First Commonwealth 5, Altoona Rail Birds 3: In Altoona, First Commonwealth Bank earned its first victory of the AAABA League season during an interleague win over the Altoona Rail Birds on Saturday.
First Commonwealth scored two runs in the first and added three in the fifth. Pitcher Chris Horten scattered six hits.
Johnston Realty 3, First Commonwealth 0: In Altoona, Johnston Realty blanked First Commonwealth in a close interleague contest.
The Altoona squad had a run in the third and two more in the fourth.
Wise Trailer Sales 4, First Commonwealth 0: In Altoona, Wise Trailer Sales’ pitcher Jextin Pugh tossed a no-hitter as the Altoona team blanked First Commonwealth in interleague play.
Martella’s Pharmacy 10, Ophthalmic Associates 0 (5): Luke Williams went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI, and Derek Younker pitched a three-hit shutout as Martella’s Pharmacy won its eighth consecutive game at Roxbury Park.
Anthony Fanelli went 2-for-3, scored three runs and drove in three runs. Dillon Boyer had two hits, with a double and three runs scored. Christian Leech went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Younker had seven strikeouts and no walks. Martella’s notched its eighth shutout win of the season.
Martella’s Pharmacy 7, Laurel Auto Group 6 (8): In Friday’s other game at Roxbury, Jesse Cooper’s two-out single in the top of the eighth plated Matt McMillen with the go-ahead run in Martella’s extra-inning win over Laurel Auto Group.
Cooper went 4-for-5 with a run. Dillon Boyer went 2-for-3, scored once and drove in a run. McMillen went 2-for-3 and scored a run. Anthony Fanelli drove in two runs.
Laurel Auto Group’s Zach Zimmerman went 3-for-4 and scored two runs. Joe Fearer had two hits and drove in a run. Zac Heide doubled twice and had two RBI.
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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