Photo courtesy of Molly Campbell, Bridgewater College/WSTI
WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania - Despite an hour and forty-two minute delay, day four of the 2016 DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series kicked off with an action-packed elimination game between Los Mochis, Mexico and Peters Township, Pennsylvania. In a marathon of a game, Los Mochis' offense was too high-powered for the Host Area South Champions, as Mexico won 13-9. Brayan Guerrero led Los Mochis with two home runs and four RBI against Peters Township in a rematch of Game #1.
Peters Township opened the game scoring three runs in the top of the first.Daniel Boehme produced the first run of the game with an RBI double.Peters Township tacked on two more to hold a 3-0 lead after a half inning thanks to shortstop John Salvitti scoring on a passed ball and Boehme, scoring on an RBI groundout by right fielder Ryan Magiske.
Los Mochis countered with two runs of its own, making the score 3-2 after one.
Scoring began with an RBI single to right field by catcher Brayan Guerrero scoring shortstop Jose Roman. Starting pitcher Rigoberto Borbolla also scored in the inning on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Daniel Zarate.
The 3-0 first inning Los Mochis deficit was eliminated in the second inning when right fielder Jaime Zamora singled in center fielder Alejandro Cerventes to tie the game 3-3.
After allowing the tying run, the book closed early on Peters Township starter Liam McCue, allowing three runs, all earned, three hits and one walk over one and one-third innings in the no decision.
However, for Peters Township, momentum shifted to Los Mochis completely in the third inning as three runners scored, all on wild pitches, to make the score 6-3.
Just when things were headed downhill for Peters Township, in the top of the fourth, first baseman Sam Petrarca came up big with a two RBI double to left center scoring catcher Nick Winslow and third baseman Jake Orsi, making the score 6-5.
Those two Peters Township runs proved to be beneficial in staying close, but then Brayan Guerrero went deep to left center for Los Mochis in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run shot, regaining the three run lead at 8-5.
In the fifth, Los Mochis picked up two more runs. Alejandro Cervantes singled in first baseman Vicente Valenzula for the first run, afterwards, Zamora doubled in Cervantes for the second run.
Peters Township continued to play its scrappy style of baseball, when it brought eight men to the plate in the sixth, plating three more runs. Winslow started the scoring with an RBI single to left field, scoring Magiske. The second and third runs pushed across were on another RBI single by Petrarca and an RBI groundout by Bartczak, making the score 10-8.
Los Mochis added three runs of its own in the bottom of the sixth, when Guerrero belted his second homerun of the game, making the score 11-8. The other two runs scored, came across when Jesus Vega singled in both Cervantes and Maximiliano Campos.
Peters Township added one last tally on a sacrifice fly by Matthew Levy and ultimately ending the game with a 13-9 final.
In the defeat, Bartczak picked up the loss on the hill, allowing five runs, four earned, four hits, one walk and one strikeout. Borbolla picked up the win, allowing nine runs, all earned, nine hits, two walks and five strikeouts in complete game fashion.
With the victory, Los Mochis moves on in the loser's bracket to face the loser of Game #11 tomorrow at 10 a.m.
For Peters Township, its road in the 2016 DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series ends with no reason to hang its head. After being awarded an unexpected birth in the tournament, Peters Township made the most of its time, picking up a 6-5 victory in a thriller against Johnstown, Pennsylvania and two tough, yet hard-fought loses to Los Mochis.