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Leibs falls in AAABA opener

A Leibs error in the sixth inning allowed the go-ahead runs to score. and the Illinois Indians, the Chicago Metro champion, went on to a 10-3 victory over the Buffalo representative Monday as pool play opened in the AAABA World Series in Johnstown, Pa.

The Indians took a 5-3 lead when third baseman Jason Malkowski couldn’t handle the throw from cutoff man Ben Monti, the pitcher, on a double by Matthew Kozlak. That allowed Michael Ferri and Logan Beaman to score, snapping a 3-3 tie. Illinois added three more runs in the eighth inning and two in the ninth.

Monti had an RBI double for Leibs, who will face JohnstonRealty of Altoona at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Lilly Field in Johnstown in the second of three days of pool play. Leibs defeated Johnston Realty in the Altoona Regional over the weekend. On Wednesday, Leibs will face defending champion New Orleans at 11 a.m. New Orleans defeated Johnston Realty, 10-2, in its first game on Monday.

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