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Tuesday, June 3
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 June 3  2014.  This year celebrates the 60th season for the AAABA league in Buffalo.  In the two years prior to the league forming, Buffalo sent a team to Johnstown but the actual league started in 1955.

August 5  Royal Printing's season came to an end today in Johnstown, losing to the New Brunswick entry, 9 to 4.  New Brunswick came out of the gate swinging, and scored a couple of runs in the first inning and added a couple more in the 2nd.  They added a single run in the 3rd and 3 more in the 4th inning.  Meanwhile Buffalo was going hitless until the 5th inning when they scored 2 runs on 2 hits, a walk, an error and a fielders choice.  They added 2 more in the 7th to close the gap but could not muster any more offense after that.  New Brunswick  added a couple more in the top of the 9th inning to seal the victory.  Offense for Buffalo was provided by Paul Banyi with 2 hits and an rbi, Jay Malkowski with a pair of doubles and Matt Galenti with 1 hit and an rbi.  An oddity of the game was the fact that the only Buffalo strikeout was the very last batter in the game.  Every other Buffalo out was on a batted ball.  After the fiasco on Monday when the umpiring was directly responsible for the outcome of the game, this game was fairly well officiated.  One of the downfalls of this tournament is the fact that there is never enough quality umpiring and it came to light in the New Orleans loss.  The general manager of New Orleans was in complete agreement with me that the umpiring was horrendous, and I will bring it to the attention of tournament officials although I don't think anything will change in the near future.  

Monday Evening, August 4  New Orleans squeaked by Royal Printing, 6 to 5.  Although it was a close game, it still means that Royal must win tomorrow to stay another day.  Todays game was scoreless until the 6th inning when the Printers jumped on New Orleans for 4 runs on a couple of New Orleans errors and a couple of timely hits.  John Conti had a single and a double while scoring a run, and Matt Weinberg had a single driving in 2 runs. Mike Wagner was the starting pitcher for Buffalo.  Wagner pitched 7 innings, giving up just one run.  In the seventh, Wagner ran into trouble, being charged with 3 runs before giving way to Vince Santarsiero.  Santarsiero gave up 2 hits on the first 2 pitches that he threw and before the inning was over, New Orleans had a 2 run lead.  Wagner, who had gone in to play shortstop after leaving the mound had a home run to right field in his only plate appearance.  But Royal couldn't get anything else going and now must play in the losers bracket, facing New Brunswick Tuesday morning at 10:00 am.

Monday Aug.  4

Sunday evening in Johnstown for the A.A.A.B.A. tournament means a players banquet for the players and officials that is followed by the implemation of the bracket indicating who you play and where.  Royal Printing will play New Orleans, who have to be considered one of the favorites, at Roxbury park.  This is one of the better venues at the tournament and will draw a pretty good crowd.  I will present a report of the game later today, so watch this space and spread the web address around so that everyone can keep up to date on tournament results.

Sunday, July 27

Royal Printing qualified for the National AAABA tournament in Johnstown PA by defeating the Meridian Titans, 6 to 2 at Vets Park.  Joe DiLeo gained the win with relief from Mike Wagner.  DiLeo gave up 4 hits and 1 run while striking out 4 in 5 innings of work.  Wagner came on in the sixth inning, giving up a run while striking out 3 in two innings of work.  Matt Wineberg drove in 4 runs and Paul Banyi drove in the other 2 runs.  Wagner helped the cause with 2 hits and scored 2 runs. 

Royal Printing will be in Johnstown on Sunday for registration and a players banquet, and play begins Monday in the double elimination tournament.  Royal's last appearance in Johnstown was in 2000.   

Saturday, July 26

In one of the best played games that I have seen in the last couple of years, Royal Printing drew first blood, defeating Meridian Titans, 2 to 1 to take a 1 game to none lead in the final series  at Vets Park in Tonawanda.  Matt Wilhelm went the distance for Royal Printing, giving upjust 2 hits while  striking out 5.  The winning run was scored by Colin Tenney on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt laid down by Jason Malkowski in the top of the 7th inning.  The series resumes tomorrow, Sunday at Vets Park with a 3:00 start for the first game and a 6:00 oclock start for the second game if necessary.

Thursday, July 24

Meridian Titans and Royal Printing will face off for  the league championship and the right to represent Buffalo in the National Tournament in Johnstown PA starting on Aug 4.  Meridian earned their way into the championship series by blanking Mader Construction behind the pitching of Bob O'Connor.  O'Connor scattered 7 hits, struck out 4 and didn't give up a walk in blanking Mader 7 to 0.  The big hit for Meridian was a bases loaded home run by Sam Cumbo in their 7 run 4th inning.

Meanwhile, Royal Printing defeated New Era 13 to 5 to earn their spot in the finals.  Mike Wagner pitched 5 innings, to get the win, striking out 11 while allowing just 2 runs.  He added a 2 run single to put Royal up 4 to 0 when the game was still in doubt.  Kyle Liszewski had 3 hits, including a triple and scored 3 runs.  Jason Malkowski added 3hits for the winners.  Nick Galenti was 1 for 1 with 2 rbi's.

The finals are schedule for Vet's park in Tonawanda.  Game 1 will be Saturday at 6:00 pm with game 2 scheduled for Sunday at 3:00 pm.  If a 3rd game is needed, it will immediately follow the game on Sunday, starting at approximately 6:00 pm., weather permitting. 


Tuesday, July 22

Meridian Titans won the suspended game from Sunday, with a 7 to 6 decision over Mader Construction.  Austin Speaker got the win in relief.  Ken Johnston had 3 rbi's for the winners and Sam Cumbo contributed 2, while Tom Styn had 2 hits and scored 2 runs for the winners.   Brandon Nicholson sccored a run and had 2 rbi's while Bubba Hollins contributed 3 hits for Mader.

Mader came back to win the scheduled game, 3 to 2.  Chris Newman went the distance to get the win, striking out 5.  Dane Cala had 2 hits and scored 2 runs.  Ryan Maccarrick had two hits and drove in 2 runs for the winners.

In the other game tonight, New Era evened the series against Royal Printing, winning 8 to 5.  Alec Covel pitched 6 innings for the winners to earn victory.  Paul Wujek had 2 hits for the winners, while Charlie Sobiearski had 2 doubles and drove in 2 runs while Joe D'Angelo scored 2 runs.  John Conti homered for Royal Printing and Matt Wineberg contributed 2 hits for Royal.

The first series will be decided on Thursday night at Delaware Park with the winners meeting on Saturday and Sunday at Vets Park in Tonawanda.  The game on Saturday will start @ 6:00 pm. Games on Sunday are TENTIVELY SCHEDULED FOR 3:00 PM AND 6:00 PM. This schedule is subject to change depending on diamond availability.

Sunday, July 20.

Playoffs started tonight, with Royal Printing getting by New Era, 5 to 1 at Delaware Park.  Mike Wagner was the winning pitcher, giving up just 4 hits while striking out 5.  Matt Wineberg had 2 doubles, driving in 3 runs and jason Makowski added two hits for the winners.  Paul Wujek went 2 for 2 for New Era.

In the other game,  the Meridian Titans and Mader Construction game was suspended with the scored tied at 6.  The game will be completed Tuesday at Delaware # 1 with the regularly scheduled game starting immediately after the first game is completed. 

Tuesday's and Thursday's games are at Delaware Park while games on Saturday and Sunday will be played at Vets Park in Tonawanda.  

 I am sorry that this site wasn't updated Thursday, but Playoffs require a lot of manuvering by the teams that take up a lot of time.  As most people know by now, Meridian, Royal Printing, New Era and Mader are the playoff teams.  They will start the playoffs tonight, with Meridian vs Mader at McCarthy and Royal Printing vs New Era at Delaware 2.  Both of Tuesdays games will be at Delaware and Thursdays game(s) will also be at Delaware. The final series will be played at Vets park in Tonawanda.  We will probably schedule a doubleheader on Sunday so that the league champion will have time to pick up players for the trip to the National tournament in Johnstown PA, starting on Monday August 4. 

Tuesday, July 15

Meridian Titans, Royal Printing and Mader Construction secured playoff spots tonigh by virtue of wins by the Titans and Royal and a tie game played by Mader.  New Era, Ken-Hy, and Pignataro's are still alive and depending upon thursday's results, additional games may have to be played.  Ken- Hy and Pignataro's play each other on Thursday, so one of them will be eliminated, and depending on the results of New Era vs Mader, a game Saturday between New Era and Pignataro's may have to be played.  The results of that game may require a playin game on Sunday.  Watch this space for further developments. 

In games tonight, Meridian Titans behind the pitching of Bob O'Connor defeated Pignataro's, 8 to 4.  Sam Cumbo had 3 hits including 2 doubles and drove in 3 runs while Ken Johnston contributed 3 hits and 1 r.b.i. for the winners. Quinn Danahy had 2 hits including  a double for Pignataro's.

Royal Printing won a slugfest against New Era, 10 to 8.  Lucas Schafer got the win for Royal.  Mike Wagner led the Royal attack with 3 hits, 2 r.b.i.s and scored 2 runs.  Colin Tenney contributed 2 hits with 2 r.b.i.s and J.D. Andreessen added a double and triple for the winners.  Charlie Sobieraski had 2 hits and Alec Covel had 2 hits, driving in 2 and scoring once for New Era.



Saturday, July 12

Ken-Hy staved off elimination and Meridian failed to sew up 1st place as Ken-Hy prevailed, 4 to 1.  Joe DiLeo, the winning pitcher, gave up just 3 hits while striking out 5 while keeping Meridian from mounting an attack.  Ken Ruggeiro had two hits and scored 2 runs for Ken-Hy. 

Thursday, July 10

Mader Construction came from behind to defeat Royal Printing 7 to 6.  Mader scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning, all of them coming after two outs.  Ryan Maccarrick had a double and a 2 run triple to lead Mader's attack. Brandon Nicholson added 2 doubles and 2 r.b.i.s for Mader. Matt Minnick was on the mound for Mader and got the win.  Lucas Schaefer had a 3 run triple for Royal Printing. The win ended a 3 game losing streak for Mader and handed Royal their first loss in the last 4 games.

In the only other game played tonight, New Era got by Pignataro's, 3 to 2.   Ben Zaccagnino got the win for New Era while Zack Zabel got 2 hits and an r.b.i. for the winners.  Chris Montanez had 2 hits for Pignataro's.

July 3, 2014

Royal Printing won their third game in a row, defeating New Era, 7 to 3.  Mike Wagner continued his clutch hitting with a 3 run triple to seal the victory for winning pitcher Lucius Schaefer who pitched 5 innings,giving up 3 hits and one run while striking out 5.  Wagner came on in the 6th to finish the game for Royal.  Charles Sobieski scored 2 runs for New Era and Chris Brigham contributed a double also.

Ken-Hy got back on the win side, getting by Mader Construction, 2 to 1.  Jared Baldinelli had 2 hits and scored a run for Ken-Hy, while Ryan Maccarrick had a hit and an r.b.i. for Mader.

Finally, Meridian Titans defeated Pignataro's 5 to 2.  Joe Colosi getting the win and Tom Styn contributing 3 hits and 3 r.b.i.s for Meridian.  Andrew Borowski contributed 2 hits for the winners, while Tom Samar had 2 hits for Pignataro's. 

Standings        W    L     T    Pts.

Meridian          8      3     1     17

Royal Print.      7       5           14

New Era           5      5     1     11

Mader Const.   5       6     1     11

Pignataro's      4       6     1      9

Ken-Hy            4       8             8         


July 1, 2014

In a 9 inning contest, Royal Printing defeated Ken-Hy, 4 to 1.  Mike Wagner came on in the seventh and pitched 3 scoreless innings, striking out 5 of the 9 batters he faced.  He also scored the winning run in the top of the 9th inning.  He led off the inning with a double advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly.  John Conti added 2 hits to the Royal Printing attack. 

Meridian Titans strengthened their hold on first place with a 4 to 0 win over New Era.  Bob O'Connor and Peter Moran combined for a 3 hit shutout.  Ryan Wayne had two hits for Meridian and Tom Klein drove in the winning run with a sac fly.

 Pignataro's got back to winning by defeating Mader Construction, 5 to  4.  Tom Samar got the win for Pignataro's, while Steve Zaprowski had 3 hits for the winners.  Dustin Paul had 2 hits and 2 r.b.i.s for Mader.

June 28, 2014

The Meridian Titans took soul possesion of first place by defeating Mader Construction, 2 to 1.  Jake Logiudice contributed 2 hits and scored the winning run on 7th inning error. Sam Cumbo  added a hit and an r.b.i. for Meridian.  Mike Markelonis went the distance to get the win for Meridian.    Luke Kuczewski had 3 hits for Mader.

Royal Printing defeated Pignataro's, 10 to 0.  Jason Malkowski was the winning pitcher and he also contributed 3 hits and an r.b.i., to help his own cause.  Matt Weinberg contributed 2 hits for Royal  Printing. 

At McCarthy, New Era defeated Ken-Hy. 11 to 1.  Aaron Phillips went the distance giving up one hit and one run while striking out 8 while adding a triple to the New Era attack.  Brett Helmbrecht had 3 hits and Zack Zabel scored 3 runs for New Era.  Mike Vogel had a triple for Ken-Hy's only hit.   

June 26,2014

Mader Construction and Meridian Titans remained tied for the top of the league, both earning victories tonight. Meridian  beat Ken-Hy 4 to 0.  Joe Colosi got the win, going 6 innings. while Ryan Wayne led the attack with 2 hits and 2 r.b.i.s and Sam Cumbo contributed 1 hit and 2 r.b.i.s. Jared Baldinellli had 3 hits in a losing effort for Ken-Hy.

Meanwhile, Mader came from 2 runs down to tie the game and then scored 2 runs in the top of the seventh to win it, giving Pat Sheehan the victory in relief.  Dustin Paul had 3 doubles, driving in 3 runs and Ryan McCarrick added a 2 run single for Mader.  John Conti contributed a 2 run double for Royal Printing.

Ben Zaccagnino and Ian Allen tangled in a pitchrs duel in the New Era - Pignataro matchup, with New Era coming out on top, 2 to 1.  Nick Padley led New Era with 2 hits, an r.b.i. and a run scored.  Ian Allen contributed 2 hits for Pignataro's in a losing effort. 

June 24, 2014

Royal Printing defeated Meridian, 3 to 1 to tighten up the standings in the league.  Mike Wagner went the distance for Royal, giving up 4 hits while striking out 9.  Paul Bonyi and Tyler Piasecki had 2 hits apiece while driving in one run each.

Ken-Hy defeated Pignataro's 11 to 0.  Sal Carroccia pitched a 4 hit shutout for Ken-Hy while Matt Ruggiero had 3 hits and 3 r.b.i.s and Carmen DeAngelo had 2 hits and 2 r.b.i.s.

At McCarthy, New Era and Mader Construction played to a 2-2 tie.  Alec Covel went the distance for New Era, and Dave Hollins had 2 hits for Mader. 

Standings 6/24

                                   W     L      T      PTS>

Meridian Titans           4       3      1        9

Mader Const.               4       3      1        9

Royal Printing              4        4     -         8

New Era                      3        3     1         7

Pignataro's                  3        3     1         7

Ken-Hy                        3         5    -         6                        

June 19, 2014

Meridian Titans and Pignataro's played an 8 inning scoreless tie at Vets Park in Tonawanda tonight.  Pitching was the name of the game as Pignataro's Connor Ryan and the Titans Joe Colosi and Mike Markelonis dominated the game tonight.  Both teams had opportunities but the pitchers prevailed.

At Cazenovia park, Mader Construction got back on the winning track with a 4 to 1 victory over Ken-Hy.  Dave Hollins  and Dane Cala contributed r.b.i. doubles to back up the 6 hit pitching from Matt Jankowiak, the winning pitcher for Mader.

New Era got by Royal Printing 4 to 3 at McCarthy.  Alec Covel picked up the win for New Era.  Charles Sobieski had 3 hits and 3 r.b.i;.s and Aaron Phillips contributed 2 hits and scored 2 runs for New Era.  Matt Weinberg, Paul Banyi and Mike Wagner had 2 hits apiece in a losing effort.    

June 17, 2014  Royal Printing evened their record at 3 and 3 with a 4 to 3 win over Ken-Hy at McCarthy.  Mike Wagner led the offense with 3 hits including a triple, driving in a run and came on to pitch in the seventh inning, striking  out the last 2 hitters he faced, leaving two runners strande in scoring position.  Andrew Skoma got the win for Royal.  Anthony Wurstner had 3 hits for Ken-Hy, including a triple. 

At Delaware, Meridian Titans moved into sole possesion of 1st place with a 2 to 1 victory over New Era.  Bob O'Connor was the winning pitcher with Peter Moran getting the save.  Tom Ryan led Meridian with 2 hits and the game winning r.b.i.  Ben Zaccagino pitched a good game in taking the loss for New Era. 

In the other game at Delaware, Pignatro's defeated Mader Construction, 8 to 3.  Winning pitcher Justin Woods threw a 3 hitter, striking out 10 and Matt Michalski had 2 hits and an r.b.i. for Pignataro's. 

June 14, 2014

Meridian Titans moved into a tie with Mader Construction for first place by defeating Mader 4 to 0 at McCarthy this evening.  Mike Markelonis got the win for Meridian, Nathan Rarick had 3 hits and 2 r.b.i.s for Meridian while Tom Styn added 2 hits.  Matt Minick pitched well for Mader giving up just 2 earned runs.

 At Delaware, New Era, behind the 2 hit pitching of Blair Lakso and Josh Brosius, defeated Ken Hy, 3 to 0.  Aaron Phillips had 3 hits and scored 2 runs to lead New Era.

At Delaware 2, Pignataro's got by Royal Printing, 7 to 6.  Mike Prentice and Quinn Danahy had 2 hits apiece to back up Dom Pirro's pitching.  John Conti had 3 hits, stole 5 bases and scored 2 runs for Royal Printing. 

June 10, 2014

Back in action after the rainout on Sunday.  The early results for the league indicdate that there is a balance that has not been present in the last few years, as for the most part, scores are indicative of balanced teams.  In tonights action, Mader Construction went to the top of the standings with a 4 to 0 victory over New Era.  Austin Spindler, Chris Newman and Luke Kuczewski combined to pitch a one hit shutout.  Dane Cala had 2 hits and an r.b.i. while Ryan Macarrick contributed 2 hits for Mader.  Mader's record is 3 and 1 while New Era dropped to 1 and 2.

At Delaware Park,  Meridian Medicine got back on the winning track evening their record at 2 and 2 with a 6 to 4 victory over Royal Printing.  Bob O'Connor was the winning pitcher for Meridian while Sam Cumbo with 2 hits and 3 r.b.i.s, Dan Lumadue with 2 hits and an r.b.i. and Tom Styn added 2 hits to lead the offense.  J.D. Andreessen led Royal Printing with 2 hits and an r.b.i. Royal is also 2 and 2.

Ken-Hy defeated Pignataro's 4 to 3.  Joe DiLeo picked up the win for Ken-Hy while Anthony Wurstner had 2 hits and 2 r.b.i.s for the winners.  Matt Michalski had 2 hits for Pignataro's. Ken-Hy's record is 2 and 2 while Pignataro's is 1 and 2.


June 7, 2014 What a difference a day makes.  New Era did a complete turnaround in defeating Meridian 6 to 5.  Tom Stoklosa came on in relief for New Era to gain the win plus he scored the winning run on a single by Josh Brosius.  Zach Zabel helped the offense with 2 hits.  Tom Klein drove in 3 runs with a double before leaving the game with an injury.

In the other game at Delaware, Royal Printing gained their second win, defeating Ken-Hy, 5 to 2.  Matt Weinberg led the attack for Royal with 3 hits including a double, driving in 2 runs.  Jordan Kowalski (?) was the winning pitcher.

At McCarthy, Mader Construction scored 2 runs in the bottom of the seventh to get by Pignataro's 5 to 4.  Matt Minnick pitched 6 innings of scoreless ball, striking out 14 batters before leaving the game after 6  innings.  Pignataro's scored 4 runs in the top of the 7th forcing Mader to come back in the bottom of the 7th.  Dustin Paul drove in the winning run.  Andy Sipowicz had a 2 run triple for Mader. 

June 5, 2014

Mader Construction evened it's record at 1 and 1 with a 4 to 1 victory over last years champion, Meridian Titans.  Chris Newman pitched a complete game for Mader striking out 5.  Brendan Nicholson provided 2 hits including a double, driving in 2 runs.  Andy Sipowicz contibuted 2 hits and an rbi.

In other action, Pignataro's opened its season with a 10 to 2 win over Royal Printing.  Bob Rakowski was the winning pitcher, striking out 7, while Matt Michalski and Noah Thompson contributed 2 hits apiece, Michalski scoring twice.

At McCarthy, Ken-Hy jumped all over New Era, 22 to 4.  Matt Mitre got the win.  Anthony Wurstner led the attack with 3 hits and 5 rbi's while Jared Baldinellli added 2 hits and 2 rbi's. 

Royal Printing, the oldest active team in our league, opened the season with a 7 to 3 victory over Mader Construction.  The winning pitcher was Jason Malkowski with Kyle Liszewski providing the offensive power with two hits and two r.b.i.s.

In other action, Meridian Titans started the defense of their 2013 league title with a 4 to 1 win over Ken-Hy.  The winning pitcher in this contest was Bob O'Connor who gave up 4 hits and struck out 7.  Peter Moran pitched the 7th striking out a pair.  Tom Styn had two hits and two r.b.i.s and Drew Borowski added a couple of hits.  Ken-Hy played without a few key players who are still participating in high school playoffs


 As we get ready to kickoff the 2014 season, we have a cancellation due to the death of Pauline Caso, Ray Caso's mother.  Ray is the long time manager of the Pignataro team.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ray and his family at this trying time. 

All league games with the exception of June 19 will be played at Delaware and McCarthy parks.  The Corporate Challenge moves us to Cazenovia Park and Vets park in Tonawanda plus McCarthy on 6/19.

This being the 70th anniversary of AAABA, all franchises will be represented in Johnstown this year.  Regional tournaments will not be necessary this season.  

We want to wish everyone a successfull season.   PLAY BALL!!!