CM to the Mount, Johnston at Park
The 76th annual National AAABA Baseball Tournament in the Cambria County area and surrounding towns begins today with two Altoona teams competing in Cresson and Johnstown.
At noon, Johnston Realty will take on the Philadelphia Bandits at noon at Roxbury Park in Johnstown. Those two teams are in the upper bracket of the event along with Martella’s Pharmacy of Johnstown, New Orleans, Columbus, Brooklyn 2, Zanesville and Cleveland.
In the lower bracket, Cumming Motors will take on Buffalo All In Sports at noon at Mount Aloysius. The other teams in this bracket are Brooklyn 1, Youngstown, North Carolina, Maryland State, Johnstown’s Paul Carpenter Capital Advisors and New Brunswick.
Johnston Realty is part of Pool B while Cumming Motors is part of Pool D.
Since there was no tourney in 2020 because of the pandemic, the last team to win the tourney was New Orleans in 2019. Martella’s won it in 2018 while New Orleans won it in 2017.
City League playoffs
Blair County Oil advanced to the Altoona Greater City League semifinals, thanks to a 16-1 win in four innings on Sunday at Vets Field.
BCO, which won the best-of-3 series 2-1, scored 12 runs in the second inning for a 14-0 lead, and the game ended when Pro Fab was shut out in the top of the fourth inning.
Ben Foose had four RBIs to go with two each from Sean Steffy and Mark Saxman. Steffy finished with two hits to go with three hits and an RBI from Josh Wyandt.
Foose, the winning pitcher, struck out three and did not walk a batter.
On Saturday, BCO earned a game 3 with a 12-4 win over Pro Fab. Foose had two triples, three hits total, and four RBIs to go with two RBIs and two hits from Saxman in a game BCO led, 6-2, after three. The winners added six runs in the fifth inning to pull away for good.
Gabe Bryan chipped in with three hits and two RBIs for the winners. Marty Lessard had three hits for Pro Fab to go with two hits from Adam Weiland.
In other action, B&M Contracting earned a trip to the semifinals with a 6-5 win over Medicine Shoppe Saturday at Vets to win that series, 2-0.
Winning pitcher Braden O’Donnell had two hits and scored two runs to go with two hits and an RBI from Brandon Durbin.
The Shoppe, which trailed 4-1 after two innings, got a home run from Robbie Yahner and two hits and an RBI from Michael Turiano.
B&M 6, MEDICINE SHOPPE 5
MEDECINE SHOPPE (5): Turiano ss 412, Yahner c 211, Scalice 1b 401, Shaffer dh 301, Hunter dh 100, Lytle 2b 000, McGeary 3b 401, Z. Kuhns rf 410, Sell cf 320, Ralston p 301, Nichols lf 301. Totals: 31-5-8
B&M CONTRACTING (6): Ball ss-p 311, Bra. O’Donnell p-ss 322, Durbin 2b 312, Patterson 1b 200, Becquet c 301, Niemand cf 300, Sanders lf 311, Bro. O’Donnell 3b 311, Lee rf 300. Totals: 26-6-8
SCORE BY INNINGS
Medicine 101 102 0 — 5 8 0
B&M 220 020 X — 6 8 4
E–Becquet 2, Bro. O’Donnell, Ball. 2B–Scalice, Sanders. 3B–Turiano, Ball. HR–Yahner. RBI–Turiano, Yahner, Scalice, Nichols, Ball, Niemand, Durbin, Becquet. WP–Bra. O’Donnell. LP–Ralston. SO–Bra. O’Donnell 5, Ralston 5. BB–Bra. O’Donnell 3, Ralston 2.
Records: B&M wins series, 2-0
BCO 12, PRO FAB 4
BCO (12): J. Wyandt rf 401, Steffy lf 511, Saxman p-3b 412, Sweeney c 431, Foose ss 433, Bryant 2b 413, Patterson 1b 410, Conrad 3b-p 310, Siford cf 401. Totals: 36-12-12
PRO FAB SOLUTIONS (4): K. Weiland 3b 401, A. Weiland ss 322, L. Mento 2b 401, Lessard c 413, R. Mento 1b 401, B. Hoover cf 401, Vinglish lf 301, Smith rf 311, Hanlon dh 300, Itle p 000, Newberry p 000. Totals: 32-4-11
SCORE BY INNINGS
BCO 303 060 0 — 12 12 2
Pro Fab 101 110 0 — 4 11 4
E–Sweeney, Conrad, K. Weiland 2, A. Weiland, R. Mento. 2B–Bryan, Smith. 3B–Foose 2, Steffy. RBI–Foose 4, Saxman 2, Bryan 2, Siford, Patterson, B. Hoover, A. Weiland. WP–Saxman. LP–Itle. SO–Saxman 4, Conrad 2. BB–Saxman 1, Itle 1.
Series tied at 1-1
BCO 16, PRO FAB 1
PRO FAB SOLUTIONS (1): K. Weiland c 211, A. Weiland ss-p-ss 202, L. Mento 2b-rf-2b 200, Lessard c 200, R. Mento 3b 100, B. Hoover p-ss-lf 200, Piotti 1b 100, Newberry lf-p 100, Smith rf-2b 100, Vinglish rf 000. Totals: 14-1-3
BCO (16): J. Wyandt rf 333, Steff lf 422, Saxman 3b 211, Sweeney c 211, Foose ss-p 121, Bryan 2b-p 320, Martin ss-2b 222, Patterson 1b 210, Siford cf 221. Totals — 23-16-11
SCORE BY INNINGS
Pro Fab 000 1XX X — 1 3 4
BCO 2(12)2 XXX X — 16 11 0
E–R. Mento 2, B. Hoover, Lessard. 2B–Steffy. 3B–Foose, Martin. RBI–Foose 4, Steffy 2, Saxman 2, J. Wyandt, Martin, Siford. WP–Foose. LP–B. Hoover. SO–Foose 3, A. Weiland 2. BB–B. Hoover 3, A. Weiland 2, Bryan 1.
BCO wins series 2-1