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August 3, 2016, Johnstown PA
Leibs defeated the defending national AAABA champion, New Orleans today, 4 to 1, but to no avail, as the Leibs team was eliminated from the national tournament.  The process for breaking ties for continuation left Leibs out in the cold.  This team won 6 of 8 games between the regional and national tournament, and along the way defeated the runner-up in last years tournament and the eventual winner, but it wasn't enough.
Tyler Howard pitched a masterful game today, going the distance, giving up just 2 hits and the one run.  Brendan Kaplewicz had 2 hits for the winners, and Alex Whipple had 2 hits and scored twice.  
This team never had more than 12 players available at any time during the tournament, and really only had 2 "pitchers", although there were about 5 or 6 other players who had pitched sometime during the season.  Each and every person who took the mound for Leibs did a masterful job, pitcher or not.
This was probably the most cohesive team that I have ever witnessed from the Buffalo league, and I have been coming to this tournament for over 23 years.   
August 2, 2016, Johnstown PA
Leibs stayed in contention to continue in the Naional tournament by defeating Altoona today 12 to 1.  Jay Malkowski got the win on the mound, going 8 1/3 innings giving up just 5 hits while giving up just the one run.  Alex Whipple came on to get the final 2 outs.  In 16 innings against Altoona, Buffalo pitching has given up just 7 hits and 1 run in the regional and national tournaments.  Buffalo scored 1 run in the first inning on a double by Brandon Nicholson, an infield out and a sacrifice fly by Bryce Donovan.   Leibs broke the game open in the 8th with 4 runs highlighted by consecutive bunt singles by Ryan McCarrick and Bryce Donovan.  Leibs then scored 7 runs in the 9th to seal the victory.  Eight of the starting players scored at least once in the game.  
A personal comment about this team.  It is terribly undermanned, with only 11 players available during the two tournaments.  BUT, there is an attitude about this team that is hard to describe.  They like one another, they know how to play the game and they never quit.  They are fun to be around, and no matter what happens tomorrow (wednesday) this team has left their game on the field, and the AAABA of Buffalo league should be very proud of the way they have represented our franchise.
Wednesday, they play New Orleans, the 2015 champion, and they must win to have achance to advance out of pool play. 
August 1, 2016, Johnstown PA
The lack of rested pitchers and some unusual baserunning combined to sink Leibs today, as they lost to the Chicage Metro team, 10 to 3.  After a grueling 5 game regional, Leibs lacked rested pitchers and it came to bite them today.  Buffalo would have had the bases loaded with no outs in the third inning, but an interference call against the runner and an unusual double play wiped the bases clean and erased a good scoring chance for Leibs.  Mike Colosi, Jay Malkowski and Ben Monte all had rbi's in the second inning to give Leibs a short lived 3 to 2 lead.  Chicago Metro then scored 8 unanswered runs to earn the win.  Leibs plays Altoona tomorrow, a team that they defeated in the Altoona regional, giving up only one hit in the process.  Lets hope for a similar outcome in this game. 
July 31, 2016, Johnstown PA.
Leibs earned their way into the AAABA Tournament by defeating Boston twice in the Altoona regional tournament.  Boston had defeated Leibs in the first game of the tourney which meant that Leibs had to win 2 games to eliminate Boston.  Saturday morning Leibs jumped out to a 4 to 1 lead when rain forced the suspension of the game until Sunday.  The game was moved to Windber PA where a field with an artificial surface was available.  Buffalo held Boston scoreless in the final 2 innings to force the second game.  Mike Colosi and Tyler Howard combined to pitch a 2 hitter while Bryce Donovan had 3 hits and 2 rbi's to lead the Leibs attack.
Leibs scored 3 runs in the top of the first inning, and seemed to be on the way to an easy win, but shoddy play in the field led to 4 Boston runs in the bottom of the inning.    Boston added a run in the third inning and it looked like Leibs quest for a tourney spot was going out the window.  Then in the 6th inning, Leibs batted around, scoring 5 runs to take a 3 run lead, and held the Boston team scoreless to  gain the win..  Alex Whipple's single in the first inning drove in 2 runs while Jay Malkowski had a 2 run double in the sixth and then scored the winning run on a single by Brandon Nicholson.  
Leibs will play Chicago Metro in the first game of the national tournament in Johnstown on Monday.   
July 29, 2016  Altoona PA
Leibs stayed alive in the Altoona regional by winning 2 games.  They defeated Maryland State 8 to 4 in the continuation of the suspended game and then came back to shutout the host Altoona team, 8 to 0.  In the Maryland state game, Leibs scored 4 runs in the second inning to jump out to a 4 run lead which they never surrendered.  Jay Malkowski, who started the game on Thursday that was suspended, came back to pitch on Friday and went 5 innings for the win.  Ryan McCarrick went 4 for 4 with 2 triples,and had 2 rbi's for Leibs, while Mike Colosi scored 3 times .  Brandon Nicholson and Bryce Donovan added 2 hits apiece in the win. 
In their second game of the day, Ben Monti pitched 5 innings of 1 hit ball to gain the win for Leibs.  Brandon Nicholson came on in the 6th and pitched 2 innings of no hit ball in relief.  Ryan McCarricks bat stayed hot hitting singles in his first 3 plate appearances to make it 7 straight hits.  Alex Whipple hit a home run and  Ben Monti scored twice for Leibs as 8 batters had at least 1 hit for Leibs.
Leibs must win 2 games against Boston on Saturday to advance to Johnstown. 
July 28, 2016, Altoona Pennsylvania.
Leibs lost their first game in the AAABA regional tournament to Boston, 4 to 1.  After spotting Boston to a 1 run lead in the top of the 2nd inning, they came back to score their run in the bottom of the inning.  Brendan Kaplewicz singled, went to second on a single by Bryce Donovan, advanced to 3rd on an infield out, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ben Monti.  That score held until the top of the 7th when Boston pushed across 3 runs on 4 consecutive singles and an error.   "Manny" Alamany pitched 6 1/3 innings and Tyler Howard finished up for Leibs.  Buffalo could only muster 4 hits for the game, and left 8 runners stranded.  As Ron Leib stated, "we had our chances but couldn't get the timely hit."  
In the second game of the double elimination tournament, Buffalo led Maryland State, 3 to 1 in the bottom of the second inning when play was suspended because of rain.  This game will be picked up at the point of interruption on Friday morning.  Maryland State had lost to the host team, 7 to 6, earlier in the day.   
July 23, 2016
Leibs won the priviledge of representing Buffalo in the AAABA regional tournament in Altoona PA by defeating a depleted Ken-Hy team, 9 to 5.  Tyler Howard picked up the win in relief of Manny Alamany.  Brendan Kaplowicz singled three times and scored 3 runs and Noah  Mouton had 3 rbi's for Leibs.  Bryce Donovan had 2 rbi's for Ken Hy.  
Leibs will now go on to Altoona PA to play in the Altoona regional against Boston MA, Maryland State and Altoona. If Buffalo wins the double elimination tournament or finishes second to Altoona, they will move on to Johnstown to play in the national tournament.  Teams must register in Altoona on Wednesday evening, and play begins on Thursday with double headers.  I will keep you up to date on this website for all regional and national tournament action.
July 21, 2016
Bryce Donovan hit his second 2 run home run in 2 games bit it wasn't enough as Leibs evened the best of three series with a 6 to 3 victory at Johnnie B. Wiley field.  Luke Hennessy went the distance on the mound for Leibs while Alex Whipple had 2 hits, scored a run and batted in a run.  Brendan Kaplowicz  scored twice for Leibs.
The third and deciding game will be played at Wiley at 6:00 pm on Saturday, with the winner of that game representing Buffalo in the regional tournament in Altoona PA.  That tournament starts on Wednesday, 7/27 with registration and play begins on Thursday, 7/28.  This tournament is double elimination.  If they win or finish second to Altoona, they will then proceed to Johnstown PA for the national tournament beginning on Sunday, 7/31 registration and play begins on Monday, 8/1.  This tournament is using a new format, pool play, this year on a trial basis.  This guarantees each team a minimum of three games. 
July 19. 2016
Bryce Donovan's 2 run homerun started Ken-Hy's win over Leibs tonight at Johnnie  B. Wiley field.  The final was 8 to 2, with Chris Kuchta pitching 6 and 1/3 innings to get the win.  Cam Buckley, Zack Denz and Donovan each scored twice for Ken-Hy.  Ben Monti tripled home Kevin Koziol and then scored on a passed ball for Leibs runs in the bottom of the 7th.  
The next game is Thursday, July 21 at Johnnie B. Wiley.  Ken-Hy leads the best of 3 series, 1 to 0. 
July 17, 2016
Leibs, after a 19 year absence, played themselves into the finals of the AAABA season, playing for a chance to go to the national tournament in Johnstown PA.  Tonight, at Johnnie B. Wiley field, they slipped by Full Circuit Power, 5 to 2.  Manny Alimany got the win on the mound with relief help from Tyler Howard.  Brandon Nicholson and Alex Whipple each had 2 hits and scored a run for Leibs.  Garrett Baugher had 2 hits and scored a run for Full Circuit Power.
Leibs and Ken-Hy square off in the finals starting on Tuesday, July 19, and continuing on Thursday, July 21 and Saturday, July 23, if necessary.  All games are at Johnnie B. Wiley field and all games start at 6:00pm. 
July 16, 2016
Ken-Hy defeated Royal Printing tonight, 5 to 0 ending Royal's quest for a 3rd straight trip to the AAABA national tournament.  Anthony Brophy threw a complete game to earn the win.  Paul Wujek, Bam Ruggiero, Bryce Donovan, and James Niland all contributed 2 hits to the Ken-Hy attack.  Mike Garbiele had 2 hits for Royal Printing.  
Ken-Hy now moves on to the final series, against the winner of the Full Circuit Power-Leibs series. The Power-Leibs game is on Sunday at Johnnie B. Wiley field as are all games in the final series.  those games are scheduled for Tuesday, 7/19, Thursday, 7/21 and Saturday, 7/23, if necessary.
July 14, 2016
Saturday and Sunday will see the elimination of 2 very good teams in this years playoffs.  Ken-Hy defeated regular season champs Royal Printing, 2 to 1, at McCarthy.  Brian Pulli went the distance for Ken-Hy to get the win, giving up just 5 hits, while Paul Wujek and Bam Ruggiero scored the 1st inning runs for Ken-Hy.  Mike Colosi scored Royal's run.
In action at Johnnie B. Wiley field,  Full Circuit Power and Leibs split 2 games, with the Power winning the game that was carried over from tuesday night, 6 to 3.  Kyle Warner got the win with a save by Brandon Weber.  Zack Mitchell scored the winning run in the top of the 12th inning while Chris Gresham had 2 hits for Full Circuit Power.  Jeff Palczewski added 2 hits and scored 2 runs for Power.  Ryan McCarrick had 2 hits including a triple and scored 2 runs for Leibs.  In the regular scheduled game, Leibs outscored the Power, 15 to 4.  Brandon Nicholson led the game off with a home run over the left field fence.  Ryan McCarrick had 4 hits for Leibs, who scored 9 times in the third inning to  blow the game open.  Luke Hennessy went the distance on the mound for Leibs to get the  win.  Vince Chiarenza had a bases loaded double driving in 3 runs for the Power.
Ken-Hy and Royal Printing will play the rubber game on Saturday at Johnnie B. Wiley, while Leibs and Full Circuit Power will square off on Sunday at Johnnie B. Wiley. 
July 12, 2016
The first round of the playoffs began tonight with one game at Johnnie B Wiley and the other game at McCarthy.   The game at McCarthy was suspended after 11 innings because of darkness with the game tied at 3 to 3 between Full Circuit Power and Leibs.  This game will be picked up at the start of the 12th inning at Johnnie B Wiley field at 5:30 on Thursday.
In the other game this evening, the regular season champions, Royal Printing, defeated Ken-Hy, 4 to 3.  Andrew Skomra pitched 2 innings in relief of Mike Gabriele to get the win.  Matt Anderson had 3 hits for the winners and drove in the go ahead run in the bottom of the 6th.  Paul Wujek had 2 hits for Ken-Hy.
Final Standings for 2016 season
team W L T points
1. Royal Printing 11 3 0   22
2. Leibs  9 5 0   18
3. Full Circuit Power  8 6 0   16
4. Ken-Hy  8 6 0   16
5. New Era  7 7 0   14
6. Cayuga Heat  6 8 0   12
7. Jr. Bisons  0 14 0    0 
Ken-Hy outlasted Cayuga Heat to finish 4th and the final play off spot this evening at Johnnie B.Wiley field.  The final score was 9 to 6.  Jake Niland with 3 hits and 2 rbi's, Bryce Donovan with 2 hits and an rbi, Derek Penman with 2 hits and an rbi, and Brian Pulli with 2 hits and an rbi paced Ken-Hy.  Nick Pollo was the winning pitcher.  Cayuga Heat was led by Ryan Wojcinski with 1 hit and an rbi, Vince Colosi and Jordan Kowalski added a hit apiece and Tom Watroba scored twice for the Heat.
New Era made a run for the final playoff spot, but came up short by virtue of Ken-Hy's win.  New Era defeated Full Circuit Power, 5 to 1, to finish the season with 7 wins, 1 short of the final spot.  Ted Wilson went the distance for New Era, giving up just 4 hits. New Era broke the game open in the bottom of the 6th inning, scoring 4 runs with Andrew Czubaj driving in the winner. 

PLAYOFF SCHEDULE  (all playoff games start at 6:00pm)
Tuesday, July 12 Royal Printing vs Ken-Hy at Johnnie B. Wiley   6:00 pm 
Leibs vs Full Circuit Power at McCarthy 1  6:00pm
Thursday, July 14 Ken Hy vs Royal Printing at McCarthy 1  6:00pm 
Full Circuit Power vs Leibs at Johnnie B. Wiley  6:00pm
Saturday, July 16   Royal Printing vs Ken-Hy at Johnnie B. Wiley    6:00pm  (if necessary)
Sunday, July 17 Leibs vs Full Circuit Power at Johnnie B. Wiley  6:00pm  (if necessary) 
Standings after July 7, 2016
team W L T points
1. Royal Printing 11 3 0   22
2. Leibs  9 5 0   18
3. Full Circuit Power  8 5 0   16
4. Ken-Hy  7 6 0   14
5. Cayuga Heat  6 7 0   12
5. New Era  6 7 0   12
7. Jr. Bisons  0 14 0    0
Ken-Hy's victory over Cayuga Heat and New Era's win over Full Circuit Power creates the possibility of a 3 way tie for the final playoff position.  If Cayuga wins on Saturday night in their rematch with Ken-Hy and New Era defeats Full Circuit again, then a pair of playoff games will be played to determine the final play off team.  The first playoff game would be between Ken-Hy and Cayuga Sunday evening at the Cayuga field.  Then the winner of that game would play New Era at Johnnie B. Wiley field on Tuesday, July 12.  Meanwhile the Full Circuit Power vs Leibs playoff series would start on Tuesday July 12 at McCarthy field.  All playoff games would start at 6:00pm. 
Ken-Hy got a leg up in the playoff scenario, with a 1 to 0 win over Cayuga Heat in Niagara Falls tonight.  Matt Ruggiero singled in the bottom of the 7th, went to second on a sacrifice and scored on Brian Pulli's single to left field.  Pulli also was the winning pitcher for Ken-Hy, going the distance on the mound.
 At Vets field, New Era defeated Full Circuit Power behind the 6 hit pitching of Ben Monti, who also had 2 hits and 2 rbi's to help his own cause.  Jeff Becker and Connor Priester contributed 3 hits apiece for New Era.  Chris Grisham had 2 hits to pace Full Circuit Power.
At Johnnie B. Wiley, Leibs ended the regular season with a 10 to 0 win over the Jr. Bisons.   Luke Bowser went 5 innings on the mound, tossing a 1 hitter for the victory. Alex Whipple had 2 hits and 3 rbi's. for the winners.
Standings after July 5, 2016
team W L T points
1. Royal Printing 11 3 0   22
2. Full Circuit Power  8 4 0   16
3. Leibs  8 5 0   16
4. Cayuga Heat  6 6 0   12
4. Ken-Hy  6 6 0   12
6. New Era  5 7   10
7. Jr. Bisons  0 13 0   0 
Royal Printing clinched the regular season title with an eight to 0 win over the Jr. Bisons.   Nick Mascellino homered and tripled, and Mike Gabriele had 3 hits to back up Alex Licata's 4 hit shutout.  Royal Printing will play the 4th place finisher in the first round of league playoffs, tentively scheduled to start Tuesday, July 12.  Standings permitting, the first  and third (if needed) game will be at Johnnie B. Wiley field,  The site of the second game will be determined by diamond availability.
 Leibs locked up a playoff spot with a 4 to 3 win over Ken-Hy.  Ryan Giese had 2 hits and scored a run for Leibs and Jose Alamany struck out 8 in going the distance for the win.  Cam Buckley and Anthony Brophy had 2 hits apiece for Ken-Hy.
Full Circuit Power also locked up a playoff spot with a 5 to 1 decision over Cayuga Heat.  Zack Mitchell and Chris Gresham had 2 hits apiece and Jeff Palczewski drove in 2 runs for Power.  Ben Weleski got the win, striking out 9.  Casey Graurin singled and scored Heats only run.
Ken-Hy and Cayuga Heat play each other twice in the next  4 days with the possibility of a tie for the final playoff position.  If these two teams are tied, they will playoff on Sunday, July 10th at a diamond to be determined.
Standings after July 2, 2016
team W L T points
1. Royal Printing 10 3 0