Monday's Schedule

Thursday's Schedule

Plus explanation of how each team advanced or was eliminated

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 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 Wednesday

If you want to know how teams advanced, keep reading to the bottom of the page.

What a wild and unfortunately disappointing day in the AAABA. I can't commment on the baseball since I could not attend the games, but I'm sure the teams delivered plenty of good action. The results of the pool play were less than satisfactory, however. Before more details, let me affirm the fact that rules and rules and that this year's champion will have earned that title. I will not be placing any asterisks on this site. Pool play is messy, but it was the agreed-upon methodology and all the teams are playing hard to win. All the advancing teams should be congratulated for their efforts, I just feel that there should be a few more teams advancing, as well.

In Pool A, Chicago beat Altoona to improve to 2-1 while sending Johnston Realty home with 3 losses. Buffalo stunned defending champions New Orleans with a 4-1 upset but were eliminated from the tournament on tie-breakers. Buffalo had a great year going but now have it cut short because they allowed too many runs and lost their game against Chicago. The season started well with Leib's making a triumphant return to the Buffalo AAABA league and advancing to the the Altoona Regional. There, they battled back from a first-day loss to collect 4 wins in a row, including two against 2015 national runners-up Boston. Those final two games were a "double-header" that took place across two different days, at two different fields, and in two different counties! Then, they immediately started play in the national tournament the very next day. They cap it off with a big win over powerhouse New Orleans and yet have little reward for all their efforts.

In Pool B, Columbus beat Flood City 4-2 to get their second win. Philadelphia beat Youngstown 10-3, setting up another three-way tie at the top. Columbus had the fewest runs against (a very stingy 5 through 3 games) and won the pool. Flood City beat Philadelphia on Tuesday which lets them advance. Philadelphia meets the same fate as Buffalo and will leave the tournament with 2 wins and only 1 loss. Originally (on social media) I had repeated the claim that Youngstown's 2 un-earned runs against Philadelphia in the ninth inning led to Philly's elimination. However, looking at the standings again, even without those two runs Columbus would have still won the first tie-breaker. In reality, Philadelphia would have needed to shut out Youngstown to have advanced.

An interesting side note: this is Philadelphia's second time leaving Johnstown with only 1 loss. During the inaugural 1945 tournament, they won their first game against Johnstown but were disqualified for improper registration afterwards. The game was forfeited and Philadelphia left town with an 0-1 record.

In Pool C, Cleveland rallied for 4 runs in the ninth inning to defeat the hosts Martella's Pharmacy from Johnstown. Since Johnstown had scored 3 runs against Cleveland, however, that meant Brooklyn won the runs-against tiebreaker and Cleveland won the head-to-head tiebreaker. As a result, Johnstown is eliminated. It is certainly a crushing way to be ousted from the tournament, especially since Johnstown had only one loss this year. Must credit should go to the Cleveland entry, however, who fought hard to the end and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. I'm sure a lot of local fans are upset by the outcome, but in terms of the tournament history this will go down as one of the most thrilling moments.

In Pool D, New Brunswick swept through all three games to advance. Since New York beat Zanesville today, the bottom three teams all had 1 win and 2 losses. The tie-breaker went to Zanesville who had the fewest runs against. So, New York got to play their extra game (they would have been eliminated on Tuesday under the double-elimination rules) and made good use of it by earning the win. Zanesville's upset of Livonia looks so much greater now as that win lets the Junior Pioneers move on to the final eight.

How They Each Advanced or Were Eliminated

A lot of folks have expressed confusion in regards to how each team was able to advance or was eliminated. Here is a table that attempts to explain how each team met their fate. Keep in mind that each pool is independent of the others, so the only thing that matters is how each team played against the other teams in its own pool. Teams were ranked based on wins with ties being broken by (1st) head-to-head result (2nd) runs-against (3rd) runs-for and (4th) coin toss.

Let's look at Pool C as an example. Baltimore was eliminated because they had the fewest wins. The other three teams (Johnstown, Brooklyn, and Cleveland) were all tied with 2 wins. The head-to-head results were useless because Johnstown beat Brooklyn, but Brooklyn beat Cleveland, and Cleveland beat Johnstown, so it's circular and no one has a discernable advantage. As a result, we moved to runs-against (how many runs their opponents scored against them in the three games). Brooklyn wins this tie-breaker because they only allowed 8 runs, while Cleveland allowed 9 runs and Johnstown allowed 12. So that leaves Johnstown and Cleveland still tied, but Cleveland wins that tie-breaker because they defeated Johnstown on Wednesday night in their head-to-head match-up.

If Johnstown had won, they would have advances (3-0 record) along with Brooklyn (2-1) while Cleveland (1-2) and Baltimore (0-3) were eliminated.

If Johnstown had lost but scored less than 2 runs, then both Cleveland (2-1) and Johnstown (2-1) would have advanced while Brooklyn (2-1) would be eliminated. Why? Because when the game started, Brooklyn had 8 runs-against, Cleveland had 6 runs against, and Johnstown had 8 runs against. If Johnstown loses, they must have allowed at least 1 run-against, which means Brooklyn has them beat on that tie-breaker. But if they had only scored 0 or 1 runs against Cleveland, then Cleveland's total would have been 6 or 7 runs-against, which is fewer than Brooklyn's. Therefore Cleveland wins the three-way tie by having the fewest runs against and Johnstown wins the second tie-breaker because they beat Brooklyn on Tuesday.

Instead, Cleveland beat Johnstown (resulting in a 3-way tie) and Johnstown scored 3 runs against Cleveland (giving them 9 runs against compared to Brooklyn's 8). Brooklyn wins the runs-against criteria and Cleveland wins the head-to-head with Johnstown.

Here is the full table summary:

POOLTEAMHow They Advanced or Were Eliminated
ANew Orleans ADVANCES as #1 seed from Pool A
Won first tie-breaker with Chicago-Metro and Buffalo (all with 2-1 records) because they had the fewest runs-against (7)
Chicago-MetroADVANCES as #2 seed from Pool A
Lost first tie-breaker because they have more runs-against (11) than New Orleans (7)
Won second tie-breaker because they beat Buffalo on Monday
BuffaloELIMINATED
Lost first tie-breaker because they have more runs-against (12) than New Orleans (7)
Lost second tie-breaker because they lost to Chicago on Monday
AltoonaELIMINATED
Fewest wins
BColumbus ADVANCES as #1 seed from Pool B
Won tie-breaker with Flood City and Philadelphia (all with 2-1 records) because they had the fewest runs-against (5)
Flood CityADVANCES as #2 seed from Pool B
Lost first tie-breaker because they have more runs-against (7) than Columbus (5)
Won second tie-breaker because they beat Philadelphia on Tuesday
PhiladelphiaELIMINATED
Lost first tie-breaker because they have more runs-against (8) than Columbus (5)
Lost second tie-breaker because they lost to Flood City on Tuesday
YoungstownELIMINATED
Fewest wins
CBrooklyn ADVANCES as #1 seed from Pool C
Won first tie-breaker with Cleveland and Johnstown (all with 2-1 records) because they had the fewest runs-against (8)
ClevelandADVANCES as #2 seed from Pool C
Lost first tie-breaker because they have more runs-against (9) than Brooklyn (8)
Won second tie-breaker because they beat Johnstown on Wednesday
JohnstownELIMINATED
Lost first tie-breaker because they have more runs-against (12) than Brooklyn (8)
Lost second tie-breaker because they lost to Cleveland on Wednesday
BaltimoreELIMINATED
Fewest wins
DNew Brunswick ADVANCES as #1 seed from Pool D
Most wins
ZanesvilleADVANCES as #2 seed from Pool D
Won first tie-breaker with Livonia and New York (all with 1-2 records) because they had the fewest runs-against (11)
LivoniaELIMINATED
Lost first tie-breaker with Zanesville and New York (all with 1-2 records) because they have more runs-against (19) than Zanesville (11)
New YorkELIMINATED
Lost first tie-breaker with Zanesville and Livonia (all with 1-2 records) because they have more runs-against (24) than Zanesville (11)

 

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