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Thursday, July 27
BUFFAL0 2017

August 10, from Johnstown, PA
Zanesville showed Royal Printing why they were last years tournament champion, pounding out a 9 to 4 victory over the locals to eliminate the Buffalo entry from this years tournament.  Mike Gabriele and Vince Chiarenza again led Royal Printing in the hit department.  Gabriele had 2 hits, scored a run and drove in a run while Chiarenza had 2 doubles and 2 rbi's.  Gabriele went 9 for 16 for the tournament, driving in 7 runs and scoring 5 times while Chiarenza had 3 doubles and a homerun to add power to the lineup.   
 
August 9, from Johnstown Pa.
Royal Printing, after a dismal showing on Tuesday, jumped back into the win column today, and by virtue of the tie breaker, live to play another day.  Royal lost 2 games yesterday, losing to New Brunswick, 6 to 0, garnering only 2 hits and then went on to lose to Philadelphia later by an 11 to 6 score.  Today, they went against Columbus and came out on top of a 12 to 2 score, and by virtue of the tiebreaker, will continue on in the tournament while Columbus and Philadelphia head home.

In the loss against Philadelphia, the Royal bats came alive a little bit.  Mike Gabriele and Vince Chiarenza each homered.  Gabriele had 4 rbi's while Chiarenza added 2.  All seemed lost at that point, and Coach Bob Carnevale gathered his troops and asked them to play for pride today and they responded mightily.  Mike Gabriele again led the Printers with 4 hits, giving him 7 hits in the last 2 games.  Joe Milkowski added 3 hits and scored twice. Jake Victor had 3 hits and was on base 5 times.  Vince Chiarenza and Mike Colosi each had 2 hits and scored twice, all to back up the 5 hit complete game by Alex Licata.  Licata had 7 strikeouts in the seven inning game, shortened by the 10 run mercy rule.
Tomorrow Royal Printing will play the Zanesville team, last years tournament champion.  The 8 teams remaining all start from scratch.  One loss and you go home.  The championship could be played Friday, or Saturday if one of the Johnstown teams are still alive.
 
July 27
Ryan McCarrick scored in the first inning for Leibs, and after that it was all Royal Printing.  Royal scored all of their runs in the third inning on three hits, 2 walks, an error and a hit batsman.  Joe Milkowski had 3 hits, an rbi and scored a run, while Mike Gabriele and Jake Victor had rbi's for Royal Printing.  Noah Thompson went the distance on the mound for Royol Printing, giving up just 5 hits and the unearned run.  Royal Printing will represent the Buffalo franchise at the National Tournament in Johnstown PA, starting on August 7.  The format is pool play and the top two teams from each pool will then compete in a single elimination tournament with the winner crowned on Friday or Saturday.  I will post daily reports on this website and send information to the Buffalo News.
 
July 26  The scheduled regional tournament vs the Boston franchise has been cancelled.  The Boston franchise has decided to not participate in regional and/or national tournament play this year.  A thank you goes out to all who assisted our organization in the arrangements for this event.  Everything was in order for the first regional tournament that this franchise was to host.  This is disappointing to all concerned.  The winner of the Royal Printing / Leibs series will represent Buffalo in the National tournament in Johnstown PA. starting on August 7th.
 
July 25,  The scheduled game from Monday, July 24 was interrupted in the third inning by rain.  The score at thpoint was 5 to 4 favor of Royal Printing.  The game was picked up at that point tonight and Royal Printing went on to win, 8 to 5 to even the series against Leibs.  Michel Gabriele pitched 5 innings to get the win for Royal.  Jay Malkowski led Royal Printing with 3 hits, including a double, driving in 4 runs.  Russell Mistretta scored 3 times for Royal.  Kevin Koziel tripled for Leibs and had 3 rbi's.  The final game will be played at Johnnie B. Wiley on Thursday, July 27 starting at 6:00 pm.  The rain date will be Saturday, July 29.
 
July 23,
I am sorry that the results and rundown of the game on Sunday got lost in the internet, so I will try to catch you up on the results.  Leibs persevered over Royal Printing, 8 to 7.  The teams went back and forth for the whole game with neither team able to hold a lead, until Leibs finally went ahead and stayed there.  Tom Voight, with relief help from Nick Keiner.  Brandon Nicholson reached base three times and scored three times.  Mike Colosi had 1 hit and scored twice for the winners.  Ben Closson had 2 rbi's and Jarod Burmaster scored twice for Royal Printing.
 
July 23
As I write this, Royal Printing and Leibs are preparing to faceoff in the first game of the finals for the right to play Boston in a 2 team regional.  The reason for this article is to inform anyone reading this that the schedule for the finals has changed.  Because Legion play has ended, Monday nights are now available for AAABA to play games, so that is what we are going to do.  Weather permitting, the playoff schedule is now Sunday, 7/23, Monday, 7/24 and Tuesday, 7/25.  Rain dates will be Thursday, July 27 and Saturday, July 29, and Sunday July 30.  For all of you folks who follow this website, thanks and come on out.  All games are still at Johnnie B. Wiley field at Jefferson and Best, on the site of the old rockpile (War Memorial Stadium,and for all of you really old folks, Civic Stadium) 
 
July 22
Royal Printing will face off against Leibs for the league championship and the right to face Boston in the regional to be held in Buffalo, August 3rd and 4th.  Royal Printing had the harder time, getting by Full Circuit Power, 8 to 5 at Johnnie B. Wiley.  Mike Gabriele led Royal with 2 hits, including a triple, drove in 3 and scored twice.  Will Lawrence added 2 hits, drove in one and scored twice.  Andrew Skomra got the win in relief, striking out 4 in 4 innings of work.  Mike Steffan had 3 hits and scored 1 run for Full Circuit Power.
Leibs had an easier time, handing Academy Stars a 13 to 3 defeat.  Nick Pullo struck out 9 on the way to the win while Eric Marriott scored three times and Brendan Kaplowicz twice while Micke Colosi and Darin Geska added 2 hits apiece.  Kyle LaPlante doubled and had 2 rbi's for the Stars.
 
The finals will start tomorrow, Sunday, July 23,  at Johnnie B. Wiley, game time is at 6:00 pm. 
July 18

Semi Final playoff series started tonight, and Leibs and Royal Printing jumped off to a one game lead in their best of three series.  Leibs got 2 hits and 2 rbi's from Matt Ruggerio, while Kevin Koziol tripled to drive in a run and later scored, and Chris Kuchta added 2 hits to back up the 2 hit pitching of Jose Alamany and Nick Keiner in the win over Academy Stars, 7 tp 0.  
In the other game Jordan McKinnon and Andrew Skomra combined to keep Full Circuit of the board until the seventh inning.  Mike Gabriele had 2 hits and Joe Milkowski scored twice to pace the Royal's.  The final score in that game was 7 to 1.
Next games are thursday, July 20, with Royal Printing facing Full Circuit at Johnnie B. Wiley and Leibs playing Academy at McCarthy 1.  All playoff games start at 6:00 pm.
July 16
In one of the more interesting games of this season, Academy Stars earned their way into the playoffs with a thrilling 5 to 4 victory over New Era at Johnnie B. Wiley field.  New Era scored first, going ahead 1 to nothing in the1st inning.  Academy Stars came back to jump ahead, scoring 3 in the 2nd.  New Era scored another to make it 3 to 2.  Then in the top of the seventh inning, Andrew Czubaj doubled in the tieing run, and then scored the go ahead run, to give New Era the lead, 4 to3.  Then, in the bottom of the seventh inning, with 1 on and 2 outs, Josh Surowiec hit a towering home run to right field to give the Stars the victory.  Matt Colucci got the win in relief for the Stars.  They open up the playoffs against Leibs on Tuesday at Wiley.
 
July 15
New Era lived to fight another day by defeating the Academy Stars, 5 to 1, forcing a one game playoff on Sunday to determine the final playoff team.  New Era was one game behind the Stars to start the evening, but a complete game pitched by Steve Hostinsky was the highlight for New Era.  Jeff Becker put the nail in the coffin tonight with a 2 run triple to seal the victory.  Noah Berry doubled and scored Academy's lone run.
In the other game this evening, Full Circuit Power defeated Leibs, 3 to 1.  Full Circuit used 4 pitchers with Alex Wanat getting the win.  Cole Hollins led Full Circuit with a double and an rbi, and Jake Zurat scored twice for Circuit.  Chris Kuchta had 2 hits for Leibs.
The playoffs will start Tuesday with Royal Printing facing off against Full Circuit at McCarthy 1 and Leibs will play the winner of the New Era/Academy Stars game at Johnnie B. Wiley.  The two series will switch fields for the second game, and if a third game is needed, the teams will go back to the site of their first game.  All games start at 6:00 pm. 
 
July 11
Leibs will finish the season in first place after getting by Royal Printing, 10 to 9.  Royal Printing wil finish 2nd.  Nick Keiner got the win in relief, pitching 5 innings.  Bam Ruggiero had 3 hits and Ryan McCarrick had 2 hits including a solo homerun, and scored twice.  Vince Chiarenza had a triple and a single and scored twice for Royal Printing.
Full Circuit defeated New Era, scoring 3 runs in the top of the 6th inning to break open a tight game.  Winning pitcher was Dylan Creasey.  Devon Crowley and Matt Kellner led the Power with 2 hits apiece.  Ben Serrano had 2 hits for New Era.
Academy Stars got a 7 to 0 win over K.C.Curve. 
 
July 9
Academy Stars stayed even with New Era for the last playoff spot by defeating Full Circuit Power, 3 to 2 at McCarthy tonight.  Josh Surowiec pitched 7 innings to get the win.  All of Academy's runs were unearned.  Mitchell Rosati had 2 hits and an rbi for Full Circuit.
In other action, Royal Printing defeated K.C. Curve, 12 to 2.  Russell Mistretta  had 4 hits, including 3 doubles and scored twice and Joe Barberio had 3 hits including a triple and drove in 3 runs to back Andrew Skomra's pitching.  Noah Fleckenstein had a double, driving in 2 runs and Tim Kirst had 2 hits for the Curve.
New Era handed the Jr. Bisons a season ending loss,  defeating them, 11 to 0.  Tom Voight pitched the win for New Era giving up just 3 hits while striking out 5.  Ben Serrano had 3 hits and 3 rbi's, Andrew Czubaj and Connor Priester chipped in with 2 hits apiece.  Stutz had 2 hits for the Jr. Bisons. 
 
July 8
Academy All Stars defeated New Era tonight at Vets Park, 5 to 3 to tighten the race for the final playoff spot. Brandon Underhill went the distance on the mound for the Stars to get the win while Josh Surowiec had 2 hits and 3 rbi's to lead the Stars offense.  Ben Monti had 2 hits for New Era.  At Johnny B. Wiley field, Vince Chiarenza's 2 run home run in the top of the 7th inning proved to be the difference in Royal Printings win over the Jr. Bisons, 10 to 8.
Brad Rybak got the win on the mound for Royal, Jake Victor chipped in with 3 hits and Mike Gabriele added 2 hits for the winners.  GAbe Glahe had 3 hits for the Jr. Bisons including a triple.Leibs defeated Full Circuit Power, 7 to 0.  Manny Alamany struck out 5 while only allowing 1 hit to get the win.  Eric Marriott had 3 hits and 3 rbi's while Ryan McCarrick and Brendan Kaplowicz had 2 hits apiece.
 
July 6
Leibs moved a full game and a half in front of Full Circuit Power and Royal Printing by virtue of their 7 to 2 victory over the Academy All Stars and Full Circuits loss to Royal Printing.  Bam Ruggiero had 2 hits and scored 3 times while Ryan McCarrick  had 3 hits and 3 rbi's to back up the pitching of Colin Reformat, who got the win.  Brandon Nicholson chipped in with 2 hits including a triple for Leibs.  Josh Surowiec drove in both of Academy Stars runs with a single.
Kiernan Higgins went the distance, pitching a 1 hitter, to gain the win for Royal Printing, who got by Full Circuit Power, 5 to 4. Joe Milkowski had 2 hits and scored twice for Royal Printing.  Full Circuit scored 4 runs in the top of the 7th inning without getting a hit to make the outcome interesting.  Royal Printing and Full Circuit are now tied for 2nd place.
The Jr. Bisons gained their 4th win of the season, defeating K.C. Curve, 10 to 1.  Glen Stever got his 2nd win of the season on the mound, while Kevin Sanders and Robert O'Dell  had 2 rbi's apiece. 
 
July 1
Leibs held its position in first place by shutting out New Era, 5 to 0. Nick Pullo gave up 4 hits, struck out 5, and extended the scoreless streak  by Leibs pitching to 29 innings.  Eric Marriott had 2 hits and Brandon Nicholson scored twice for Leibs.  Ben Monti had one of the New Era hits. 
In other action tonight, Academy Stars got by the Jr. Bisons, 5 to 4.  Brandon Underhill got the win on the mound for the Stars, while Ty Syta led the offense with 4 hits.  Alex Zulia had an rbi single for the Jr. Bisons. 
June 29

The Jr. Bisons handed league leader Full Circuit Power its second defeat, 2 to 1.  Eliot Widenor pitched 6 innings to get the win, spacing 6 hits.  Jake Michalski had a single and an rbi for the Jr. Bisons.  Michael Steffan homered for the Power for their only run.  
  Leibs moved into  first place with a 4 to 0 victory over K.C. Curve.  Colin Reformat got the win, pitching his second consecutive shutout.  He gave up 3 hits while striking out 6.  Ryan McCarrick led the Leibs attack with 2 hits and scored twice.
In a 1 to 0 game, New Era used an error, a stolen base and a passed ball to score an unearned run to defeat Royal Printing.  Andrew Fron threw a 4 hitter, and Jordan Kowalski scored the only run of the game.  New Era turned 2 double plays to get out of jams during the game.  
 
June 25.  
League leader, Full Circuit Power won again tonight, defeating the Jr. Bisons, 5 to 3 behind the pitching and hitting of Dylan Creasey.  While getting the win on the mound he led the offense with 2 hits, including a double, while driving in 3 runs.  Cole Hollins chipped in with 2 hits which included a triple.  Josh Oakley  had a single and double for the Jr. Bisons. 
Leibs defeated K.C. Curve tonight, 8 to 0.  Nick Pullo and Alex Whipple combined to pitch a no hitter.  Connor Duck had a triple and a double and scored 2 runs for the victors. 
June 24
Royal Printing outscored the Academy All Stars, 8 to 1.  Andrew Skomra gave up just 3 hits to get the win, while Mike Gabriele, Jay Malkowski, Vince Chiarenza, Joe Barberio and Will Lawrence all had 2 hits for Royal.  Shaun Wright had 2 hits for the Stars. 
New Era got by K.C. Curve, 4 to 1.  While New Era could only muster 6 hits, they put them to good use in the win.  Joe D'Angelo doubled in 2 runs, while Andy Czubaj added an rbi.  Steve Hostinsky got the win, giving up just 6 hits.  John Catanzaro walked and scored K.C.'s run. 
Leibs defeated the Jr. Bisons tonight, 4 to 0. Colin Reformat pitched a complete game shutout, striking out 6 while giving up just 4 hits.  Mike Colosi had 2 hits including a double and scored twice.
 
June 22
And then there were none.  New Era dropped Full Circuit Power from the undefeated ranks tonight, beating the league leaders, 8 to 0.  Andy Czubaj and Ben Serrano led New Era with 2 hits apiece, and driving in 3 runs between them.  Ben Monti got the win on the mound.
Academy All Stars got by K.C.Curve, 9 to 6, to to creep closer to New Era  for the last playoff spot.  Pitcher Zach Penska went 6 innings to get the win and Duncan MacDonald  drove in 4 runs for the Stars.  Matt Devine had a double and 2 rbi's for the Curve.
Leibs drew even with Royal Printing for second place by defeating Royal, 10 to 6.  Jose Alamany got the win for Leibs.  Eric Marriott went 2 for 4 and scored 2 runs while Bam Ruggiero had 2 hits and scored twice. Brandon Nicholson also scored twice for Leibs.  Joe Milkowski had 3 hits for Royal and scored 2 runs . 
 
June 20  
Full Circuit Power remains the only undefeated team in AAABA as they got by Academy All Stars tonight, 5 to 2.  Kyle Spoth with 2 hits and 3 rbi's and Jake Zurat with 2 hits led the offense in support of winning pitcher, Colin Miller.  Shaun Wright had two hits for the Stars. 
Royal Printing stayed in second place by defeating K.C, Curve, 14 to 4 at Delaware Park.  Russell Mistretta had 2 hits, including a double, driving in 3 runs, Vince Chiarenza had 2 hits and 2 rbi's while Noah Thompson reached base l4 times and scored 4 runs.  Justin Kirst had a double and scored once for the Curve. 
The Jr. Bisons earned their 2nd win of the season, ekeing out a 2 ro 1 decision over New Era.  On the mound, Justin Wisniewski and Jon Dref combined for the win giving up 7 hits while striking out 7. 
 
June 17
         Full Circuit Power remained undefeated, defeating K.C.Curve, 5 to 0.  Alex Wanat and Matt Staszak combined to pitch a 2  hitter, with Wanat earning the win.  Cole Hollins and Nate Berk led the Power attack.  Hollins had 3 hits including a solo homerun while Berke added 2 hits including a 2 run triple.
         New Era got back on the winning track, getting by Leibs, 5 to 3.  Ben Monti got the win on the mound, giving up 5 hits while striking out 6.  Ben Serrano added 2 hits while Jeff Becker and Andy Czubaj added rbi's for New Era.
Connor Duck had 2 hits for Leibs. 
       Academy All Stars defeated the Jr. Bisons, 12 to 3.  Josh Surowiec had 4 hits driving in 6 runs to support winning pitcher Bob Gruber.  Noah King had 2 hits for the Jr. Bisons.
 
June 15  
  The Junior Bisons earned their first win in 2 years, defeating the K.C.Curve team, 4 to 1 at St. Francis.  Glen Stever went the distance for the Bisons, earning the win while Glen Glahe tripled and drove in the first run of the game to get the lead that they never gave up.  Justin Kirst scored the only run for the Curve.
Full Circuit Power is the only unbeaten team in the league, after defeating Royal Printing, 7 to 2 at Veterans Field.  Collin Tyka got the win in relief, pitching 3 and 1/3 innings of scoreless ball.  Cole Hollins, with a bases loaded triple was the big gun for the Power team.  Matt Staszak and Devin Crowley added two hits apiece for the winners.  Jacob Victor had 2 hits for the Royal team. 
In other action tonight, Leibs scored a 6 to 2 win over the Academy All Stars. 
 
June 13
Leibs squeaked by K.C.Curve tonight, 6 to 5.  Nick Keiner pitched the complete game for Leibs, and Eric Marriott 
  contributed 2 hits and scored 2 runs.  Andrew Clouden had two hits for the Curve, including a double.
Royal Printing remained undefeated,  beating New Era, 5 to 2.  Jarod Burmaster got the win on the mound, with a complete game, giving up just 6 hits while striking out 4.  Jay Malkowski led Royal with 2 hits and 2 rbi's, while Joe Barberio and Will Lawrence chipped in with 2 hits apiece and an rbi each.  Ben Serrano had 2 doubles and drove in 2 runs for New Era.
In the final game of the evening, Full Circuit Power used a 2 run homerun by Jake Zurat to defeat the Jr. Bisons, 4 to 2.  Colin Miller got the win in relief.  Devin Crowley chipped in with 4 hits for the Power.  Kevin Sanders drove in a run for the Jr. Bisons with a sacrifice fly. 
 
June 11
The only game on the schedule Sunday pitted the two new teams in AAABA, and the Academy All Stars got their first win of the season, defeating K.C.Curve, 15 to 5 at McCarthy. Connor Eisenmann, on the mound, went the distance for the Stars tp pick up the win.  Seth Schrader had 4 hits and Ty Syta added 3 hits to pace the Stars.  Justin Kirst and Cole O'Connor had 2 hits a piece for the Curve.
June 10
  Royal Printing scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th to sneak by Academy All Stars, 5 to 4.  Ben Closson tied the game with a 2 out, 2 run single.  The winning run then scored on a wild pitch.  Vince Chiarenza chipped in with 2 hits for Royal.  Andy Xapsos got the win in relief, pitching a scoreless 7th.  Noah Murray had 2 hits for the All Stars.
K.C. Curve scored 4 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to notch their  first win of the season, getting by New Era, 4 to 3.  Jeff Walczak was on the mound for the Curve and earned the win.  Justin Kirst doubled and drove in one run and Matt Devine's 2 base hit drove in the winning run.  Tom Ward had 2 rbi's for New Era.
Leib's shut out the Jr. Bisons, 10 to 0.
 
June 8  
Rain and cold forced the postponement of opening night for this season to tonight and we were blessed with perfect baseball weather.
Full Circuit Power defeated last years champion, Leibs, 6 to 5 at Delaware Park.  Dillon Creasey got the win on the mound with a save from Matt Staszak.  Kyle Spoth led the Power team with 2 doubles.  Matt Ruggiero had 2 hits for Leibs. 
In other action tonight, New Era defeated the Academy All Stars, 10 to 1.  Tom Voight pitched 5 innings for New Era, giving up 5 hits and 1 run.  Andrew Czubaj had 3 hits and Mark Montes, Ben Monti, Jeff Becker and Ben Surrano contributed 2 hits apiece for the winners.  Wright had 2 hits for the Stars.
Royal Printing defeated the Jr. Bisons, 7 to 2.