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Aces overtake Colts for second place with 3-2 win

June 24, 2008 - United League Baseball (ULB) - San Angelo Colts News Release

ALEXANDRIA, La.- The Alexandria Aces (23-17) took over second place with their second straight win over the San Angelo Colts (23-18), coming from behind and hanging on to defeat the Colts 3-2 on Tuesday night at Bringhurst Field. The Colts are now in third place, a half-game behind the Aces, and still 2.5 games behind first-place Amarillo, who lost on Tuesday. The top two teams in the league at the end of the first half of the season, which is after Saturday's game, will clinch playoff spots.

The Colts came within inches of tying the game in the eighth as Jason Crosland singled to center field with runners on first and second and two out. However, Andre Marshall threw out Andres Rodriguez, who dove in head-first on a bang-bang play, at home plate to end the inning and keep Alexandria on top 3-2. San Angelo had a chance in the ninth as well, as the first two batters reached against closer Wayne Hedden. Benny Craig then pinch-hit for Charley Belew and popped up to shallow center field for the first out. Hedden then struck out both Tyrone Pendergrass and John Anderson to end the game and preserve the victory, earning his second save.

For the second straight night, the Colts took an early 1-0 lead, as Rodriguez hit an RBI double in the first inning off Aces starter Ramon Portillo (3-2). San Angelo made it 2-0 in the second when Jose Torres hit a solo blast to right field, his second home run of the series and seventh of the year. Portillo settled in nicely after that though, allowing just two hits over the next five innings. Overall, the lefty went seven innings for the win, giving up two runs, both earned, on five hits with two walks and nine strikeouts, a season high.

Alexandria was kept off the board in the first three innings by Colts starter Luke Massetti (4-2), who struck out Madison Edwards in the first to leave the bases loaded and got some help from his defense in the third. In that inning, the Aces had runners on the corners with one out, when Selwyn Langaigne took off from first on a 3-2 pitch to Patrick O'Sullivan, who struck out swinging. Catcher Wyn Diggs threw to second and Langaigne tried to hold up and get in a rundown so Bryan Sabatella could score from third but Anderson dove to tag out Langaigne before Sabatella crossed home plate, ending the scoreless inning on the double play.

The Aces did get on the board in the fourth on an RBI single by Eddie Fitzpatrick with two out. In the fifth, the Aces tied the game at 2-2 when Langaigne scored from second base on a throwing error by the shortstop Belew, whose relay throw went past the pitcher Massetti covering first base, attempting to complete 3-6-1 double play. Langaigne then drove in the eventual game-winning run with a two-out RBI single in the sixth to make it 3-2. Massetti took the loss, allowing three runs, all earned, on nine hits with eight strikeouts and a season-high four walks in six innings.

The Colts conclude this three-game series with Alexandria at a special morning start time of 10:35 a.m. CT on Wednesday. San Angelo returns home for a six-game homestand, beginning on Thursday against Amarillo. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. for "Thirsty Thursday" sponsored by Miller Lite and Foster Communications. Advertising, ticket, and group information are available by calling the box office at (325) 942-6587. All Colts games are broadcast live on "Cool 100" - KCLL 100.1 FM and online at the Colts' official website, www.sanangelocolts.com.

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