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February 20, 2016
As we prepare for the upconing season, we would like to inform our followers of what to look for in 2016.
First, we have at least three (3) and maybe five (5) new teams for the upcoming season.  New Era is back with Ed Mahoney as the manager.  Ed last coached in our league about 10 or 12 years ago and is looking forward to the challenge of AAABA.  Next we have Cayuga Heat, and this team is from the north towns/Niagara county, and last but not least, we have a team that will consist of a lot of E.C.C. players.  These last two teams have yet to name a manager.  We also have a commitment from the Junior Bisons, who have previously played in the C.E.B.A. league.  Paul Smaldone and John Barry will coach this team.  We are currently looking for another team.  At the same time we are losing the Jamestown Tigers team and the Barrows team.  Their sponsors/coaches have decided to go in a different direction.  We wish them well.  
     Bob Carnevale and myself (Jack Lawler) will be heading to Orlando for the annual AAABA national meeting.  We will introduce Bob as the new Franchise Representative for the Buffalo Franchise.  I have been associated with the Buffalo franchise for 31 years and have served as Franchise Representative since 1989, and it is time for me to step back and start the transition to a younger group of leaders.  While I will still be associated with the organization, I will be turning over the day to day operations to Bob. I know that we will be in good hands for the foreseeable future.
August 12, Wednesday 
Royal Printing was eliminated from the 2015 AAABA National Tournament by the Youngstown Crocodiles, 11 to 3 at the Point Stadium.  The game was decided in the 3rd and 4th inning when Youngstown scored 7 runs.  5 runs scored in the 3rd on just 4 hits, while 5 hits in the 4th only produced 2 runs, but the damage was done.    Meanwhile, Buffalo could only produce 3 base runners on 2 hits and a walk in the first 6 innings.  .  Buffalo scored 3 runs in the 7th to close the gap, but Youngstown got those back in the 8th and another in the 9th to bring the final score to 11 to 3.  Ken Johnson had 3 hits and scored a run for Royal, while Nolan Hunt, Rick Dieboldt and Vince Chiarenza each drove in a run.  Kyle Liszewski had the only extra base hit, a double, while Nolan Hunt contributed 2 hits.
August 11, Tuesday
Royal Printing had the priviledge of playing in front of about 2,000 fans at Point Stadium in the feature game of the day versus Martella's Pharmacy of Johnstown.  Unfortunately the home team was the better squad tonight, defeating the Buffalo entry 8 to 2.  Johnstown scored first, pushing across a run on an error and two singles in the bottom of the first.  Buffalo came back in the second, scoring a run on a walk, hit batsman and a fielders choice.  Buffalo then went ahead on a home run by Dan Dallas, but unfortunately, that was the end of any offense by Royal Printing.  Johnstown went ahead in the fifth, scoring 3 runs on a walk, a hit batsman, a sacrifice fly and 2 singles.  They added 4 more in the 7th to put it away.  Buffalo only managed 4 hits, and hit into 4 double plays, while committing 4 errors.  They will play Youngstown in an elimination game Wednesday at 1:00 pm.
August 10, Monday,
Royal Printing started off this years tournament with a win over the Brooklyn Bonnies.  The final score was 8 to 2.
Buffalo started off with 3 straight outs in the first inning, and allowed Brooklyn to score the first run in the bottom of the first.  Ken Johnson, Royal's starting pitcher, gave up 2 walks and a single to get behind early.  Royal Printing came back to score a run in the top of the second.  Richard Miller walked, and went to third on a single by Jay Mankowski, andscored on a Kyle Liszewski sacrifice fly.  They added 3 runs in the third inning. Mike Gabriele and Cam Voss  led off with consecutive singles and a  walk to Dan Dallas loaded the bases.  Ken Johnson hit a shot to shortstop that was bobbled, allowing two runs to score and Richard Miller then drove in the third run with a double. Brooklyn scored in the bottom of the third on a pair of singles surrounding a stolen base, and that was the end of Brooklyns offensive for the day.  Buffalo scored a run in the fourth on a single and an error, another in the sixth on an error, a sacrifice and a single by Cam Voss.  They finished the scoring with 2 runs in the eighth on a hit batsman, a sacrifice and 3 singles.   Ken Johnson got the win, pitching the first 5 innings giving up 2 runs while striking out 2.  Nolan Hunt came on in the sixth, and gave up 4 hits, srtiking out 3 while shutting out the Bonnies.  Mike Gabriele had 4 hits for the winners, and Jay Mankowski and Can Voss chipped in with 2 each.  Ken Johnson and Richard Miller had 2 rbi's each, with Miller getting his rbi's with a double, the only extra base hit for Royal.  We will have to wait till the completion of the day's play to find out who is our opponent on Tuesday.

July 30 Thursdy  .


Royal Printing defeated Ken-Hy to advance to the National Tournament in Johnstown PA, representing the Buffalo Franchise.  The final score was 7 to 4.  Cam Voss was the winning pitcher with relief help from Nolan Hunt.   Voss had 4 hits, scoring 2 runs and driving in 2 runs to go with his pitching victory.  Richard Miller had 2 hits and 3 r.b.i.s for Royal.  Nolan Hunt struck out 5 in his three innings of relief work.  Nick Pullo had 3 hits for Ken-Hy. Royal Printing advances to the AAABA national tournament in Johnstown PA for the second consecutive year.  The tournament starts on August 10.  Royal Printing had an 0 and 2 record in last years tournament. Please watch this website for updates from this years tournament. 

July, 28, Tuesday

AAABA finals got underway tonight, with Royal Printing getting by Ken-Hy, 9 to 4.  Ken- Hy jumped out to a 2 run lead in the top of the first, but Royal countered with a 8 run bottom of the first inning.  A couple of broken bat singles, a couple of errors, walks and a few solid hits paved the way for Royals big inning.  Luke Schaefer, Mike Gabriel and Dan Dallas pitched for Royal with Gabriel getting the win.  Marc DiLeo had 3 hits to lead a balanced Royal attack.  Mark McKenna, Brendan Kapliewicz and Vic Willison each had 2 hits for Ken-Hy.  The series continues on Thursday at McCarthy with a third game at McCarthy, if neccessary, on Saturday.

July 23, Thursday

Royal Printing and Ken-Hy qualified for the AAABA finals tonight by shutting out their opponents.  Royal Printing defeated Barrows, 4 to 0.  Cam Voss was the winning pitcher for Royal Printing, striking out 8 batters while giving up only 2 hits.  Dan Dallas came on in the seventh, striking out the side.  Mike Gabriel had one hit, driving in 2 runs for Royal.  Ken-Hy defeated Full Circuit Power, with Nick Pullo getting the complete game win,  striking out 8 batters.  Mark McKenna and Paul Wujek scored for Ken-Hy with Phil Wells and Brandon Kapliewicz getting the R.B.I.s.

The final series will begin Tuesday and continue on Thursday and Saturday, if needed.  All games will be played at McCarthy.  The winner of this series will represent Buffalo in the A.A.A.B.A. National Tournament in Johnstown PA.  That double elimination tournament will start on Monday, August 10.


July 21, Tuesday

In AAABA playoff action tonight, Royal Printing took a one game lead on Barrows, winning 3 to 2.  Ken Johnson got the win on the mound, striking out 8 while giving up 8 hits.  Dan Dallas drove in 2 runs, including the go ahead run while going 2 for 3 at the plate.  Jay Malkowski had 2 hits, drove in a run and scored one to lead the Royal attack.  Andy Sipowicz drove in the Barrows runs with a double, and Jeff Palczewski contributed 3 hits for Barrows.

In the other game, a dramatic 2 run walk off homer by Mark McKenna allowed Ken-Hy to jump out in front of Full Circuit Power in the best of 3 playoff series.  Matt Wilhelm got the win for Ken-Hy.  Mike Nappo had an r.b.i. for the Power team while Cam Ringo contributed 2 hits.  

The Royal Printing - Barrows series continues on Thursday, at Delaware #1 while Full Circuit Power squares off against Ken-Hy at McCarthy # 1 on the same day. 

July 16, Thursday

Royal Printing finished their season on a winning note, defeating Barrows, 5 to 1 in 8 innings to capture first place in the regular season.  Mike Gabriel got the win in relief of Cam Voss.  They combined to pitch a 3 hitter while striking out 8.  They each collected 2 hits to help their own cause.  J.D. Andreessen had a 2 run double in the top of the 8th to score the winning runs.

Full Circuit Power eliminated Jamestown from playoff contention with an 11 to 1 win at Delaware.  Josh Kuderian got the win for Power.  Brett Guay and D.J. Schiersing each had 2 hits.  Guay scored 3 times while driving in one and Schiersing drove in 2 for the Power team.

The playoffs will start on Tuesday, July 21 with both games at MacCarthy.  Games start at 6:00 pm for the playoffs.  All games are played to completion.  If games are tied when they cannot be completed, they will be continued on the following playing date, until completed. 

July 12, Sunday

In A.A.A.B.A. action tonight, Barrows got its second win in as many games, getting by Ken-Hy, 6 to 2.  Zach Trumpler got the win on the mound while Jeff Pallczewski, Brandon Nicholson and Cole Hollins contributed 2 hits apiece, with Hollins also driving in a pair.  Bam Ruggiero drove in 1 run for Ken-Hy while the other scored on a balk. 

July 11, Saturday

In it's 4th game of the season, Barrows got it's first win of the season, a 4 to 2 win over Jamestown at Orchard Park H.S.  Lucas Bechakas got the win, pitching a complete game.  Ryan Maccarrick had 2 rbi's for the winners.

In other action tonight, Royal Printing defeated Ken-Hy, 9 to 6 in 8 innings.  Luke Schaefer went the distance for Royal Printing to get the win.  Marc DiLeo had a 2 run triple in the top of the 8th to seal the win for Royal.  Lead off hitter, Mark McKenna, for Ken-Hy went 3 for 3 with a run scored. 

Thursday, July 2 Full Circuit Power and Royal Printing head into the holiday break winners. Full Circuit Power got by Ken-Hy, 5 to 3 and Royal Printing beat Jamestown Tigers, 6 to 1. In the Power-Ken-Hy game at Green Lake, a balanced attack was led by Matt Schneider who drove in Dom Cecere with the winning run. Jeff Biddle got the win on the mound. Brian Wazalewski had a 2 run homer for Ken-Hy. At McCarrthy, Royal Printing continued itrs winning ways, Ken Johnston got the win on the mound striking out 7 and contributed>2 hits and 3 rbi's. Mark DiLeo, Richard Miller and Tom Kline had 2 hits apiece for Royal. Pat Hall had one hit for Jamestown.  Tuesday, June 30


p> Rain outs on Tuesdays seem to be the norm this season, but we were fortunate that we did get one game in tonight.  A pitchers duel between Ken-Hys Matt Wilhelm and Nolan Hunt of Jamestown came to an ugly end with Ken-Hy scoring 8 runs in the top of the eigth inning to secure the victory.  Bam Ruggiero scored the go ahead run in the bottom of the eigth.  He singled, was sacrificed to second and advanced to third on an infield error.  Phil Wells then singled to right to drive in Ruggiero.  Ruggiero had 3 hits and scored two runs for Ken-Hy. 


 Thursday, June 25

Royal Printing continued its winning ways with a hard fought win over Full Circuit Power, 2 to 1 at McCarthy. Ken Johnston got the win on the mound and contributed 3 hits including a double and an r.b.i..  Cam Voss also had 3 hits for Royal.  Cam Ringo had 3 hits for Full Circuit Power, including 2 doubles and drove in their only run.  In Orchard Park this evening, Ken-Hy got by Barrows, 12 to 7.  Paul Wujek and Phil Wells had 3 hits apiece, and Brian Pulli chipped in with 2 hits, but drove in 5, while Wells contributed 3 r.b.i.s  Winning pitcher was Chris Kuchta.  Joe Prezioso and Andrew Nicholson contributed 2 hits apiece for Barrows.


Tuesday, June 23

Tuesday mornings storm played havoc with the schedule by forcing a postponement of the Barrows/Jamestown contest.  Meanwhile, Royal Printing moved into first place by defeating Ken-Hy, 7 to 6.  Mike Gabriels double drove in Jack Troutman, who reached on an error, with the winning run in the top of the seventh inning.  Colin Tenney had 2 hits and scored 2 runs for Royal.  Dan Dallas got the win in relief of Cam Voss.  Paul Wujek drove in 2 runs and scored 2 for Ken-Hy. 

Saturday, June 20 Full Circuit Power dropped Ken-Hy from the undefeated ranks by way of a 6 to 2 decision at McCarthy field. Austin Greene was the winning pitcher with relief help from Jeff Biddle, who also contributed 2 hits and 2 rbi's. Cam Ringo and Brett Guay contributed 2 hits and an rbi apiece for the winners. Brian Pulli had 2 hits for Ken-Hy in a losing effort. In the other game at McCarthy, Royal Printing defeated Jamestown Tigers, 16 to 6. Luke Schaefer got the win on the mound for Royal while Rich Miller contributed 4 hits and 4 rbi's and Tom Kline had 2 hits and 2 rbi's for the winners. B. Stack led Jamestown with 2 hits. Thursday, June 18

The spectators at McCarthy were witness to a pitching gem performed by Royal Printing's Ken Johnston.  Johnston threw a no hitter against the Barrows team, while Andy Skoma, who had 2 hits for Royal, scored the games only run on a single by Jay Malkowski. 

In the other game this evening, Full Circuit Power came back from 3 runs down to force a tie against the Jamestown Tigers at Delaware. The final score was 4 to 4 in eight innings.  Adam Mayer had 2 hits and Colin Stock had 2 rbi for Jamestown while Mike Nappo had 2 hits and 2 r.b.i.'s for Full Circuit Power. 

Saturday, June 13

In the only action of the night, Ken-Hy remained unbeaten, getting  by Royal Printing, 6 to 3 at McCarthy.  Nick Pullo was the winning pitcher, going 6 innings, giving up one hit and one run while striking out 8. Chris Kutcha pitched the seventh inning for the save. Mark McKenna, Vic Willison and Phil Wells had 2 hits apiece,  Mistreada and Johnson had rbi doubles for Royal Printing.  The Barrows - Jamestown game was postponed till a later date to accomodate the Barrows players who are participating in the State Baseball finals in Binghamton.

Thursday, June 11

Ken-Hy continued its winning ways, scoring a 9 to 0 win over the Jamestown Tigers while Full Circuit Power evened its record at 1 and 1 with a 3 to 2 win over Barrows in 8 innings at McCarthy Park.  Matt Wilhelm got his second win and second shutout, striking out 8 while giving up just 2 hits.  Phil Wells and Alex O'Donnell each had a hit and scored 2 runs apiece.   James Brnik came on in relief and got the win for the Power squad.  Brett Guay scored from second on a single by Rico Folks.  Matt Schneider and Brnik each had 2 hits for the winners while Joe Presioso had a double and scored both runs for Barrows. 

Saturday, June 6.   

It was a bad opening night for the new teams in A.A.A.B.A.  Full Circuit Power lost to Ken-Hy at McCarthy and Royal Printing snuck by Jamestown.  Ken-HY's Matt Wilhelm pitched a two hit shutout, striking out 6 to get the victory.  Austin Battaglia led Ken-Hy scoring 2 runs.  No one else had more than one hit or scored more than one run.  In the Delaware Park game, Royal Printing took advantage of a shaky start by the Jamestown Tigers, scoring 4 runs early, and then holding off a late inning challenge to get by the Tigers.  Lucas Schaefer got the win giving up 3 hits and one run while striking out 6.  Dan Dallas had a 2 rbi. triple and Kyle Liszewski had 2 hits including a double, driving in 2 runs.  Jamestown scored 2 runs in the 7th and had runners in scoring position when Liszewski made a bare handed catch and throw to get the last out for Royal.

It is March 29 and there is snow on the ground, but baseball leagues are forming up for the season.  The Buffalo AAABA is seeing many changes for the upcoming season.  Gone from the league is Pignataro's, New Era, and Meridian Titans.  New teams are the Jamestown Tigers and another new team from the Southtowns, headed by Charlie Karstedt, who played AAABA baseball around 10 to 12 years ago with the Mader team.  Royal Printing, Ken-Hy and the former Mader team are back.  Becauuse of the five team format, There will be byes in the schedule, so keep your eye on this site for who is playing and where.

I would liketo take this opportunity to mention the passing of Ray Caso, a long time manager in AAABA.  He was a leader in local baseball and he will be sorely missed.  

Keep watching this site for updates.