For the second consecutive summer, the picturesque town of Johnstown, Pa., will be bracing for the arrival of Hurricanes — fortunately, the kind more likely to show up on ESPN than the Weather Channel.
For the 71st consecutive year, Johnstown will host the All-American Amateur Baseball Association national tournament, and one of the 16 teams that qualified for the week-long event is the Michigan Hurricanes, a squad of Observerland-area players who compete in the Livonia Collegiate Baseball League.
Under the guidance of head coach Art Cameron, the Hurricanes will open play in the double-elimination format on Aug. 10 — two days after they attend the prestigious AAABA Hall of Fame Banquet. Opening-day matchups and the entire tournament brackets will be released on Aug. 9.
Among the players leading the Hurricanes’ charge to Johnstown were Dan Cameron, who led the team in batting average (.349), RBI (16), runs scored (23) and hits (30); and Alex Oleszkowicz, who was among the ‘Canes’ leaders in every important offensive category, including walks, which he topped with 25.
Also registering big numbers for the Hurricanes was Jake Weshalek, who hit .279 with 13 RBI and 14 runs scored.
The Hurricanes’ pitching staff was paced by Eastern Michigan University hurler Devon Bronson, who chalked up an 8-0 record thanks to a solid earned run average of 3.28.
Many of the top wooden-bat collegiate summer leagues in the Midwestern and Eastern U.S. will be represented at the tournament, which will crown a champion in mid-August.