Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Twilight League to host six-team AABC North Atlantic Stan Musial regional this weekend

ALBANY – The Albany Twilight League will host the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC) North Atlantic Regional Tournament from August 6-8 at Bleecker Stadium and Keenholts Park where six teams will compete to advance to the AABC National World Series in Houston, Texas from Wednesday, August 11-14.

The North Atlantic Regional Stan Musial division returns to Albany for the fourth time since 2004 and will see six teams compete in an 11-game schedule starting the morning of Friday, August 6th and running through Sunday, August 8th.

Defending Regional champion Long Island Storm will return to the event following a first place finish in the Long Island Stan Musial League. The Storm finished as Runner Up in the 2009 World Series and won the national title in 2006.


Also returning to this year’s Regional is the Albany Athletics (31-7 overall) who have qualified for the Regional the last five years and lost two Regional title games (2007, 2008). The Athletics earned a spot by winning the Twilight League regular season while league foe All Stars Academy (24-10) earned a berth by winning the Upper New York State tournament.

Other teams qualifying for the Regional in Albany include the North Haledon Reds (18-11) of New Jersey, a 2005 Regional qualifier, as well as the Buena Vista Tomahawks (14-8) of New Jersey and SportsFever (29-4) of Brooklyn. The Storm and the Reds are the only two teams to participate in a AABC World Series.

The Athletics will open against Buena Vista at 11 am at Keenholts on Friday while All Stars will open with the Storm at 2 pm at Bleecker on Friday.

This year the AABC Northeast Region will conduct two World Series qualifiers. Besides the North Atlantic, Worcester, MA will also host the New England Regional, a six-team tournament with the winner going to Houston for the World Series.

The Twilight League hosted the Regional event as a 16-team tournament back in 2005 with teams competing in a pool play format. In 2004, the event was also held in Albany as an 8-team bracketed tournament prior to the World Series and in 2008 the event was 10 teams.

For the complete tournament schedule and results, visit www.northatlanticregional.com. 

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