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Royals rained out in Johnstown opener

Buffalo champion Royal Printing will have to wait until today to play its opening game in the All-America Amateur Baseball Association World Series in Johnstown, Pa. Manager Bob Carnevale's Royals were scheduled to begin pool play in the tournament on Monday but seven games were postponed because of rain in the area.

The rainouts of the scheduled nine-inning games will necessitate that teams play two seven-inning encounters in pool play on Tuesday. Buffalo will face New Brunswick Matrix from New Jersey at 10 a.m. at Roxbury Park. At 2 p.m., the Royals will face the Philadelphia Bandits at the Iron Horse Field. The fourth team in Buffalo's pool, one of four in the 16-team tournament, is the Columbus, Ohio Jets.

Six players from Niagara County Community College make up the core of the Royals. Also there are two players from Niagara University and one from Canisius College on the team sponsored by long-time West Side sports enthusiast Tovie Asarese, a member of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

No Buffalo team has ever won the AAABA national championship, but five teams have been runners-up. The last was the North Forest Civic Association in 1980.  Almaroones (1964 and 1976), Transit Paving (1967) and the Frank Kicks Athletic Goods team (1953). were the others.

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