Altoona will host a AAABA regional event for the 24th consecutive year and 34th time since 1977. Altoona won the regional last year as New York was forced to forfeit. The hosts have won their regional 5 times in the past 10 years.
For 2013, five teams will compete in the regional: Columbus, New York, Philadelphia, Youngstown, and host Altoona. As host, the Rail City receives a direct bid to the national tournament. The highest-finishing of the four guests will also advance to Johnstown.
Philadelphia last won the Altoona regional in 2010 with an amazing triple-header sweep over Altoona and Miami. The franchise also won in 1994. They are competing in the Altoona regional for the 3rd time in the past 5 years.
Columbus will be competing in its 3rd Altoona regional and first since 1996. Their last regional was in 2011 in Zanesville where they finished 4th with one win.
New York City returns to Altoona for a second consecutive year. They were sent back to a regional as punishment for a rule violation in 2012.
Youngstown will be competing in its 4th Altoona regional and first since 2004, when they finished winless in two games.
This year, games will begin on Friday and last through Sunday (Monday if needed).
All regional games are scheduled for 7 innings.
Altoona (as regional host) and regional champion will advance to the national tournament in Johnstown.
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