Martin Oil, Park Furniture head to nationals
Martin Oil made it all the way to the NABF national quarterfinals last season.
The George B. Kelley Baseball Federation champ will try to surpass that this weekend.
Martin will have two games today as pool play begins in the NABF Senior Division (age 18-and-under) World Series at the Cene Park baseball complex in Struthers, Ohio, a suburb of Youngstown.
Park Furniture, the Kelley Federation runner-up, also is part of the 15-team tournament field. The bracket consists of three five-team pools – the champion and runner-up of each pool advances to Saturday’s quarterfinal round, as do a pair of wild-card entries.
Martin Oil opens at 10 a.m. today against the Stark County Terriers from the Canton, Ohio area. Martin returns to action at 3 p.m. to face the Ohio Glaciers, a team of predominantly western Pennsylvania players who traveled to Youngstown to compete in its league. The Glaciers, coached by Don Pletcher, feature a number of Division I college recruits.
Martin Oil faces Troy American Legion in its only game on Friday, then wraps up pool action against the Sayo Grays of Bronx, N.Y. on Saturday.
Park Furniture’s pool is headlined by the Maryland Monarchs, last year’s champion; Park will take on the defending champ in its fourth game. Park has one game today, meeting up with The Blaze of Cleveland at 12:30 p.m.
Park Furniture plays twice on Friday.
The tournament semifinals and championship game are scheduled for Sunday.
NABF World Series
Electric City Charge0-0
Troy American Legion0-0
Stark County Terriers0-0
All games in Struthers, Ohio
Maryland Monarchs vs. The Blaze, 10 a.m.
Electric City Charge vs. Brooklyn Bonnies, 10 a.m.
Stark County Terriers vs. Martin Oil, 10 a.m.
Team Ontario vs. Brownlee Lookouts, 12:30
The Blaze vs. Park Furniture, 12:30
Creekside Fitness vs. Electric City Charge, 12:30
Martin Oil vs. Ohio Glaciers, 3
Brownless Lookouts vs. Maryland Monarchs, 3
Michigan Bulls vs. Rudzik Excavating, 3
Rudzik Excavating vs. Creekside Fitness, 5:30
Troy American Legion vs. Stark County Terriers, 5:30
Ohio Glaciers vs. Sayo Grays, 5:30
Team Ontario vs. Park Furniture, 12:30
Sayo Grays vs. Stark County Terriers, 12:30
Brooklyn Bonnies vs. Rudzik Excavating, 12:30
Stark County Terriers vs. Ohio Glaciers, 3
Martin Oil vs. Troy American Legion, 3
Brownlee Lookouts vs. The Blaze, 3
Troy American Legion vs. Sayo Grays, 5:30
Michigan Bulls vs. Brooklyn Bonnies, 5:30
Park Furniture vs. Brownlee Lookouts, 5:30
Creekside Fitness vs. Michigan Bulls, 8
Maryland Monarchs vs. Team Ontario, 8
Rudzik Excavating vs. Electric City Charge, 8
Electric City Charge vs. Michigan Bulls, 12:30
The Blaze vs. Team Ontario, 12:30
Ohio Glaciers vs. Troy American Legion, 12:30
Brooklyn Bonnies vs. Creekside Fitness, 3
Park Furniture vs. Maryland Monarchs, 3
Sayo Grays vs. Martin Oil, 3
Group B winner vs. Wild Card No. 1, 5:30
Group C winner vs. Wild Card No. 2, 5:30
Group A runner-up vs. Group C runner-up, 5:30
Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up, 8
Group B winner/Wild Card No. 1 winner vs. Group C winner/Wild Card No. 2 winner, 11:30 a.m.
Group A winner/Group B runner-up winner vs. Group A runner-up/Group C runner-up winner, 11:30 a.m.
Semifinal winners, 2