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EAST PALESTINE OH- The Astro Falcons 18u team did not end the NABF World Series the way the would like. A series of events forced them to forfeit in a quarterfinal game. Since it happened, it has been a widely discussed topic in the local baseball scene. Astro manager Don Pletcher took the time to call in to YSN’s Running Point to clear up any speculation on what happened with his first hand account. Don also takes the time to reflect on the NABF weekend as a whole, and what it meant to all the teams to have it after missing it in 2020 due to COVID.

The Brooklyn Bonnie Jays won the 2021 NABF World Series Championship.

The Astros still have plenty of baseball to look forward to this summer. They will play for a spot in the Palomino tournament in Texas. Then they will come back to Bob Cene Park and resume the 18u Class B Playoffs.


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YOUNGSTOWN, OH- “Play Ball” are two words that the Mahoning Valley has been longing to hear for months.  As the official media partner of the Youngstown Class B League, YSN will feature our series of Coach’s Corner for the B League this season.

We had the opportunity to sit with Astro Falcon 18U Manager, Don Pletcher to start the series.  Pletcher enters his second season as the lead bird of the Astro organization, and is looking to once again take the league by storm with his beefed-up roster, and outstanding staff.

Catch the thoughts of “The Sheriff” heading into the season, and how he feels about having the eyes of so many on Bob Cene Park beginning on June 14th.

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It’s hard to argue with facts.  When you look at the rosters of the Astro Falcon organization from 10U up, you see the talent that is raw and moldable.  The chief artists among the top of the franchise are two men who have finally been afforded the opportunity to work together to build something special in Youngstown.  Astro Falcon General Manager, Steve Leslie, and Big B Astro Manager have been friends for years, but just this year have they become teammates.

Pletcher brought his successful reign as a manager of the Baird Brothers franchise to the Astro organization in 2019, along with his band of brothers, Emil Bertolini, and Pitching Coach, Billy McCartney.  The only thing missing was a seasoned coach who bled Blue and Orange and had ties to Astro Falcon yesteryear, and Leslie fit that mold perfectly.

So this year the Astro Falcons returned to glory with the championship of the Class B League, as well as a proud victory in the Bob Cene Memorial Tournament, and capped off with a trip to Laredo, Texas for the Palomino World Series.

“Our goal first and foremost was to create a great culture for our players from the bottom up, and Pletch understands and strives to give our families in the organization the best experience possible,” says Leslie.  “To give these young men an opportunity to represent their country, their state, their neighborhoods against the best competition in the world is something they’ll never be able to replicate.”  added the Astro GM.

Our Mark Franken caught up with both gentlemen for a special YSN Coach’s Corner presentation from Laredo, Texas.


Astro Falcon Manager- Don Pletcher


Astro Falcon/YSN General Manager- Steve Leslie