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CRCBL Championship Series Game One Preview

The Aces travel to Bethesda tonight for Game One of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League’s Championship Series. They face off against the first place Bethesda Big Train, which won the CRCBL division with a 27-8 record. The Aces placed second with a 20-15 record. Both teams swept their first round opponents to advance to the championship round.

Left hander Nate Young of George Mason will start for the Aces. Young was 1-0 in 12 games pitched during the 2021 summer season with 20 strikeouts and a 2.93 ERA.

Mark Kattula leads the team in hits during the playoffs with five. Four players are tied with three hits. Kattula also is the team leader in RBI with three. Justin Cassella has two home runs in the playoffs.

The League Championship Series schedule is as follows:
  • Game 1: 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 29 at Shirley Povich Field.
  • Game 2: 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 30 at Frank Mann Field
  • Game 3 (if necessary): 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 31 at Shirley Povich Field.

Aces Advance to Championship Round, Defeat TBolts 10-0

The Aces won Game Two of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Semi Finals by beating the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts 10-0 in Silver Spring. Left hander Colton Book pitched five scoreless innings while giving up three hits and striking out four. He picks up the win (1-0).

The Aces blasted 15 hits. Garrett Farquhar had three hits, scored three runs, picked up two stolen bases and drove in a run. First baseman Mark Kattula knocked out three hits, driving in two runs and bringing his team leading RBI total to three in the playoffs. Justin Cassella has hit home runs in both playoff games and designated hitter Scotty Morgan hit a bomb in the top of the ninth to put the icing on the cake for the Aces.

Relievers John Armstrong and Blake Burkhalter each pitched two innings in relief and only allowed one hit each. Burkhalter struck out the side in both of his innings.

The Aces advance to the CRCBL Championship Series and will face the Bethesda Big Train. The series starts Thursday evening at Shirley Povich Field and will continue at Frank Mann Field on Friday evening. Game Three, if necessary, will be played on Saturday.

Alexandria Aces


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2021 Playoffs Game Two Preview

The Aces travel to Silver Spring today to play the Silver Spring-Takoma T-Bolts in Game Two of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League 2021 playoffs semifinals. Game time is 7pm. If the Aces win tonight, they will advance to the CRCBL Finals. If the T-Bolts prevail, Game Three will be played at Frank Mann Field in Alexandria on Wednesday evening at 6:30pm.

Left hander Connor Campbell will start for the Aces. Campbell is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA and five strikeouts. First baseman Mark Kattula comes into this game batting .429 over the last seven days and outfielder Justin Cassella leads the team with four walks over the past week.

The T-Bolts will start Joe Sarich in Game Two. Sarich has pitched in nine games with a 1-0 record and a 3.96 ERA. Infielder Stephen Rice finished the regular season with a team-leading .377 batting average and had two hits in Game One.

2021 Playoffs Game One Recap

The Aces win Game One of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League 4-1 over the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts at Frank Mann Field in Alexandria Sunday night. Derek Sivec pitched into the seventh inning and gave up no runs on five hits with five strikeouts in a stellar playoff performance. He picks up the win. John Armstrong entered the game in the seventh inning with the bases loaded and only allowed one inherited runner to score. He struck out four batters in his two innings pitched. Blake Burkhalter pitched a perfect ninth inning to close the door.

Bobby Zmarzlak carried his strong regular season play into the postseason, reaching base three times with two hits and two runs scored. Infielders Mark Kattula and Connor Offshack also added two hits and each drove in a run. Justin Cassella launched a bomb over the fence in the bottom of the fifth inning to add on to the Aces’ lead.

The series now moves to Silver Spring where the Aces will go for the series win at 7pm at Blair Stadium on Monday evening, July 26.

T Bolts 1 8 1
Aces 4 8 1
Derek Sivec picks up the win over the TBolts.

2021 Playoffs Game One Preview

The Aces start the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League playoffs tonight, Sunday, July 25 at 6:30pm at Frank Mann Field. The Aces will host the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts. This is the first game in a three game semi-final series. The winner of this series will face the winner of the Big Train/Grays series for the league championship. The Aces start the playoffs as the number two seed, finishing the regular season with a 20-15 record.

Derek Sivec will take the mound for the Aces. Sivec has started seven games for the Aces and has gone 2-1 in those seven starts with a 3.48 ERA. Sivec is fifth in the CRCBL in ERA. Outfielder Bobby Zmarzlak enters the playoffs blazing hot, ending the regular season with a .375 batting average and leading the team in home runs with five. Infielder Garrett Farquhar leads the team in RBI with 30.

The Thunderbolts will start righthander Tommy Dunleavy, who finished the season with 23 strikeouts. The Thunderbolts enter the playoffs with a 16-20 regular season record. The Thunderbolts beat the South County Braves in a one game play-in game to have the right to face the Aces.




Aces Finish Season Strong, Charge Into Playoffs

Your Alexandria Aces finished the 2021 regular season with a 20-15 record, good for second place in this year’s Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League standings. The Aces head to the playoffs with a game Sunday evening, July 25 at 6:30pm at Frank Mann Field. We’ll see you there!


Aces take on the Train in makeup game

Aces travel to Bethesda for last game before All-Star Break

The Aces have hit a bit of a cold spell over the last ten games, winning just three of them, but will travel to take on the first-place Big Train on Tuesday.

With the exception of the last meeting, a 10-0 Bethesda win on July 3rd, the Aces have played the Train pretty closely so far this season.

The Big Train have the league’s best record at 22-6 and have won nine of ten games, including five in a row.

The Aces offense has been silenced the last couple of games, mustering only five hits in their last 16 innings.

Stephen Hill (Morehead State) has been a sparkplug at times for the Aces this year and the club will need more of that to break out of this funk. Hill almost provided that on Sunday when he lined out on a hard-hit ball to third to end the game.

Bethesda is led by Kobe Kato (Arizona) and Jacob Southern (Jacksonville). Kato leads the league with a .463 average and Southern just passed Scotty Morgan (George Mason) for the league lead with his seventh home run.

The probable pitching matchup is Andre Orselli (Ball State) for the Aces and Michael Bechtold (James Madison) for Bethesda.

Orselli last pitched on Sunday against the Braves and threw one scoreless inning in relief. He has made seven appearances with two starts this year and has a 3.68 ERA.

Bechtold made his last start in the 10-0 Big Train win against the Aces last week. He got the win and gave up three hits in four innings. Bechtold is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA this season.

The game will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Shirley Povich Field and can be heard on

Aces head to Bethesda in start of Home & Away

The Alexandria Aces finish off their Maryland road trip in Bethesda at Shirly Povich Field against the league’s frontrunning Big Train. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.
The Aces are coming off a 17-8 shellacking of Gaithersburg en rout to a 9-14 record. Alexandria trails the 18-6 Big Train by 8.5 games.
Seth Marano (Lansing CC) with start for the Aces looking to improve his 1-1 record. The lefty tossed five innings against the Big Train June 16 in a 5-10 loss. He allowed just four earned runs in the outing.
Anthony Piccolino is slated to oppose. The Aces got a look at left-handed junior back on June 23 in a 13-5 loss. Piccolino faced just two batters in the outing.
Bethesda is coming off gutty a 15-11 comeback win over the second place Bolts and will be looking to continue their dominance over the league as they’re the three-time defending champions.