Two AAABA teams return

From Mirror reports

Cumming Motors will again try and challenge Johnston Realty in the Altoona AAABA League this year.

Cumming and Johnston will be the only two AAABA teams and will play each other three times during the regular season and will also play a full schedule against the Greater City Baseball League teams.

Johnston Realty returns 14 players from its team that won the Altoona League last season and advanced to the semifinals of the AAABA National Tournament in Johnstown. Cumming Motors welcomes more than 20 newcomers to its roster.

Johnston and Cumming will begin their seasons on May 30 by facing each other.

Cumming Motors

Manager: Chris Sanders

Last year’s record: 10-8

Returning players: Catcher Cumming, 1B; Derek Shaw, C; Brenden Vollkommer, INF; Adam Sinisi, 3B-P; Brandon Durbin, INF-OF; Nevin Wood, P-3B; Austin Miller, P.

Newcomers: Casey Winters, RF-DH; Jake Cherry, C-P; Matt Parks, INF; Ryan Leonard, OF; Larry Corle, 2B; Chase Smith, CF; Brendan Kuhns, INF-OF-P; Mike Turiano, P-INF; Zack Boslett, P-OF; Josh Krise, P; Hunter Friendburger, P-OF-INF; Dakota Chamberlain, SS-P-2B; Corey Chamberlain, P-INF; Adam Branick, 1B-DH; Bubba Johnson, P; Cam Mauk, 1B-P; Cullen Gahagan, OF; Jack Johnson, P-INF; Logan Margroum, C-P-INF; Keaton Nolan, INF; Hunter Emerick, P; Matt Neumeyer, P.

Strengths: “A lot of experience at the college level.”

Concerns: “Pitching depth and lack of time to build team chemistry.”

Overall: “For being a team in the league last year, the team will have a different look to it. We will see where we are right out of the gate with playing the defending champs, Johnston Realty.”

Team to beat: Johnston Realty, Locker Room, Lilly

Johnston Realty

Manager: Craig Treese

Last year’s record: 17-6, semifinals of the AAABA National Tournament

Returning players: Tyler Treese, INF-OF; Lennox Pugh, INF; Cory Storm, INF-P; Frank Montecalvo, OF; Drew Weglarz, OF-P; Brendan Hileman, INF-P; Lane Wertz, C; Keegan Soltis, C-INF; Trenton Creppage, INF-OF; Adam Bankovich, C; Logan Williamson, INF; Ben Briggs, P; Cameron Domblisky, P; Alex Mykut, P.

Newcomers: Allen Mackey, C; Caleb Gampe, P-INF; Asher Corl, C; CJ Funk, INF-OF; Joe Grassi, P-OF; Nick Helsel, OF; Garrett Kratzer, P-INF; Hunter Klotz, C; Austin Hammerle, P-OF; Alex Kitko, P; Nolan Walters, P; Rece Ritchey, P; Jackson Ritchey, P; Brian Egan, P; Cole Bernier, P; Gage Coudriet, P.

Strengths: “We have a strong core group of returning players that play well together and gained some valuable experience in the National Tournament last year. We have added quality players that will be able to step in, contribute and provide depth both in pitching and in the field.”

Concerns: “We have a large roster, but with players of this age working jobs and involved in travel ball, it will be a challenge to manage the roster and playing time to ensure that we consistently field a strong team that continues to play well together.”

Overall outlook: “I am excited to start the season with these guys. They are a great group of guys that are fun to manage. With the talent on this team, we have the potential to have a great season.”

Team to beat: “Cumming Motors, as it is the other Altoona AAABA team. Locker Room and Lilly have consistently been at the top of the City League, so beating them would show that we are playing well.”