Johnstown Martella’s Pharmacy right-hander Dylan Gearhart closed out the second day of the 75th annual AAABA Tournament with a complete game, five-hitter as the defending tournament champions beat Maryland State Crabfest 7-3 on Tuesday night, Aug. 6 at Sargent’s Stadium at the Point.
Gearhart struck out 7 and walked one. After struggling through a three-run first inning, the right-hander retired eight in a row and 25 of the final 28 Maryland State hitters. Johnstown (2-0) assured that the host team will advance out of Pool D.
In other AAABA Tournament action on Tuesday:
- Johnstown-2 Paul Carpenter Capital Advisors beat Brooklyn Bonnie Rams 11-4 in the afternoon game at the Point. Jake Shope went 3-for-4 with a double, three runs and one run batted in. Ben Maudie had two hits, including a triple, two runs and two RBIs. Vincenzo Rauso had a grand slam.
- New Orleans Boosters collected 13 hits in a 12-3 victory over Buffalo Royal Printing at Roxbury Park. Four players had three hits apiece for the Boosters – Michael Stutes, Brandon Duhon, Grant Schulz and Brayden Jobert.
- Zach Marzano had three hits with two doubles and four runs scored as the New Brunswick Matrix outlasted the Cleveland Blaze 10-8 at Fichtner Field. Tavis Brunson doubled for the Matrix.
- The two teams combined for 29 runs as Buffalo-2 Full Circuit Power won a 17-12 slugfest over Columbus Jets at Portage’s Haschak Field.
- Dylan Crowley went 4-for-6 with a homer, four runs and two RBIs for Buffalo–2, and Cam Zurat had three hits and drove in four runs. Columbus’ Jason Schutte had three hits, with two homers, and Jacob Latofsky had two hits, including a homer.
- The New York Long Island Astros needed 10 innings to hold off Altoona Johnston Realty 7-6 at Lilly. The Astros scored three in the top of the 10th but Johnston Realty battled back with a pair in the bottom of the frame to nearly knot the score again. Domenick Castiglione had two hits with a double and two runs for New York. Tyler Treese and Keegan Soltis had two hits for Altoona.
- Youngstown defeated the Brooklyn SAYO Grays 11-2 at Westmont Hilltop High School. Matthew Gibson had three hits, three runs and two RBIs. Tyler Zaluski and Nick Petrolla each had three hits.