The New Orleans Boosters won the franchise’s 17th AAABA Tournament championship in a one-sided 17-6, seven-inning victory over the New Brunswick Matrix on Saturday, August 7 at Sargent’s Stadium at the Point.
The Boosters (6-0) pounded out eight runs in the bottom of the first inning and continued to build on the margin throughout the championship game of the 76th AAABA Tournament in front of 712 fans.
New Brunswick (4-2) closed a solid tournament run.
Boosters shortstop Christian Westcott earned tournament MVP honors after collecting 16 hits with two doubles and a triple for a batting average of .552. Westcott also had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
In the title game, Westcott went 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs and four RBIs.
Brennan Lambert hit a three-run homer in the championship game, and pitcher Carson Lore pitched seven innings with five strikeouts and no walks for his second win of the week, matching teammate Turner Toms at 2-0 in the tournament.
New Brunswick’s Gianni Marrano had a triple and a home run in the title game, finishing with three RBIs and two runs.
Two players shared the 76th AAABA Tournament batting title with a .583 average. Tyler Phillips of Buffalo All In Sports went 7-for-12 with a double and five runs scored. Alexander Rivera of Maryland State also went 7-for-12 and had a double, five RBIs and two runs scored.
The new North Carolina Disco Turkeys franchise won the tournament’s Team Sportsmanship Award.
The Tribune-Democrat local franchise tournament MVP award went to Paul Carpenter Capital Advisors shortstop Joe Olsavsky, who had a team-best .476 batting average with eight runs and nine RBIs. Olsavsky had a .933 fielding percentage. PCCA assistant coach Brian Hasselbauer accepted the award.
New Orleans made its 29th appearance in the AAABA Tournament title game in the 75th anniversary of the franchise’s first appearance in the 1946 event held in Washington, D.C. It also marked the 70th summer the Scheuermann family has been a part of the Johnstown tournament history. Louis “Rags” Scheuermann, a AAABA Hall of Famer, first traveled to Johnstown with the Louisiana team in 1951.
His son Joe Scheuermann also is in the AAABA Hall of Fame as a former manager, assistant coach and player for the New Orleans team. Rags’ grandson Tyler Scheuermann is the franchise rep and the rest of the family annually is part of the tournament effort.
More statistical information can be found on the 2021 Tournament page on the website or through GameChanger on 2021 AAABA Tournament.