Saturday morning pregame stats

Saturday Pregame

Final four teams remain in tournament

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.

The 71st annual AAABA tournament has been full of surprises. One surprise was the power outage at Point Stadium on Wednesday which delayed the Boston / Johnstown game. Because of that delay, the tournament will be stretching to Sunday now. Another big surprise has been the first-year Boston franchise which finds itself undefeated after four contests. Also surprising were the eliminations of Chicago-Metro, New Brunswick, and Philadelphia.The parity between teams in this year's tournament has made for some very close and exciting games and has made it difficult to guess which club with claim the championship on Sunday. Of the remaining four franchises, only New Orleans has won the championship before.

Weather briefly delayed a couple games, but the skies look clear until Monday, so we should be able to finish the tournament on the weekend. That's good news for tournament organizers. Another strong showing from the Johnstown entry has also been good news, as the night games have drawn sizeable crowds. The new Iron Horse facility in Windber also saw a large turnout, especially for the Wednesday triple-header elimination games.

 New Orleans versus Boston 

DDespite their unblemish record this tournament, the Boston BASE Astros are likely still considered to be the underdogs in this match-up. New Orleans is always a favorite to win the tournament, even with a loss. Their franchise is 226-111 all time with 13 championships. They are coming off a wild double-header Thursday and had Friday off to rest and prepare for the game. Yesterday, Boston survived a scare against Altoona and were (literally) one bounce away from losing their four-run lead in the ninth.

This will be the first meeting between the two franchises. Boston became the first franchise to begin their AAABA participation 4-0. New Orleans is 11-6 against the previous five Massachusetts franchises, most recently beating Milford 4-2 in 1998. The Boosters last won the AAABA championship in 2009

 Altoona versus Johnstown

This local rivaly should bring lots of fans to the stadium and provided for an energetic contest. Altoona leads the series 8-5 and has won the last 3 contest. Johnstown won the first meeting in 1975. In 1999, Altoona beat Johnstown twice by scores of 16-6 and 18-6 on their way to a runner-up finish. Johnstown's most recent win over Altoona came in 2005 when the Grays beat Johnston Reality 14-7. In 2007, Altoona won 2-1 in 11 innings. In 2012, they eliminated Johnstown 18-3 in 7 innings. Last year, Altoona won again 2-1.

Championship Scenarios

Although the schedule for Sunday has not been announced, we are assuming that the championship will be played in the afternoon with a double-header, if necessary. The official schedule will not be announced until after Saturday night's game. Assuming our schedule is correct, here are the championship situations that might arise:

Boston can win the championship by beating New Orleans today and the winning one of two games against Altoona/Johnstown on Sunday. If Boston loses to New Orleans, they will have to beat Altoona/Johnstown in Sunday's game one and then beat New Orleans in the finals. Boston can finish no worse than 3rd.

New Orleans can win the championship by beating Boston today, and then winning their Sunday game against either Boston, Altoona, or Johnstown.

Altoona or Johnstown can win the championship by winning tonight, and then sweeping a double-header on Sunday against either Boston (both games) or Boston and New Orleans (if New Orleans wins on Saturday).

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