West Seneca Post 735’s state champion has drawn a traditionally strong opponent for its opener today in the Mid-Atlantic Region American Legion Baseball tournament at Campbell Field in Brooklawn, N.J. near Camden.
West Seneca, which lost its opener then won five in a row to capture the New York State title last weekend, will face Boyertown, Pa., at 12:30 p.m. today. Boyertown has won 22 Pennsylvania state titles since 1971, including 11 titles in a 14-year span (1981-84).
Matt Keating (7-0) pitched a perfect game Sunday in a 6-0 victory over Clinton County to give West Seneca the state title. Keating is one of several pitchers on a deep staff that first-year coach Pete Trzybinski can call on. Ian Allen, Zach Trumpler, Bill Sulkowski and Austin Spindler also pitched effectively in the state tournament win. Allen also leads the team in batting (.443, 31 RBIs).
West Seneca will play at 12:30 p.m. (loss) or 7 p.m. (win) on Friday, depending on the outcome of today’s game.
Two teams from New Jersey, another from Pennsylvania and one each from Maryland, Delaware and West Virginia make up the eight-team Mid-Atlantic Regional.