Livonia Update

Four teams vying for Livonia bid

Rams inelligible this season

The Michigan Rams missed out on the AAABA national tournament last year due to injuries at the end of their season. This year, the Rams entered the season with injuries and are once again unable to compete in the AAABA. As a result, one of the four other teams in the league will be representing Livonia in the national tournament this year.

"The Rams had several pitchers show up from college ball with injuries and we were required to replace them with older pitchers to stay competitive with our league," explained Rams coach Harvey Weingarden. "This unfortunately resulted in AAABA inelligibility this year."

Last year, the Michigan Hurricanes competed in the national tournament for the first time and finished with a 1-2 record. They were given a thrashing in their first and lost to New York 20-3 in 7 innings. However, manager Len Makowski's team responded with a 9-5 win over Brooklyn in Lilly before being eliminated by New Orleans 7-4.

This year, the Hurricanes are sitting in third place of the Michigan Collegiate Baseball League with a record of 17-16. However, they lead are currently the highest-ranked AAABA team. (The first place Rams and second place Bulls compete with unlimited age rosters.) The Storm and A-Green are a close 2nd and 3rd at 15-18 and 14-17 respectively. Southfield is out of the running at 4-26-1. The season will conclude this weekend.

"The three teams in the middle of our standings are very competitive, and their 0.500 records are a reflection of their balance," explained the Rams' Weingarden.

The Detroit suburb of Livonia will be competing in its 12th consecutive national tournament. The Rams were the representative in 7 of those years, but the franchise has seen 5 different clubs come to Johnstown over the past 5 years. The franchise has a 22-22 record since 2004 and is 53-58 overall. The MCBL draws players from a simliar geographical area as the former powerhouse clubs from Detroit. During its formative years in the late 1980s, Livonia was represented by the famed Adray teams. The franchise's best finished was 2nd in 1992.

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