The Alexandria Aces are proud to introduce to you the new new host family coordinators! Thank you to the previous host family coordinator – Dave Cheney – who has made this position a very valuable one. For the 2015 season, John Kelly and Amy Goodrich will be taking over as host family coordinators. We are very excited that they are already getting the ball rolling.
See their message below:
PLAY BALL! Season’s Greetings to current and future Alexandria Aces host families from the Alexandria Aces!
Despite the recent freezing temperatures and the quickly approaching holidays, the Alexandria Aces are in the throes of planning for the 2015 summer season.
We (Amy Goodrich and John Kelly) are the new host family coordinators and are beginning the process of identifying potential host families. Both of our families hosted several players last year and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
First, on behalf of the Aces, THANK YOU for your continued support of our organization! We know being a host family does not come without tremendous commitment and a generous spirit. Without you, the Aces would not be a treasured part of the Alexandria community.
In 2015, we hope to build on the many great experiences and find ways to minimize any complications next season. Above all, we feel it is important to open the lines of communication between the Aces, host families and players to ensure a rewarding experience for everyone.
With that in mind, we want to begin identifying potential 2015 host families now. Of course not everyone is able to make this commitment six months in advance – so in addition to yes or no; maybe is an acceptable response.
Would you like to serve as a host family again for the 2015 summer season?
If you would like to be kept on the list of potential host families, we will quickly follow up with some questions to gather basic information to help us match players/interns with families.
Once again, we appreciate first-hand the key role played by you, the Alexandria Aces supporters. It is a huge responsibility and we want to do everything we can to make each experience rewarding and memorable for the families, players, interns and coaches.
Many thanks for your invaluable support on behalf of the Aces organization! We look forward to seeing you soon and have a safe and joyous holiday season! Please contact us with any questions or comments about 2015.
Two divisions and play-off series in 2015
The set-up of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League has changed since last year. The now 10 team league is divided into two divisions for the first time ever, with the Aces in the same division as in state rivals Herndon and Vienna, the Washington, DC based DC Grays, and perennial league powerhouse, the Bethesda Big Train. The Aces will play each team in their division five (5) times, with the additional home games scheduled against Vienna and DC. The Aces will continue to play four (4) games, two (2) home and two (2) away, against the five (5) teams in the other division comprised of the Redbirds, Baltimore Dodgers, Gaithersburg Giants, Rockville Express and the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts.
|DIVISION A||DIVISION B|
|ALEXANDRIA ACES||BALTIMORE DODGERS|
|BETHESDA BIG TRAIN||BALTIMORE REDBIRDS|
|DC GRAYS||GAITHERSBURG GIANTS|
|FCA HERNDON BRAVES||ROCKVILLE EXPRESS|
|VIENNA RIVERDOGS||SILVER SPRING/TAKOMA T-BOLTS|
The playoff format has also changed with the inclusion of the two divisions. Each division winner will receive a first round bye, while each division runner-up will play a single elimination game as the 3rd and 4th seeds against the remaining two teams in the league with the best records slated as the 5th and 6th seeds. The semifinals and final rounds will then be played as best of three series (a departure from the modified double elimination format), with at least one home game for each of the remaining teams. The playoffs, scheduled to begin on July 27th, will conclude no later than August 2nd. The goal of the 2015 Alexandria Aces is to be playing a meaningful game(s) in August!
Keep a look out for the full 2015 schedule coming soon.
Lukas Favale, an integral member of the Alexandria Aces Collegiate Baseball teams, game day staff for the last 3 years has been hired by the Mississippi RiverKings as their new radio play-by-play announcer. In addition, he has assumed responsibilities in the RiverKings Front Office as an Account Executive. The RiverKings, who play their home games in Southhaven, Mississippi, are a professional minor league ice hockey team playing in the Southern Professional Hockey League.
A broadcasting student at Syracuse University, Favale started with the Aces in the summer of 2012. He came to the Aces aspiring to be a professional broadcaster, and was able to partner with another local broadcasting student, Matt Krause, to help refine his skills and achieve his goal. Over his three year tenure, Favale’s role developed. Not only did he broadcast every home game from 2012-2014, but prior to the 2014 season, he was named Assistant Director of Interns where he helped interview, groom and mold new interns for the organization.
Favale was also heavily responsible for game day operations, including but not limited to game day set-up, attire sales, and scorekeeping. He was also in charge of updating the Aces social media sites including Twitter, Instagram, and facebook. Lastly, Favale spent a tremendous amount of time researching and completing in-depth pre and post-game reports. These reports were published prior to and after every game and included a complete report of the pitchers, teams and results for each game.
Current Aces Manager, David DeSilva summed up Favale’s contributions best. “Lukas is a high caliber broadcaster whose voice will forever be remembered. For the past three years he has been the heartbeat of the Aces game day operations and communications.” While the primary emphasis of the Alexandria Aces is to develop college baseball players, the organization takes pride in also grooming talent off the field. Lukas Favale, former intern and now professional broadcaster, embodies how time, effort and dedication lead to greater opportunity.
The Alexandria Aces Board of Directors has postponed the 1st Annual Aces Hall of Fame Dinner due to the Principal Owner, Don Dinan, unexpectedly being called out of the country on business. The dinner will be rescheduled for Spring 2015.
If you have any questions, please contact Dennis Feeney at 202-431-5304. We regret any inconvenience that this has caused.
Mr. Don Dinan, Principal Owner of the Alexandria Aces, announces the first annual Alexandria Aces Hall of Fame Dinner to be held November 10th at The Union Street Public House. Five former players will be inducted. Those players are John Skaggs, Tom Grandieri, Will Davis, Colin Milion and Kyle Zimmer.
The evening will consist of a Cash bar at 6:30 with hor douvres. House or Caesar salad, sit down dinner with your choice of Steak, Chicken Oscar or Fish served at 7:30 followed by dessert, coffee, and tea. Vegetarian entrée available upon request. A short program to follow, there will also be a silent auction for game worn Aces uniforms and Hall of Fame merchandise will be for sale during the cocktail hour.
Aces Sales Reps will be soliciting local merchants for ads in a Commemorative Hall of Fame program to be given out that night.
Tickets are $80.00 per person and can be purchased by calling 202-431-5304. Reservations must be made by November 7.