Austin’s preseason predictions coming true

At the beginning of the season, Altoona AAABA president John Austin predicted there would be a two-team race that would go down to the wire.

He has proven to be prophetic.

The regular season is winding down and standings could not be any tighter.

The AAABA teams play a 22-game season, and through Friday night’s games, just as Austin stated, it’s a two-team race between Wise Trailer Sales and Johnston Realty.

Wise Trailer Sales is leading the pack at 12-3 with Johnston Realty trailing at 15-4. Although Johnston Realty has three more victories, Wise Trailer holds a slim winning percentage lead (.800) to (.790).

Needless to say, it should be an interesting few final weeks of the season.

Hot hitters:

n It’s amazing just how hot four teammates for JnD Guns were in three reported games this week.

Jarrod Klausman went 5-for-10, hit a double, scored seven runs and drove in three. Andy Glass went 6-for-9, scored six runs, drove in five runs, and hit a pair of doubles. Jerrell Jackson, JnD Guns’ No. 3 hitter and centerfielder, went 6-for-12, hit a triple, drove home four and scored six.

Finally, Jordan Klausman had his best week of the season, going 6-for-7, with four runs scored and three RBIs.

n R.J. Barnard and Mark Saxman, of ProActive Sports, combined to go 10-for-21, hit three doubles, hit a triple, slammed a homer, scored 10 runs and knocked in 10.

n In only one game for Lilly Conrad Chiropractic/American Legion this past week, Cody Gallaher had four hits in five at-bats, scored four runs and collected two RBIs.

Pitchers that excelled:

n Tyler Stiffler and Sean Gority combined on a one-hit shutout against Sheetz Monday. The pitchers, who pitch for ProActive Sports, combined to strike out seven and didn’t walk a batter.

n Mountain View Archery’s Tyler Sweeney and Pat Smith combined on a four-hit shutout of Crown Jewels/Cox Refractories. Sweeney picked up the win.

n Brian Farabaugh, of JnD Guns, pitched a three-hitter, allowing just two runs.?He struck out five batters in four-plus innings Monday against Crown Jewels/Cox Refractories at Mansion Park.

n ProActive Sports’ Ryan Clouse pitched a five-hitter, allowed two runs, fanned nine and walked just three in a 9-2 victory over Crown Jewels/Cox Refractories Thursday at Mansion Park.

n Tim Scholly and Mark Curtis combined on a two-hitter, allowing just one run, striking out five and walking just one batter in a 4-1 win over Mountain View Archery Tuesday. Scholly picked up a win for Johnston Realty.

Hot teams:

n ProActive Sports went 3-0, knocking off Mountain View twice and Sheetz once.

n Through Friday night’s games, Johnston Realty went 2-0.

Cold teams:

n Crown Jewels/Cox Refracto-ries went 0-3, dropping to 5-15 on the season.

n Mountain View Archery went 1-4.