Columbus Jets celebrate Tyler Cowles walk-off home-run

Wednesday Afternoon Recaps

14-run inning at Fichtner; New Orleans downs Baltimore; Defending champs still alive

The third 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.

Altoona 6 - 2 Philadelphia

Everything was going Altoona's way today and the Wise Trailer Sales team has now advanced out of the upper bracket undefeated. They will play the winner of tonight's Johnstown / Boston game. The Wises batted around in the third inning, scoring 3 runs and taking the lead. In the sixth, Ethan Lewis hit a 2-out, 2-run triple. Philadelphia had a couple errors in the game, including one in the 8th which gave Altoona their 6th run.

Philadelphia Bandits Altoona got several big hits Altoona Wise Trailer Sales

Columbus 11 - 10 Livonia

This one had a wild finish! Livonia had tied the game at three in the fifth inning on Jack Weshalek's two-run single. In the top of the eighth, the Hurricane took a big lead by scoring 7 runs. Jose Salinas hit an RBI single to give Livonia a 4-3 lead. Then Jared Hagan and Jake Malkowski both bunted themselves to first, scoring one run each time. Daniel Cameron singled, and a bases-loaded walk and dribble to first base brought in the other runs.

Columbus responded immediately with 7 runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to re-tie the game. Tyler Cowles hit an RBI double to left. A couple of errors by the Livonia shortstop brought in more runs. The highlight was Aaron Strausbaugh's 2-out, 2-run triple to the left field wall to make the score 10-9. Strausbaugh scored to tie the game going into the ninth.

"We were just hoping to get three or four runs and then have another chance in the ninth," said Columbus manager Tony Perz. "To get all of it back in one inning was a little surprising, but these guys don't give up."

Jacob Chrysler--who is scheduled to start for Columbus on Thursday--shut down Livonia in the top of the ninth with 2 strike outs and a fly out to centerfield. In the bottom of the inning, Tyler Cowles crushed a no-doubter home run to left field to walk off the field with an 11-10 decision for the Columbus Jets. It was Cowles' second home run in two days and keeps Columbus alive in the tournament to face New Orleans. Livonia is eliminated.

Livonia Hurricanes Livonia Hurricanes Columbus Jets Aaron Strausbaugh tripled in the 8th

Chicago-Metropolitan 7 - 0 New Brunswick 

Eric Schneider's 2-out, 2-run single in the third inning were all the runs that Chicago would need as they shut-out the Matrix 7-0. The Patriots now face Youngstown as they try to return to the finals and defend their championship. New Brunswick is eliminated.

 
New Brunswick Matrix Chicago-Metro's double play ended the sixth Boston BASE Astros

 Youngstown 11 - 3 Buffalo

Billy Goodall's soft liner over third base scored two runs, and Drew DelSignore and Mike Montelbano contributed RBI singles as the Creekside Crocodiles from Youngstown put up 5 runs in the top of the third. The Crocs left the bases loaded in the fourth, but were still able to add two more runs and increase their lead to 7-0. Buffalo scored three after the stretch, but Youngstown quickly got them back in the eighth, highlighted by DelSignore stealing home. Youngstown won the game 11-3 and will now face defending champion Chicago-Metro on Thursday. Buffalo is eliminated from the tournament with 1 win and 2 loses.

 New Orleans 10 - 0 Baltimore in 8 innings

Zackary Clark's tripled in the fifth inning as the Boosters broken open a tight game with five runs. Two of them were courtesy based-loaded walks. Troy Lewis had RBI singles in the 3rd and 7th innings. In the eighth inning, Jordan Romeo tripled in two more runs and scored himself on a wild pitch as the Boosters mercy-ruled Baltimore in 8 innings. New Orleans moves on to play Columbus, while Baltimore is eliminated.

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