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CANFIELD OH- Every now and then an athlete comes across a community that leaves a legacy that lasts long after they go. In Canfield AJ Havrilla has slowly but surely continued to make his mark on the local baseball scene.  He’s done it all, from rocking the show in the high school level with Canfield, to dominating the local travel scene in Class B Baseball, and even representing Youngstown against the world in Texas at the Palomino World Series.  Havrilla and his teammates have punched that ticket to Texas yet again has he has one last chance to leave another mark on Youngstown baseball before going on to play at Marshall in college.

AJ’s senior season at Canfield was nothing short of what everyone expected. He stayed loose and had fun all the way to team leading batting average of .431.  That included with his impressive stat of only striking out 4 times all season was enough to earn him a nod as YSN’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year.  He was also named the NEOBCA Division II Player of the Year.  He would follow up his success with the Red Birds to dominate the summer with the Dirty Birds.  The Astro Falcons dominated the 18u Class B division all the summer with AJ as a headliner of the lineup.  It was his fifth year playing with the Falcons 18u squad, and made every rep worth it.  That same team won the Class B playoffs, and then went on to win the Palomino East Zone Championship to pack their bags to Texas to compete against the world.

AJ was kind enough to take some time to talk to YSN’s Anthony Hartwig before preparing for his last weekend playing baseball for Youngstown. They talk about his long career, moving on to Marshall, and so much more.  Check out this exclusive interview with AJ Havrilla only on YSN!

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CANFIELD, OH – Canfield baseball player AJ Havrilla sat down with his head baseball coach Gary Knittle and Steve Leslie for a one of a kind player profile at Cocca’s Pizza in Canfield. AJ just recently committed to play baseball at Ohio State University. Havrilla is just a Junior, and will have two more years of Canfield baseball until he heads west to Columbus. AJ talks about his recruiting process, family leadership, and his overall love for the game of baseball. Catch this special commitment interview with the future Buckeye, AJ Havrilla.



STRUTHERS OH- The Astro Falcons left no doubt in anyone’s mind in Game 2 of the 16U championship series with a 14-0 blowout of Knightline. The Falcons scored in all but 1 inning, including a five spot in the sixth to secure a run rule win.

Tyler Staub had a monster game at the plate for the Falcons going 1-2 with 2 runs scored, 1 walk, and 3 RBI. AJ Havrilla went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, 2 walks, and a RBI. Ben Slanker went 1-3 with 2 RBI. Jim Campbell went 1-2 with 2 runs scored, a walk, and a RBI.

Knightline only managed one hit on the night and it came from Gavin Mauger. He went 1-1. Jake Corll walked twice.

Tino Campoli got the tremendous win on the hill. He went 4 innings giving up 0 runs on 0 hits and striking out 6.


STRUTHERS OH- Astro Falcons completed a semifinal sweep of Eagle Wear with a commanding 11-0 victory on Sunday. The Falcons move on to the 16U championship series against Knightline.

Tyler Staub was a key factor to the Falcons success. He went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, 2 walks, and 2 RBI. AJ Havrilla went 1-2 with a run scored, 2 walks, and 2 RBI. Anthony Miller went 2-5 with a run scored.

Christopher Altiere did all he could offensively going 2-3 on the day. Cal Rinck went 1-2 with a walk.

Dom Fornatado got the win toeing the rubber for the Falcons. He went 5 innings giving up 0 runs on 2 hits. He struck out 3.


STRUTHERS OH- It was all Astro Falcons on Tuesday night in their meeting with Eagle Wear. They scored six runs in both the 2nd and 3rd innings to put away any doubt. They also held Eagle Wear to just 1 hit on the mound.

For the Falcons offense, AJ Havrilla went 2-2 a walk, with 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI. Ricky Havrilla went 1-2 with a walk, a run scored, and 3 RBI. Dom Pilolli went 1-4 with 3 RBI.

Matt Womer had the lone hit for Eagle Wear going 1-1 with a walk. The Eagle Wear offense did work 6 walks on the night. Ryan Enlow had 2 of them.

Carter Kim got the win on the bump for the Falcons. He went 2 innings giving up 1 run on 0 hits and striking out 4.



WASHINGTON, PA-  Youngstown defeated Vienna, Austria 10-0 on Saturday as three pitchers combined to throw a shutout. Braden Gebhardt induced a groundout from Alexander Resel to finish off the game.  Youngstown, OH secured the victory thanks to six runs in the sixth inning. Tyler StaubAndrew Kirkpatrick, and Colten Shaffer all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.  Youngstown, OH got things started in the first inning. Brady Shannon singled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run.

Youngstown, OH scored six runs in the sixth inning. Youngstown’s big inning was driven by a walk by Tyler Staub, a single by Colten Shaffer, and an error on a ball put in play by Andrew Kirkpatrick.  A single by Levin Heinzle in the third inning was a positive for Vienna, Austria.

Colten Shaffer pitched Youngstown to victory. He allowed one hit and zero runs over three innings, striking out four and walking zero. Joe Roth and Braden Gebhardt entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.

Eoghan McGarry took the loss for Austria. He surrendered five runs on nine hits over five innings, striking out five and walking zero.

Youngstown tallied 11 hits in the game. Colten ShafferAndrew Kirkpatrick, and Brady Shannon all collected multiple hits for Youngstown.  Colten Shaffer went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Youngstown in hits.  AJ Havrilla also drove in 2 RBI in the victory.

Team Youngstown will now wait two days and watch the tournament from the winner’s bracket in anticipation for their game Monday evening at 5:30.  Colten Shaffer will be eligible to pitch again under the pitch count rules by Pony League.  We will have interviews with the players and staff following the victory and move toward Monday’s next round.  Stay tuned to YSNLive.com, and our social media channels as we follow the progress of Team Youngstown.


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