SANDLOT BASEBALL Canton's Abbott captures NABF crown
The Youngstown Metros' comeback fell short .
STRUTHERS -- The Abbott Electric baseball team of Canton held off the Youngstown Metros for an 11-8 win Sunday in the championship game of the National Amateur Baseball Federation Major Regional Tournament at Cene Park.
The Youngstown Metros had gained the final with an 8-6 victory over Stadium/Pal Joey's in a semifinal game.
In the finale, Abbott Electric scored five runs in the sixth inning to take a 9-3 lead, before the Metros rallied for five runs in the last three innings.
Leaders: John Fether had a double, two singles and three RBIs to lead Abbott Electric, while Trevor Vaught added a double, single and two RBIs to also star.
Walt DeShields got the mound win with ninth-inning relief help from Kyle Shadle and Mike Black. The save went to Black.
The Metros came up with 14 hits, and scored two runs in the ninth inning before the rally fell short.
Andy Caparoulo had a triple, two singles and three RBIs to lead the Metros, while Rick Gozur added a double, single and two RBIs and Joe Vrona a solo homer.
Glenn Morris pitched the first five innings for the Metros and took the loss.
Semifinal: In the semifinal, Gozur had two singles and three RBIs to spark the Metros. He was reinforced by Rob Tamburro with a double, single and two RBIs.
Ty Thompson led Stadium/Pal Joey's with a homer, double and three RBIs in all, while Mike Grazier socked a solo homer.
Reliever Andy Zabel secured the mound win. He pitched from the fourth through the sixth innings before yielding to Caparoulo in the seventh inning. Four Metros' pitchers gave up 13 hits.
Joe Marzano pitched the distance for Stadium/Pal Joey's to take the loss, yielding 12 hits.