The All American Amateur Baseball Association national tournament returned from a one-year pandemic hiatus in grand style last week, with New Orleans claiming yet another title, with two local entries reaching the championship bracket, and with an engaging new group from North Carolina dancing into the hearts of area baseball fans.

New Brunswick sent 11 batters to the plate and erupted for eight runs in the top of the sixth inning to open up a 9-0 lead, and the Matrix held off a late comeback attempt by Buffalo All In Sports to come away with an 11-7 victory.

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For more than 60 years, Theresa Hubbard, 84, has sat along the third-base line of Sargent’s Stadium at the Point for opening night of the AAABA Tournament, and Monday was no different.

There was no arguing that Weglarz made the most of his new life, too. Weglarz grounded the very next pitch into left field to drive in Corey Chamberlain from third with the go-ahead run and start a three-run rally that lifted Cumming Motors over Buffalo All In Sports, 6-3, at Mount Aloysius College on the first day of AAABA Pool D action Monday.

Maryland State employed a resourceful brand of baseball on Monday afternoon during the 76th AAABA Tournament. Crabfest stole eight bases as a team and scored its first seven runs all with two outs to defeat North Carolina 12-3 at Forest Hills High School in a Pool C contest.