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Royals in AAABA semifinals, Carnevale’s crew dominates L.I. squad

Manager Bob Carnevale was in high spirits Thursday night as his Royal Printing baseball squad punched its ticket to the All-American Amateur Baseball Association national tournament semifinals by way of a dominating 12-2 victory over the Long Island Astros at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pa.

“We couldn’t have played better in every facet of the game,” he said.

Russ Mistretta (Fredonia) had three hits and three RBIs. Jack Putney (St. Bonaventure) also chipped in three RBIs while Max Giordano (Niagara) and Ryan Voight (Brockport) knocked in two  apiece.

Southpaw Erik Johnson (Niagara County CC) kept Long Island at bay at the plate. After he gave up a two-run home run early in the game, Johnson settled down and struck out five over seven innings.

The Royal Printing team will play last year’s tournament runner-up New Orleans in the semifinal round. The matchup is set to be begin at noon.

The two teams faced off earlier in pool play. Royal Printing led late, 3-1, before the team’s pitcher left the game with an injury and New Orleans rattled five straight hits off the bullpen.

Hamburg 527 eliminated

A seven-run hole after three innings was too much for Hamburg Post 527 as Brooklawn Post 72 out of New Jersey triumphed, 9-3, Thursday in the Mid-Atlantic Regional round of the American Legion Baseball tournament held Thursday at McCrary Park in Asheboro, N.C.

Brooklawn used a flurry of hits, including a two-run homer from Nick Nocella in the first inning and two multi-run base hits from Logan Manuola in the second and third innings, to construct its big lead. The team also scored a run when Hamburg pitcher Mike Heilig balked.

Manuola finished the day as the top batter, going 2-for-3 with four RBI and a walk. Shortstop Zach Evans led Hamburg with two RBIs and a double.

Hamburg was eliminated from the regional tournament with the loss. The team had already fallen to Randolph County (N.C.), 11-6, Wednesday evening after a long rain delay.

Diesel splits pool play

The Buffalo Diesel split its two pool play games Thursday to open the National Amateur Baseball Federation World Series in Battle Creek, Mich.

Zach Leitten threw eight innings and earned the win on the mound as the Diesel downed Hackensack (N.J.) Troast, 5-2, in the first game.

Buffalo fell in seven innings to the Beecher (Ill.) Muskies, 8-0, in the second game.

The Diesel will play Midland, Michigan today at 2:30 p.m.

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