After splitting a doubleheader with the Giants last night in Gaithersburg, the Aces finally will play a solo game tonight after six DHs in a row. The Aces host the Baltimore Dodgers at 7 p.m. at Frank Mann Field. Fans who cannot attend the game can follow the game on Twitter or tune in to Aces Radio.
Alexandria (16-17) broke a four game losing streak last night in the second game against the Giants and now sit just one game behind .500. Every game going forward for Alexandria will have an impact on the playoffs, with four teams all in contention for the #5 and #6 spots. The Dodgers (12-24) have the second-worst record in the CRCBL and have no real shot at making the playoffs.
Tonight will be the fourth time these two teams meet this season. The Aces took the first two games, an 11-1 home win and a 4-3 win on the road in the first of a DH. The Dodgers won the second game of the DH on June 24th in a 5-3 game.
Mike Torres is the Aces probable pitcher tonight. Torres, a senior RHP out of Wilmington (DE), will get his ninth appearance for the Aces in what will be his third start. Torres has a 0-0 record with a 1.80 record. He has pitched 15 innings for Alexandria this summer, giving up 16 hits but only three earned runs. Torres’ first six appearances for the Aces this season were relief, but since then he has started two games, with his most recent start on July 12th against the T-Bolts.
The Dodgers will start Tyler Fellner on the mound. Fellner (Salisbury U) has a 1-2 record and a 7.02 ERA in eight appearances. He has 11 K’s and six walks in 16.2 innings pitched, but has given up 13 ER. Fellner started in the first matchup of the season between these two teams at Frank Mann Field, giving up four runs on five hits in just two innings.
The Aces have six of the last seven games of the season at home. They have brought in just over 1,600 fans this season to 14 home openings, with a goal of reaching 2,000 fans. So bring your friends and family to Frank Mann as the Aces have six straight home games in the last week of the regular season!
The Alexandria Aces headed to Gaithersburg on Saturday afternoon looking to complete a marathon stretch of six straight doubleheaders.
The Aces and Giants split the DH as the Giants won the first game 4-3 and the Aces thumped Gaithersburg in the second game, 15-7.
Game 1 of the doubleheader sent Wade McNabb (Stetson) out on the mound to start for the Aces. McNabb faced Taylor Bloom, a Gaithersburg pitcher who tore apart the Aces the last time Alexandria traveled to Gaithersburg.
The Aces jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Brett Netzer (UNC-Charlotte) was brought in by Alex Stephens (Morehead State) and Mike Marcinko (Shippensburg) scored on an E6. Alexandria looked to be in control after scoring one more in the third inning to lead 3-0, but McNabb then gave up three runs in the fourth inning to make it a tie ball game.
The score stayed at 3-3 until Marcinko’s E6 in the TOP 7 allowed one Giants’ run, which would prove to be the winning run. The Aces could not pull a comeback in the bottom of the seventh and dropped game one, 4-3.
Game two of the doubleheader was a must-win for the Aces, as the first loss of the DH put Alexandria on a four-game losing streak. The second contest featured Jake Wersinger (Wilmington) on the mound for the Aces. The game was back and forth for the first couple of innings. The Giants took a 3-0 lead in the BOT 2, but the Aces responded with four runs of their own in the TOP 3. Gaithersburg tied the game in the fourth inning in what looked like what was going to be a close finish.
The Aces bats exploded in the fifth and sixth innings, scoring four in the 5th and seven in the 6th to take a 15-4 lead into the seventh inning. The Giants ripped three runs off of Joe Smidt (Univ. of Nebraska-Kearney) in the bottom of the seventh, but the Aces cushion survived the late blow, with the Aces winning 15-7.
Player of the Games: Brett Netzer was the biggest highlight for the Aces in Game 2. Netzer went 2-4 at the plate with two runs and five RBIs. More importantly, however, Netzer continues to show his leadership on this Aces team off the field. Win or lose, Netzer can be seen helping his teammates and doing whatever needs to be done to make the team better.
With only six days left in the regular season, the playoff picture is incredibly jumbled. As of right now, the Aces would have the 5th spot in the playoffs with the best record of teams not in the Top-2 in their division. However, the Aces have to keep an eye on the Express, the Braves, and even the Grays, who all have legitimate shots at making the postseason.
Before the All-Star break the Aces were hot, winning 7 of 8 games. It seems the three day layoff over the break killed the momentum as the Aces have dropped 3 of their last 4 entering the weekend. With the season a game past the three quarter mark, the Aces currently find themselves out of a playoff spot with a tough stretch still ahead.
For today’s double header the Aces will face-off against the Gaithersburg Giants at Criswell field starting at 4 pm. The Aces dropped the only game these teams played this season back in June 2-1. The Aces will play the home team in game one in the make-up game, with the Giants playing the home team for the regularly scheduled game two.
For game one the Aces will send Wade McNabb (Stetson) to the mound to face off against the man who dominated the Aces in the first matchup Taylor Bloom (Maryland). Mr. Bloom threw a gem as he went eight innings allowing one run while striking out 16. McNabb has been a pleasant surprise for the Aces this season in the bullpen and the starting rotation. His 0.94 ERA in 19 innings is stellar, and his 19 strikeouts don’t hurt either. Last time out Wade went six innings against the Rockville Express allowing one run on three hits while striking out seven.
For game two the Aces will send out Jake Wersinger (Wilmington) to face-off against Kevin Ross (Towson). This will be Jake’s seventh start of the season, as he comes in with a 3-2 record. One of the main rotation guys this season, Wersinger has been very good posting a 2.70 ERA in 30 innings pitched to go along with 20 strikeouts. Walks cost Wersinger last time out against the T-Bolts, but he was still able to get the win with his line being five innings pitched allowing two runs on three hits while striking out four.
The Aces (15-16) are in desperate need of wins with only nine games remaining on the season with a tough race in the south division still ahead. The Giants (10-23) have basically been eliminated from playoff contention with only seven games remaining, and will look to play spoiler tonight against a team still on the hunt for a playoff spot. Stay tuned for today’s games as you can follow along on twitter @Alexandria_Aces or listen on Aces Radio to hear Caleb Waters bring you tonight’s action.
The Aces headed to Herndon looking to right the ship after splitting a DH on Thursday night with the Vienna Riverdogs.
Alexandria was unable to do so, however, and dropped both games of a doubleheader against the FCA Herndon Braves on Friday night, losing the first game 7-3 and the second game 2-1.
The first game was not much to talk about for Aces players and fans alike. Nick DiEva (Stony Brook) got the start for the Aces and looked sharp in the first two innings. Alexandria took a 1-0 lead on a Malcolm Nachmanoff (Stony Brook) RBI single, but DiEva gave up a 2-run homer to Alex Lipman to give the Braves the lead in the third inning. Then Alan Mochabee blasted a grand slam off of DiEva in the 5th inning to break the game open.
Tad Sobieszczanski (Hillsdale Col) had a two run shot of his own in the 6th inning of a seven inning game, but it was too little, too late for the Aces, who dropped the first game 7-3.
The FCA Herndon Braves climbed just one game back from the Aces after that first win, and looked to get back into third place in the CRCBL South with a win in game two.
The second game of the DH was a pitching duel between Gabe Mosser (Shippensburg) and the Braves’ Saul Aguilera. Mosser and Aguilera both pitched seven innings and each only gave up one run. The Aces and Braves then went to extras after having already played 14 innings on the day. Brandon Justice (Col of Charleston) threw two solid innings of relief in the 8th and 9th for the Aces, picking up four K’s. Kyle Menchaca (Wilmington) came on in the bottom of the 10th inning to try and send the game to the 11th.
Menchaca walked the first batter, hit the second, and walked the third, loading the bases with no outs. Daniel DiMatteo came to the plate only needing a hit to win the game, but Menchaca hit his second batter of the inning, and the Braves picked up a 2-1 win on a walk-off HBP.
Player of the Games: Tonight’s best player for the Aces was the designated hitter, Tad Sobieszczanski. The senior from Hillsdale College did his best to keep the Aces in the first game with a 2-run homer in the sixth innning, his first dinger of the season. Sobie also went a combined 3-8 in Herndon, picking up 2 RBIs on his homerun and hitting two doubles in game two.
The Aces and Braves are now both eight games back on the Big Train. If the season ended today, the Braves would get the #5 spot in the playoffs and the Aces would get the final wildcard position. Tomorrow, the Aces head to Gaithersburg for a DH against the Giants, the 5th and 6th games in three days.
After a split with the River Dogs, and the day after the CSCBL All-Star game, the Aces currently find themselves in the third place in the Cal Ripken South, with a number five seed for the playoffs. If the Aces can continue their hot play on the field right through this jam-packed weekend, they can secure a playoff berth come July 25th.
In tonight’s battle the Aces will face-off against the Herndon Braves in you guessed it, ANOTHER double header at Herndon High School starting at 5 pm. The Braves will be the away team in the first game when they play the make-up game, with the Aces playing the home team on the road. For game two the teams will switch to play the regularly scheduled game.
For game one the Aces will send All-Star pitcher Nick DiEva (Stony Brook) to the mound to take on the Braves. So far on the season DiEva has thrown well posting a 1.89 ERA in 19 innings pitched. In eight innings against the Braves DiEva has yet to allow an earned run while striking out eight.
For game two the Aces will send another All-Star pitcher, and team ace, Gabe Mosser. So far this season Mosser has posted a 1.66 ERA in 27 innings pitched with a 4-0 record to go along with 23 strikeouts. The most impressive stat for Mosser is the fact that the Aces have won every game that he has started (6-0). In his start against the Braves earlier this season Mosser tossed six innings, allowing one run while striking out five.
The player to watch for the Aces on offense tonight will be newcomer Nick Macey (Wilmington). Macey is the new arrival for the Aces after the injury to Jake Kennedy which could sideline him for the year. Be sure to tune in, and see how the fourth Wilmington player on the Aces will fit in come Friday night.