By Calvin Stinson
The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts could not get past the Alexandria Aces, losing both games of the doubleheader 3-2 and 5-2, on July 12th at Frank Mann field.
Game 1 featured the Aces as the home team. T-Bolts starter Nick Leonard (Georgetown), would gather a quality start, allowing 3 runs, all earned, in his 6 innings pitched, paired with 3 strikeouts on the day. However, Leonard would get the loss on the day, as the T-Bolts could only gather two runs off of Aces starter Jake Wersinger (Wilmington) and closer Brandon Justice (College of Charleston), earning the win and the save, respectively.
The first run of the game was scored in the third inning by the Aces. Aces catcher Michael Kleinman (Tampa) got on base on a single, and was subsequently followed up by second basemen Brett Netzer’s (North Carolina Charlotte) RBI double.
The Aces would add two more runs in the fourth inning, after an Anthony Pacheco (Nebraska Kearney) single brought home runners Mike Marcinko (Shippensburg) and Alex Stephens (Morehead State), from third and second respectively.
The T-Bolts would respond in the fifth, bringing in two runs to close the gap to one run. Both Kyle Conger (Belmont) and Hayden Basse (Hampden-Sydney College) would reach base on walks, and Nick Dunn (Maryland) would bring them home on his RBI triple.
No more runs would score in the game, as the T-Bolts were shut down by Justice in the final two innings of the seven inning affair.
Game 2 featured the T-Bolts as the home team. Originally supposed to be a seven inning game, the game ultimately ended up being a full nine inning game after the Aces won in extras, 5-2.
T-Bolts starter Connor Chasanov (Delaware) pitched masterfully, allowing only 1 run in 6 innings pitched, giving up only 3 hits and 1 walk, and striking out 3 Aces.
The T-Bolts scored the first run of the game in the fourth inning off of Aces starter Mike Torres (Wilmington). Brody Cook (Virginia Commonwealth), reached first on a single, and after stealing second base, would score on Paul Burmeester’s (Catholic).
The T-Bolts scored their second run of the game the next inning, with A.J. Lee (Maryland) scoring on Zachary Racusin’s (Marist) flyout, after Lee reached base with a single and advanced to third on another single, this time from Tom Ruddy (Yale).
The Aces would answer in the sixth inning, when Danny Pardo (Campbell) reached base on a walk, and scored on Marcinko’s triple. With T-Bolts closer Connor Tagg (Case Western Reserve) looking for his 10th save of the season, the Aces would push across a run and push the game into extras. After Connor Tagg hit Anthony Pacheco, he would allow Pacheco to score after a Malcolm Nachmanoff (Stony Brook) double, and would be saddled with the blown save.
The game would go scoreless until the ninth, when the Aces scored three runs. T-Bolts pitcher Nick Spadafino (Delaware), would end up with the loss, giving up the three runs, although all three were unearned. Kyle Menchaca (Wilmington) would pick up the win after three innings of scoreless relief for the Aces.