Buffalo's Royal Printing and Full Circuit Power endured a wild second day of pool play on Tuesday at the All-American Amateur Baseball Association (AAABA) nationals in Johnstown, Pa.
An injury to starting pitcher Alex Licata, who was coasting along on a two-hitter through six innings, started the Royals on their way to 12-3 loss to the New Orleans Boosters.
Full Circuit rallied for seven late runs after their 10-5 lead was erased and triumphed 17-12 against the Columbus Jets.
Each Buffalo representative needs a win Wednesday, the final day of pool play, to advance to the quarterfinals. Royal Printing (1-1) will face the hometown Paul Carpenter Capital (1-1) while Full Circuit (1-1) will take on Zanesville Junior Pioneers (1-1) from Ohio.
The Royals were leading 3-1 when Licata was injured fielding a ball in the seventh inning. In obvious discomfort, he walked the next batter and threw one more pitch before he had to be replaced.
New Orleans struck for six runs in the inning to take the lead and win going away.
Each team scored an unearned run in the first inning. Royal took a 3-1 lead in the fifth with Mario Ruggerio and Noah Thompson delivering RBI singles.
Full Circuit had 12 hits and benefited from 11 walks in its win against Columbus. The Jets scored five times in the top of the seventh to tie the game, but manager Gordie Karstedt's team came right back with five runs in the bottom of the seventh. Two of the runs came home on squeeze bunts by Ryan Peterson and Nate Wereski.
Dylan Crowley went 4-for-5 including a two-run homer and scored four times for Full Circuit. Cam Zurat had three hits and Andrew Fairbrother was 2-for-2 with four runs scored in the victory.
Hamburg Post 727 play its first game Wednesday night against host Randolph County in the American Legion Mid-Atlantic Regionals in Asheboro, N.C.
Buffalo Diesel of the New Era Muny AAA league will open play on Thursday in the NABF World Series in Battle Creek, Mich. Diesel is in a pool with Beecher, Ill.; Midland, Mich.; and Hackensack, N.J.