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2013 Season Highlights
Dramatic win puts Aces on brink of clinching playoff berth
ALEXANDRIA, VA – by Lukas Favale – Nick Collins belted an walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth as the Alexandria Aces rallied to beat the Presstman Cardinals 8-7 Friday night at Frank Mann Field. The game was scheduled to be a seven inning game, as the Cal Ripken League has made the switch from nine-inning to seven-inning games for the final weekend of the season. The win, coupled with some help, moves the Aces into second place in the league at 24-16, four games behind the Bethesda Big Train with four to play in the season.
The fireworks started early in this one, with the Cardinals jumping out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first against starter Mitchell Aker (William and Mary). Two straight singles, a fielder’s choice and a wild pitch put runners at second and third with two outs for the Cardinals. LeVonte Allen brought them both in by grounding one through the legs of third baseman Dylan Swetman (LeMoyne) for a pair of unearned runs. Read more
Snap two-game skid with 15-4 drubbing
ALEXANDRIA, VA – by Lukas Favale – Christian Choman hit a three-run home run in the first and Brian O’Neill pitched eight strong innings as the Alexandria Aces smoked the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts 15-4 Thursday night at Frank Mann Field. The win moved the Aces to 23-16 on the season, holding steady in third place in the Cal Ripken League standings with just five games left in the season. It also ensured a winning record for the first time in franchise history.
After the T-Bolts grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first against Brian O’Neill (Washington and Jefferson), the Aces responded with a four spot in the bottom half of the inning. Dylan Riner (Austin Peay State) led off with a single down the right field line. After a hit-by-pitch and a walk loaded the bases with one out, Nick Kranick (Flagler) hit a sacrifice fly to knot the game at one. Christian Choman (Iona) then followed that up with a three-run home run to left center field to put the Aces ahead 4-1. It was his first home run of the season, and just the fourth for the Aces as a team. Read more
Three unearned runs cost Aces in 5-2 defeat
ALEXANDRIA, VA – by Lukas Favale – The Aces scored just two first inning runs and committed three defensive errors en route to a 5-2 loss to the Vienna River Dogs Wednesday night at Frank Mann Field. It was the third game in two nights between the two teams, after they split a doubleheader on Tuesday. The Aces drop to 22-16 on the season, still tied for third place in the Cal Ripken League with less than a week left in the regular season. The top six teams make the playoffs.
The Aces jumped out to a quick lead in the first. Dylan Riner (Austin Peay State) cracked a double into left center field to start off the inning. Brandon Burris (Appalachian State) then laid down a sacrifice bunt, but the pitcher Mitchell MacKeith threw the ball away, allowing Riner to score and Burris to move all the way to third. He would score on a Nick Collins (Georgetown) groundout for an early 2-0 lead after an inning. Read more
RBIs in five of seven games leads to honor
ALEXANDRIA, VA – by Lukas Favale – Nick Kranick (Flagler College) was named a Cal Ripken League co-Player of the Week Tuesday morning, for the week of July 15-21.
In seven games during the week, Kranick picked up 10 hits, including three multi-hit games and four extra-base hits. He also added seven RBIs, including three in a 4-3 win over the Gaithersburg Giants on July 18.
During the week, Kranick raised his batting average from .212 to .283 and is now second on the team with 20 RBIs.
Overall, Kranick is on a ten-game hitting streak dating back to July 9, as he has raised his batting average nearly 200 points from .091 to .283.
Kranick is the second Aces player this season to win a weekly award, after Brian O’Neill won the Pitcher of the Week Award for the week of July 1-7. Kranick shares this week’s award with Ian Rice of the Baltimore Redbirds.
Depleted Aces scratch out a win
ROCKVILLE, MD – by Lukas Favale – On a day full on bad news for the Alexandria Aces, Brett Kennedy tossed six strong innings in the opening game of a doubleheader as the Aces and the Rockville Express split Sunday evening in Rockville. The Aces lost three players to injury on Sunday as well. With the split, Alexandria moves to 21-14 on the season, tied with the Baltimore Redbirds for second place in the Cal Ripken League heading into the final week of the regular season.
The Aces grabbed Game 1 of the doubleheader thanks to Brett Kennedy (Fordham). He allowed just one run on five hits along five strikeouts in six innings of work. He allowed the only run to score in the bottom of the first, on an errant throw on a stolen base attempt. That gave the Express a 1-0 lead after the first. Read more