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Big Train deals out Aces 4-1

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Alexandria Aces vs. Big Train 6 29 18BETHESDA — The Bethesda Big Train hosted fellow South division opponent the Alexandria Aces at Shirley Povich Field Friday night, and the Big Train continued to show they’re the best team in the Cal Ripken League through dominant pitching from Chris Clarke and enough run support for the 4-1 victory.

Bethesda got on the board early in the bottom of the first inning when first baseman John Glenn hit an RBI double down the left field line which drove in second baseman Fox Semones for the 1-0 lead.

However, the next inning, the Aces got things going with a home run from first baseman Ethan Cady that tied things up at 1-1. Though after that, Alexandria failed to score again.

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T-Bolts win summer baseball season opener against Alexandria, 8-3

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Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts' Devon Jeffreys (7) waits on the pitch by Alexandria Aces starting pitcher Wyatt Rush (37).Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts' Devon Jeffreys (7) waits on the pitch by Alexandria Aces starting pitcher Wyatt Rush (37). PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  SILVER SPRING — The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts dominated the Alexandria Aces 8-3 in their season opener for the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League on Tuesday, taking advantage of a few unlucky errors by the Aces.

What started as a close game quickly went to an inevitable defeat for the Aces, as two runs at the bottom of the seventh made the lead nearly insurmountable. The Thunderbolts’ pitching proved to be on point as well, frustrating the Aces’ hitters.

“They had some good arms out there, and they were to take advantage of that and we didn’t make our adjustments, you know,” said Aces head coach Chris Berset.

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Bethesda Big Train walk off Alexandria Aces in Cal Ripken League classic

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BETHESDA -- In a 15-inning marathon, the Bethesda Big Train tied the Alexandria Aces at the top of the division as they walked off the Aces 6-5.

Fans at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda knew that they were in for a great game as the top two teams in the Cal Ripken League, the Alexandria Aces and Bethesda Big Train, were set to face off. No one, however, could have predicted the classic game that would unfold.

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South takes Cal Ripken League All-Star game

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MPI CalRipAllStar 0034Baltimore Red Birds' Drew Blakely (8) hits a high flyer. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER    BETHESDA—North and South division players took part in the 2017 Cal Ripken League AllStar Game Monday night at Shirley Povich Field. While there wasn’t much scoring due to dominant pitching and baserunners getting caught stealing, the South would still end up with the 3-0 shutout.

The first score of the game came in the bottom of the third inning when, with the bases loaded, Alexandria Aces infielder Max Schuemann hit a sac fly to right field and scored Bethesda Big Train infielder Vinny Esposito to give the South a 1-0 lead.

The game remained 1-0 until the bottom of the ninth when the South added two more runs. Big Train outfielder Kirk Sidwell jacked one to right center field for a home run, and then, with the bases loaded, Bethesda designated hitter/pitcher Kevin Milam hit an RBI single to drive in Loudoun Riverdogs infielder Pete Nielsen.

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Aces hold off late Giants comeback for 7-6 win

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GAITHERSBURG — A late three-inning streak by the Gaithersburg Giants was not enough to topple the Alexandria Aces, in a surprising finish that saw the Giants nearly nab a win but instead lost 7-6.

The comeback was an improbable one that came from a team that had trailed since the second inning and could not find its footing until late in the game.

“I was proud of the effort, going down 6-1 in the second inning isn’t the easiest thing to do, and we haven’t played particularly well over the past couple nights. It was tough to fall down like that,” said Giants manager Jeff Rabberman.

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Express fall to Aces after long delay, 4-2

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Jeffery Crisan RBIAlexandria Aces' Jeffery Crisan hits a single, driving Mike Annone, putting the Aces ahead 3-2. The Aces would go on to win the game 4-2. PHOTO BY JAKE BRODSKY

For the second straight game, the Rockville Express blew an early lead after a fourth inning meltdown by their starting pitcher. This time, the Alexandria Aces were the benefactors of poor starting pitching by Rockville and the Aces won the Tuesday night game 4-2 at Montgomery College Rockville. The loss brings the Express’ record to 5-14 on the year.

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Grays shut out Aces, 4-0

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baseball in mittWASHINGTON – Marlon Pruitt pitched 4 2/3 innings of stellar relief and got the win as the DC Grays pitching staff combined to shut out the visiting Alexandria Aces to earn a 4-0 win Monday night in Cal Ripken League baseball.

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Big Train rebounds in CRCBL playoff hunt

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david photo - cody brown of the big trainBETHESDA - After an opening round bye, the Bethesda Big Train took on the Alexandria Aces in the second round of the CRCBL playoffs Tuesday night at Povich Field. The Big Train went down early but displayed resilience all night, taking advantage of opportunities on their way to a 5-3 victory.

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