Delweld’s historic run to the championship round of the 69th annual All American Amateur Baseball Association Tournament encountered a familiar obstacle on Sunday afternoon.
The Youse’s Maryland Orioles franchise from Baltimore defeated Delweld twice at Point Stadium to eliminate the Johnstown representative and claim the AAABA championship.
Baltimore came back to win 12-5 in the first game played in front of an estimated 3,000 fans. Youse’s then won 13-3 in a mercy-rule shortened second game for the title.
“All things considered, I’m very proud of this team,” said Delweld manager Chris DelSignore, whose team was only the second in Johnstown history to win its first five games of the tournament.
“Going into this, if somebody would have told us we’d start
5-0, we definitely would sign up for it.
“We didn’t get it done today. It hurts, but these are the things that keep us moving forward.”
Delweld (5-2) was the sixth Johnstown representative in nearly seven decades to reach the championship round. Johnstown has never won the AAABA Tournament.
Baltimore (6-1) captured its 29th championship in its 35th title game appearance.
“This whole team, the organization, worked really hard,” said Baltimore first baseman Ryan Ripken, son of National Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.
“We’ve had a lot of ups and downs, a lot of injuries,” added Ripken, who earned the AAABA Tournament Most Valuable Player Award and led the tournament with 13 runs batted in.
“For us to come together and put together a great week of baseball means a lot,” Ripken said. “It really means a lot to us players to add to the tradition of this organization.”
Delweld had defeated Baltimore 7-5 on Friday night and followed up with a victory over Cleveland on Saturday to advance to the championship round in the double-defeat elimination tournament.
“Chris DelSignore has done a great job with this ballclub,” Baltimore coach Jason King said. “Hopefully I’m here when Johnstown wins it. I would love to see Johnstown win it one time. Great fans. Great people. Great place to be.”
Mike Mastovich is a sports writer for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on twitter.com/@masty81.