The Royal Printing team and its followers thought their chances of advancing in the AAABA national tournament in Johnstown, Pa. were over after Tuesday’s losses to New Brunswick (N.J.), 6-0, and the Philadelphia Bandits, 11-6. After giving up 17 runs in two games they figured to lose if the first tiebreaker (runs allowed) came into play to determine who moved on to elimination play
Surprise. The Royals routed the Columbus (Ohio) Jets, 13-2, in their final game of pool play Wednesday and will move on to elimination play today against Zanesville, Ohio, the defending tournament champion. Zanesville was 2-1 in its pool in the 12-team tournament.
Right-hander Alex Licata, a Niagara County CC grad who will pitch for Grand Valley State (Mich.), pitched a five-hitter and struck out seven in a game that was shortened to seven innings due to the 10-run rule.
Mike Gabriele (Niagara U.) had four hits and scored twice for Royal while Vinny Chiarenza (Canisius High, Mercyhurst) had two hits and two RBIs. Joe Milkowski (Niagara CCC, UM-Baltimore County) had three hits and scored twice and Mike Colosi (Gannon) had a pair of hits and two runs for the winners.
Buffalo (1-2) allowed 19 runs in its three games in pool play. Philadelphia (1-2) yielded 21.
Today in Battle Creek, Mich., both Buffalo representatives in the National Amateur Baseball Federation Major World Series will begin in pool play.
Orvilles, the winner of the Buffalo Regional, will meet the Oswego Cats of Illinois at noon in C.O. Brown Stadium. Later Orvilles will face St. John’s Lefty of Pittsburgh at 6:30 p.m. at Nichols Field.
Battistoni Diesel, which gained entry by winning the regional in Maryland last Sunday, will face Hackensack Troasts (N.J.) at 2:30 at Morrison Field.
Battistoni will complete its pool play with games on Friday against the New Rochelle Robins and the Detroit Jetbox, a traditional NABF power. Orville’s will complete pool play on Friday against Flanagan Associates, the champion of the West Haven, Conn. Regional.