AAABA Hall of Fame inductee Jim Monin of Buffalo had two sons who carried on the baseball tradition in the family.

In the 1990s, Jeff Monin played at North Carolina State and Andy Monin at Clemson University, both Atlantic Coast Conference squads.

Johnstown Junior League standout Mike Holtz pitched at Clemson, and Andy Monin was a catcher and Tigers teammate.

“We played each other one game and Mike Holtz was pitching, my brother Andy was catching and I was batting,” said Jeff Monin, who played for Maryland State in the 1988 and ’89 AAABA Tournaments.

All of the former players were in the same place on Saturday night. Central Cambria graduate Holtz joined Jim Monin in the Class of 2007 at the hall of fame induction.

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Turf love: Baltimore Youse’s Maryland Orioles manager Dean Albany is anxious for his four-time defending champions to get onto the new artificial turf at Point Stadium.

The new surface, which cost about $1 million, was the final piece of an $11-million renovation project in the 81-year-old stadium.

“You’re banking on playing on the carpet eventually,” said Albany, whose team is 1-1 after a 6-5 loss to Washington on Tuesday. “Home plate’s been moved back. The game has changed a little bit in Johnstown. It’s like the big-league games. You have to play good defense and have a fast team and pitch. We’re fast. We’re athletic. We had an ERA under 2.00 (in the Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate League).”

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Oh, Woy!: Public address announcer Brian Woy is known as Point Stadium’s Voice of the AAABA Tournament. Woy is announcing his 29th AAABA Tournament at the Point.

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Following his coach: Buffalo shortstop Jeffrey Szalkowski is following the baseball path taken by his college coach, Chris

Chernisky, a Cambria Heights graduate who played and coached in the AAABA Tournament.

Chernisky is a fourth-year head coach at Niagara University, where Szalkowski, 19, is going to be a sophomore. Chernisky was a catcher for Pepsi-Cola in 1991 and an assistant coach for the 1992 Knickerbockers in the AAABA Tournament.

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New Orleans connection: New Orleans first baseman Jerad Comarda plays college ball for Johnstown native Tom Walter, the head coach at University of New Orleans. Comarda went 4-for-5, hit a grand slam and drove in nine runs Tuesday against New York.

Walter is a former Johnstown Junior League MVP who played in the AAABA Tournament with Pepsi-Cola and as a pick-up for Coca-Cola in the late 1980s.

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Helping hand: For the second year in a row, Maryland State has adopted Westmont Hilltop student Garrett Lucas, 14, as the Monarchs’ bat boy.

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