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July 29, 2013

Delweld names AAABA pickup players

JOHNSTOWN — Addressing depth issues on its pitching staff and in the outfield, AAABA League champion Delweld announced its add-on selections for the team it will bring to the 69th AAABA Tournament, starting next Monday.

With players lost to injury, other leagues and the professional ranks, Delweld’s ability to add four faces to the squad did not displace anyone who helped the club win its seventh AAABA League postseason championship.

“Everyone who was in the dugout on Saturday can participate,” DelSignore said. “Swapping those guys in, we feel a lot more comfortable with those guys in. It won’t be an issue as far as the numbers game.” 

League runner-up Martella’s Pharmacy will announce its selections today.

Delweld selected outfielder Nate Campbell and left-handed pitcher Nate Spohn from the Berkley Hills Renegades while plucking Chris Nolan and Ryan Bills – both right-handed pitchers – from Laurel Auto Group.

Campbell hit .330 and scored 28 runs for the Renegades, who finished third during the regular season. Campbell has donned the navy blue and and Vegas gold of Delweld in the past, serving as a pick-up in the club’s 2011 run through the tournament.

“He did a really good job for us in 2011,” DelSignore said. “Last year he was the league MVP. He brings some experience and familiarity. He’s going to log some significant time in the outfield.”

Spohn pitched his way to a

4-3 record with the Renegades in 2013. He struck out 25 batters while posting a 3.19 ERA.

“He’s probably one of the top left-handers in the league,” DelSignore noted. “We wanted to add a left-handed arm. He can start for us, we can use him as a reliever. He brings some tournament experience and he helps us by adding another big arm and some flexibility.”

With Laurel Auto Group, Bills worked his way to a 2-3 record with a 3.96 ERA. He fanned 19 batters over 36 1⁄3 innings during his eight appearances. Bills also swung his way to a .264 average with 15 RBI. His versatility is what drew DelSignore to bringing him into the Delweld fold.

“We were real impressed with the way he threw and we were impressed with the way he swung the bat and played third base,” DelSignore said “He may allow us to do some different things with our depth on the corners or as a bat off the bench.”

Nolan’s 441⁄3 innings led Laurel Auto while his 25 strikeouts were second on the club. A couple of outings against Delweld solidified his argument for a tournament roster spot.

“He threw couple times against us,” DelSignore said. “I like he way he throws and his approach, he’s a tough kid. He’ll probably be used in a relief role. We had a hard time with him as hitters when he threw.” 

Delweld – as the AAABA League playoff champion – will represent Johnstown during Monday’s opening night festivities. An opponent, along with all first-round pairings, will be announced on Sunday.

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