Tyler Howard, a sophomore at Niagara University, pitched a two-hitter for Leibs over defending champion New Orleans Boosters, 4-1, Wednesday in Johnstown, Pa., but instead of advancing the Buffalo team is on its way home after being eliminated from the AAABA national tournament by tie-breaker rules.
Leibs, New Orleans and Chicago Metro each finished with 2-1 records in pool play necessitating application of the tiebreaker rules. New Orleans got the No. 1 seed by virtue of allowing the fewest runs. The tie for the No. 2 seed was broken by Chicago Metro’s 10-3 victory over Leibs in their head-to-head meeting on Monday.
It was a bitter outcome for the Leibs team which wwent 6-2 over a span of seven days including the AAABA Altoona Regional which ended on Sunday with only 11 players.
Eric Whipple, Brandon Kaplewicz and Bryce Donovan had two hits each for the winners.
In Battle Creek, Mich., Wednesday night defending National Amateur Baseball Federation Majors champion Battastoni Diesel of Buffalo saw a five-run lead erased over the last three innings and fell to the hometown HBA/Behnke, 8-6, in the opening game of the national tournament. Former UB pitcher Kevin Hughes shut out Behnke for six innings before tiring. Reliever Cam Knott was victimized by the Michigan team’s five-run ninth-inning rally.