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Following Saturday’s 5-2 loss to New Orleans in the 75th AAABA Tournament championship game, a somber mood surrounded the Martella’s Pharmacy huddle. The six-time Johnstown Collegiate Baseball League champions were unable to win a second consecutive title for the city, but the local squad certainly proved it belonged once again by taking a 1-0 lead into the eighth inning against the 16-time champions.

With a berth in the AAABA Tournament quarterfinals on the line, both Maryland State and Youngstown were searching for a distinct edge to advance to Thursday’s knockout round.

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The first-place Paul Carpenter Capital Advisors wasted little time in setting an early tone in Monday’s early Johnstown Collegiate Baseball League game at Sargent’s Stadium at the Point. A Martella’s Pharmacy two-base error in the first, plus a five-run rally with two outs in the second, allowed the Capital Advisors to jump ahead by seven. 

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With each team waiting at least six days to play, Monday’s Johnstown Collegiate Baseball League matchup between defending champion Martella’s Pharmacy and Ophthalmic Associates figured to be low scoring. Both right-handed pitchers – Martella’s Omar Ward and Opthalmic’s Luke Dividock – held up their end of the bargain in what became a tight pitcher’s duel throughout. 

As Conemaugh Township senior Carlie Dillon and Meyersdale hurlers Lakyn Roadman and Shawna Leonard matched zeroes in Wednesday’s District 5 Class AA championship game, it became apparent one clutch hit would change the scoreless game.

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