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2018 PONY League World Series

For the fifth consecutive year, the Asia-Pacific zone champion and the West-Zone champion matched up in the championship game of the Dick's Sporting Goods PONY League World Series with Taipei County, Chinese Taipei facing Long Beach, California. Both teams entered untouched, each with a perfect record, for the game that would ultimately decide the title. Taipei County, Chinese Taipei had a 3-1 victory that crowned the team the 2018 Dick's Sporting Goods PONY League World Series Champion. 





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Tien, Tzu-Chieh allowed just one run, two hits, a walk and struck out 13 in 6.2 innings before being taken out due to the 95 pitch limit and led Asia-Pacific Zone Champion Chinese Taipei to its ninth Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series Championship and third in four years defeating West Zone Champion Long Beach, CA 3-1.

The 2018 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series marked the third time Long Beach and Chinese Taipei met in the championship game and the two previous encounters in 2008 and 2012 were won by Long Beach.

The only hits for Long Beach were a solo home run by catcher Bren Wilkinson to take a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning and a single by Robert Voss in the fifth.

As it had all tournament, Chinese Taipei capitalized on mistakes and in the top of the fifth scoring three runs.

In the 2018 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series Chinese Taipei had just 14 hits in its first three games, but exploded for 10 when it mattered the most

Myles Patton gave it his all for Long Beach allowing three runs (two earned), seven hits, two walks and struck out seven in four innings.

Long Beach finishes the 2018 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series with a record of 3-1 with wins against East Zone Champion Bronx, NY 8-0, Mexico Zone Champion Tijuana, MX 8-2 and South Zone Champion Brownsville, TX 6-5. The lone loss came tonight.

For the nine time champions and now champions of three of the last four Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series, Chinese Taipei completes the sweep defeating North Zone Champion Bay County, MI 12-1, Host Area Champion Youngstown, OH 4-0, Caribbean Zone Champion Yaguate, Dominican Republic 5-3 and tonight against Long Beach.


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Game #16 Long Beach, CA 6 vs. Brownsville, TX 5

Bases loaded, one out, bottom of the fifth. Sam Decarlo’s fly ball to right field is shagged and tagging from third is Ryan Skjonsby. Skjonsby crosses the plate, gestures the safe sign and Decarlo is mobbed down the first base line by his teammates as West Zone Champion Long Beach, CA escaped an if necessary game scare and secured its sport in the 2018 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series Championship Game with a 6-5 win over South Zone Champion Brownsville, TX.

Despite leading 1-0 after one inning, a scrappy Brownsville, TX team that showed heart and determination all tournament countered with three runs in the top of the second to take a 3-1.

Long Beach had just one hit and the one run through the first two innings until Ryan Geck belted a two-run home run, his second of the tournament, to cut the lead to 4-3. A few batters later, Ryan Burack lined a two RBI single to give Long Beach back its one run lead, 5-4.

As it had all tournament, Brownsville responded yet again, tying it 5-5 in the top of the fourth on Luis Balderas’ single.

It remained even keel until the fireworks of the final at-bat that led to Long Beach’s victory.

Ryan Burack was awarded the win allowing just two hits and struck out one over 1.2 innings. Started Jack Dhein started and allowed four runs (two earned), five hits, three walks and five strikeouts.

Damien Cortez started for Brownsville and got a no decision allowing four runs (three earned), two hits, two walks and struck out four. In relief Christopher Sauceda took the loss allowing two runs (one earned), three hits, four walks and struck out two

Long Beach moves on into the championship game tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. ET-USA against Asia-Pacific Zone Champion Chinese Taipei.

Brownsville ends its 2018 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series trip with a 3-2 record, defeating Host Washington County, PA 12-3, East Zone Champions Bronx, NY 11-9, and Mexico Zone Champions Tijuana, MX 4-0. Its loses came against Tijuana 3-1 in its opener and tonight’s loss to Long Beach.

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Game #15 Taipei County, Chinese Taipei 5 vs. Yaguate, Dominican Republic 3

It took desperation and determination for Asia-Pacific Zone Champion Chinese Taipei to clinch a spot in the 2018 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series Championship Game and it did just that, scoring five runs in the final two innings, four of them in the top of the fifth, to comeback and defeat Caribbean Zone Champion Yaguate, Dominican Republic 5-3.

Over the first three frames, Chinese Taipei was stifled by Yaguate’s starter Juan Caraballo as it managed to muster just two hits over that time frame.

In the fourth, Chinese Taipei cut what was a 2-0 Yaguate lead in half after Rikendy Martinez’s two-run, first inning home run, in half when scoring on a wild pitch.

Chinese Taipei’s four run fifth was highlighted by just two hits, as it took advantage of Yaguate’s wild pitches, scoring three run off them.

In a last ditch effort in the bottom of the fifth, Cesar Aguasviva hit his fifth home run of the tournament to cut the lead to two, but it wasn’t enough to end what is now an 11 game win streak for Chinese Taipei in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series.

Wu, Sin-Jie picked up his second win of the tournament, in relief, allowing no runs, one hit and striking out five over 2.2 innings. Starter Liu, Chia-Hsiang threw two innings and allowed two runs, three hits, two walks and struck out three.

Caraballo took a no decision for Yaguate allowing one run, four hits and two walks. Aguasviva took the loss, allowing two uns, one hit and two strikeouts.

Chinese Taipei moves on into the championship game tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. ET-USA against either South Zone Champion Brownsville, TX or West Zone Champion Long Beach, CA.

Yaguate ends its 2018 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series trip with a 3-2 record, defeating European Zone Champion Vienna, Austria 24-1, North Zone Champion Bay County, MI 16-6 and Host Area Champion Youngstown, OH 11-6. Its loses came against Bay County 8-5 in the opener and tonight’s loss to Chinese Taipei.

 

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Game #14 BROWNSVILLE, TX 4 VS. TIJUANA, MEXICO 0

In a rematch of game four of the 2018 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series, South Zone Champion Brownsville, TX and Mexico Zone Champion Tijuana, MX met again in do or die game 14 and Brownsville sparked for a four run, three hit third inning, highlighted by Damian Cortez’s two RBI double, eliminating Tijuana by a final score of 4-0.

When these teams met previously, it was Tijuana’s David Gomez who stole the show throwing a complete game allowing just one run, nine hits and striking out nine. This time it was Brownsville’s pitching staff who shined, allowing just a single hit over the five innings, three walks and struck out four. Cortez earned the win for Brownsville.

Tijuana’s Manuel Estrada took the loss despite a hard-fought effort, allowing four runs, four hits and two walks. Aldrich Leon pitched the fifth and final inning and allowed no hits and struck out one.

The lone hit for Tijuana came off the bat of Ernesto Lopez to lead off the bottom of the second inning.

With the victory, Brownsville returns to the field later tonight with a game set to start at approximately 7 p.m. against West Zone Champion Long Beach, CA in the division finals on the bottom half of the bracket. Should Brownsville lose, they are eliminated. If Brownsville wins they force an if necessary rematch tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.

Tijuana’s run ends with a 1-2 overall record in the 2018 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series. Tijuana defeated Brownsville 3-1 and lost to Long Beach 8-2 and this game vs Brownsville.


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Game #13 YAGUATE, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 11 VS. YOUNGSTOWN, OH 6

In the first elimination game of day four of the 2018 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series, Caribbean Zone Champion Yaguate, Dominican Republic continued to showcase its incredible offensive prowess, jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, highlighted by Erick Hernandez’s three-run home run and sent Host Area Champion Youngstown, OH home by a score of 11-6.

Hernandez led the charge beyond his home run, going 2 for 3 with six RBI and is now just two RBI away from the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series record which currently stand at 13 by Gurabo, Puerto Rico’s Vimael Machin in 2008.

All in all, five players from Yaguate had a multi-hit game and the 11 runs put the four game total of Yaguate to 56, just four runs shy of tying the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series record of 60 set by former Caribbean Zone Champion Humacao, Puerto Rico in 2003.

Juan Caraballo took the victory on the mound allowing just one hit, two walks and struck out two over three innings of work. In relief, Juan Campusano allowed six runs, five hits, two walks and struck out one over two innings.

Andrew Kirkpatrick suffers the loss allowing five runs and five hits in just 1/3 of an inning pitched. Youngstown used two relievers who combined to allow six runs, eight hits, a walk and three strikeouts.

With the victory, Yaguate returns to the field later today with a game set to start at approximately 5 p.m. against Asia-Pacific Zone Champion Chinese Taipei in the division finals on the top half of the bracket. Should Yaguate lose, they are eliminated. If Yaguate wins they force an if necessary rematch tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.

Youngstown’s run ends with a 1-2 overall record in the 2018 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series. Youngstown defeated European Zone Champion Vienna, Austria and lost to Chinese Taipei 4-0 and this game vs Yaguate.


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Game #12 LONG BEACH, CA 8 VS. TIJUANA, MEXICO 2

 

West Zone Champion Long Beach, CA Ryan Geck’s two-run home run highlighted a seven run bottom of the third and Long Beach cruised to an 8-2 victory in game twelve of the 2018 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series over Mexico Zone Champion Tijuana, MX.

Along with Geck’s home run, Long Beach connected on five more hits in the seven run third inning and took a 7-1 lead at the time.

Tijuana led the game briefly at one point, 1-0 in the top of the second, on an RBI single by Ian Zamarippa.

Zamarippa started the game on the mound and set down the first seven Long Beach batters in order before the onslaught started in the third inning. Zamarippa allowed three runs, three hits, two walks and struck out five in his 2.1 innings of work.

Tijuana’s relief pitching consisted of Ivan Rodriguez and Miguel Sepulveda who combined to allow five runs, four hits, four walks and three strikeouts.

Long Beach got a complete game on the hill from starter Jake Ehmann as he allowed two runs, three hits, two walks and struck out ten over the five innings.

With the victory, Long Beach returns to the field later today with a game set to start at approximately 7 p.m. against either South Zone Champion Brownsville, TX or a rematch against Tijuana.

Tijuana will play at approximately 3 p.m. in a win or go home elimination game against Brownsville, TX.

All game time today are subject to time changes so stay tuned and follow online at plws.org.


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Game #11 TAIPEI COUNTY, CHINESE TAIPEI 4 VS. YOUNGSTOWN, OH 0

For the first time in the 67 year history of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series, Asia-Pacific Zone Champion Taipei County, Chinese Taipei’s Wu, Sin-Jie threw the first ever complete perfect game defeating Host Area Champion Youngstown, OH 4-0 in five innings in game eleven of the 2018 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series.

The last time a perfect game was thrown in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series came back on August 21, 1969 when Reinaldo Duran of Caracas, VZ threw seven perfect innings. However, Duran left after the seventh inning and did not have a complete perfect game.

Due to the rainy conditions of day three, day four of the 2018 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series consists of six games all being played as five inning games. Wu, Sin-Jie in the five inning affair struck out nine of the 15 Youngstown batters he face and threw just 57 pitches to get the perfect game.

Offense was at a premium as the only two hits came by Chinese Taipei, only one of them reaching the outfield. The two combined hits is a record for fewest combined hits in Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series history.

Chinese Taipei produced its runs by way of an RBI groundout, two RBI singles and a sacrifice fly, while also capitalizing on two Youngstown errors.

Youngstown’s, Colten Shaffer pitched admirably allowing four runs (one earned), two hits and struck out one, also throwing a complete five innings.

With the victory, Chinese Taipei returns to the field later this afternoon with a game set to start at approximately 5 p.m. against either Caribbean Zone Champion Yaguate, Dominican Republic or a rematch against Youngstown.

Youngstown does in fact play Yaguate at approximately 1 p.m. in a win or go home elimination game.

All game time today are subject to change so stay tuned and follow online at plws.org.


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Game #10 BROWNSVILLE, TX 11 VS. BRONX, NY 9

After a 4:56 rain delay, beginning at 2:28 p.m., South Zone Champion Brownsville, TX trailed 8-6. When the contest resumed in the bottom of the fourth at 7:24 p.m., Brownsville’s Jose Gutierrez took the second pitch deep for a three-run home run that lifted them to a 9-8 lead and the champions from the South Zone never looked back and eliminated the East Zone Champions Bronx, NY 11-9 in game 10 of the 2018 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series.

Not only did Gutierrez solidify the lead and ultimately the game with his home run, he pitched fairly well allowing three runs, four hits, four walks and struck out two over 4.1 innings. Gutierrez fittingly enough picked up the win.

Brownsville jumped out of the gate with a four spot in the first inning and looked to be cruising until Bronx exploded for six runs in the top of the third.

It all began with Bronx’s first hit of the game, a solo home run by Miguel Bodre and then Bronx capitalized on three walks, two wild pitches and an error for the other five runs to lead 6-4.

Brownsville retied the game with a home run by Luis Balderas and a double to tie the game at 6-6 through three innings.

Bronx regained the lead in the fourth prior to the delay, 8-6, highlighted by Justin Gotay’s solo home run.

The Bronx couldn’t catch up despite scoring another run in the sixth inning to make it 10-9 and were sent home after three games in the 2018 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series.

Alvy Grullom took the loss for Bronx allowing eight runs (four earned), nine hits and struck out two. Relief pitching was solid for Bronx as Gotay and Jayden Meregildo combined to allow three runs, two hits, two walks and a strikeout in 2.2 combined innings.

With the victory, Brownsville still has life in the 2018 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series and will face either Mexico Zone Champion Tijuana, MX or West Zone Champion Long Beach, CA at approximately 3 p.m. in a five inning win or go home contest for a chance to play in the semifinals.

For the Bronx, its 2018 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series ends with a 1-2 record. It’s losses came to Brownsville and Long Beach (8-0) and its victory was a thrilling 15-13 win over Host Washington County, PA.


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GAME #9 YAGUATE, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 16 BAY COUNTY, MI 6



Caribbean Zone Champion Yaguate, Dominican Republic used four home runs, two by first baseman Cesar Aguasviva to fend off elimination and defeat North Zone Champion Bay County, MI 16-6 in game nine of the 2018 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series.

Yaguate saw near déjà vu from game one in its rematch against Bay County as it jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the third inning. In the inning, Aguasviva hit his first of two home runs, a three run shot with the score 2-0.

However, much like in game one, Bay County fought back immediately, plating three run in both the third and fourth innings to take a 6-5 lead.

This time around, Yaguate didn’t let the large blown lead hold them back and exploded for 11 runs between the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to take the 10-run, 16-6 lead. Those three frames were highlighted by Aguasviva’s second home run of the game, a two-run shot, Rikendy Martinez’s three-run home run and Ambioris Tamarez’s solo home run.

Taylor White led Bay County offensively going 2 for 3, while four others contributed a single hit to the cause

On the mound, Jimmy Simo picked up the win allowing just one hit and striking out three in 2.2 innings of relief. Yaguate starter Edwin Pomuceno went 3.1 innings and allowed six runs (three earned), five hits and walked four. Tamarez struck out the side in the seventh to end the game.

Bay County’s Cole Prout took a no decision, allowing five runs, four hits, four walks and struck out three over three innings. Three relievers combined to allow 11 runs (10 earned), 12 hits, one walk and struck out four over four innings.

With the victory, Yaguate stays alive and moves on in the loser’s bracket to face either Host Area Champion Youngstown, OH or Asia-Pacific Zone Champion Taipei County, Chinese Taipei at 10 a.m. ET-USA tomorrow.

For Bay County, its trip to the 2018 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series comes to an end with an 8-5 victory over Yaguate, a 12-1 loss to Chinese Taipei and this loss to Yaguate.


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GAME #8 BROWNSVILLE, TX 12 WASHINGTON COUNTY, PA 3

Game Eight of the 2018 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series concluded day two with South Zone Champion Brownsville, TX eliminating host Washington County, PA by a score of 12-3. Despite the lopsided victory, history was made when Brownsville’s Ana Rivera made the first plate appearance by a female in Pony League World Series history.

Not only did Rivera end with two plate appearances (0-2), she pitched the final two innings and allowed two runs, three hits, one walk and struck out three.

Brownsville’s Jose Gutierrez singled in the bottom of the first for a 1-0 lead and it was never relinquished. The South Zone champs added three more runs in the second and third innings to lead 4-0.

Washington County sparked in the fourth when Nicholas Hilbert hit an RBI single to cut the lead to 4-1, but after leaving runners stranded, Brownsville poured on eight runs in the fifth and sixth innings to lead 12-1, all highlighted by the eight run sixth that included five straight RBI hits.

Washington staved off 10-run elimination in the bottom of the sixth with two runs, but when it was said and done the host team is sent home packing after defeats of 15-13 to East Zone Champion Bronx, NY yesterday and tonight’s defeat.

On the mound, Brownsville’s starter Hugo Cantu picked up the win and had a perfect game before being taken out after throwing 2.2 innings. In relief, three Brownsville pitchers combined to throw 4.1 innings and allowed three runs, six hits, two walks and struck out six.

Ryan Silver took the loss for Washington County, allowing four runs (two earned), seven hits, and struck out two in three innings. Washington County’s relief managed to allow eight runs (seven earned), six hits, five walks, and struck out two.

With the victory, Brownsville stays alive and moves on in the loser’s bracket to face East Zone Champion Bronx, NY at 12:30 p.m. ET-USA tomorrow.



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GAME #7 YAGUATE, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 24 VIENNA, AUSTRIA 1

Caribbean Zone Champion Yaguate, Dominican Republic unleashed its offensive firepower in a 24-1, five-inning victory over European Zone Representative Vienna, Austria. It was the second-most runs scored by a team in a DICK’S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series game, since Covina, California scored 26 in a 26-3 win over Carnarvon, Canada in 1968. 

The Dominicans racked up 23 hits (eight for extra bases) collectively in the victory, while nine players recorded multi-hit games. 

Yaguate jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on Vienna and never looked back from there. The team also had big innings in the third (five runs) and the fifth (eight runs) en route to a lopsided victory.

Vienna got on the board in the bottom of the third, when Eoghan McGarry doubled to center field and Lukas Norek drove him home on a single up the middle.

Rickendy Martinez was the team leader for Yaguate at the plate, finishing the day 4-for-5 with four RBI and three runs scored. Cristofer Cristofer Calderon went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Erick Hernandez hit two home runs, while Daniel Vazquez and Cesar Aguasvivas each had one. For Austria, McGarry was the offensive leader by going 2-for-3.

The victory propelled Yaguate on in the loser’s bracket, as now the squad will rematch Bay County, Michigan in an elimination Game #9 tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET/US. The loss eliminates Vienna with an 0-2 record.


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GAME #6 LONG BEACH, CA 8 BRONX, NY 0

Offense was limited for West Zone Champion Long Beach, CA in its first game at the 2018 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series as they only were able to muster four hits. However, Long Beach took advantage of eight walks, three errors and four hit batters by the East zone Champion Bronx, NY pitching staff on its way to a decisive 8-0 victory in game six of the tournament.

Long Beach did its damage in the third and fourth innings, scoring seven runs between the two frames. Surprisingly enough, that was the two innings Long Beach collected its four total hits for the game.

RBI singles by first baseman Ryan Skjonsby, center fielder Adam Cramer drove in a run each in the third and fourth respectively, and catcher Bren Wilkinson added a two-RBI double in the fourth as well to highlight the Long Beach offense.

For Bronx, offensively, it was led by Julian Ventura, Miguel Bodre and Keldrin Rodriguez with one hit apiece

On the mound, Long Beach’s Myles Patton picked up the win after allowing no hits through his two innings of work, one walk and four strikeouts. In relief, three Long Beach pitchers combined to throw five innings and allow just three hits, one walk and struck out four as well.

Miguel Bodre took the loss for Bronx, allowing one run, no hits, three walks and struck out one in 1.2 innings. However, the Bronx used four pitchers out of the bullpen who combined for 4.1 innings and allowed seven runs (five earned), four hits, five walks and struck out six.

With the victory, Long Beach moves on in the winner’s bracket to face Mexico Zone Champion Tijuana, MX at 8 p.m. ET-USA tomorrow. For Bronx, it enters the loser’s bracket and will play an elimination game tomorrow at 12:30 p.m ET-USA vs either South Zone Champion Brownsville, TX or Host Washington County, PA.


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GAME #5 TAIPEI COUNTY, CHINESE TAIPEI 12 BAY COUNTY, MI 1


Asia-Pacific Zone Champion Taipei County, Chinese Taipei exploded for seven runs in the top of the seventh en route to a 12-1 victory over North Zone Champion Bay County, MI in game five of the 2018 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series.

Through the first six innings, Chinese Taipei held a 5-1 lead and had just two hits over that stretch, but was able to get to Bay County pitching and accumulate four hits, including RBI doubles by shortstop Huang, Bo-Rui and third baseman Chen, Cheng- Yi.

Chinese Taipei opened the scoring in the top of the second with a three-run home run by right fielder Huang, Po-Wei to take a 3-0 lead, while also scoring a single run in each the third and fifth innings on a sacrifice fly and a Bay County error, one of five for the North Zone Champions on the day.

The Chinese Taipei pitching staff was locked in as a unit, combining to allow just one run, three hits, two walks and 11 strikeouts. The winning pitcher was starter Tien, Tzu-Chieh, who struck out six of the 11

For Bay County, its lone bright spot offensively came in the fourth inning when left fielder Chase Raymond drove in catcher Micah Irrer with an RBI double to cut the lead to 4-1 at the time.

Starting pitcher Blaise Millar took the loss for Bay County as he allowed three runs, one hit, one walk and three strikeouts.

Six relief pitchers took to the mound for Bay County and they combined to allow nine runs (eight earned), five hits, two walks and struck out four over five innings.

With the victory, Chinese Taipei moves on in the winner’s bracket to face Host Area Zone Champion Youngstown, OH at 5:30 p.m. ET-USA tomorrow. For Bay County, it enters the loser’s bracket and will play an elimination game tomorrow at 10 a.m ET-USA vs either Caribbean Zone Champion Yaguate, Dominican Republic or European Zone Champion Vienna, Austria.


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Game #4 TIJUANA, MEXICO 3 BROWNSVILLE, TX 1

Mexico Zone Champion Tijuana, Baja California’s starting pitcher David Gomez tossed a gem in his team’s 3-1 victory over South Zone Champion Brownsville, Texas to end day one at the DICK’S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series. Gomez pitched a complete game, seven inning-shutout, allowing nine hits and no walks, while striking out nine.

Tijuana broke open the game’s scoring in the top of the second, when, with two outs, Isaac Barriga singled home Ivan Rodriguez. Mexico added to its lead in the bottom of the third thanks to a Alberto Mendoza solo home run. Mendoza continued to pace the Mexico offense, as he hit an RBI double with one out in the bottom of the fifth (3-0).

Up until the top of the sixth inning, Brownsville only had two opportunities at the plate with a runner in scoring position, and they came in the top of the second. In the sixth, with one out, Damian Cortez singled and advanced to third on Christopher Sauceda’s double. Unfortunately for the Texans, two-consecutive pop outs ended the scoring threat. 

In the top of the seventh, Luis Balderas led off the inning with a double, before Kyle Pruneda singled him over to third. Following a strikeout, Juan Rivera grounded into a fielder’s choice, but he was able to score Balderas from third (3-1). Rodolfo Gonzalez singled to give Brownsville runners on first and second, but a fly out ended the game.

Roberto Cardona and Mendoza tied for the Brownsville team lead with three hits apiece, while Mendoza’s two RBIs led the team. For Tijuana, Gonzalez was the offensive leader, going 2-for-4.

With the win, Tijuana advances to Game #12 Monday at 8 p.m. ET/US and will play the winner of Game #6 between Long Beach, California and Bronx, New York. Following the loss, Brownsville drops to the loser’s bracket. The team will face Washington County, Pennsylvania in an elimination Game #8 tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET/US.


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Game #3 BRONX, NEW YORK 15 WASHINGTON COUNTY, PA 13

 


In the highest-scoring game at the DICK’S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series since Mon-Yough, Pennsylvania defeated Bay County, Michigan 16-14 in 2013, East Zone Champion Bronx, New York outlasted Host Washington County, Pennsylvania in a near-four hour long 15-13 marathon.

Ten combined errors and 15 walks were recorded in the game. Twenty-one combined runners were stranded on the base paths, while Bronx used nine different pitchers in the contest. Washington County led the game 8-3, after three innings, before Bronx came back to lead 9-8, after six complete.

Trailing a run going into the bottom of the seventh inning, following a groundout, Austyn Winkleblech reached on an error to give Washington County a valuable base runner. Winkleblech moved up to second on a passed ball and then advanced to third on Ryan Silver’s groundout. On a 2-1 count, Winkleblec scored on a wild pitch to tie the game (9-9) and send it to extra innings. 

Bronx stole the game’s momentum in the top of the eighth thanks to the offense capitalizing on Washington County’s mistakes. With runners on the corners and one out, Julián Ventura connected on an RBI single that scored Alvy Grullom to put the team ahead 10-9. Back-to-back errors led to two more Bronx runs. A hit batsman, a walk and another error gave New York a six-run lead (15-9).

Washington County made it interesting, as the hometown fans were on their feet, hoping to will their team to victory. Aidan Metts walked, and Ty and Banco and Zachary McClenathan hit consecutive singles to load the bases. Connor Steele plated Metts on his single to left field, and then Connor Roberts hit a sacrifice fly that scored Banco from third (15-11). Winkleblech was hit by a pitch to once again load the bases. Then, back-to-back walks by Silver and Brugard cut the Washington County deficit to just two (15-13).

Unfortunately for the Hosts, back-to-back strikeouts tossed by Josué Cepeda ended the rally and the game.

Bronx racked up 14 hits in the game, led by Keldrin Rodríguez, who was 3-for-3 with two home runs, three RBI and four runs scored. Cepeda tied Rodríguez for the team-lead with three RBI, while also hitting a home run. For Washington, Silver led the squad during a 3-for-4 day. Nicholas Hilbert was the team leader in RBI with three. 


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Game #2 YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO 10 VIENNA, AUSTRIA 0

 

Host Area Zone Champion Youngstown, OH was quiet offensively the first four innings scoring just one run on four hits, but came alive in the fifth and sixth innings, scoring nine runs on six hits en route to a 10-0 shutout victory in six innings over European Zone’s Vienna, Austria in game two of the 2018 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series.

Youngstown opened the scoring in the first inning with an RBI single in the first by first baseman Brady Shannon to take a 1-0 lead.

Both offenses sputtered until the fifth when Youngstown scored three to take a 4-0 lead. Shortstop Kyle Yost’s RBI single scored right fielder Andrew Kirkpatrick and third baseman A.J. Havrilla added an RBI single scoring Yost and starting pitcher Colten Shaffer.

In the sixth inning, Youngstown scored six runs by way of two hits, four walks, an error and four wild pitches.

Vienna only managed two hits offensively and committed three errors, but starting pitch Eoghan McGarry pitched admirably in his loss. McGarry allowed five runs, nine hits and struck out five over 5+ innings.

Youngstown’s Shaffer collected the win throwing three innings, allowing 1 hit and struck out four. In relief, Joe Roth and Braden Gebhardt combined for three innings and allowed just one hit, three walks and struck out three.

With the victory, Youngstown moves on in the winner’s bracket to face either North Zone Champion Bay County, Mi or Asia Pacific Zone Champion Chinese Taipei at 5:30 p.m. ET-USA. For Vienna, it enters the loser’s bracket and will face Caribbean Zone Champion Yaguate, Dominican Republic tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET-USA.

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Game #1 BAY COUNTY, MICHIGAN 8 YAGUATE, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 5



WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania-After trailing and coming back down four runs to tie the game in the top of the seventh and ultimately send it into extra innings, North Zone Champion Bay County, Michigan center fielder Cole Prout smashed a three-run home run in the top of the eighth to seal an 8-5 victory in the opening game of the 2018 DICK'S Sporting Goods Pony League World Series.

The Bay County offense had been silent since a second inning home run by catcher Micah Irrer and trailed 5-1 through six innings. In the seventh, Bay County took advantage of multiple wild pitches by Caribbean Zone Champion Yaguate, Dominican Repbulic that led to runs and connected on multiple singles to tie the game at 5-5 in the top half of the inning.

Yaguate scored its first run in the bottom of the fifth on a Bay County wild pitch and in the bottom of the sixth, with the game tied at 1-1, Yaguate right fielder Rikendy Martinez broke the stalemate with a RBI double and crossed home on a RBI single by first baseman Erick Hernandez. Relief pitcher Cesar Aguasviva's then crushed two-run home run to make it 5-1.

Yaguate had a chance with two runners on in the bottom of the eighth, but couldn't push a runner across. Colin Sackrider was the winning pitcher for Bay County throwing two innings, walking and striking out four.

Starting pitcher Taylor White threw 3.1 innings and allowed three hits and struck out three. Yaguate's Jimmy Simo took the loss allowing three runs, one hit, two walks and also struck out a pair.

Starter Jhon Gomez allowed one run and one hit over 3.2 innings, struck out six and walked one.

With the victory, Bay County moves on in the winner's bracket to face Asia-Pacific Zone Champion, Taipei County, Chinese Taipei at Noon ET/US tomorrow. For Yaguate, it enters the loser's bracket and will face either Vienna, Austria or Youngstown, Ohio at 5 p.m. ET/US tomorrow.

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