AAABA of Buffalo: Welcome

Sunday, June 9

     The Meridian Titan/Buffalo dream came to an end this morning, after suffering a 7 to 1 loss to Cleveland, last years runnerup.  Cleveland lead off the scoring in the second using a walk, single and a sacrifice fly take the early lead.  Meridian came back to tie the game in the top of the third.  Ken Johnston reached on an error and scored on a double into the right field corner by Sam Cumbo.   Sadly to say, this was the end of Meridians offense.  Cleveland went ahead for keeps in the 4th on 3 singles and a walk.  Meridian threatened a couple more times but just couldn't produce the timely hit that would have brought them back into the game.  Cleveland sewed up the victory with 4 runs in the eighth.  Cleveland pitching gave up 7 hits and only walked one while striking out 7 Meridian hitters.  Rain has ruled the day with the night game between Johnstown and Chicago being washed out for the second day, throwing the tournament into double headers on Friday, but the weather is not cooperating.  This could be a long tournament!!!


   In another nailbiter, Meridian Titans defeated Zanesville Junior Pioneers, 4 to3 to remain alive in the AAABA National Tournament.  Jake Weiser (New Era) and Ken Johnston provided all the fireworks that Meridian needed.  Zanesville jumped out to the lead in the 4th inning, scoring one run on a single and a double.  They added two more in the 7th to put Meridian in a hole that they seemed unable to get out of.  Meridian was held to just 3 hits in the first 7innings, but broke through with 2 runs in the 8th and 2 runs in the 9th inning to earn the victory.  In the 8th, Tom Styn doubled with 2 outs and Ken Johnston followed with a tremendous home run to left center field to narrow the gap to 3 to 2.  In the 9th, a flyout was followed by a hit batsman and a single by Nick Hopcia.  This set the stage for Jake Weiser (New Era) who hit what seemed to be a line drive single to left field that might have held the runners at 2nd and 3rd base, but the left fielder dove for the ball and it went to the fence, allowing 2 runners to score.  The dugout emptied to mob Weiser at the mound after the unlikely win.  Bob O'Connor started the game for Meridian,  allowing 10 hits but limiting Zanesville to just the 3 runs.  Steve Stapleton came on in with 2 outs in the 8th to earn the victory, allowing just 1 harmless single.  Buffalo had just 4 hits until the 8th and finished with 8 total.

Meridian Titans couldn't clinch the win against the Johnstown Delweld  team Tuesday night at Point Stadium, dropping a 6 to 5 decision.  Buffalo opened the scoring in the third, Dan Lumadue singled, went to second after a walk to Rick Hopcia, and scored on a fielders choice by Austin Speaker.  Johnstown went ahead in the 4th, scoring 3 times on 3 hits, an error and 2 sacrifice at bats.  In the 5th, Meridian went ahead, scoring 3 runs themselves.  After a ground out to start the inning, Tom Styn singled, but was forced at second on a fielders choice.  Pat Quinn advanced to second on a single by Sam Cumbo, and after a walk to Tyler Green loaded the bases, 2 runs scored on a Johnstown error,  and Green scored on a single by Ken Johnston. In the seventh, Tom Kline doubled and scored on an error to pad the lead.  Johnstown came back in the eigth to tie the game on three hits, an error and a sacrifice fly.  In the top of the ninth, Johnstown led off with a triple and scored the winning run following a single.  Meridian went quietly in the bottom of the ninth to even their record in the tournament to 1 and 1.  They play Zanesville Wednesday at noon in an elimination game.  Meridian used 4 pitchers tonight after getting a complete game from their starter on Monday.  This puts the pressure on the pitching staff to come back on short rest tomorrow if they hope to continue in the tournament.

Meridian Medicine rode the pitching of Marcus Cavarello (New Era), and the outfield play of Austin Speaker to a 10 to 1 victory over Maryland State in their opening game of the 69th AAABA National Tournament in Johnstown PA.  Cavarello needed just 105 pitches to notch his victory.  He struck out 6 and walked none in one of the best pitching performances that I have witnessed from a Buffalo pitcher in the 24 years that I have went to this tournament.  Austin Speaker made three sparkling catches in left field to keep Maryland from mounting any kind of rally.  Tom Styn reached base 5 times on 3 singles and two walks, driving in 3 while scoring twice.  Sam Cumbo walked 4 times while Rick Hopcia probably had his best day of the season, garnering 3 hits before coming out of the game in the seventh inning for a rest. Jake Weiser replaced him and received a walk in that spot in the batting order, making it a perfect day from that position in the batting order.  If Johnstown wins tonight, we will play them tomorrow evening in the feature game at Point Stadium.   Keep watching this space for more information as long as Buffalo stays in the tournament.

The storybook ending to the Royal Printing team season  was never realized as the Meridian Titans ended Royal's season with 2 victories Thursday evening at Delaware Park.  On Tuesday, the two teams played to a 1 to 1 tie in 9 innings, requiring the game to be completed on Thursday, prior to the start of the regular scheduled game.  Ben Haefner drove in the winning run on a fielders choice in the bottom of the 10th to give Joe Colosi the victory.  Colosi had come on in relief of Andy Dewitt who had pitched the first 7innings on Tuesday.  Mike Wagner pitched 9 innings on Tuesday, striking out 12 for Royal Printing.  In the Thursday's regularly scheduled game, Bob O'Connor earned the 6 to 3 victory sending the Meridian Team to Johnstown next weekend to participate in the 69th AAABA tournament.  Ben Haefner had 3 hits and an r.b.i. while Tom Klein had 2 hits and an r.b.i. to pace the Titans.  Chris Kwitzer had 3 hits and Nick Galenti added 2 hits for Royal Printing.  Meridian now has the opportunity to pick up 6 players to fortify their squad in an effort to gain the first national title in Buffalo's history in the tournament.  Watch this space for scores and recaps of the Buffalo games at the tournament.

The Meridian Titans qualified for the finals of the Buffalo AAABA league with a come from behind victory over Ken_Hy Saturday night.  Mike Prentice drove in the tieing and winning run with a double in the bottom of the 6th inning to back up Ken Johnstons 3 hit pitching.  Sam Cumbo contributed 2 hits for the Titans while Andy Dewitt came on in the top of the 7th to shut down Ken-Hy to save the victory for Meridian.  Phil Wells contributed a double for Ken-Hy.  Meridian goes on to face Royal Printing in the finals with the first 2 games to be played at Delaware #2 starting on Tuesday.  The location for the 3rd game, if needed, is to be determined.

I am sorry that I couldn't put in the results of Tuesday's games but I will catch you up on what has happened.  Ken-Hy and Meridian Titans traded shutouts to keep their series tied at 1 game apiece with the deciding game to be played on Saturday at Cazenovia Park.  In the first game, Andy Dewitt threw a 2 hit shutout, striking out 6 along the way.  Tom Klein with 3 hits and an r.b.i. and Tom Styne with 2 hits and an r.b.i. led the attack for the Titans.  Tonight Corey Paige returned the favor shutting out Meridian 6 to 0.  Matt Wilhelm with 2 hits and 3 r.b.i.s and Paul Wujek with 2hits and 2 r.b.i.s were the offensive weapons for Ken-Hy.

In the other series, Royal Printing continued their late season surge with 2 victories over New Era.  In the first game, Mike Wagner and Marcus Cavarello tangled in a pitchers duel, with Mike Wagner and Royal coming out on top.  Wagner threw the complete game, striking out 11 and giving up just 4 hits.  Nick Galenti and Matt Weinberg hat two hits apiece, with Weinberg getting the game winning r.b.i..  Ted Wilson had one hit and scored New Era's run.  In the second game, Brad Smith threw the complete game, aided by 4 double plays.  Nick Galenti with 3 hits and 3 runs scored and Mike Wagner had 3 hits and 2 r.b.i's.

The final series will start Tuesday with the first and second game at Delaware #2.  The location of the third game is yet to be determined.

Ken-Hy secured the final playoff spot with an 8 to 6 win over Pignataro's on Sunday evening at Delaware Park.  Joe DiLeo got the win with a save from Corey Paige.  Tyler Green provided most of the offense with 2 hits including a 3 run homer in the first inning.  Ken-Hy will  play Meridian Titans in a best of 3 series, starting at Cazenovia Park on Tuesday, while New Era and Royal Printing square off at Delaware Park on Tuesday also.  The teams will switch parks for Thursday's game and if a third game is necessary, they will go back to the original diamonds.

Tuesday, July 9.  Royal Printing became the third team to qualify for the 2013 playoffs with a 5 to 2 victory over Ken-Hy this evening at Delaware Park.  Lucas Schaefer pitched the win with relief help from Mike Wagner.  Marc DiLeo went 4 for 4, scoring 2 runs while driving in 1 to lead Royal Printing.  Brian Dudek with 1 hit and an rbi and Chris Kwitzer with 1 hit and 2 rbi's  aided the cause.  Royal Printing will be pitted against New Era in the first round of the playoffs, when they begin.

At Cazenovia Park, Mader Construction was eliminated by Pignataro's, 8 to 2.  Tom Samar pitched the win and Ron Canestro with 3 hits led Pignataro's.  Samar added 2 hits for Pignataro's who will face Ken-Hy with the winner qualifying in the 4th spot for the Playoffs.  

Extenuating circumstances may prevent the Ken-Hy vs Pignataro's game from being played on Thursday as scheduled.  Please watch this space for updates as they become known. 



Saturday, July 6.  Because of the rain this summer, we would be tempting fate to try to finish the season and get the playoff's completed before going to the National Tournament so we instituted a "play in" tournament, involving the bottom 4 teams to qualify 2 for our normal playoff format, with the Meridian Titans and New Era qualifying automatically because of their one - two finish.  So tonight, Ken-Hy and Pignataro's faced off at Cazenovia with Ken-Hy prevailing, 3 to 2.  Pitchers Tony Marra and Matt Matre combined for the win.  Matt Ruggeiro, Tyler Green and Vince Perrecelli with 2 hits apiece led the attack for Ken-Hy.  Ron Canestro, Quinn Danahy and Zack Glowacki were the offensive trio for Pignataro's.

At Delaware, Royal Printing defeated Mader Construction, 11 to 5 behind the pitching of Mike Wagner, who had 7 strikeouts for Royal.  Nick Galenti with 3 hits and 3 rbi's while Mike Wagner and Tyler Piasecki had a hit and an rbi apiece.

On Tuesday, Royal Printing and Ken-Hy as winners of the first games will play at Delaware and Pignataro's and Mader Construction will play at Cazenovia with the loser being eliminated.  The winner of the Royal Printing - Ken-Hy matchup will automatically qualify for the playoffs with the loser of that game playing the winner of the Pignataro's -Mader matchup playing for the last playoff spot.  The playoffs hopefully, will start on Sunday, July 14, at 6:00 pm. 


Tuesday, July 2

On Sunday evening, Ken-Hy benefitted from the no hit pitching of Corey Paige, but tonight, Andy DeWitt of the Meridian Titans almost did the same thing to them, holding Ken-Hy hitless until the 7th inning, while coasting with a 6 run  lead.   Ken-Hy broke through with 2 hits in the bottom of the seventh to score their only run on Zack Hayes double.  Tom Kline and Jake Logiudice had two hits apiece, while Ken Johnston added a triple for the undefeated Titans.

At Delaware, Pignataro's defeated Royal Printing, 10 to 3 behind the pitching of Drew Bassini.  Tommy Sumar had 3 hits, scoring 2 runs and Zack Glowacki had 3 hits and scored 3 runs for Pignataro's.  Chris Kwitzer had an rbi for Royal Printing. At Orchard Park H.S. New Era shut out Mader, 5 to 0 behind the 2 hit pitching of Marcus Cavarello. Chris Brigham, with 2 hits and 2 rbi's, and Blair Lakso, with 3 rbi's led the attack for New Era.

In action tonight, Corey Paige pitched a no-hitter for Ken-Hy as they swept by New Era, 7 to 0.  Paige had 9 strikeouts and aided his own cause with 2 hits.

Royal Printing picked up its first win of the season, a 10 to 7 victory over Mader Construction. Mike Wagner was the winning pitcher with offensive help from Matt Wineberg who had 2 hits and Tyler Piasecki who had a bases loaded triple.  Christ Conley had a hit and an rbi for Mader.

 At Cazenovia, Meridian Titans kept on its winning ways ekeing out a 7 to 6 decision over Pignataro's.  All the runs were scored in the first 2 innings, before the pitching settled down for both teams.  David Battel and Austin Speaker combined for the win with Pat Quinn going 4 for 4 driving in 2 runs and Tom Kline chipping in with 2 hits and 2 rbi's.  Michael Michalski had 3 hits for Pignataro's  scoring 2 runs and Tom Sumar had 2 hits and 2 rbi's.

Tuesday, June 25.  Ken-Hy picked up it's second win of the season, defeating Pignataro's, 7 to 0.  Tony Marra went the distance to get the win with hitting help from Vinnie Perrelli and Paul Wujek who contributed 2 hits apiece to pace Ken-Hy.

In other games, New Era defeated Royal Printing, 7 to 5.  Marcus Cavarello was the winning pitcher, and Ted Wilson got a save for New Era.  Wilson pitched in with a hit and 2 rbi's.  Jake Weiser had 2 hits for New Era, driving in 1 and scoring 3 times.  Zack Zabel also had 2 hits and scored twice.  At California Rd., Meridian Titans continued unbeaten, getting by Mader Construction, 8 to 2.  Bob O'Connor picked up his second win in as many starts, striking out 9 while scattering 6 hits.  Dan Lumadue had 3 hits for the Titans while Tom Styn and Rick Hopcia contributed 2 hits apiece.  Ben Haefner had both rbi's for Mader.

Thursday, June20.  Meridian Titans stayed undefeated, coming from behind to edge New Era, 3 to 2.  Austin Speaker drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly giving the win to pitcher Andrew Dewitt.  Zack Zabel had 2 hits for New Era.  Meanwhile, Mader Construction defeated Pignataro's., 11 to 1.  Pat Sheehan got the win, with offensive help from Ben Haefner who had 2 hits and 3 rbi's and Dan Karstedt with 2 hits and 2 rbis.  At Delaware Park, Ken-Hy picked up their first win of the season, 10 to 6, keeping Royal winless.  There will be no games this weekend because of high school graduations.  This has always been a difficult weekend for us so we decided to not play on graduation weekend.

Tuesday, June 18.  Meridian Titans continued to be unbeaten, defeating Royal Printing, 5 to 1 behind the 4 hit pitching of Bob O'Connor, making his AAABA debut.  Pat Quinn led the way for the Titans with 2 hits including a rbi double and scored 2 runs, while Tom Styn reached base 2times and scored 2 runs.  Matt Weinberg had a double for Royal Printing.

At Delaware Park, New Era exploded for 11 runs while limiting Pignataro's to 3.  Marcus Cavarello was the winning pitcher.  Brian Castonguay had a 3 run double and Blair Lakso had a 2 run double to lead the attack for New Era.  Nick Kellner and Brandon Kapowicz had 2 hits apiece for Pignataro's.

At Cazenovia, Mader Construction and Ken-Hy played to a 8 to 8 tie game over 9 innings.  Jared Baldinelli had 2 hits and Tyler Green had 3 hits and 2 rbi's for Ken-Hy while Dan Karstedt had 3hits and 3 rbis and John McCarthy had 2 hits and 2 rbi's for Mader.

Saturday, June 15.  After 2 consecutive rain outs we got back into action again at Delaware Park and Cazenovia Park. Vets park in Tonawanda was deemed unplayable by the Tonawanda Recreation Dept. so the game scheduled there was moved to Delaware. 

At Cazenovia Park, Meridian Titans continued their undefeated with a come from behind win over Mader Construction, 7 to 4.  Ken Johnston got the win in relief.  Sam Cumbo, Austin Speaker and Dan Lumadue had 2 hits apiece and Lumadue collected 2 rbi's.  Ben Haefner and Dave Hollins had 3 hits apiece and John McCarthy added 2 hits.

Action at Delaware had Pignataro's defeating Ken-Hy, 4 to 3, and New Era winning over Royal Printing 12 to 3.  Chris Reed picked up the win for Pignataro's.  Offense was generated by Mike Thompson with 2 hits and Matt Creenan driving in 2 runs.  Jared Baldinelli had 2 hits and 1 rbi for Ken-Hy.

New Era broke their game open in the seventh with 9 runs to sink Royal Printing 12 to 3.  Ted Wilson pitched a complete game to gain the win, and Josh Brosius with 2 hits and 2 rbi's, Steve Stapleton with 2 hits and 1 rbi, and Jordan Confer with 2 hits and 3 rbi's provided the firepower for New Era.  Nick Galenti had 2 hits for Royal Printing.

Sunday June 9.  New Era and Meridian Titans eked out 2 to 1 wins over their opponents Sunday evening.  New Eras Marcus Cavarello pitched a complete game for the win, without giving up an earned run.  Brian Castauguay had the game winning rbi.  Christian Brigham contributed 3 hits for New Era.  Ian Allen went the distance for Pignataro's, giving up just one earned run.

Meridian Titans took 8 innings to get by Royal Printing.  Winning pitcher Tom Styn contributed 2 hits to help his own cause, while Dan Lumadue drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 8th.  Mark DiLeo had 2 hits for Royal Printing.

At Cazenovia, Mader came from behind to score a 10 to 6 victory over winless Ken-Hy.  Conley, Spors and McGarry helped in the comeback with 2 hits apiece.  Vince Perrecelli  had 3 hits for Ken-Hy.

 Saturday, June 8.  Mader Construction entered the win column with an 10 to 2 victory over New Era at Cazenovia Park..  Dave Hollins led Mader with 2 hits and 3 rbi's and Christ Conley had 4 hits to support Sam  McCumiskey earned his first AAABA league victory.  McCumiskey travels from Belfast NY to participate in the league.

In other action, Pignataro's scored 6 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to come back over Royal Printing 6 to 5. Tom Samar came on in the seventh inning to earn the win, aiding his cause with a bases loaded double.  Mike Wagner had pitched 6 innings of scoreless ball for Royal with no decision.  At Vet's park, the Meridian Titans continued their winning ways with a 6 to 3 decision over Ken-Hy.  Joe Colosi was the winning pitcher.  Anthony Schiro, Sam Cumbo and Ken Johnston had 2 hits apiece for Meridian with Johnston contributing 2 rbi's.  Zack Hayes was 2 for 3 with 2 rbi's for Ken-Hy.

The Buffalo AAABA league kicked off it's 60th season tonight with 3 games.  The Meridian Titans defeated Mader Construction, 5 to 2.  This is the Titan's 16th consecutive regular season victory.  Andy DeWitt was the winning pitcher for the Titans, striking out 8 while giving up 6 hits.  DeWitt struck out the final 2 batter for Mader in the bottom of the 7th with the bases loaded to preserve the victory.  Anthony Schiro drove in 2 runs with a double, Pat Quinn had a 2 run triple and Ken Johnston had a run producing double, all of the hits coming with 2 outs.  Ben Haefner had 2 hits for Mader along with Dave Hollins, who also had 2 rbi's for Mader.

 At Delaware Park, New Era started off the season on the right foot, getting by Royal Printing, 4 to 3.  Alec Cobel was the winning pitcher for New Era while Zack Zabel had a double and scored 2 runs for New Era. Matt Galenti reached base 3 time for Royal Printing.

Also at Delaware, Ken-Hy and Pignataro's played to a 4 all tie.  Phil Wells and Corey Paige had 2 hits apiece for Ken-Hy while Tyler Wasieczlo pitched for Pignataro's, giving of only 1 earned run.