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The Alexandria Aces kick off our seventh season in 2014 and we'd like for you to join our group to support, cheer and root for your 'home team', a proud member of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. (www.calripkenleague.org) We play at Frank Mann Field, behind Cora Kelly School, located at 3650 Commonwealth Avenue, in Alexandria, which is a part of Four Mile Run Park, right behind Jack Taylor's Alexandria Toyota on Route One. Thirty players from college, university and JUCO baseball programs from all around the United States will be coming to Alexandria, Virginia, to play wooden bat baseball at Four Mile Run Park - 'where legends begin.' While the Washington Nationals play across the Potomac River, scouts from Major League Baseball will be joining our fans at Four Mile Run as we watch our Aces strive to win the 2014 CRCBL Championship.


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July 21, 20141 month ago

Game 36 Preview: Aces vs. River Dogs

Stretch run continues as Aces visit River Dogs

Game 36: Alexandria Aces (20-15) vs. Vienna River Dogs (15-17)
7:00 p.m., James Madison HS, Veinna, VA
Probable starters: Tyler Tobin (2-2, 1.37) vs. Jack Gomersall (0-0, 5.40)

As the Aces close in to the end of the regular season they travel to Vienna to face the River Dogs for the fourth and final match between the teams this year. It also closes out the games against the two other Virginia teams within the league. The Aces lost to Herndon Saturday night, 4-3, splitting the series with the Braves and dropping to 20-15 on the season.

Like the Aces, Vienna was off Sunday after beating the D.C. Grays, 9-5, Saturday. After a 13-10 start to the year, the River Dogs are just 2-7 in their last nine games to fall to 15-17, currently on the outside looking in for the postseason.

Tyler Tobin starts for the Aces. On the season he is 2-2 with a 1.37 earned-run average. Over his last two starts the right-hander out of George Mason University has not allowed an earned run over 15.2 innings. Despite that, he is only 1-1 in those game. Tobin has 32.2 innings pitched, allowing 21 hits, walking eight, and striking out 23 while surrendering just five earned runs.

Coverage

For live, in-game updates, be sure to follow the Aces on twitter @Alexandria_Aces. Check back here on Alexandriaaces.org for post-game coverage.

Last time out

The Aces lost to the Herndon Braves, 4-3, Saturday night at Pfitzner Stadium, home of the Potomac Nationals. Herndon barreled out of the gates in the bottom of the first against starter Sean Thompson. They loaded the bases with no outs. A 1-2-3 double play put Thompson on the brink of getting out of the jam, but Alan Mocahbee lined a three-run home run into left field for a 3-0 lead.

The Aces surged back with a three-run third. Ozzy Gonzalez and Ash Fulmer picked up RBIs as Alexandria tied the game at three. It stayed like that until the fifth. Herndon put together back-to-back two-out hits, including an RBI double to retake a 4-3 lead. The Aces threatened in several other innings, including the ninth when they got back-to-back singles, but they failed to score and lost 4-3.

Scouting the River Dogs

Before scoring nine runs Saturday against the Grays, the River Dogs offense had been in a slump, scoring just 19 runs over seven games, just 2.7 runs per game. That’s well below their season average of 4.8 runs per game. Their 159 runs are still fourth most in the Cal Ripken League, behind the Big Train, Redbirds, and Aces. Vienna’s .254 team batting average is third in the league, just .002 ahead of the Aces.

Jack Gomersall is expected to start for the River Dogs. It will be the first start for the right-hander out of Virginia Military Institute who has made 10 appearances out of the bullpen. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last three outings, but for the season Gomersall has a 5.40 earned-run average in 16.2 innings pitched. During that time he’s allowed 15 hits and 13 walks to go along with nine strikeouts. In one outing against the Aces July 1 he walked four in 2.1 scoreless innings.

Head-to-head

Monday is the final game this season between the Aces and River Dogs. Alexandria won, 6-4, June 25 in Vienna in what was a rain-shortened six inning game. The Aces struck for five runs in the top of the sixth before the rains came in the seventh inning, cutting the game short. Then in Alexandria the River Dogs scored nine runs in the top of the ninth to beat the Aces 10-5 July 1. The Aces won 5-2 July 11.

The Aces and River Dogs met four times in 2013, splitting the series two games apiece. The Aces won the first match in June, a 4-3 victory. Three games were rained out, forcing the final three games to be played over a two-day stretch. The Aces won the first of a double header, 10-9, before losing the second, 4-0. Vienna wrapped up the series with a 5-2 win in Alexandria.

July 18, 20141 month ago

Game 33/34 Preview: Aces vs. T-Bolts/Express

Aces face two different teams in Friday doubleheader

Game 33: Alexandria Aces (19-13) vs. Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts (11-20)
4:30 p.m., Frank Mann Field, Alexandria, VA
Probable starters: Tyler Zamjahn (1-2, 4.69) vs. Brandon Holsworth (3-2, 2.38)

Game 34: Alexandria Aces (19-13) vs. Rockville Express (18-13)
7:00 p.m., Frank Mann Field, Alexandria, VA
Probable starters: Andrew Witczak (2-1, 1.35) vs. Mike Bittel (2-1, 1.70)

The Aces play a pair of games Friday evening against two different teams. They play the final five innings of a suspended game against the Thunderbolts, with the game scoreless after two full innings. Tyler Zamjahn, who started that game July 8, will continue it from the start today.

In the regularly scheduled second game, which will be a full nine inning game, the Aces face the Rockville Express for the final time this season, with playoff positioning at stake. The Aces enter Friday with a half game lead over the Express, with both teams at 13 losses on the year.

Andrew Witczak will start the second game for the Aces. The lefty from Campbell is 2-1 with a 1.35 earned-run average over five appearances, of which the last two are starts. He’s won both of his starts, allowing just two earned runs in 14 total innings, while striking out nine and walking two.

Coverage

Today’s games can be heard live on the Aces Radio Network with play-by-play broadcaster Lukas Favale starting at 4:25.

For live, in-game updates, be sure to follow the Aces on twitter @Alexandria_Aces. Check back here on Alexandriaaces.org for post-game coverage.

Last time out

The Aces offense rolled the Dodgers 13-5 Thursday night behind a balanced assault that saw eight players with hits and seven with RBIs. The Aces took the lead in the bottom of the first, but the Dodgers answered right back to tie the game at one in the second. From there Alexandria scored 11 unanswered runs to go up 12-1. The Aces got two in the third, four in the fourth, and five in the fifth to take command, giving starter Korey Anderson plenty of run support.

Seven different players brought in runs for the Aces. Danny Bermudez led the way with three RBIs. Brad Elwood, Josh Swirchak, and Zack Kessinger each brought in two runs while Luke Gibbs, Jake Kuzbel, and Ash Fulmer had one RBI each. Anderson lasted six innings for the Aces, allowing just two runs. Clark Pence pitched two scoreless innings in relief before Ryan Lukach gave up three runs in the ninth.

Scouting the Express

At 18-13 the Express enter Friday a half game behind the Aces in the standings and 1.5 back of the Redbirds for second place.

As a team the Express have the third best batting average in the league at .256. However that has only translated to the fifth-most runs in the league with 143. Rockville has three different hitters with at least 100 at bats and all three are hitting above .300: Devon Mahoney (.322), Romeo Cortina (.315), and Brandon Benson (.308). That trio also leads the team in RBIs, combining for 53, led by Benson’s 20.

Mike Bittel starts for the Express. The 6-0, 170-lb righty from Seton Hill University is 2-1 with a 1.70 earned-run average. He’s made three starts in five appearance for Rockville, although he’s only pitched once since June 27, and that was out of the bullpen July 11. In 26.1 innings this year, Bittel has yielded just 15 hits, six walks, and struck out 30.

Head-to-head

Rockville leads the season series 2-1 over the Aces. They won the first two games on back-to-back days in June, using comebacks to win both. In the first game June 16 the Aces had a 3-0 lead but lost 6-3. The next night it was a 5-0 Aces lead that evaporated into an 8-7 loss. The Aces routed the Express 10-0 June 21 to get their only win of the series so far.

The Aces and Express met four times in the 2013 regular season, with all four played in two doubleheaders in July because of three postponements in June. The teams split the regular season series 2-2. In Alexandria, the Express won 4-2 before the Aces rebounded with a 7-2 triumph. Then in Rockville less than one week later, the Aces won the opener 2-1 before dropping the final game 4-3.

The teams met in the postseason as well, in what was the first game for the Aces but second for the Express because the Aces had a first round bye. Alexandria won the playoff matchup, 6-2, giving the Aces their first playoff win in team history.

 

July 17, 20141 month ago

Aces demolish Dodgers

Offense explodes in 13-5 win

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Eight different starters collected base hits and seven had RBIs for the Alexandria Aces as they pounded out 17 hits and a season-high 13 runs in a 13-5 win over the Baltimore Dodgers Thursday night at Frank Mann Field. It was the first game after the All-Star break and it moved the Aces to 19-13 on the season with just eight games left in 2014.

The Aces scored early and often against the Dodgers. In the first, Luke Gibbs (UNC Charlotte) led off with a walk. A sac bunt by Jake Kuzbel (Georgetown) moved him to second and a wild pitch brought him to third. Ash Fulmer (Houston) hit a sac fly for a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers would get that run back in the second against Aces starter Korey Anderson (Western Carolina), but then Alexandria scored 11 unanswered runs, starting in the third.

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July 17, 20141 month ago

Game 32 Preview: Aces vs. Dodgers

Aces begin post All-Star break stretch run against Dodgers

Game 32: Alexandria Aces (18-13) vs. Baltimore Dodgers (11-18)
7:00 p.m., Frank Mann Field, Alexandria, VA
Probable starters: Korey Anderson (2-0, 4.76) vs. TBD

The final two and a half weeks of the 2014 season begins for the Aces Thursday night as they host the suddenly hot Baltimore Dodgers. The Aces are still gunning for the number two seed in the playoffs over the final nine games of the season and they conclude the season series with the Dodgers tonight.

Alexandria entered the All-Star break with a 5-4 loss to the Baltimore Redbirds which moved them a half game ahead of the Aces for second place in the league. The Dodgers won four in a row before the break to bring their record to 11-18 on the season, but they are 11-8 after starting the season 0-10.

Korey Anderson will start for Alexandria. It will be his ninth appearance of the season, and second start for the Aces. He is 2-0 with a 4.76 earned-run average. In his only start he pitched a complete game (seven innings) against the Thunderbolts, allowing four runs on six hits and seven strikeouts. For the year Anderson has 17 innings pitched, giving up 17 hits, eight walks, and 14 strikeouts.

Coverage

Tonight’s game can be heard live on the Aces Radio Network with play-by-play broadcaster Lukas Favale starting at 6:55.

For live, in-game updates, be sure to follow the Aces on twitter @Alexandria_Aces. Check back here on Alexandriaaces.org for post-game coverage.

Last time out

The Baltimore Redbirds rallied from a 4-1 deficit to beat the Aces, 5-4, Sunday afternoon at Frank Mann Field. After the Redbirds took a 1-0 lead against Aces starter Sean Thompson in the top of the fourth, the offense went out and took the lead in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single by Josh Swirchak and sac fly by Clark Pence. A two-run triple by Ash Fulmer made it 4-1 Aces in the fifth.

In the sixth, Baltimore pushed across three runs against Thompson to tie the game 4-4. Then in the seventh an RBI double gave the Redbirds a 5-4 lead, which the Aces couldn’t overcome. Nolan Riggs pitched the final three innings for the Redbirds, shutting down the Aces while allowing just two hits but no runs as the Redbirds moved into sole possession of second place ahead of the Aces.

Scouting the Dodgers

The Dodgers have won a season-high four straight games, which does not include the conclusion of a continued game from earlier this season, which they also won. Overall they are 11-18 on the season, up to ninth place in the Cal Ripken League after starting the season 0-10.

The Dodgers offense has made significant improvements over the course of the season and they are now seventh in the league with 114 runs scored. However, as a team they’ve still struck out a league-high 254 times, 22 more than the next closest team (Orioles).

Justin Morales is the Dodgers top hitter. He’s hitting .347, which is fourth in the league, with three home runs and 22 RBIs, which is one behind the league lead. He has played in all 29 games for the Dodgers and is currently riding a five-game hitting streak, going 10-for-21 (.476).

Head-to-head

The Aces and Dodgers wrap up their season series tonight. Alexandria has won two of the first three games against the Dodgers, with one win at home and one on the road. The Aces defeated the Dodgers, 4-2,  in the first match between the teams June 7 at Joe Cannon Stadium. The second time around it was a 5-2 victory for the Aces June 26 at Frank Mann Field. The Dodgers pick up a walk-off win over the Aces, 7-6, July 9.

July 13, 20141 month ago

Game 31 Preview: Aces vs. Redbirds

All-Star break looms as Aces and Redbirds square off

Game 31: Alexandria Aces (18-12) vs. Baltimore Redbirds (16-10)
1 p.m., Frank Mann Field, Alexandria, VA
Probable starters: Sean Thompson (3-1, 3.56) vs. Aaron McGarity (2-1, 1.05)

The Alexandria Aces begin the final quarter of the season Sunday afternoon against the Baltimore Redbirds, in the final game before the All-Star break, which begins Monday for the Aces. Sunday is the third of four matches between the Aces and Redbirds, with Alexandria winning the first two.

The two teams are in a three-team race for second place in the Cal Ripken League. Entering today the Redbirds (16-10) are just percentage points ahead of the Aces (18-12) for second place, although Baltimore has played four fewer games than Alexandria.

Sean Thompson gets the start for the Aces. The righty from Texas Tech is 3-1 with a 3.56 earned-run average this season. He’s coming off of a complete game victory over the first-place Bethesda Big Train, in which he allowed just three hits while striking out eleven. In 30.1 innings this year Thompson has given up just 20 hits and has 35 strikeouts, second most in the league behind Redbirds starter Aaron McGarity (41).

Coverage

Tonight’s game can be heard live on the Aces Radio Network with play-by-play broadcaster Lukas Favale starting at 12:55.

For live, in-game updates, be sure to follow the Aces on twitter @Alexandria_Aces. Check back here on Alexandriaaces.org for post-game coverage.

Last time out

The Aces pushed their winning streak to two behind another strong start from Tyler Tobin, who allowed just one unearned run in eight innings against the D.C. Gray, as the Aces won 4-2. The Aces offense wasn’t great, but did enough to get Tobin the lead, scoring single runs in four different innings. They scored a run in the first on an error to take a 1-0 lead. It stayed like that until the fourth, when Josh Swirchak scored on a wild pitch for a 2-0 lead. Another error in the seventh made it 3-0 Aces before Tobin finally allowed the unearned run.

Alexandria would get another in the top of the eighth inning on a Swirchak sac fly to grab a 4-1 lead. Tobin’s afternoon finished with a 1-2-3 eighth inning as he ended the day allowing just four infield singles, one walk, and he recorded one strikeout. Nate Williams pitched the ninth and gave up a run but left two in scoring position to cement the win.

Scouting the Redbirds

The two-time defending postseason champion Redbirds are in the thick of the race for the number two spot in the league. At 16-10 they hold a percentage points lead over the Aces for that spot entering today. They were on a five-game winning streak before losing twice to the Dodgers Friday.

Offensively the Redbirds have the third most runs scored in the league with 139, behind only the Aces (146) and Big Train (202). As a team, Baltimore is second in the league with a .261 batting average, although only one player with significant playing time has an average above .300. That’s Gavin Sheets, who’s hitting .306 in 72 at bats and he has nine RBIs on the season.

Aaron McGarity gets the start for the Redbirds. The 6-3, 180-lb righty out of Virginia Tech is 2-1 with a 1.05 earned-run average on the season for Baltimore. In five starts McGarity has 34 innings pitched and he’s given up just 14 hits, walked three, and struck out a lead-best 41 hitters. In each of his last four starts McGarity has gone seven innings, and he’s given up just three earned runs, all of which came in one start June 23 vs. Rockville.

Head-to-head

This is the third of four meetings between the Aces and Redbirds. Alexandria has won both behind starts from John Gora. They won, 7-1, on Father’s Day at Frank Mann Field and 2-1 June 27 in Towson.  They finish the season series July 24 at Calvert Hall.

The Aces and Redbirds split four meetings in 2013, with the four games played in two doubleheaders. In Alexandria the Aces won the first game 1-0 before dropping the second game 6-2. In Towson they recorded another shutout, 3-0, before losing game two 3-1. In the playoffs, the Redbirds beat the Aces, 7-5, to advance to the championship game.

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