Monday's Schedule

Tuesday's Schedule

Plus More Random Facts

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 today and tomorrow is available here.

Something new for this year is the Twitter Tangle (because it's such a mess). If you go to our "National Tournament" page you'll see an array of the most-relevant Twitter feeds at the bottom of the page. This way, you can keep up-to-date on scores without having to constantly search Twitter. Hopefully it is of some use to everyone.

Thoughts on Monday

This was the lowest scoring Monday since 2003 and the 65th lowest-scoring opening day of all time with only 67 runs scores in 8 games. That's an average of 8.38 runs-per-game, which beats out 1964 (8.25); 1971 and 1972 (both 7.75); 2003 (7.71); and 1955 (6.57) while tying 1947 and 1967. This was actually the 68th lowest scoring opening day until Baltimore's 2 run ninth inning shortly before midnight.

It is also only the fourth time that the tournament has posted back-to-back opening days with fewer than 10 runs-per-game ('64-65, '71-72, '00-01). In contrast, the 1997 opening day saw 159 runs cross the plate for an average of nearly 19.9 runs per game! Over the last 10 and 20 years, the tournament average of runs per game has been about 0.6 runs-per-game higher than opening night, so we should see a small uptick in the remaining games. The tournament averages around 12 runs per game all time.

Nothing too surprising so far in the tournament. Zanesville gave New Brunswick a good scare but stranded the tying run on third base, losing 3-2. The New Orleans drive for their 15th championship is alive and well with a 10-2 route of Altoona. Philadelphia's Billy Meyer threw a 5-hit shutout as the Bandits squeaked by the Columbus Jets 2-0. Brian Albert pitched a gem for Flood City who took down Youngstown 5-1. Brooklyn and Cleveland kept it close the whole way with the Rams rallying late for a 4-2 win. Buffalo had to qualify for the tournament this weekend and played their 6th game in 5 days. To make it worse, they drew the Des Plaines Patriots from Chicago, who showed no mercy in a 10-3 win. Livonia's Rams are back in town and showed up in a big way with an 11-4 victory over New York.

The Johnstown / Baltimore game was delayed nearly 90 minutes due to a terrential downpour and loss of power at Point Stadium. The home team sent the fans home wet but happy with a 9-1 win, capped off by Luke Williams' monster home run over the Screen Monster in left field.

Random Facts and Figures for Tuesday

Johnstown holds a slim 10-9 series lead over Brooklyn. Their last match in 2011 looked to be going Brooklyn's was they put up 7 runs through 2 innings to lead 7-1. But Johnstown's Martella's Pharmacy rallied for an incredible 12 runs in the bottom of the 3rd and eventually mercy-ruled the Rams 17-7. The 2009 Bonnie Rams had a bit more fun when they improved to 3-0 after a 12-inning 6-5 win against Johnstown's Delweld. Brooklyn is one of the few teams Johnstown has played outside the Point Stadium: an 8-2 loss at Roxbury in 1951 and a 4-2 win at Veteran's Memorial Stadium in Altoona during the flood year of 1977.

Altoona (Johnston Realty) and Buffalo (Leib's) will meet for the first time since 1987. Buffalo put up big numbers in both previous contests: 18-4 in 1982 and 11-7 in 1987. Buffalo also won 8-0 over Altoona this past weekend in the regional. Both teams have 1 loss in this year's tournament.

New Orleans is 7-2 against Chicago-Metropolitan since the Windys entered the association in 1987. Chicago won 10-8 in 2014 on their way to the national championship. New Orleans eliminated Chicago last year 5-3 on Thursday afternoon.

Flood City is 3-1 against Philadelphia including an 11-10 win at Roxbury in 1989. Johnstown teams are 9-6 against Philadelphia all time including a 3-0 win by Martella's last year to eliminate Philadelphia. The teams first met during their very first ever AAABA game on Wednesday August 22nd, 1945 at Fichtner Field in the West End. Philadelphia's Connie Mack All Stars won the game 9-1, but were disqualified due to improper registration, so the Prospect Juniors from Johnstown were credited with the win.

Youngstown has won 3 of 5 games against Columbus all time. The most recent meeting was a 16-7 win for Columbus Westerville Athletics at the Vo-Tech field in 1997. Both teams finished 2-2 in last year's tournament.

Baltimore is 5-1 all-time against Cleveland. The Ohioan's only win was the Chardon Blizzard's stunning 5-2 upset of the Youse's Orioles in 2012. The Blizzard finished 2nd in the tournament. This year's entries--the Cleveland Blaze and Baltimore Presstman Cardinals--met last year at Portage on Tuesday, which is the same schedule as this year. The Marylanders won 9-6 last time.

Two unusual situations are happening in the D-Pool. New Brunswick and Livonia both have 1 win and will play New York and Zanesville who both have 1 loss. (Zanesville has lost their opening day game in 15 of their last 18 tournaments including 6 in a row. ) If the first two teams win, they will advance to the quarter-finals regardless of Wednesday's results. New Brunswick has won 4 of 6 games all-time against New York, including an 18-3 mercy-ruled win in 2014. Prior to that New York had the most recent wins (1985 and 1997). New Brunswick's 1967 had the most impressive victory when they outscored New York 26-5 on Friday afternoon. Zanesville is 2-1 against Livonia with wins in 1982 and 2008. The Junior Pioneers are making only their 2nd appearance in Lilly. They lost their only other game to Youngstown 2-0 in 2005.

 

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