Aces and Big Train

I was able to make it to the last few innings of a Cal Ripken Summer Collegiate League game between the Alexandria Aces and Bethesda Big Train.

The rosters for both teams include primarily Division 1 players, so the level of baseball was good, with the Aces doubling up Big Train 4-2.

I was able to get both lineup cards after the game, our first lineup cards from the Ripken League.  The Aces lineup card was printed on regular paper and nothing special.  Big Train used a generic lineup card from a company called D-BAT.  I was not familiar with D-BAT.  It is a baseball and softball training center for which you can purchase a franchise.  The lineup card is interesting, albeit an advertisement and in no way specific to Big Train.

Big Train, Aces (6.15.16)

One other note of interest.  Big Train plays its home games at Shirley Povich Field, named after Washington Post columnist Shirley Povich who passed away in 1998.  For better or worse, I’m more familiar with his son Maury Povich, who hosted a tabloid-type TV show.  It’s a neat little stadium that holds 1,500 and is also home to Georgtown University’s baseball team.

Shirley Povich Field

2016: 24 lineup cards (19 dugout/bullpen; 5 “official batting order”)

Lifetime: 87 lineup cards (66 dugout/bullpen; 19 “official batting order”; and 2 “relief pitcher usage”)
Leagues: MLB: American League; National League. MiLB: International League; Eastern League; Carolina League; New York-Penn League. Independent Leagues: Atlantic League; Can-Am League; American Association. Colleges: NCAA – American Athletic Conference; NCAA – Ivy League; NCAA – Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference; NCAA – Northeast Conference; Cape Cod League; New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL); Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL); Cal Ripken Summer Collegiate League

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