Friday morning pregame stats

Friday Pregame

Only one undefeated team will remain

Altoona and Boston will meet in the final battle of undefeated teams while Johnstown and Philadelphia will face elimination in the night cap. New Orleans get the day off to recover from their Thursday doubleheader.

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 versus Boston 

This is the first meeting between Altoona and Boston. The Rail City crew is looking for their first 4-0 start since 1994. Boston is trying to become the first ever team to start 4-0 in its inaugural tournament. Only the 1947 Concord American Legion club was able to win more than 3 games in its first year (excluding the first AAABA tournament).

For Altoona, Brett Hileman has hit a couple doubles already this week and scored 3 runs against Baltimore. Veteran Adam Polities was 3-for-5 againt Baltimore and 4-for-5 against Philadelphia. Boston is coming off an emotional win last night against Johnstown where they showed strong pitching and great team speed. Altoona had scores 20 runs while allowing only 9. Boston has 11 while allowing only 5. Altoona had scored more runs in each of its games than Boston has allowed in the tournament.

Philadelphia versus Johnstown

This will be the 11th meeting of these two Pennsylvania franchises. Johnstown has won 5 of the 10 previous games, including the first by disqualification in 1945. They had meet three times in the 1950s and twice in the 1960s, but did not square off again until 1996. Philadelphia won that game 20-3 in 7 innings on Opening Night. In 2004 and 2010, Johnstown picked up wins over Philadelphia by scores of 12-5 and 13-4. The most recent meeting was in 2012 when Philadelphia beat the Berkley Hills Renegades 4-3 on Opening Night.

Johnstown has turned 5 double plays in the tournament. Lead-off hitter Ian Helsel was 3-for-4 last night and has safely hit in all three games. Dillon Boyer hit a 3-run triple on opening night to put Johnstown in front early in the game. Jack Shirk was 4-for-4 against Buffalo. For Philadelphia, Michael Sulcoski hit two doubles against New Orleans. Brandon Kirk is 6 for 10 with 3 runs and 3 RBIs in the last two games.

New Orleans is off

The Boosters will get a much-deserved day off after battling back against Columbus and Chicago-Metro to survive the losers bracket. They will face the winner of the Altoona / Boston game and should have their first-day starter Brooks Vial ready for the mound. New Orleans has won 3 of its 13 championships from the losers bracket, including its most recent in 2009.

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