Youse’s Maryland Orioles of Baltimore overcame an early deficit and forced a second championship round game in the 69th AAABA Tournament Sunday afternoon at Point Stadium.
Baltimore scored eight runs over the fifth and sixth innings and beat Delweld 12-5 in front of an estimated 3,000 fans.
The setback prevented Delweld from claiming Johnstown’s first AAABA Tournament title in the event’s storied history.
Each team will take a 5-1 record into the decisive second game.
Had Johnstown won the early game, Delweld would have eliminated Baltimore.
The host team got out to a great start.
Delweld sent nine batters to the plate in a three-run top of the first.
Eric Weyant singled and Nate Campbell walked. Ian Helsel’s double to the brick wall in left-center field plated Weyant.
Josh Staniscia reached on an error, and Luke Campbell delivered a run-scoring single to left. Matt Martin was hit by a curve ball with the bases loaded, forcing in a third run.
Baltimore got two back in the second after James Boddicker doubled, Brady Sheetz singled and Brendan Butler reached on an error on a potential inning-ending doubleplay grounder. Tanner Anderson singled home the second run.
Drew Hemminger worked a two-out walk in the third and advanced two bases on Marcus Shippey’s drive off the left-field screen. Austin Sleek grounded a single into right field to give Delweld a 4-2 advantage.
Shippey curled a short, high drive inside the right field line, with the ball landing in the front row of the elevated bleacher seats. Shippey initially was awarded a home run after the ball landed in the seats. The umpire crew briefly changed the call to a ground-rule double, but then went back to the home run call.
Delweld led 5-2. Baltimore’s coaching staff and the umpiring crew discussed the issue at length.
Baltimore scored four runs on only one hit in the momentum-swaying fifth inning.
Youse’s had three walks and two hit batsmen in the inning. Brendan Butler doubled in a run.
In the sixth, Ryan Ripken roped a three-run double deep into the right-field corner.
Back-to-back doubles by Brady Sheetz and Brendan Butler, and a run-scoring single by Tanner Anderson pushed the margin to 12-5.