Martella’s Pharmacy 8, Laurel Auto Group 0: At Point Stadium, Tony Strasiser belted a two-run home run in the first inning to send Martella’s Pharmacy on its way to victory.
Jordan Giannini went 3-for-4 with a single, double and triple and scored three runs for Martella’s while teammate Jesse Cooper had two hits, a double and scored a run.
Derrick Zavatsky tripled and Jesse Bortner singled for Laurel’s only hits.
Ophthalmic Associates 3, First Commonwealth 0: At Roxbury Park, Ophthalmic Associates pitcher Joe Glass allowed four hits in the Wednesday night shutout of First Commonwealth.
Cameron Kaminsky walked with two outs and Brandon Miller followed him with a two-run home run to left. Miller crossed the plate again in the fourth after Ryan Vogt doubled him home.
First Commonwealth pitcher Chris Horten allowed three hits on the night, but still took the loss.
Claysburg 4, Portage 2: In Portage, Claysburg catcher Mike Mock homered Thursday night to help lead Claysburg to victory over Portage.
Mike Runk had two hits and scored another run for Claysburg. Austin Cunnigham followed suit with two hits and one run scored.
Nick Usry had two hits for Portage and also scored one of Portage’s two runs.
Patton 8, St. Michael 3: In Sidman, Josh Prasko took a complete-game victory with seven strikeouts and no walks and Dom Milanesi had three hits and three RBI for the Redmen.
Joe Dlish, Cody Baker and Prasko had two hits and two runs each while Joe Donoughe and Ryan Wilson had two hits each for St. Michael.
Bedford 5, Lilly 4: In Lilly, Kody Blevins had three hits, three runs and a triple in Lilly on Thursday.
Isaac Klilne went 2-for-3 with one run scored.
Kline also hit the game-winning RBI. Kyle Droz had two RBI and had two hits on four at-bats for Bedford.
Lilly’s Josh Vinglish went 1-for-3 and had two RBI.
Somerset 7, Cernic’s 6: In Somerset, Austin Clawson took the win for Somerset and also hit the game-winning RBI. Brenden Bowser went 2-for-2 with one double. Zac Cooney also had two hits and added two RBI to his stats.
Lilly’s five hits were dispersed throughout its lineup.
Richland 4, Ebensburg 1: Richland’s Ryan Orlovsky and Ebensburg’s John Grimes each pitched complete games, but Orlovsky received more run support in the Richland victory.
Nick D’Ambrosia went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Ryan Onderko added a run-scoring double in support of Orlovsky, who struck out seven and pitched a three-hitter.
Grimes scatted four hits and Troy Templeton doubled for Ebensburg.
Altoona AAABA player helped Cardinals eliminate Pirates
While much of western Pennsylvania winced at St. Louis Cardinals slugger Matt Adams’ towering two-run homer against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the decisive Game 5 of the NLDS, Mel Curtis jumped up from his couch and cheered loudly.
It’s not that Curtis is an anti-Pirates fan.
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NLDS hero remembers AAABA Tournament
Six years ago, Matt Adams smacked a game-winning hit off the Point Stadium screen in left-center field playing in front of an estimated 7,000 fans – the largest crowd he’d played in front at that juncture of his baseball career.
Last week, Adams ripped a towering two-run homer to effectively seal the St. Louis Cardinals’ 6-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the decisive fifth game of the National League Divisional Series in front of 47,231 fans at Busch Stadium.
Campbell, Solarczyk nominated for Point award
Delweld pick-up player Nate Campbell and Richland running back Tanner Solarczyk earned Point Stadium Award monthly nominations for August and September, respectively.
A center fielder, Campbell laced a one-out double to deep right field, driving in a pair of runs that provided the margin of victory in the Johnstown representative’s 12-10 victory over Chicago Metro in the AAABA Tournament.
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Delweld falls in championship opener
Youse’s Maryland Orioles of Baltimore overcame an early deficit and forced a second championship round game in the 69th AAABA Tournament Sunday afternoon at Point Stadium.
Baltimore scored eight runs over the fifth and sixth innings and beat Delweld 12-5 in front of an estimated 3,000 fans.
Triumphant Delweld heads to title game
Josh Staniscia has produced plenty of big hits with the game on the line this AAABA season.
That comes along with being the local league MVP.
The Delweld center fielder didn’t have a tape-measure homer or blistering line drive in the bottom of the 10th inning on Saturday night at Point Stadium.
Baltimore bounces back to earn rematch with Delweld
Baltimore right-hander Bobby Ruse knew just what to expect Saturday after a deflating loss by his team to Johnstown’s Delweld Friday night in AAABA action at Point Stadium.
Ruse threw a complete game, scattering eight hits with eight strikeouts and one walk as Baltimore defeated New Orleans for the second time this week, 8-4, eliminating the Louisiana squad.
AAABA Sidelights| AAABA fan is a true oldtimer
Johnstown Oldtimers President George Arcurio III made an impromptu presentation in the Point Stadium stands on Friday afternoon.
Arcurio learned that super baseball fan Frank Albert of Johnstown was in attendance.
Albert told Arcruio he is 99 years old and has been in attendance at every AAABA Tournament in Johnstown.
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