Athletics come back from 4-1 deficit to win AABC championship

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The Albany Athletics came back from a 4-1 deficit to defeat Terryville (Conn.) 5-4 in the championship game of the AABC Northeast World Series at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury, Connecticut, on Sunday.

The Athletics won the Northeast championship for the third time, after having won it in 2012 and 2016.

“This was a tremendous accomplishment for us,” manager Joe Altieri said. “It was a crazy week winning Twilight League playoffs, then immediately getting ready for the World Series, but the guys came together and played outstanding.”

Athletics lefthander Chris Salamida made three appearances totalling 10.1 innings in the tournament and did not give up a run.

The final appearance was 2.1 innings of hitless relief to win the final game of the tournament en route to being named MVP.

Overall, he yielded just seven hits and struck out 12 batters on the weekend for two wins and a save. 

In the championship game, Albany got a two-run double from Mike Talavera in the fifth inning to pull within 4-3.

With one out in the sixth, Nick Hansen hit a high chopper that found its way into right centerfield, and he snuck in for a double.

After a walk, double steal and a strikeout, Jared Russell delivered a go-ahead two-run single with two outs.

Albany needed to beat Terryville in the morning to force a winner-take-all game in the afternoon, and did so in 10 innings, 3-1.

Talavera broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI triple, and Nate Novak followed with an RBI single. Salamida came in to pitch in the bottom of the 10th and gave up two hits, but worked his way out the jam.

Tim Carroll, Nick Hansen and Jaden Ross each singled twice in the game for Albany, and RJ Pingitore doubled.

“The pitching was reliable once again, especially with Salamida, and our hitting didn’t give up,” Altieri said. “When were down today, we put together great at-bats and fought through a long day.

“This is a great accomplishment for our team. We beat the best teams in the Northeast, including the defending champion Braintree. I’m proud of this team and what they did the last three days.”

The Athletics finished the 2022 campaign with a 38-5-2 record while winning their sixth straight Twilight League Championship and 12th overall. Terryville fell to 22-6 overall.

ALBANY 5, TERRYVILLE 4

Terryville          003 010 0 – 4 8 0

Albany              100 02 2 x – 5 6 0

ALBANY 3, TERRYVILLE 1 (10)

Albany Athletics                  000 010 000 2 – 3 9 1

Terryville Black Sox            000 01 0 000 0 – 1 3 0

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