The DICK'S Sporting Goods
PONY League World Series

2016

 

 

 

Chinese Taipei picked up right where it left off, after winning the 2015 DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series, and continued to be an unstoppable force for each of its four opponents. Pitcher Tzu Wei Lin was sensational on the mound, winning the Easton ERA Award after pitching 10 innings and allowing just one earned run. He also struck out 20 and allowed just eight hits. Chen Hsun Lin also tied the all-time record for most home runs hit during a series with six. Taipei County won the nation of Chinese Taipei its eighth World Series title, the second-most of any country or U.S. state, trailing only California's 21.




* All stories contributed by Sean Saputo, Waynesburg University / World Series Tournaments, Inc.
* All photos courtesy of Molly Campbell, Bridgewater College / World Series Tournaments, Inc. and Jeff Jones, Capture Inc. Photographic Services

Championship Game



After six days, sixteen games and a rain delay, lasting one hour and two minutes, Chinese Taipei and Maui, Hawaii went at it in a winner-take-all championship game at Lew Hays PONY Field for the Roy Gillespie Trophy.
 
It was the third-consecutive year the championship game pitted the West Zone Champions against the Asia-Pacific Zone Champions and both teams made their way to the championship game relatively easy.
 
Maui's road included a 3-0 record with victories against Paderborn, Germany in Game #6, 9-0, Laredo, Texas in Game #12, 6-5 and Bay County, Michigan, 19-3.
 
This was Maui's second appearance in the DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series championship game, first since 1980, and the fourth championship game appearance for the state of Hawaii.
 
Chinese Taipei also boasted a 3-0 record going into the championship game, with wins against Los Mochis, Mexico in Game #5 and Game #15, 5-0 and 9-2 respectively and against Chesterfield, Virginia, 10-0, in Game #11.
 
This was Chinese Taipei's seventh championship appearance in the last nine years, and the 13thchampionship appearance all-time.
 
With both teams fresh, throwing ace pitchers, scoring started in the second inning, when Chinese Taipei catcher Lin, Chen Hsun belted a solo homerun in the thick, humid, Washington, Pennsylvania air, to right field, giving Chinese Taipei a 1-0 lead after two innings.

Chinese Taipei tacked on five runs in the bottom of the third, starting when Wang, Hao Che scored on a throwing error by Maui third baseman Andre Beaudoin and Chang, Hung Chieh scored on the same play, by way of an error by Maui second baseman Micah Kele.
 
On the play, Chinese Taipei starting pitcher Lin, Tzu Wei was injured rounding second and was replaced on the base path.
 
Due to being replaced, the book on Lin, Tzu Wei closed, allowing no runs, one hit, two walks and seven strikeouts over three innings.
 
The other three runs came off RBI singles by Huang, Kai and Li, Han Sheng, as well as an RBI hit by pitch with the bases loaded for Wang, Hao Che.
 
After exploding for 19 runs and 19 hits, Maui's bats were at a stalemate against Chinese Taipei, mustering just one hit in the first three innings, until right fielder Konnor Palmeira cranked a moonshot to dead center off Chinese Taipei's Chang, Hung Chieh, making it 6-1.
 
Chinese Taipei earned the run allowed in the top of the fourth, back in the bottom of the fourth, when Li, Han Sheng drove in Shen, Po Yu on a sacrifice fly to center field, making the score 7-1 after four.
 
Maui starting pitcher, Kaipo Haole's day ended after four innings, allowing seven runs, five earned, six hits, four walks and five strikeouts.
 
Maui got to Chang, Hung Chieh again in the sixth, when Hauoli Caliva sent the second solo home run of the game for Maui to left field, cutting the lead to 7-2.
 
In the bottom of the sixth, Huang, Kai doubled to right center, scoring Shen, Po Yu, making the score 8-2 and ending the relief outing for Maui's Graydon Tanaka.
 
Kaeo Kamau entered in relief of Tanaka and the first batter he faced was Chinese Taipei's home run threat, Lin, Chen Hsun.
 
On the second pitch of the at-bat, Lin, Chen Hsun crushed his second home-run of the game, a two-run home run to right field, making it 10-2.
 
The home run was Lin, Chen Hsun's sixth home run of the 2016 DICK's Sporting Goods PONY League World Series, tying the all-time record with Javier Lopez of Los Mochis, Mexico (2013) and Mario Feliciano of Bayamon, Puerto Rico (2013).
 
Tanaka's book closed after the home run, allowing two runs, both earned, two hits and two strikeouts over one and one-third innings.
The second run of the home run was added to Kamau's book was then pulled from the hill.
 
Andre Beaudoin took over for Maui and Chinese Taipei added its eleventh run with an RBI groundout by Wei, You Bo.
 
Chinese Taipei would walk-off to win in ten-run fashion when Wang, Hao Che singled the ball of Beaudoin, scoring Chen, Yen Kai, ending the game with a 12-2 victory in six innings.
 
Both runs scored while Beaudoin was on the hill were inherited runners of Kamau, ending his line, allowing three runs, all earned and two hits, without recording an out.
 
Haole picks up the loss for Maui and Lin, Tzu Wei picked up the win for Chinese Taipei.
 
Despite not picking up the win or loss, Chang, Hung Chieh was stellar in relief, allowing two runs, both earned, four hits and five strikeouts in three innings.
 
For the second straight year, the West Zone Champion, this year Maui, was unable to upend Chinese Taipei and finishes as the runner-up in the 2016 DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series.
 
Chinese Taipei on the other hand, wins its second-consecutive DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series, the first country since Puerto Rico in 2006 and 2007 to accomplish that feat. The 2016 championship also marks the eighth all-time for Chinese Taipei, moving it into second place on the list of all-time championships behind California's 21.

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Game #16

 

WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania- A five-run first inning catapulted Maui, Hawaii to the 2016 DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series championship game as it eliminated Bay County, Michigan by a final score of 19-3.
 
In the first inning, Maui got to Bay County starter Dustyn Lucas right away. Maui shortstop Kaipo Haole belted a three-run home run to left field to kick off the scoring. After that, left fielder Hauoli Caliva and first baseman Kevin Varner Jr, contributed RBI singles, giving Maui the 5-0 edge after one. After Varner Jr's RBI single, Lucas would exit the game, allowing five runs, all earned, four hits and two walks in one-third of an inning.
 
Right back at it was Maui in the second, when catcher Cade Kalehuawehe took Bay County's most reliable pitcher of the tournament Ben Cnudde deep to right field, making it 6-0 Maui.
 
Maui gained another run off Cnudde, by way of an RBI double by right fielder Konnor Palmeira, making the score 7-0.
 
Darren LaBean came in relief of Cnudde and on his first pitch, he was taken deep by Caliva for a three-run home run. On the home run, two of the three runs were credited to Cnudde.
 
Cnudde's book closed after the home run and he finished, allowing four runs, all earned, three hits, two walks and one strikeout in one inning pitched.
 
Two singles and a walk, still in the second, led to the bases loaded, with three more runs crossing the plate, making it a 13-0 Maui lead after just two innings of play.
 
Maui relieved Kaeo Kamau after two innings, allowing no runs, two hits, one walk and four strikeouts in two innings.
 
Bay County pushed one run across Maui reliever Varner Jr, when Luke Stuhr walked with the bases loaded, scoring Carson Kwapiszewski, making the score 13-1.
 
Maui added six more runs in the fourth inning and Bay County added winning the game 19-1.
 
The 19 runs scored by Maui, ties for the fifth most runs scored in a single game, with East Cobb ('04), Simi Valley, CA ('06), Levittown ('14) and San Bernardino, CA ('15).
 
Maui moves on to play Chinese Taipei in the championship game, tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. For Bay County, its run in the 2016 DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series comes to an end after wins against Washington County, 12-5, Germany, 11-7 and Laredo, 5-1. Bay County's losses came against Laredo, 5-4 and Maui this evening.

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Game #15


WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania - Game #15 saw just the second international battle of the 2016 DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series, a rematch of Game #5 between Los Mochis, Mexico and Chinese Taipei. Once again, the defending champions from the Asia-Pacific Zone looked stellar in a 9-2 Division Finals victory

Two runs came across home plate for Chinese Taipei in the second inning after Lin, Chen Hsun scored on an error by Los Mochis pitcher Maximiliano Campos, who threw the ball away at first base.Though Wang, Hao Che was picked off at first base in a run down, a second run scored for C-T.

Los Mochis cut the deficit in half when it was handed a gift from Chinese Taipei.
With two outs and a runner on third, Chinese Taipei catcher Huang Kai, overthrew second baseman Li, Han Sheng, ultimately scoring Los Mochis first baseman, Rigoberto Borbolla and the lead trimmed to 2-1.
 
Chinese Taipei had other thoughts, when it hung a two spot in the fourth inning, thanks to a Li, Hau Sheng two-run home run, making it a 4-1 game.Campos' day ended after allowing four runs, two earned, five hits, a walk and five strikeouts in four innings.
 
Again, Los Mochis scored a run in the top of the fifth, when Borbolla singled in Jose Roman, making it a 4-2 game.
 
Lin, Chen Hsun put any hopes of a comeback to rest, in the bottom of the fifth, when he hit his fourth home run of the tournament. This one, a two-run home run, made the score 6-2 in favor of the defending champs.
 
In the bottom of the sixth, it was a sure bet that Chinese Taipei was headed back to the championship game, to defend its title, when Ho, Heng Yu hit a three-run home run to left center making it 9-2 and out of reach.
 
In a last ditch effort, Los Mochis was unable to bring any runs across in the seventh and lost again to Chinese Taipei, 9-2.
 
Los Mochis used two relievers, Vicente Valenzuela and Enrique Gastelum, and allowed five runs, all earned, three hits, two walks and three strikeouts in two innings combined.
 
Lin, Chen Hsun picked up the victory for Chinese Taipei, allowing one unearned run, three hits, two walks and two strikeouts in three innings.Chinese Taipei used two relievers itself, Lin, Tzu Wei and Chang, Hung Chieh, who combined to allow one earned run, three hits, no walks and seven strikeouts over four innings.
 
Chinese Taipei moves on to play either Maui, Hawaii or Bay County, Michigan in the championship game, tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m.
 
For Los Mochis, its run in the 2016 DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series comes to an end after wins against Peters Township (4-1 and 13-9) and Chesterfield, Virginia, 11-7. Both of Los Mochis's loses came against Chinese Taipei, 5-0 and 9-2, respectively.

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Game #14 

 

WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania - Game #14 was a battle between Laredo, Texas and Bay County, Michigan in the second guaranteed elimination game of the day and a rematch of Game #3. Bay County's Anthony Bernard proved to be the hero, as his sixth inning, pinch hit three-run home run proved to be the nail in the coffin for Laredo's Division Finals hopes.
 
Unlike most game in the 2016 DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series, it was relatively quiet to start.
 
The only run scored over the first two and a half innings, came on a solo home run by Laredo catcher Roberto Coronado, making the score 1-0.
 
Bay County starting pitcher Darren LaBean threw three quality innings, allowing one run, earned, three hits, a walk and three strikeouts during his time on the hill.
 
In the bottom of the fourth Bay County finally got to Laredo starting pitcher Greg Campos, when Luke Stuhr contributed an RBI groundout to tie the score at 1-1.
Fast-forward to the bottom of the sixth, when Bay County scored the leading run on a passed ball/error in the same sequence, allowing LaBean to score and give Bay County a 2-1 edge.
 
After the run, Campos was relieved of his duties, allowing two runs, both earned, four hits, three walks and nine strikeouts over five-plus frames.
 
Bay County added on in the sixth, when Bernard came off the bench and belted a three-run home run, expanding the lead to 5-1.
 
Galvan picks up the loss, allowing two runs, both earned, two hits and two strikeouts over two innings.
 
Ben Cnudde picks up the win allowing no runs or hits, two walks and two strikeouts over four innings.
 
Bay County got sweet revenge against Laredo, after losing Game #3 to the Texans 5-4, and now faces Maui, Hawaii in Game #16 tonight at 8 p.m.For Laredo, its run for the 2016 DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series championship comes to an end after a 6-5 defeat against Maui last night and today's loss to Bay County.

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Game #13

 

WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania - Day five of the 2016 DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series began with Los Mochis, Mexico meeting up with Chesterfield, Virginia in the first of the morning's two elimination games.
 
Despite being 10-runned by Chinese Taipei, Chesterfield kept its head up and sparked the bats right away in the first inning, when center fielder Jay Woolfolk singled and drove in first baseman Jaelen Hines, making the score 1-0.
 
The theme of no lead is safe in the tournament proved true again, when in the bottom of the first, Los Mochis second baseman Jair Felix and first baseman Rigoberto Borbolla hit back-to-back home runs, taking over the lead. Felix's home run was a two-run shot and drove in catcher Jose Roman. Borbolla's home run was a solo home run to right field, making the game 3-0.
 
Los Mochis added on in the third inning when center fielder Alejandro Cervantes contributed an RBI single, scoring catcher Brayan Guerrero, and then Cervantes scored on a wild pitch the next batter after a wild pitch by Chesterfield starting pitcher Tyler Garner. After three innings the lead was now 5-1 for Los Mochis.
 
Chesterfield cut the deficit in the top of the fourth, when Garner regained the two runs he allowed in the third with a two-run home run, cutting the lead to 5-3. Garner didn't take the mound after the home run and his day on the mound ended after allowing five runs, all earned, four hits, two walks and four strikeouts over three innings.
 
Los Mochis had little time adjusting to Chesterfield's relief pitcher Andrew Weight as it drove three runs across in the fourth. Roman doubled in a pair and Borbolla added an RBI double as well, scoring Roman, giving Los Mochis an 8-3 lead.
 
Chesterfield countered right back in the top of the fifth when Ethan Iannuzzi singled in Jay Woolfolk and Garner belted his second home run of the game, to center field, cutting the lead to 8-6.
 
After allowing runners to reach on a walk and single after the home run, Valenzuela's day ended on the mound, allowing six runs, all earned, ten hits, four walks and three strikeouts in four and two-thirds innings.
 
In the bottom of the fifth, Los Mochis added two more runs by way of another two RBI double off the bat of Roman to extend the lead to 10-6.
 
Woolfolk collected his fourth hit in the sixth, when he took Los Mochis reliever Maximiliano Campos deep for a solo home run cutting the lead to 10-7. Los Mochis added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Diego Miranda drove in Cervantes on an RBI single making the score 11-7.
 
Campos shut down Chesterfield in the top of the seventh to win the game for Los Mochis, 11-7. Despite a two home run game, Garner picked up the loss and Valenzuela got the win.
 
In relief, Campos gave up one earned run, one hit, two walks and three strikeouts. Weight and Connelly Early combined in relief for Chesterfield, allowing a six runs, all earned, seven hits, two walks and a strikeout in three innings combined.
 
With the victory, Los Mochis moves on to face Chinese Taipei in a rematch of Game #5 at 5:30 tonight in Game #15. For Chesterfield, its run for the 2016 DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series championship comes to an end after a 14-4 victory over Johnstown, a 10-0 defeat against Chinese Taipei and today's loss to Los Mochis. Woolfork finished the tournament tied for the PONY League World Series record for best batting average in a tournament (.800, eight-for-10). Woolfork tied Pasadena, Texas's Eric Carlisle's record set in 1990.

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Game #12

 

WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania- To conclude day four of the 2016 DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series, winner's bracket action saw Laredo, Texas face Maui, Hawaii in what was a thrilling end to the nightcap.
 
After a crisp, quick first inning, an error by Maui first baseman Kevin Varner and an error by catcher Cade Kalehuawehe, led to a sacrifice fly for Laredo's starting pitcher Adrian Castillo, making it 1-0 Laredo after one and a half innings.
 
In the bottom of the second, Maui had runners on second and third and came through to tie the game 1-1, thanks to an RBI single by second baseman, Micah Kele.
 
The tie game was short lived, as Laredo exploded for four runs in the third.
Laredo center fielder Julio Taboada started the scoring with an RBI infield single scoring left fielder Alan Ferreyro.
 
The next two Laredo runs scored on a throwing error by Maui third baseman Andre Beaudoin and to follow, Laredo right fielder Guillermo Saucedo singled to right field, scoring Taboada. After two and a half innings, the score was 5-1.
 
Maui proved in the bottom of the third that no deficit put them down.In the inning, Maui pushed across two runs, both by way of extra base hits. For the first run of the inning, Maui center fielder Isiah Duarte crushed a monster home run to dead center and later, shortstop Kaipo Haole doubled in Kalehuawehe.
 
However, Maui was unable to push across two runners left in scoring position and after three innings, the score stood at 5-3.
 
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Kalehuawehe made up for the runners left in scoring position, when he belted Maui's second home run of the game, this one a two-run home run, to tie the game 5-5 after four innings.
 
The score remained 5-5 after five innings and that inning ended the day for Laredo starting pitcher Adrian Castillo, allowing five runs, all earned, seven hits, five walks and eight strikeouts.
 
After a stalemate since the fourth inning, Maui took the lead for the first time thanks in part to an RBI single by third baseman Austin Beudoin, off Laredo relief pitcher Greg Campos.
 
Laredo had one last chance to tie or retake the lead, but was unable to do so, and fell in a wonderful ballgame, 6-5.
 
Campos picked up the loss for Laredo, allowing one run, three hits and three strikeouts in one inning of relief.Maui's Roy Meinen was awarded the win, allowing five runs, two earned, seven hits, one walk and eight strikeouts in complete game fashion.
 
With the victory, Maui moves on in the winner's bracket to face the winner of Game #14 tomorrow at 8 p.m. in Game #16.For Laredo, it moves to the loser's bracket and faces Bay County, Michigan tomorrow afternoon at 12:30 p.m. in an elimination game.

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Game #11

 

WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania - Game #11 saw the first of two winners' bracket games of day four between Chesterfield, Virginia and Taipei County, Chinese Taipei.
 
Chinese Taipei continued its dominance early, as it struck twice in the first inning.
To open the scoring, shortstop Ho, Heng Yu doubled to left field scoring center fielder Lin, Tzu Wei. For the second run, Ho, Heng Yu scored on an RBI single by Li, Han Sheng, making it 2-0 after one inning.
 
In the third inning, Chinese Taipei extended its lead over Chesterfield to 5-0.
Huang, Kai started the scoring with an RBI single to right center field, scoring Lin, Tzu Wei, making the score 3-0.
 
Lin, Chen Hsun added the other two run with a two-run home run to right field making it 5-0 after three innings.
 
After three innings pitched, Chinese Taipei starting pitcher Chang, Hung Chieh exited after allowing three hits and striking out four.
 
Right back at it in the fourth was Chinese Taipei, when Lin, Tzu Wei singled to center field, scoring Lin, Kuan Ting to make it a 6-0 game.
 
In the fifth inning, it was déjà vu for Chesterfield, as Lin, Chen Hsun took his second home run of the game, another two run shot, to make it 8-0.
After the home run, the book closed for Chesterfield starting pitcher Jay Woolfolk after allowing eight runs, all earned, eight hits, two walks and seven strikeouts in four-plus innings.
 
In relief of Woolfolk was Connelly Early, who allowed two runs on three hits, including the mercy rule solo home run by Tsai, Yao Yu, to win the game 10-0 in five innings.
 
With the victory, Chinese Taipei moves on in the winner's bracket to face the winner of Game #13 tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.For Chesterfield, it moves to the loser's bracket and faces Los Mochis, Mexico tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.

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Game #10

 

WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania - Game #10 pitted Paderborn, Germany against Bay County, Michigan, in elimination game action at the 2016 DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series.
 
Coming off a 12-5 victory against Washington County, Bay County kept its hot bats rolling early against Paderborn. In the top of the second, third baseman Darren LaBean hit a three-run home run off Paderborn starting pitcher Nicolai Kirchoff to make it a 3-0 game.
 
The deficit didn't stop Germany, as it managed to drop a crooked six spot in the bottom half of the inning to take a 6-3 lead. Colin Holzwarth started the scoring with a two RBI double to right center, scoring right fielder Marco Iberle and second baseman Joshua Steigert. Left fielder Mel Boerner tacked on two more runs, giving Paderborn a 4-3 lead, on a two RBI single, scoring Holzwarth and catcher Leon Still. Kirchoff drove in one the last two runs on a fielder's choice, scoring Boerner. Also on the play, center fielder Elian Gentner scored on an error by Bay County shortstop Clay Weiss.
 
In the same inning, Bay County starting pitcher Carson Kwapiszewski was pulled after allowing six runs, all earned, four hits and three walks.
 
If anything has been learned during the 2016 DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series, it's that no lead is ever safe.
 
After the six spot in the second inning, Bay County was right back at it with the bats spotting three more runs to tie the game at 6-6. Catcher Taylor Popp notched a single to left center scoring Logan Hugo and Blake Mitrzyk. Anthony Bernard scored the third run of inning, crossing the plate on a passed ball.
 
The book on Paderborn's Kirchoff ended after allowing six runs, all earned, seven hits, two walks and a strikeout, over two innings. Paderborn had a golden opportunity to regain its lead, but left the bases loaded in the bottom half of the third.
 
Ben Cnudde was relieved of his duties in that inning after allowing no runs, two hits, two walks and two strikeouts in one and one-third innings. Bay County regained the lead in the top of the fourth inning when Hugo drove in Mitrzyk to go ahead 7-6.
 
In the sixth inning, Bay County added three more runs to bulk its lead to 10-6. All runs in the inning were scored by way of extra base hits, as Hugo drove in another run with an RBI double, as well as Popp adding to his RBI total with an RBI double. Bernard also added an RBI triple in the mix.In the inning, Gentner was relieved of his duties as well after allowing four runs, all earned, five hits and three strikeouts.
 
After going scoreless three straight innings, Paderborn found the box score again with a three clip in the bottom of the sixth.Steigert and Iberle both contributed the first and second runs of the inning with RBI singles, while Still drove in the third run on a groundout to the shortstop.
 
Bay County added insurance in the seventh when Hugo drove in two runs on a two RBI double to make the score 12-9. For Hugo, it was his third and fourth RBI of the game.
 
In a last ditch effort in the bottom of the seventh, Paderborn left two runners stranded and lost 12-9.
 
Gentner picked up the loss for Paderborn, while Bernard picked up the victory for Bay County, allowing three runs, all earned, five hits, two walks and seven strikeouts over four and one-third innings.
 
With the victory, Bay County moves on in the loser's bracket to face the loser of Game #12 tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.For Paderborn, its road toward the 2016 DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series comes to an end after a 12-0 victory of host Washington County, a 9-0 loss to Maui, Hawaii and today's loss to Bay County.

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Game #9

 

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.

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Game #8

 

WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania - To round out day three's action at the 2016 DICK'S Sporting Goods Pony League World Series, host Washington County was eliminated, after losing 12-5 to North Zone Champion Bay County, Michigan in a marathon of a game.

Bay County opened the scoring quickly, when right fielder Logan Hugo, hit a double off the fence in right center to score center fielder Blake Mitrzyk making the score 1-0.

The second inning for Bay County resembled Germany's first inning of the previous day, as Michigan exploded for six runs, all with two outs.Bay County's highlight of the six-run inning came off the bat of first baseman Anthony Bernard, who hit a two run home run to left center.
 
The remainder of the runs came by way of Washington County miscues, as Bay County only had two hits in the inning, yet led 7-0.Washington County's starting pitcher Alex Gregory was taken out during the inning after allowing seven runs, three earned, four hits, three walks and four strikeouts.
 
Bay County was right back at it in the third inning scoring two more runs, both on wild pitches, to take a 9-0 lead.
 
In the bottom of the third, after being no-hit the first seven and two-thirds innings it played, Washington County also scored its first run, when center fielder Kaden Kolson took Bay County starter Ben Cnuddle deep to make it 9-1.
 
Bay County countered in the top of the fourth as it pushed two runs across the dish to make it 11-1.New left fielder Dustyn Lucas singled in one of the two runs, while the other was scored by way of an error.
 
Washington kept clawing as it scored two in the bottom of the fourth.The scoring started with shortstop Talon Cain doubling off the left field fence bringing home Cooper Sharp to make the score 11-2.The fourth inning ended with an 11-3 score when Sharp scored on an infield single by relief pitcher Jax Banco.
 
Washington County pushed two more runs across the plate, one in the fifth and one in the sixth, while Bay County added one to its score in the seventh, ending the game with a 12-5 final.
 
Gregory picked up the loss, while Banco and Cain combined in relief to allow five runs, two earned, seven hits, one walk and six strikeouts.
 
Cnudde received the win for Bay County, allowing one earned run, one hit, a walk and a strikeout over three innings.
 
Bay County used Lance Wiltse, Darren LaBean and Carson Kwapiszewski in relief and they combined for four runs, all earned, six hits, four walks and two strikeouts.
 
With the victory, Bay County faces Paderborn, Germany in another elimination game, tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. in Game #10. For the host Washington County, its 2016 DICK'S Sporting Goods Pony League World Series run comes to an end after a 12-0 loss to Paderborn, Germany and tonight's loss to Bay County.

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WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania - Game #7 saw the first elimination game of the 2016 DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series, in a battle of the Keystone state between Peters Township, Pennsylvania and Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
 
In the fight to keep its hopes alive, Johnstown cracked the scoreboard first in the bottom of the first with two runs.Right fielder Carson Ertter drove in the first run of the contest when he reached on an error by Peters Township shortstop John Salvtti. The second run for Johnstown came on a sacrifice fly by catcher Mark Marino, scoring third baseman Jake Shope.
 
Peters Township countered right back in the top half of the second with two runs of its own.Pinch hitter Vinny Knight drove in both runs on a single to center field. Knight was granted with one RBI on the play as the second runner, Nick Winslow, scored due to a miscue by Johnstown center fielder Alec Supanick.
 
Right back at it in the third inning was Peters Township, scoring a single run on an RBI groundout by right fielder Matthew Levy to take a 3-2 lead.
 
Peters Township's lead was short lived however, when Marino homered on the first pitch in the bottom half of the third to tie the game at three.
 
Johnstown then regained the lead in the bottom of the third when third baseman Bryce Rearick drove in left fielder Ben Wolf on an RBI single to make the score 4-3.
Peters Township had an opportunity to tie the game in the sixth inning and left a runner in scoring position stranded.
 
However, in the seventh inning, a leadoff single by second baseman Shane Bartczak was followed up by a two-run, lead taking, home run by Salvitti to give Peters Township a 5-4 edge.Peters Township tacked on another run by way of a wild pitch to hold a 6-4 lead after six and a half.
 
Johnstown had one last chance to keep its DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series hopes alive in the bottom of the seventh and made the most of it when Mike Marinchak singled in second baseman Jake Felton to cut the lead to
6-5.
 
Unfortunately, for Johnstown, its comeback would come short as it left runners on first and second base to end the game.
 
Both starting pitchers in the contest would finish the game with no decisions.
For Peters Township, Daniel Boehme allowed four runs, all earned, six hits, two walks and one strikeout, in his no decision start.
 
The win for Peters Township was awarded to Jacob Orsi who allowed one earned run, five hits and one walk over two innings.Johnstown's starting pitcher, Devin Renzi, gave up three runs, two earned, four hits, two walks and a strikeout in his no decision.Brendon Bair pitched one scoreless inning for Johnstown, striking out and walking one, but the loss went to Marinchak, who allowed three runs, all earned, four hits and four strikeouts.
 
With the victory, Peters Township moves on in the loser's bracket to rematch Los Mochis, Mexico in Game #9 tomorrow at 10 a.m.For Johnstown, its road toward the 2016 DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series championship comes to an end after loses to Chesterfield, Virginia 14-4 on Friday and today's loss to Peters Township 6-5.

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Game #6

 

WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania - Day three action kicked off at the DICK'S Sporting Goods PONYLeague World Series with West Zone Champion Maui, Hawaii looking dominant in a 9-0 victory over European Zone Champion Paderborn, Germany.
 
Maui jumped out to a hot start thanks to starting pitcher Kaipo Haole's double to right center field that scored center fielder Isaiah Duarte to make the score 1-0.Immediately following the double, third baseman Andre Beaudoin crushed a towering home run to left field and after the top half of one inning, Maui led 3-0.
 
Both Haole and Paderborn starter Simon Baeumer were in a pitchers dual, until the fifth inning,when for the second time in the game, Beaudoin took Baeumer deep for a three-run home run to extend the Maui lead to 6-0.
 
After the home run, the book closed on Baeumer, having allowed six runs, all earned, six hits,two walks and one strikeout in four-plus innings.
 
In the sixth inning, Maui added to its lead again, when Haole drove in his second run of the game with an RBI double to right center making the score 7-0 and another two runs came across on a fielder's choice. Right fielder Konnor Palmeira received one RBI on the play with the second run scoring on an error by Paderborn second baseman Mel Boerner, making the score9-0.
 
The final score held up to be 9-0 thanks to fantastic pitching by Maui.

Haole finished the game allowing no runs, one hit, a walk and 13 strikeouts over six innings. Of those 13 strikeouts, Haole's final nine recorded outs were strike outs.Micah Kele came in relief of Haole in the seventh, striking out two and bringing the total to 15for Maui.
 
With the victory, Maui faces Laredo, Texas in the winner's bracket at 8 p.m tomorrow.Paderborn gets a day off and plays at 12:30 p.m. in an elimination game against the winner ofGame #8.

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WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania - The final game of day two at the DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series was the first international contest of the series, featuring Los Mochis, Mexico and Taipei County, Chinese Taipei. The defending champions once again looked dominant in a 5-0 victory.
 
It didn't take long for the Asia-Pacific Zone champions to pick up where it left off in 2015, as catcher Lin, Chen-Shun took Los Mochis starter Maximillio Campos deep to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
 
Chinese Taipei added to its lead in the second inning when first baseman Tsai, Yao-Yu drove in right fielder Wang Hao-Che on an RBI groundout. One more run followed on a wild pitch to make the score 4-0 after two.
 
A third straight inning saw Chinese Taipei add on to its lead when left fielder Lin, Kuan-Ting singled to right center, driving in Chen-Shun, making the score 5-0.
 
In the fourth inning, Mexico managed to get runners on second and third, but again, Los Mochis was unsuccessful in having either cross the plate as Chinese Taipei starting pitcher Lin, Tzu-Wei struck out the side to end the top half of the fourth.

A 5-0 score was not indicative of the stellar pitching in the contest. Campos gave his team a fighting chance, despite allowing five runs, all earned, four hits, four walks and five strikeouts, over six innings. He was relieved by Enrique Gastelum, who in one inning, allowed no hits and struck out two.
 
For Chinese Taipei, the five runs offensively was the lowest run total its accumulated in a single game since the 2014 championship game, but, as is the norm, the Asia-Pacific Zone Champions pitched phenomenally. Lin, Tzu-Wei went four innings strong, allowing no runs, four hits and striking out eight. In the final three innings, Chang, Hung-Chieh allowed no runs and one hit, as well as four strike outs.
 
With the victory, Chinese Taipei gets a day of rest before facing Chesterfield, Virginia in the winner's bracket at 5:30 p.m on Monday. Mexico will also catch a breather and play the same day at 10 a.m. in an elimination game against the loser of Game #7.

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Game #4

 

WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania - European Zone Champion Paderborn, Germany stung Host Washington County, Pennsylvania with a 12-0, 10-run rule game in the opener for both teams.
Washington County's home debut did not go as planned, as Paderborn opened the first frame scoring eight runs on five hits. Two of those runs came by way of bases loaded walks, while three more were driven in by a two RBI double by shortstop Merlin Bendlin and another RBI double by pitcher Elian Gentner.
The score remained 8-0 until the third inning, when Paderborn tacked on three more runs to extend its lead to 11-0. The inning was highlighted by a two-run home run by Bendlin, his third and fourth RBI of the contest.
In the fourth inning, right fielder Nicolai Kirchhoff added on to Paderborn's lead with a solo home run to make the score 12-0.
Paderborn won 12-0 in five innings because of a 10-run rule. Gentner completed the five-inning shortened no-hitter, surrendering just two walks and striking out five.
Paderborn's offense was sparked by the top three batters in the order: Bendlin, Genter and first baseman Simon Baeumer, who went a combined 9-12 at the plate with six RBI.
Austin Abel picked up the loss for Washington, going two-thirds of an inning, allowing eight runs, seven earned, four hits, two walks and one strikeout.
Talon Cain highlighted Washington on the day throwing two innings of one hit ball with four strikeouts.
Paderborn moves on in the winner's bracket to face Maui, Hawaii in Game #6 tomorrow at Noon (ET/US). Washington County also takes the field tomorrow at 5 p.m. in Game #8 against Bay County, Michigan in an elimination game.

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WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania- Heavy rain late Friday night delayed the start of day two at the DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series by two hours and seventeen minutes, but it didn't take long for the scoring to begin in Game #3 between Laredo, Texas and Bay County, Michigan.
 
In the first inning, Bay County starting pitcher Anthony Bernard sat down Laredo, one-two-three, before hitting a two-run home run in the bottom half of the inning to give Bay County the 2-0 lead.
 
Bernard began the game with three perfect innings on the mound, until the first batter of the fourth inning for Laredo, short stop Derick Christman, notched a double to left center field and scored two batters later on an RBI single by pitcher Sergio Galvan.
 
In the fifth, Laredo ran itself out of an opportunity after having runners at second and third with no outs, when pinch runner Alan Ferreyro was thrown out at the plate after attempting to score on a dropped third strike and the play being scored 2-3-2.
 
Despite the miscue in the fifth, Galvan, like his mound opponent, belted a two-run home run in the sixth inning to give Laredo its first lead of the afternoon 3-2.
 
The bottom of the sixth saw the end of Galvan on the mound after allowing a lead-off double, hitting a batter and walking another all in a row with no outs. Christman came in relief of Galvan, allowing two of the three inherited runners to cross on a two RBI single by Taylor Popp to give the lead back to Bay County 4-3.
 
Galvan's book closed allowing four runs, all earned, seven hits, eight strikeouts, one walk and two hit batters over five innings.
 
Laredo continued its fight back in the seventh getting runners on second and third with two outs by way of a Christman double. The following batter, center fielder Julio Toboada, beat out a grounder to the shortstop, scoring pinch runner Roberto Coronado to tie the game at four.
 
After an intentional walk to Galvan, Guillermo Sauceda drove in the game winning run with a two out single to give Laredo a 5-4 lead and ultimately the victory.
Christman picked up the win for Laredo allowing no runs, one hit and two strikeouts over two innings.
 
Bernard gets tabbed with the loss for Bay County after allowing five runs, all earned, eleven hits, six strikeouts and one walk in a complete game effort.
 
With the victory, Laredo gets a day of rest before facing the winner of Game #6 in Game #12 at 8 p.m. As for Bay County, it will take the field tomorrow evening against the loser of Game #4 in Game #8 at 5 p.m.

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WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania - Chesterfield, Virginia was able to capitalize off six Johnstown, Pennsylvania errors en route to a 14-4 victory in Game #2 of the DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series.

In the first inning, Chesterfield left fielder Ethan Iannuzzi opened the scoring on a base hit to center field offJohnstown starting pitcher Carson Ertter, bringing in second baseman ChristianChambers. In the bottom half of the first, Ertter would help his own cause with a solo home runoff Chesterfield starter Brandon Arrowood.

The score remained 1-1 until the fourth inning, when Chesterfield broke out for six runs to extend the lead to 7-1. In the inning, Darren Stanford struck a three-run home run, followed byRBI doubles for Chambers, Iannuzzi and first baseman Jack Anderson.

Despite the deficit, Johnstown clawed back in the bottom half of the fourth to cut the lead to 7-4. The runs were scored off the bat of Johnstown catcher Mark Marino, who hit a three-run home run of his own.

The final score would be in favor of Chesterfield at the end 14-4, after seven runs came across the plate between the sixth and seventh innings. The highlight of the seven runs over the two innings came off a two-run home run by Chesterfield pinch-hitter Tyler Garner.

Arrowood finished the game after four innings pitched, allowing four runs, all earned. He also surrendered six hits over the four frames, while striking out one batter. Arrowood's relief, Jay Woolfolk, closed out the final three frames allowing no runs, one hit, no walks and striking out seven.

Ertter picked up the loss for Johnstown allowing seven runs, all earned, nine hits, four strikeouts and three walks over four innings.Johnstown used three relievers in the losing effort that combined to allow seven runs, three earned, five hits, four walks and struck out four as well.

With the victory, Chesterfield gets two days of rest before facing the winner of Game #5between Los Mochis, Mexico and Taipei County, Chinese Taipei in Game #11 at 5:30 p.m. As forJohnstown, it will get a day off before facing Peters Township, Pennsylvania in Game #7 at 2:30 p.m.

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WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania- The 2016 DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series officially kicked off with Mexico Zone Champion, Los Mochis, Mexico, downing Host Area South Champion PetersTownship, Pennsylvania 4-1.
 
After two back and forth scoreless innings to begin the games, Los Mochis opened the scoring when Jose Roman scored from first on an error by PetersTownship right fielder Joseph Labellarte Jr., off the bat of Jair Felix, who reached second on theplay.
 
The next batter for Mexico, Rigoberto Borbolla, also reached on an error, this time by shortstop John Salvitti, scoring Felix and extending the Mexico lead to 2-0.

After a quiet fourth inning, Mexico scored two more runs to double its lead to 4-0. After a groundout to start the inning, Jose Roman tripled to the fence in right field and Felix homered.

Peters Township showed life in the sixth inning against Mexico's VicenteValenzuela, when the team had the bases loaded with two outs, but only managed to pick up one run off a Jake Orsi walk.

One more time in the seventh inning, Peters Township showed a spark against Valenzuela, getting the leadoff man to second after a walk and a wild pitch, but was left stranded afterValenzuela struck out two of the final three batters.

Orsi put together a solid start for Peters Township on the mound, despite picking up the loss, throwing a complete game allowing four runs, two earned on five hits. Orsi also struck out six and walked three.

Mexico's starting pitcher Vicente Valenzuela picked up the win, also throwing a complete game, allowing one earned run on three hits, while, striking out nine and walking six.

With the victory, Mexico goes on to play the defending champions from Chinese Taipei, tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. in Game #5. Peters Township will play the loser of Game #2 Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

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