By Jim McElhatton (Photo/Mark Briscoe)
The Alexandria Aces climbed to 16-11 after a breakout offensive performance Tuesday, beating the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts 16-11 after a five-run sixth inning.
The victory pushed the Aces to 5-2 in July, after a tough lose to the Vienna River Dogs on July 1. Since then, the Aces have turned things around.
The team also bested league powerhouse Bethesda Big Train 5-2 on Monday in what head coach Dave DeSilva called a “masterful performance” by Sean Thompson. He pitched a complete game and struck out 11 for the Aces.
“He had command of all three pitches and was able to keep the hitters off balance all night,” DeSilva said. “Sean worked with great pace and tempo, allowing the defense to say on their toes and into the game.”
Thompson, a pitcher at Texas Tech, gave up only one hit after allowing back to back hits in the second inning.
The Aces, which had lost to the Big Train in each of the past three meetings this year, also outhit the Bethesda 11 to 3 with Josh Swirchak going 3 for 3 at the plate. As of Wednesday, he led the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League with a .413 batting average and 21 RBI’s.
“All around, one of our best played games all year,” DeSilva said of the win against the Big Train.
On Tuesday, the Aces’ second game against the Thunderbolts was rained out. The team finds itself in third place among 11 teams past the halfway point of the season.