When Jack Putney was not in the starting lineup he was a valuable performer off the bench all season for Royal Printing manager Bob Carnevale.
With a right-hander on the mound for the Paul Carpenter Capital, the left-hand batting Putney got the call to pinch hit with a runner on base in a tie game Wednesday. The Clarence High graduate who is headed for St. Bonaventure came through with a double to left center, scoring Alex Whipple with the winning run in a 2-1 victory over the home team to advance out of pool play in the All-American Amateur Baseball Association nationals in Johnstown, Pa.
Matt Grace (Niagara U.) homered in the fifth inning to tie the game at 1-1 and Joe Barberio (Canisius College) pitched the complete game for the Royals, who advanced to face the Long Island Astros in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
The loss eliminated Paul Carpenter Capital from the tournament.
The second Buffalo entrant, Full Circuit Power, couldn’t come back from a five-run deficit and was eliminated by Zanesville (Ohio) Junior Pioneers, 5-2.
Cam Zurat doubled and came home on a sacrifice fly by Jack Arnold for the first Full Circuit run in the eighth. Dylan Crowley’s RBI singled produced the second run of the inning, but Andrew Fairbrother was out trying to score on the hit to end the inning.
In the ninth, Gavin Krawiec led off with a double and scored on a sac fly by Nate Wereski, but that was all Full Circuit could muster.
Rain hampers Hamburg
Hamburg Post 527 trailed to host Randolph County, 11-4, when the game was halted for the second time by a rain delay in the top of the seventh inning in the Mid-Atlantic American Legion Baseball Regional at McCrary Park in Asheboro, N.C. Earlier there was a 52-minute delay.
Trevor Marsh drove in five runs with three hits and Spencer Lanier had four RBI with three singles for Randolph, which was helped by 11 walks and an error that led to three unearned runs in the sixth.
After falling behind, 4-1, Hamburg tied the game with runs in the third inning on a bases loaded double by Ryan Smith (Maryvale).
Hamburg hit into double plays to snuff out promising early rallies in the first and second innings.
Diesel to play two
Zach Leitten will get the start Thursday when Buffalo Diesel opens pool play in the National Amateur Baseball Federation World Series in Battle Creek, Mich. Buffalo will face Hackensack (N.J.) Troast at noon.
Zach Jordon will start for Diesel in its second pool game against Beecher (Ill.) Muskies at 6 p.m.