1992 National Runners-Up

1983 Livonia Regional Champions 1986 Livonia Regional Co-Champions 2007 Zanesville Regional Champions 2010 Zanesville Regional Champions 2012 Zanesville Regional Champions

Games Record Win% RF RA Diff
111 53 - 58 0.477 710 801 -91

Joined 1981
First Tournament 1981
Last Tournament 2014
Franchise Status Active
   
Seasons 34
Regionals 11
Tournaments 29
   
Best Finish 2nd
Worst Finish 15th
Average Finish 8th
DNQs 5
   
Upper Bracket 16
Lower Bracket 12

 

1st   Finalist 1
2nd 1
3rd 2 At or above
500
15
4th 2
5th 3
6th 1
7th 2
8th 4
9th 1 Below
500
14
10th 3
11th 3
12th 3
13th 3
14th  
15th 1
16th+  

About Livonia

Detroit was considered one of the Big Four in the AAABA, and suburb Livonia has also built a reputation for strong, consistent tournament play. Livonia is still searching for their first national championship, but were runners up in 1992 and have placed in the top 4 four times. Additionally, the franchise has had only 4 winless years in 26 tournaments.

Mike Keller's 1992 Walter's Home Appliance team was the first Livonian team to win 4 games and finished 5-2 as national runners-up. Their tournament started poorly as they trailed Schenectady 7-0 after their first 2 innings of play. The Walters rallied to 7-6 by the 8th, but Schenectady held on for an 11-7 victory.

It was only Tuesday but Livonia was close to elimination. They responded strongly with a 13-5 win over New York City, picking up 5 hits from Kevin Young and a complete game from Todd Boike. Keith O'Rouke gave them the lead with a 3-run shot in the 3rd, and Livonia added 10 runs in the 5th.

On Wednesday, they mercy-ruled Philadelphia in the Pennsylvanians 2nd loss of the day. Walters put up 5 in the third and 4 in the sixth, winning 11-1 in 8 innings to set up a rematch with Schenectady.

The Thursday game against the Blue Jays at Vo-Tech was a back-and-forth affair. Livonia scored in the bottom of the first, but Schenectady took the lead 3-1 in the 2nd. It could have been more had outfielded Kevin Young not robbed Eric Tonucci of a home run by diving over the outfield fence. The game was tied 5-5 by the 4th inning. In the 7th, Schenectady took the lead, but Livonia answered with 2 after the stretch. The teams exchanged a run each in the final innings, but Livonia held on as reliever Sean Henkel struck out 3 over the final 2-2/3 innings.

The Livonians had to play Washington in a doubleheader that afternoon at Point Stadium. The teams tallied 24 runs during the 3 hour, 17 minute game. Washington scored 5 runs in the top of the 3rd, but Livonia answered right back with 5 of their own in the bottom of the inning and 3 more in the 4th. In the end, Livonia emerged 13-11 to eliminate Washington from the tournament.

On Friday, New Orleans started the game with 5 runs in the first. Livonia briefly tied the game in the 7th, but New Orleans answered with 2 in the 8th. In the bottom of the 9th inning, with 2-on and 2-out, Craig Overaitis hit a 3-run walk-off home run at Point Stadium to send Livonia into the final game.

New Orleans beat Baltimore on Saturday to set-up the deciding game on Sunday with Livonia. In the end, the southerners took home another title with a 9-6 win.

Since that time, Livonia is 33-36 and have 2 top-3 finishes, such as the 2011 tournament that included a 16-0 rout of Johnstown's Delweld. Livonia has fielded strong teams in recent years, and with new AAABA teams arriving in town, the local competition is even more challenging, which should only improve Livonia's representative for the national tournament.


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