Monday's Schedule

Monday's Schedule

Johnstown opens against Baltimore

Although our coverage will be sparse this year, I will still try to post schedule and score updates as often as my schedule will allow. All of the information will be posted under the "National Tournament" link on the main page.

The full schedule for tomorrow is available here.

Random Facts and Figures

Johnstown will open against Baltimore for the first time since 1982. Baltimore won that contest 7-1 as well as the 1980 opener 15-5. Those are the only two previous times that Baltimore has played in the opener.

Johnstown is 37-29 in tournament openers all-time. They are represented once again by Martella's Pharmacy, who won their league with a 25-7 record and swept through two rounds and six games of playoff baseball. This will be the Pharmacist's seventh time as host and eleventh tournament overall, including 3 appearances as the Johnstown Grays. They are  25-22 overall with five Top-5 finishes.

Baltimore is represented by the Presstman Cardinals for only the second time in their history. The Cardinals are looking to improve on a one-win tournament last year.

Buffalo rallied for two wins over Boston (last year's national runner-up) to win the rain-delayed Altoona Regional. It is Buffalo's first regional championship since 1984 after a string of seven (!) runner-up efforts in 10 regional appearances. The bad news for them is that they have to turn around and immediate play in the national tournament now. They are represented this year by Leib's who makes a return to Johnstown after a 20-year absense. The Nickel Citys open against the 2014 champions from Chicago.

New Orleans and Altoona will play the first ever AAABA game at Mount Aloysius field tomorrow at 11 am. The Southerners hold a 3-1 all-time series lead. The college is a mere 20 miles from Altoona and the Dixielanders always have a strong following, so except a large crowd for this one. New Orleans has not won back-to-back championships since their three-peat in 1955.

Philadelphia is 4-3 against Columbus all time. They last played at Fichtner field in 2012 with Columbus winning 5-4. These two franchises have 9 wins over the past two tournaments and both finished at 2-2 last year. Should be a competitive game for the fans at Roxbury.

Youngstown has never played the Flood City entry (Johnstown's runner-up team), but they are 4-5 against Johnstown all-time since 1978. The last match-up was on opening night in 2014 when Johnstown's Martella's Pharmacy won 11-4 in front of 5,500 fans.

Cleveland won their only previous game against Brooklyn 7-5 at Revloc in 2006. Brooklyn is winless in their last two tournaments. Cleveland left Johnstown without a win last year. Somebody's losing streak will come to an end beginning at 11am today at Lilly.

The Michigan Rams are reportedly back for Livonia. Rick Berryman's team is 13-14 in 7 tournament appearances, including a pair of 4th place finishes in 2005 and 2012. They finished 2nd in their league this year with a record of 25-10-1 and it's good to see their first-class club back in Johnstown. Rico Pena's New York City team finished 1-2 in 2014 and open against Livonia at Fichtner (aka Johnstown Middle School) at 11am. Livonia is 4-1 all-time against New York (the Rams have 2 of those wins), although the Empires did notch a 20-3 victory at Somerset in 2014.

The New Brunswick Matrix finished in 3rd place in their league this year with an 18-11-1 record. The Zanesville Junior Pioneers are 28-6 but have lost some key members of their club. The Ohioans only have 2 wins in their past 5 tournaments, while the Matrix were the 2012 national champions. All time, the series is a tight 3-2 split for New Brunswick including their most recent win: 12-4 at Fichtner in 2012.

 

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