The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Mike Mastovich

June 26, 2013

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Patriotic performance: The City of Johnstown and the AAABA League will honor the region’s veterans during the July 3 doubleheader at Point Stadium.

Delweld manager Chris DelSignore proposed that the league offer free admission to veterans of the U.S. Armed Services and their family members in conjunction with Johnstown’s annual Fourth of July celebration.

The AAABA League plays on July 3 each year, a day in advance of the city’s popular performance by the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and a fireworks display at the Point.

“Chris approached me with the idea and I agreeed immediately,” said Darby Sprincz, Johnstown’s director of Public Works. “I just thought it was a fantastic idea. This is something we can do. America, apple pie and baseball. Here we go on the Fourth of July week.”

Children are admitted free during AAABA League season.

The hope is to provide autographs to youngsters.

“Some of the kids play baseball and don’t get an opportunity to watch the bigger guys play,” Sprincz said. “Here’s an opportunity for them to watch the bigger kids play for free.”

The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra worked with the league as well. Traditionally, JSO sets up the stage on July 3.

“When I told the Symphony what we were going to do on the third they were eccstatic,” Sprincz said. “They thought it was great.

“We’d like to work this into an annual event,” he added. “I think that would be fantastic.”

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3’s are wild: Delweld is batting .333 as a team (157-for-471) with 35 doubles. Five players with 30 or more at-bats are hitting better than .325.

Those are Josh Robinette (.387), Josh Staniscia (.385), Ian Helsel (.375), Eric Weyant (.364) and Zach Solarczyk (.327).

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Laurel duo: Zac Heide (17-for-44) and Joe Fearer (17-for-54) have combined for 34 of Laurel Auto Group’s 118 hits. Heide is batting .386, while Fearer is at .315.

LAG’s Zach Zimmerman (.355, 11-for-31) and Ben Webb (.320, 16-for-50) also are over .300 with more than 30 at-bats.

Mike Nowicki is 3-0 with a 3.20 ERA in 16 innings pitched.

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Renegade bat: Berkley Hills Renegades slugger Jason Shirley is batting a league-high .533 with 16 hits in 30 at-bats.  Berkley Hills has six players batting over .300 with the minimum 30 at-bats, including Brett Marabito (.371), Matt Kastelic (.333), Dan Gray (.333), John Jones (.340), Jake Pribanic (.326) and Rick Jones (.321).

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