2009 Archived News

JOHNSTOWN: Johnstown to have second entry in national tournament (August 8, 2009)

With Washington unable to attend the national tournament, and only 16 hours until registration, the AAABA has announced that Johnstown AAABA League runner-up Martella's Pharmacy will become the 16th team in this year's tournament. This is only the second time that Johnstown has had two representatives in the national tournament. The first was in 1989 during the 100th anniversary of the Johnstown Flood. Martella's will replace Washington in the upper bracket, with Delweld continuing to represent the primary Johnstown franchise in the lower bracket with games in the evening at Point Stadium.

Click here to read the Tribune-Democrat article.

WASHINGTON: Injuries prevent Senators from attending national tournament (August 8, 2009)

A big blow to the national tournament line-up, as Washington's Vienna Senators' website has announced that the team will be unable to compete in the AAABA Tournament. The Senators have already missed the NBC World Series earlier this month due to injuries, and are unable to create a competitive roster for Johnstown.

Currently, it is not known whether a team will be found to replace the Senators, as team registrations begin tomorrow morning in Johnstown.

Click here to read the press release.

JOHNSTOWN: National Tournament section being updated (August 5, 2009)

As we close in on the start of the 65th Annual AAABA National Tournament, we'll be primarily updating the tournament section of this website. Be sure to check out the news section there for the latest articles and updates. To start, check out the DoJohnstown! article on the upcoming tournament.

WASHINGTON: Vienna Senators questionable for tournament (August 5, 2009)

This article is a few days old, but it seems that Vienna's attendance in Johnstown is questionable. The Senators fought through a tough stretch run in the CGL and are suffering from injuries that limit their roster. As a result, they may not be fielding a team in the AAABA this season.

Vienna is a favorite coming into the tournament, having won several championships in the 90s. Even though the team has not returned to Johnstown since 2003, they are expected to make a long run in Johnstown.

Tournament registration is this Sunday, August 9th, with bracket drawings on Sunday evening.

JOHNSTOWN: Delweld comes from behind again to win championship (August 4, 2009)

For the third consecutive year, Delweld will represent Johnstown in the AAABA National Tournament. Last year, Delweld won the championship the hard way, defeating 2 higher seeds in the playoffs. This year, Delweld was the top seed, but still faced a difficult championship series. After losing two 3-run leads in their Game 3 loss to Martella's Pharmacy, Delweld stormed back for an 18-4 win to force game 5. In the final game, Martella's had a 5-1 lead, but the regular-season champions chipped away, eventually taking a 7-5 lead in the eighth.

Delweld will play a charity game against AAABA League All Stars on August 7th at the Point Stadium in prepartion for the national tournament which begins on August 10th.

ALTOONA: Johnston Realty wins regional (August 4, 2009)

After knocking off favorite Baltimore, Altoona's Johnston Realty then defeated the Philly Bandits 6-5. The Bandits then forfeited the final game due to injuries, making Altoona the 2009 Altoona Regional champions. Despite the forfeit, Philadelphia will still advance to Johnstown since they finished higher than Baltimore and Maryland State.

ALTOONA: A new champion in 2009 (August 3, 2009)

The biggest news of the day is that there will be a new champion in Johnstown this year. After falling to the Philadelphia Bandits on the opening day, 6-time defending champions Baltimore dropped a 5-2 game to host Altoona. As a result, Baltimore is eliminated from the regional. Philadelphia and Altoona will play for the regional championship, but both teams will advance to the national tournament next week. The fourth team, Maryland State, was quickly eliminated in two mercy-rule games.

The last time the AAABA champion did not qualify to defend their title was in 1995 when Brooklyn was eliminated from the 8-team Altoona Regional in 4 games. Brooklyn lost to New York (4-3) and Youngstown (8-7). New Orleans, the 1995 Altoona Regional champion, went on to win the national championship 12-2 over Johnstown in 7 innings.

ZANESVILLE: Toledo earns berth (August 3, 2009)

In their first AAABA regional, the Michigan Monarchs of Toledo swept 3 games to win the regional and advance to the national tournament in Johnstown. The Monarchs defeated Cleveland and Zanesville (twice).

JOHNSTOWN: Delweld ties series, forces deciding game (August 3, 2009)

Delweld let a win slip away on Saturday, but made up for it in a big way on Sunday. After falling behind 4-1, Delweld took over offensively, scoring 17 more runs to mercy-rule Martella's. The series is now tied at 2 games each, with the deciding fifth game tonight at Point Stadium. The winner will advance to the national tournament next weekend.

NEW YORK: Update (August 2, 2009)

The AAABA's official website reports New Brunswicks as a 6-2 winner over host New York.

100 Best from 2008 (July 31, 2009)

The AAABATournament.com photo galleries have been very popular. We have over 1,000 photos online right now, but if you don't have the time to go through them all, then check out our 100 Best Photos from 2008.

Click here for the 100 BEST photo gallery.

ALTOONA: Johnston Realty wins regional (August 4, 2009)

After knocking off favorite Baltimore, Altoona's Johnston Realty then defeated the Philly Bandits 6-5. The Bandits then forfeited the final game due to injuries, making Altoona the 2009 Altoona Regional champions. Despite the forfeit, Philadelphia will still advance to Johnstown since they finished higher than Baltimore and Maryland State.

ALTOONA: A new champion in 2009 (August 3, 2009)

The biggest news of the day is that there will be a new champion in Johnstown this year. After falling to the Philadelphia Bandits on the opening day, 6-time defending champions Baltimore dropped a 5-2 game to host Altoona. As a result, Baltimore is eliminated from the regional. Philadelphia and Altoona will play for the regional championship, but both teams will advance to the national tournament next week. The fourth team, Maryland State, was quickly eliminated in two mercy-rule games.

The last time the AAABA champion did not qualify to defend their title was in 1995 when Brooklyn was eliminated from the 8-team Altoona Regional in 4 games. Brooklyn lost to New York (4-3) and Youngstown (8-7). New Orleans, the 1995 Altoona Regional champion, went on to win the national championship 12-2 over Johnstown in 7 innings.

ZANESVILLE: Toledo earns berth (August 3, 2009)

In their first AAABA regional, the Michigan Monarchs of Toledo swept 3 games to win the regional and advance to the national tournament in Johnstown. The Monarchs defeated Cleveland and Zanesville (twice).

JOHNSTOWN: Delweld ties series, forces deciding game (August 3, 2009)

Delweld let a win slip away on Saturday, but made up for it in a big way on Sunday. After falling behind 4-1, Delweld took over offensively, scoring 17 more runs to mercy-rule Martella's. The series is now tied at 2 games each, with the deciding fifth game tonight at Point Stadium. The winner will advance to the national tournament next weekend.

NEW YORK: Update (August 2, 2009)

The AAABA's official website reports New Brunswicks as a 6-2 winner over host New York.

JOHNSTOWN: Martella's stuns Delweld with 11th inning win (August 2, 2009)

Despite falling behind by 3-runs twice in Game 3 of the Johnstown AAABA championship, league runner-up Martella's Pharmacy battled back to force extra innings and got Delweld to walk in the winning run in the 11th.

Delweld lead 3-0 and 6-3 in what was to become the highest scoring game of the series so far. But Martella's chipped away at the lead, scoring one run in the top of the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings. The tying run started with an overthrow from the third baseman on the first out. After two quick outs, and with a 2-2 count, Mike Pelekanos hit to center field to score the runner from 2nd. Martella's used their new momentum to force the bases loaded, but grounded out to end the inning.

In the bottom of the ninth, Delweld also loaded the bases, but with only 1 out. Pat Kohl struck out George Roberts and got Andy Smithmyer to chop a shot back to the mound to send the game into extra innings.

Game 4 is tonight at 7 PM at the Point Stadium, where Martella's will have a chance to win the championship.

ZANESVILLE: Toledo defeats Cleveland (August 2, 2009)

Toledo opened their first AAABA regional with a big 11-1 win. Cleveland made six errors in the game. Toledo then played a double-header against host Zanesville, winning 5-0. Originally, Zanesville was to play Chicago-South Shore in the night cap, but the Windy City entry failed to arrive as their bus broke down en route to Zanesville.

Zanesville will play Cleveland today at noon, with the winner advancing to play Toledo for the championship.

LIVONIA: Rams tune up for tourney play (August 2, 2009)

Click here for the article from the Observer & Eccentric.

ALTOONA: Altoona, Philadelphia open with wins (August 2, 2009)

Altoona's Johnston Realty put up 12 runs late in the game at Juniata Field to rout Maryland State's PG Stars 15-3 in 8 innings.

The PG Stars were fighting an uphill battle from the start. Not only were they playing the home team, but their original 18-man roster had been reduced to only 12 due to injuries and other unforseen circumstances. Altoona opened strong and built a 3-0 lead, but Maryland scored two runs with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 1-run game. Altoona answered in a big way, however, getting solid hits and outrunning throws to first.

"They were light on pitching, but played good until the bottom just fell out," said Altoona manager Kurt Farabaugh. A veteran of AAABA tournaments, Farabaugh knows the importance of good pitching in the tournament. His staff shut down Maryland in the remaining innings to secure the lopsided win.

"Their pitching was impressive," said Maryland State assistant coach Donald Redmiles. "They worked through a tight zone and hit the corners well." Tomorrow, the PG Stars are sure to see more good pitching, as they play the defending champion Orioles, but Redmiles says his team is looking forward to the challenge.

For Johnston Realty, they too will face a difficult opponent in the ABCO Phillies. The task will be more difficult since the teams have not met this season.

"We know they're young and good, but not much else," said Farabaugh. While pleased with his team's performance today, Farabaugh feels there are still some things they need to do better. "We have good hitters and pitchers, but we have to come through with runners in scoring position," said Farabaugh.

In the early game, Philadelphia pitchers kept the 6-time defending champion Youse's Orioles of Baltimore off the board until late. The Orioles finally managed 2 runs, but failed to match the Phillies' 3. The upset win means Philadelphia will play Altoona at 4 PM, while Baltimore takes Maryland State in an elimination game at noon.

JOHNSTOWN: Martella's ties series with Delweld (August 1, 2009)

The top two teams from the regular season have split the first two in the league championship series, with each earning a 1-run victory.

ALTOONA: First-day pairings are set (August 1, 2009)

Baltimore and Philadelphia open up the Altoona Regional at 1 PM today, with Altoona and Maryland State playing at 4 PM. Both games will be played at Penn State Altoona unless field conditions remain too wet, in which case the games will move to Lilly.

Regional tournaments this weekend (July 30, 2009)

Three regional tournaments will be played this weekend in order to determine the 3 remaining franchises for this year’s AAABA National Tournament. Once again, Altoona, PA and Zanesville, OH will host regionals, while New York hosts New Brunswick in a two-team playoff. In addition to the regionals, the Johnstown City League championship begins tonight between the top two teams in the league. Visit the Tribune-Democrat for a brief preview of this weekend’s action.

Washington In, Chicago Out

The Chicago-Metropolitan entry has pulled out of the tournament this year because they cannot field enough players, as last year’s representative (Glen Ellyn Jam) did not field a team for this season. This opens up one more spot in the national tournament, which allows Washington’s Vienna Senators to bypass the Altoona Regional and advance directly to Johnstown. Chris Burr will lead his Senators back to the AAABA tournament after winning the Clark Griffith League (CGL) regular season championship in a 1-game playoff over the Carney Pirates. The Senators will be playing in the Jacobs Cup playoffs this weekend, the post season tournament for the CGL.

Altoona Regional

The four teams for the Altoona Regional are Altoona (Johnston Realty), Baltimore (Youse’s Maryland Orioles), Philadelphia (ABCO Phillies), and Maryland State (n/a). Games on Saturday and Sunday will be at noon and 4 PM at Penn State Altoona. Baltimore finished their Cal Ripken Sr League regular season in 2nd place, but will compete in the Altoona Regional rather than the league playoffs. The double-elimination tournament concludes on Monday at 11 AM and 3 PM. The winner of the tournament along with host Altoona will advance to the national tournament the following week.

Zanesville Regional

The four teams for the Zanesville Regional are Zanesville (Junior Pioneers), Toledo (Michigan Monarchs), Cleveland (n/a) and Chicago-South Shore. Toledo and Cleveland open the double-elimination tournament at 4 PM this Saturday, with Zanesville and Chicago playing at 7 PM. The winner of the tournament along with host Zanesville will advance to the national tournament the following week.

New York Metropolitan Area Regional

New York will host New Brunswick for a best-of-3 playoff with the winner advancing to the national tournament.

Johnstown City League Playoffs

Rain has postponed Game 1 of the Johnstown AAABA Championship to tonight. Delweld and Martella’s Pharmacy, the first and second place teams from the regular season, will begin a best-of-5 series at the Point Stadium at 8 PM. Games and 3 will also be played at 8 PM on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Delweld won the regular season and defeated the Berkley Hills Renegades 3-games-to-none in the semi-finals. Delweld has represented Johnstown in the national tournament the past two years. Martella’s Pharmacy finished 1 game behind Delweld and defeated Principle Development 3-games-to-none in the semi-finals.

Click here for a photo gallery of semi-final games.

Michigan Rams set for return

The Michigan Rams coached by Rick Berryman will again represent the Livonia franchise after winning their 20U championship and finishing 2nd overall in their league with a record of 22-10. For more information on the Rams, visit their website.