Johnstown Paul Carpenter Capital Advisors received a big boost off the bench from Patrick Ferguson in a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Bandits on Tuesday afternoon at Point Stadium.
Ferguson went 2-for-3 off the bench, with one run batted in and one run scored on a wild pitch.
Reliever Matt Hogue was the winning pitcher, and Bryce Spak threw the final two innings in relief for Paul Carpenter, which is 2-0 in Pool B.
Among the other early games on Tuesday:
- Defending AAABA Tournament champion New Orleans Boosters beat Chicago Metro 6-1 as Spencer Miller had three RBIs, including a two-run home run in the second inning at Roxbury Park. Brett Leonhard tossed six scoreless innings in the win for 2-0 New Orleans. Chicago is 1-1 in Pool A.
- Jay Milo pitched a complete game with four strikeouts and his Cleveland Blaze team collected 12 hits in a 9-2 win over Baltimore Presstman in Pool C. Cleveland overcame an early 2-0 deficit and improved to 1-1.
- Harry Rutkowski, a 17-year-old left-handed pitcher, tossed eight shutout innings with eight strikeouts and no walks in 80 pitches as New Brunswick Matrix blanked New York City 8-0 at Mount Aloysius in Pool D. Jeff Reinecke drove in three runs, and Scott Durkin pitched a scoreless ninth inning as New Brunswick improved to 2-0. New York City DB Hawks are 0-2.
- Columbus pitcher Gabe Morris held Youngstown to a pair of singles in 7 1/3 innings in a 6-1 victory at Fichtner Field. Of the 25 batters he faced, none reached second base. Columbus and Youngstown each are 1-1 in Pool B. Dominic Tiberi doubled, singled twice and drove in two runs.
- Right-hander Chris Sparks threw five innings and reliever Kevin Evory was the winner as Zanesville defeated Livonia 4-2 in Pool D. Sparks allowed three hits, while striking out seven. A.J. Kazmierczak went 2-for-4 and drove in a run. Livonia’s Craig Wilson was 2-for-4.