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.
Alexandria struck first, but in the second inning Silver Spring-Takoma returned the favor with three runs, including two from their first home run of the season. An outfield blunder brought home outfielder Cole Friese, and in the next play, catcher Turner Davis launched a rocket past the fence out of the park to bring him and infielder Jack Roberts home.
“If we all just grind it out, be dogs, play ahead, it’s easy to play that way. If we fall behind, I feel like these guys can get going,” said Davis about his team.
In the third inning, outfielder Corey Rosier came home off of a double and outfielder Jack Schroeder scored a run off of a single to put the Thunderbolts up ahead by four runs.
The Aces made the game close in the fourth inning when they narrowed the lead to two runs, at 5-3 by the middle of the inning, when outfielder Scott Morgan came home from a double and infielder Chris Alleyne arrived shortly after.
Infielder Devon Jeffreys scored a run in the bottom of the fourth to extend the lead to three and keep the Aces’ hopes of a comeback just a little further out of reach.
Incredible pitching by both teams resulted in a scoreless fifth and sixth inning. T-Bolts pitcher Teddy Blumenauer kept Alexandria scoreless and from advancing in the sixth and seventh innings.
Infielder Tucker Childers and Schroeder scored the last two runs for the Thunderbolts at the bottom of the seventh, pushing the Aces’ chances of coming back even further away. It was too late for the visitors from Northern Virginia, and the matchup ended with a Thunderbolt victory.
“Unfortunately for them they had a couple errors that made a big difference,” said Thunderbolts head coach Doug Remer. “In the game of baseball, that usually tends to be the final outcome: whoever plays the cleanest game.”