2011-08-20 / Sports

Alle-Catt future in doubt

An amateur baseball league that dates back many decades may not continue next season.

The Allegany-Cattaraugus Amateur Baseball League was plagued this season by lack of participation and forfeits, culminating with a team from Olean, N.Y., choosing not to travel to Emporium earlier this month for the league championship game.

Emporium is one of about a half-dozen communities that have been able to field a full team every summer and manager Ralph McKimm plans to contact his counterparts from some of the other Pennsylvania entries in the Alle-Catt League to suggest that a new Pennsylvania-only organization be formed.

Alle-Catt was created as part of what was once a very competitive Buffalo Evening News Suburban Baseball Association. Top teams from the local league received bids to compete against champions and runners-up from other leagues in two postseason tournaments, similar to the NCAA and NIT basketball tournaments.

Bradford, Mt. Jewett, Ludlow and Crosby have remained active, while Kane and Port Allegany have attempted to keep their teams alive despite declining participation. At one time, Coudersport, Austin and Shinglehouse had Alle-Catt teams.

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