Thursday morning pregame stats

Thursday Pregame

Three games at Iron Horse will complete the loser's bracket

We're past the half-way point of the tournament, but the postponement of last night's Johnstown / Boston game has thrown a wrench into the schedule. There will be three games at Iron Horse today followed by the Johnstown / Boston tilt at 7pm at the Point Stadium. Philadelphia and Altoona are off as they await the results of the night game.

We will again be posting live scoring updates on our game day page based on tweets, texts, and emails we receive through out the day.

Altoona is off

This is the first time any Altoona team has had back-to-back 3-win tournaments. The 1987-1989 LS Fiore teams won 2, 2, and 3 games, respectively. The 2007-2008 Johnston Realty teams won 2 and 3 games, respectively.

The only Altoona team to open the tournament 4-0 was 1994's LS Fiore team managed by Ron Fiochetta. They beat New York, Milford, Brooklyn, and Youngstown and then upset Washington to reach 5-0, but dropped the final two games to champion Brooklyn.

Philadelphia is off

You might say that the Bandits had an "off" day on Wednesday as well, as nothing seemed to go right for the Philly team. Altoona was strong in earning the win, but the Philly bench was flabbergasted as at the seemingly lop-sided luck in the game. First year manager Dave Angebrannt and his team will now have a full day to regroup, but also a full day to live with their first loss of the tournament.

In their previous 51 tournaments, Philadelphia has started with 2 wins followed by a loss 9 times. Of those nine times, they won their fourth game 5 times.

New Orleans vs Columbus

Columbus is coming off an emotional win on Wednesday. They rallied from 7-runs down in the eighth inning to tie the game and finished it off with Tyler Cowles' walk-off solo home run. New Orleans had a much easier time of it, cruising past Baltimore 10-0 at Point Stadium.

For Columbus, Tyler Cowles has gone 5 for 10 with 4 runs, 7 RBIs, and 2 home-runs in the last 2 games. He also hit the walk off winner against Livonia. Aaron Strausbaugh has collected 4 hits including a double and 2 RBIs so far. Jacob Chrysler has recorded a hit in all three games.

 For New Orleans, Cole Freeman is 5 for 12 with 4 runs, 2 doubles, and also a stolen base. Troy Lewis stole 3 times against Laurel Auto, and is 5 for 14 at the plate. Jordan Romero has 4 RBIs and has hit a double and triple.

Both Columbus and New Orleans have had a pitcher throw a complete game, which should have them in decent position pitching-wise.

On paper, New Orleans has the advantage in this pairing, so the question will be whether the thrilling win yesterday can give the Columbus Jets the extra edge they'll need to hang with the Boosters. New Orleans is 2-1 against Columbus all-time. The Ohioans won 7-3 at Roxbury in 1983, while the Louisianans at Lilly in 2002 and Roxbury in 2005.

  Youngstown vs Chicago-Metropolitan 

Chicago-Metro won convincinly over New Brunswick 7-0 at Roxbury yesterday, while Youngstown got past Buffalo 11-3. Both teams had slow starts to the tournament and lost their first game, but have won two since them. Chicago lost to Philadelphia 7-1 for their first loss. Youngstown staged a ninth-inning rally against Livonia on Monday but still lost by 1 run.

These two franchises first in 1990 with Youngstown eliminating Chicago 10-5 at Point Stadium. Chicago won 5-1 in 2000 at Greater Johnstown High School. Youngstown won a 10-inning game at Franklin in 2002, but Chicago evened the series the following year with an 11-inning victory in Portage.

For Chicago, Marques Winick was 4 for 5 with 3 RBIs yesteday against New Brunswick. Eric Schneider hit a 2-run double that gave Chicago the lead and finished 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs. Kevin Coppin hit in the winning run against Laurel Auto and was 1 for 3 against the Matrix. Jack Lasswell hit a triple and recorded 2 RBIs. Chicago used 4 pitchers on their opening day loss to Philadelphia.

For Youngstown, the name Billy Goodall keeps coming up. He hit a 2-run homer against Livonia, had 3 hits an 2 RBIs against Chicago-South Shore, and was 4 for 6 with 4 RBIs against Buffalo. Drew DelSignore has 5 RBIs and Mike Montelbano has 3.

  Loser Bracket Final 

We won't know this match-up until game time, but here are the possibilities that could arise:

NEW ORLEANS vs CHICAGO - This seems to be the most-likely match-up. New Orleans is 6-2 against Chi-Metro all time, including 2 shut-out wins. Chicago's only win came in 1999 at Lilly. New Orleans won the first meeting in 1997 and had been on a five-game winning streak ('03, '07, '10, '12, '13) until last year, when Chicago won 10-8 on Tuesday at Fichtner Field.

NEW ORLEANS vs YOUNGSTOWN - The Crocodiles have shown that they can put runs on the board and might be able to power past the Patriots. If so, it might send them into their seventh meeting with New Orleans. It would also be the seventh different field the two have met at (Franklin in 1978, Vo-Tech in 1990, Point in 1994, Roxbury in 1999, Fichtner in 2012, and Westmont in 2013). Youngstown's Astro Falcons won the 1990 and 1994 contests by scores of 8-3 and 10-7. However, New Orleans has won the last two by mercy-rule.

COLUMBUS vs CHICAGO - If Columbus can upset New Orleans in the morning, they might find themselves in their first-ever game against a Chicago-based opponent.

COLUMBUS vs YOUNGSTOWN - The double upset scenario. These two franchises have met five previous times and Youngstown leads the series 3-2, winning games in 1978, 1983, and 1994. Columbus won the games in 1986 and the most-recent in 1997. Bob Mingo was the manager for both games played in the mid-1990s and is still the Youngstown manager today.

 

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