, and elevated his pitches with two strikes. He showed a lot of poise out there for a young kid. I was proud of his tempo as well. He showed that he belonged out there”.

 

The Aces were able to strike first on the scoreboard, similar to game one, Kris Kremer hit a double and eventually scored on a Sac Fly by Returning Ace, Ethan Cady. Unfortunately, that would be the only run they would score on three hits. That was due to the Red Birds pitching staff keeping the Aces at bay; allowing only one run over nine innings. They struk out the Aces eleven times tonight, five of those strikeouts coming in the first three innings from Red Birds’ starter Ryan Okuda; a highly touted prospect from Virginia Tech.

 

“They have a really good pitching staff,” added Berset, “but I thought our boys put together good At Bats and hit the ball hard. Hit hit ball after hard hit ball, we just didn’t get our breaks. We put some good swings on the ball and they made plays. Credit to them”. 

 

Despite the 0-2 start, Berset is confident in his young group of Aces to bounce back. “Yeah you don’t want to start 0-2, but these boys are still learning” says Berset. “I was looking for how the team was going to respond after game one, and they answered the challenge. If we play like we did tonight, we’ll win our fair share of ball games. We believe it and once we get one, we can relax and play loose.”

 

It will sure be a fun atmosphere tomorrow as the Aces play in their home opener at Frank Mann Field in front of their home crowd.  

 

“I know the boys are excited to play in front of the city of Alexandria tomorrow night” added Berset.

 

First pitch is at 6:30 pm. Coverage will be on Aces Radio and on Twitter @Alexandria_Aces.