Aces eliminated from playoff contention

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The Alexandria Aces have no chance of making the playoffs this season, and a 19-5 drubbing by the Baltimore Redbirds on Friday stands out as a low point for the club this year.
    
The Aces the citys collegiate wooden bat baseball team started slowly by giving up two runs in the first inning. Though they took a 4-3 lead over Baltimore midway through the fifth inning, the rug was quickly pulled out from beneath them. 
    
It was pitcher David Drinks fifth inning on the mound, and the Redbirds bats came alive with vengeance, driving in four runs to put Baltimore ahead. 
    
They scored four more times in the sixth and eight in the seventh. The 19 runs given up and the 14-run deficit are season highs for the Aces. Only the 15-2 loss to Bethesda Big Train in June comes close.
    
A day later the Aces dropped another game, 9-1, to the Southern Maryland Nationals. The pair of defeats puts the Aces at 12-22 on the season and keeps them in seventh place in the Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League.
    
The Aces took the field again for an on-the-road doubleheader against the Nationals on Wednesday, after the Times deadline.

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