New Orleans Boosters win to reach All-American Amateur Baseball Association national title game

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JOHNSTOWN, Penn. – A 5-0 victory over New Brunswick Friday earned the New Orleans Boosters a berth in the championship round of the 74th annual All-American Amateur Baseball Association’s national tournament.

New Orleans starting pitcher Zach Roussel faced two over the minimum in a commanding 5-0, two-hit shutout over the New Brunswick Matrix. Roussel struck out six and issued no walks in nine innings.

The Boosters hit the board in the first following a leadoff single by Alex Galy, who stole second, advanced on a hit batter and scored on a groundout by Grant Mathews for New Orleans’ first run. Galy singled in the third, scoring on a triple by Brandon Briuglio. Briuglio scored on a triple by JP LaGreco. A sacrifice fly by Grant Mathews plated LaGreco for New Orleans’ fourth run.

In the fourth inning, Blake Freeman led off with a walk, stole second, and scored on a single by Alex Galy for the fifth and final run of the game. Galy closed the game 3-4 with three singles. Briuglio went 2-4 with a triple and 1RBI.

With Friday’s win, New Orleans advances to the title game to face Johnstown-Martella’s Pharmacy, which will try to become the first team from the host city to win the title in the 74-year history of the AAABA Tournament.

Martella’s Pharmacy earned its first trip to the AAABA Tournament championship game with a 6-5 victory over Altoona on Friday night at Sargent’s Stadium at the Point.

The championship berth will mark the New Orleans franchise’s 27th appearance in an AAABA title game and third title game appearance over the last four tournaments. New Orleans claimed its first AAABA championship in 1948 and has since claimed fifteen total titles, the most recent coming last summer in 2017.

The year marks New Orleans’ 72nd summer as a franchise of the AAABA. The 2018 squad features players from local programs such as Delgado, Tulane, LSU, Northwestern State, Southeastern, UNO, and the University of Houston.

For more information about the tournament, visit aaabajohnstown.org.

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