New Orleans Boosters defeat Chicago Metro 6-1 in Day 2 of AAABA Tournament
JOHNSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA – The New Orleans Boosters defeated Chicago Metro 6-1 Tuesday in Day 2 of the 2016 All-American Amateur Baseball Association (AAABA) National Tournament.
Spencer Miller’s two-run home run in the second inning plated Daniel Lahare, who doubled, to open the New Orleans scoring. In the third, Justin Nussbaum singled, stole second base, advanced to third on a groundout, and scored on an infield error for a third Booster run. Owen Magee reached on a single in the sixth inning, advanced on a throwing error, and scored on a double by Daniel Lahare.
In the eighth inning, Lahare reached on a single, advanced on JP LaGreco’s double, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Spencer Miller. A final Booster run came in the ninth inning when Robbie Podorsky reached on a single and scored on an RBI single by Troy Lewis.
Chicago Metro’s sole run came in the eighth inning when a runner reached base on a New Orleans error and scored on a single enroute to New Orleans’ 6-1 victory.
New Orleans pitcher Brett Leonhard held Chicago to six scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and three walks while striking out seven batters. Ryan Brewer picked up the save, closing the game’s final three innings, allowing one unearned run.
New Orleans will face Buffalo on Wednesday as the tournament’s pool play bracket progresses. Following Wednesday’s games, the top two teams from each of the tournament’s four – four team pools will advance to a single elimination bracket.
This week, New Orleans, the AAABA defending champion, marks the 70th Anniversary of its first AAABA Tournament appearance in 1946. The franchise has captured fourteen national titles with thousands of local baseball players making the trip to Johnstown over the decades. The 2016 squad is composed of players from across southeast Louisiana colleges including Delgado Community College, University of New Orleans, McNeese, Louisiana State, and more.
Fans can follow a live game tracker of each of the team’s games in the tournament, as well as updates via Facebook.com/neworleansboosters or Twitter @nolaboosters.