After putting away the Vienna River Dogs in their home opener, the Alexandria Aces struggled to repeat the effort, going on a six-game losing streak before celebrating another win.
The citys 3-6 summer collegiate baseball club dropped a string of games, starting with an 8-1 loss to the Southern Maryland Nationals June 4 and ending with an 11-1 defeat at the hands of the River Dogs six days later, before logging their second W of the season.
The 8-3 win against the Herndon Braves was a team effort, with Chris Sweeney, Jordan Oncay, Mike Godwin, Kevin Francke, Ryan Buter, John Barrett and Brandon Englehardt all making contact. David Drinks pitched six innings, giving up seven hits and three runs. Relievers Thomas Polus, Steven Schuler and Bobby Gooch gave up just three hits in as many innings to seal the June 11 victory.
The Aces followed that performance with a narrow, 1-0 win against the River Dogs on June 13. Francke decided the nearly two-hour game in its final minutes, sending Oncay home in the ninth inning.
Heading into Wednesdays rematch with the Braves, the Aces sit sixth in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League standings with a .333 average. The leagues returning champions, the Bethesda Big Train, currently lead the standings with a perfect 8-0 record.