New Orleans Boosters defeat Johnstown-Carpenter 12-6 in Day 2 of 2018 AAABA Tournament

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JOHNSTOWN, Penn. – The New Orleans Boosters defeated Johnstown-Paul Carpenter 12-6 Tuesday in game two of the 2018 AAABA National Tournament.

The Boosters hit the board in the top of the first when JP LaGreco walked, advanced on a single by Grant Mathews, and scored on a single by Tyler McManus. Johnstown tied the game in the bottom frame when Connor Perry singled and later scored on a wild pitch to tie the game 1-1.

In the second, Hayden Fuentes walked, Alex Galy singled, and Michael Kirsch walked to load the bases before Brandon Briuglio tripled to clear the bases and give New Orleans a 5-1 lead.

In the third, Ross Scelfo led off with a single and scored on an inside-the-park homerun by Blake Freeman. Alex Galy reached on a fielder’s choice and Brandon Briuglio walked before both runs scored on a double by JP LaGreco. LaGreco scored on a double by Grant Mathews to make it a 10-1 game.

Paul Carpenter added a run in the fourth, two in the fifth, and two in the eighth before a rain delay halted play. They loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth before reliever Noah Fontenot closed the door on the win.

Brandon Briuglio closed the day 3-3 with two doubles, a triple, and two walks. Grant Mathews went 3-6 with two singles and a double. JP LaGreco had two doubles

Sean Bretz started the game and went 4.2 innings with Zach Roussel pitching 3.1 in relief to earn the win. Fontenot closed the game in relief in the ninth.

With the win, New Orleans is 1-1 in pool play. The team will face Brooklyn – Youth Service at noon EST on Wednesday. The winners of Wednesday’s two pool games will advance to the tournament’s single elimination bracket beginning on Thursday.

The year marks New Orleans’ 72nd summer as a franchise of the AAABA. New Orleans has appeared in twenty-six title games and captured fifteen national championships, most recently in 2017. The 2018 squad features players from local programs such as Delgado, Tulane, LSU, Northwestern State, Southeastern, UNO and the University of Houston.

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