AAABA 2022 | PHOTO GALLERY | Late push sends New Orleans past Martella’s Pharmacy and into title game | Sports


JOHNSTOWN, Pennsylvania – New Orleans entered the 77th AAABA Tournament expecting to win, rather than simply hoping they would find success.

So it makes sense that a team that has won as much as the Boosters over the past half-decade would be unimpressed with having to play from behind against Martella’s Pharmacy in Friday’s semi-final.

Trailing by two runs in the sixth, New Orleans recorded seven straight singles and scored six runs, all with two outs, to take a lead they would never relinquish in a 10-3 win over Rep. Johnstown-2 at Sargent’s Stadium at The Point. .

The Boosters have won four of the last six titles and will play their fifth straight league game at 6 p.m. Saturday when they take on Johnstown’s Paul Carpenter Capital Advisors.

“It’s a testament to the tradition of this program,” New Orleans manager Joey Latino said. “When we come here, we want to win. We make it our goal and talk about it before we leave New Orleans.

New Orleans’ Carson Lore threw a full game on 113 throws, 85 for strikes, allowing just three runs on eight hits to partner with three strikeouts and just one walk.

Lore also pitched two complete games in the 2021 tournament, including the 17-6 win over New Brunswick.

“This young man is a strike thrower,” Latino said of his 20-year-old right-hander.

“He’s never going to fight. Today, in a word, he was exceptional.

Logan O’Neill contributed three hits and scored three runs for New Orleans. Cade Prejeant had two hits, including a two RBI single in the sixth, and finished with three RBIs. Bryan Broussard had two hits, including an RBI single, and scored twice.

Before the sixth broke, the Boosters had their hands full with Johnstown starter Aidan Layton, a Bishop McCort Catholic graduate and Seton Hill pitcher.

Despite the loss, Layton allowed just one run on four hits in 52/3 innings before things started to spiral out of control.

“He (Layton) has thrown two fantastic games in this tournament,” Martella manager Kerry Pfeil said. “Not only did he control New Orleans here, he shut down New Brunswick.

“Much of the damage in New Orleans today was sighted singles, and what do you tell them?”

After Jake Kaufman, who came on as the designated hitter after Brady Faust was ejected in the third inning, and Christian Westcott grounded to lead the Boosters’ sixth, Stephen Klein’s single started the unpredictable rally.

Jacob Singletary, O’Neill, Norris McClure, Tyler Cook, Broussard and Prejeant all followed with singles as New Orleans took a 7-3 lead.

Johnstown scored all of its runs in the fourth after Jake Bredl and Bryce McCleester started the inning with back-to-back singles. After a sacrificial bunt, they both scored on a two-run RBI single by Rockwood High School and Mount Aloysius College product Troy Emert.

A single by Brycen Rearick and a play error on a ground fly from batting No. 9 Garrett Greco allowed Emert to head home for Johnstown’s third run.

Martella faced a lack of depth and an ever-changing roster to secure his 13th consecutive tournament appearance.

After finishing second in the JCBL playoffs, Johnstown went 2-1 in pool and eliminated the Philadelphia Bandits in the quarterfinals.

“I’m 100% proud of this band for their performance this week,” Pfeil said. “They came out and answered every punch thrown at them.

“They responded and played hard. I believe they have fully exceeded what they were supposed to do.

Alex Glumac had two hits and was on base three times for Martella. Jared Dowey and Zach Ramach each added a base hit.

As for New Orleans, they will try to maintain the level of play that has once again put them in a position to reign supreme.

“The same thing we always do – play nine innings as hard as you can,” Latino said of the forward mentality. “Have fun, play for each other and let everything else take care of itself.”


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