Monday's Schedule

Wednesday's Schedule

Plus All The Possible Scenarios

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.

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 Tuesday

A tip of the cap to Zanesville for their upset win over Livonia. The Junior Pioneers have a promising future with new coach Dave Balo and have now given him his first national tournament victory.

Brooklyn had the edge over Johnstown 2-0 into the ninth inning but couldn't hold on. Johnstown appeared to take a lead in the ninth on an apparent home run, but the umpires ruled that it was not a home run, so the game went into extra innings. Johnstown scores 4 times in the 11th and held off a Brooklyn rally to win 6-5.

New Orleans looked strong in a 6-1 win over championship contendors Chicago. Buffalo knocked Altoona around for the second time in a few days with a 12-1 win. Youngstown and Cleveland were delayed 3 hours due to a soggy field at Fichtner, but the Jets won 6-1 in the end. New Brunswick shut out New York 8-0 and Cleveland rebounded with a 9-2 win over Baltimore. Flood City stayed undefeated with a tight 5-2 win over Philadelphia.

Normally, four teams would be eliminated from the tournament, but instead they will continue playing tomorrow due to the new pool play rules. Altoona, New York, Baltimore, and Youngstown will all try to prevent themselves from becoming the first team in AAABA history to leave town with 3 losses.

Wednesday Scenarios

Theoreticaly, every team is still able to advance, but some will have a much easier time than others. The top two teams in each pool with the most wins will advance. The tie-breakres (in order) are head-to-head result, runs against, runs scores, and coin toss. Hopefully I got this all sorted out correctly. This is the first year for pool play, after all.

Let me add an aside to complain about using a coin toss to decide who advances, particularly as only the fourth tie-breaker. These young men have been playing hard for three days and have done plenty of good (and bad) things that could be used to determine who advances rather than blind luck. Examples include (in no order): fewest runs allowed in a single game; most runs scored in a single game; most shut out innings pitched; most strike outs (pitching); fewest strike outs (batting); most hits; fewest hits allowed; fewest errors committed; most runs scored in one inning; most doubles; fewest walks. Seriously, there are dozens of better ways to determine who advances than a coin toss. But you came here for statistics, so here we go . . .

POOLTEAMCAN ADVANCE WITH
ANew OrleansWin
Loss AND Chicago loss
Loss AND fewer runs against than Chicago or Buffalo
Chicago-MetroWin AND Buffalo loss
Win AND Buffalo win AND fewer runs against than New Orleans or Buffalo
Loss AND Buffalo loss AND fewer runs against than Buffalo and Altoona
BuffaloWin AND Chicago loss
Win AND Chicago win AND fewer runs against than New Orleans or Chicago
Loss AND Chicago loss AND fewer runs against than Chicago and Altoona
AltoonaWin AND Buffalo loss AND fewer runs against than Chicago and Buffalo
BFlood CityWin
Loss AND Philadelphia loss
Loss AND fewer runs against than Philadelphia or Columbus
ColumbusWin AND Philadelphia loss
Win AND Philadelphia win AND fewer runs against than Flood City or Philadelphia
Loss AND Philadelphia loss AND fewer runs against than Philadelphia and Youngstown
PhiladelphiaWin AND Columbus loss
Win AND Columbus win AND fewer runs against than Flood City or Columbus
Loss AND Columbus loss AND fewer runs against than Columbus and Youngstown
YoungstownWin AND Columbus loss AND fewer runs against than Philadelphia and Columbus
CJohnstownWin
Loss AND Brooklyn loss
Loss AND fewer runs against than Brooklyn or Cleveland
ClevelandWin AND Brooklyn loss
Win AND Brooklyn win AND fewer runs against than Johnstown or Brooklyn
Loss AND Brooklyn loss AND fewer runs against than Brooklyn and Baltimore
BrooklynWin AND Cleveland loss
Win AND Cleveland win AND fewer runs against than Johnstown or Cleveland
Loss AND Cleveland loss AND fewer runs against than Cleveland and Baltimore
BaltimoreWin AND Cleveland loss AND fewer runs against than Brooklyn and Cleveland
DNew Brunswick Win
Loss AND Zanesville loss
Loss AND fewer runs against than Zanesville or Livonia
LivoniaWin AND Zanesville loss
Win AND Zanesville win AND fewer runs against than New Brunswick or Zanesville
Loss AND Zanesville loss AND fewer runs against than Zanesville and New York
ZanesvilleWin AND Livonia loss
Win AND Livonia win AND fewer runs against than New Brunswick or Livonia
Loss AND Livonia loss AND fewer runs against than Livonia and New York
New YorkWin AND Livonia loss AND fewer runs against than Zanesville and Livonia

 

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