Players enjoying the banquet at Saint Francis

Monday Scores

Philly gets back at Chicago; Boston wins first game; New Brunswick needs 10 innings

By Brian Varmecky

The first afternoon of the 71st AAABA tournament is complete. Here are quick recaps for each game. Line scores have been compiled from various reports and are available on our game day page.

New Orleans 6 - 2 Flood City

A lead-off dribbler, some well-placed hits, and a several fielding errors from the Boosters let Laurel Auto pull within 1 run in the 4th inning. But New Orleans Jordan Romero's 2-run single scored Dylan Weston and Zachary Clark to put the Boosters back on top. Owen Magee's single set the final at 6-2.

New Orleans advances to play Philadelphia, while Flood City will take on defending champs Chicago-Metro at the Point in an elimination game

     
New Orleans stealing against Flood City  Ben Webb stealing second for Flood City New Orleans Boosters

New Brunswick 6 - 5 Cleveland in 10 innings

Scott Durkin's walk off single in the bottom of the tenth let New Brunswick earn their first win of the tournament. The Cleveland Blaze battled back from down 5-1 with a 3-run fifth inning courtesy 3 doubles and then tied it in the ninth. New Brunswick advances to play Altoona, while Cleveland will face Baltimore.

Altoona 7 - 4 Baltimore

Altoona's 4-runs after the stretch gave them breathing room at 7-1. Baltimore rallied in their final two innings to score 3 runs, but could not get any closer. Altoona will play New Brunswick tomorrow, while Baltimore will play Cleveland in an elimination game.

Philadelphia 7 - 1 Chicago-Metropolitan

Philadelphia took revenge for their two loses to Chicago last season by knocking off the defending champs at the new Iron Horse facility in Windber. The game remained tied at 1 until the bottom of the seventh when Philadelphia rallied for 5 runs. The Philly Bandits advance to play New Orleans while the Metros will face Flood City in elimination game at the Point Stadium.

This contest was the first ever for the AAABA national tournament at the new Iron Horse Sports Complex in Windber. The facility was funded by Greg Tunstall and former AAABA player Rick Roberts is the director. We spoke with Roberts prior to the game. He tells us that the AAABA approached him a few weeks ago about hosting a game. Roberts is hoping that--once their second field is ready next year--they will be able to host two AAABA games at the same time. He also spoke about how the new facility has begun helping the Windber community by attracting out of town teams for their various tournaments, which helps location businesses.

The accommodations at the Iron Horse Sports Complex are brand new and very nice, offering a full turf field, ample parking, and two rows of plastic seats around the backstop. Some players were concerned that the two, large white building in the outfield were making it difficult to track pitches, however. Admission to the Iron Horse field is $3.

     
This was the first game at the Iron Horse Sports Complex Des Plaines Patriots Philadelphia's Evan Gillespie

Buffalo 8 - 2 Brooklyn

After a shaky start, Buffalo starter Ken Johnson settled fown and pitched 5 innings of 2-run baseball. The Buffalo offense took advantage of a struggling Brooklyn offense and some timely hitting to slowly build a 6-run lead. Buffalo will face the winner of tonight's Johnstown / Columbus game.

"The whole game, we had a lot of base runners, we just didn't get the hits when we needed them," said Brooklyn manager Jerry Katzke. He also cited the difference in defensive plays between the teams, as Buffalo fielded very well while Brooklyn's performance was less focused.

Buffalo's starter Ken Johnson started with 9 consecutive balls, but settled down and allowed only 2 runs in his 5 innings. Manager Bob Carnevale said that he never lost confidence in his starter, despite the weak beginning. Canisius College's Nolan Hunt pitched 4 innings in relief and did not allow a run.

     
Brooklyn's Justin Galan Brooklyn's Carlos Garcia made this great play Buffalo fielding against Brooklyn

Boston 5 - 4 Chicago-South Shore

Newcomer Boston rebounded from their troubled bus trip to Johnstown by picking up their first tournament win at Portage. Chicago's losing streak extends to 19 games. Bostn will now face Livonia, while South Shore will face Youngstown in an elimination game.

Livonia 7 - 6 Youngstown

It looked like a blow out early on as Livonia scored 5 times in the third to lead the Crocs 7-0. But Youngstown stayed in the game and collected 16 hits, culminating with a four-run bottom of the ninth as Mike Montelbano, Drew Beck, and Billy Goodall (2) had RBIs. Youngstown couldn't find the seventh run, however, as Livonia hung on for a 1-run win. Livonia will play the new Boston franchise, while Youngstown will face Chicago-South Shore in an elimination game.

     
Livonia Hurricanes Livonia's Gregory Galetto fielding a ball off the fence  Youngstown Creekside Crocodiles

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