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CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Taipei City, Chinese Taipei- 9 Bay County, MI- 1



WASHINGTON, Pa- Taipei City, Chinese Taipei scored runs in each of the last four innings, as it downed Bay County, 9-1, in the 2019 DICK’s Sporting Goods PONY League World Series Championship Game under the lights at Lew Hays PONY Field on Thursday. Taipei City is the champion for the second-straight year and the nation of Chinese Taipei won its fourth world title in the last five years. 

Sun, Yi Lei went six and a third innings on the mound and was masterful for the Asia-Pacific Zone Champions. He struck out six Bay County batters and walked none, while holding them to one run. From the plate Sun went 2-for-5 and scored a pair of runs. 

The scoring got started in the fourth with a Yang, Yu Cheng sacrifice-fly scoring Sun. Sun reached base on the game’s first hit earlier that inning. It was an infield single to third base, off the end of the bat that started foul, but spun back into fair territory. Hsu, Shao Yu came to the plate after the sac fly and plated two runs on a single to center field. 

Each team threatened once in the first three innings without getting a hit. In the top of the second, Chinese Taipei’s Pai, Chen An reached on an error, but was erased by a Jace Giffel to Nathan Ball putout on an attempted squeeze bunt. Bay County got Aidan Robinson to third base with two outs, but stranded him. 

Two runs came across the plate in wild fashion in the top of the fifth for Taipei. Yang bunted and an errant throw allowed both runners to cross the plate. Extra insurance runs were added in the sixth and seventh by Chinese Taipei. 

Bay County collected its first hit via a chopper up the middle by Nathan Ball in the fourth. The final half inning saw Bay County muster two more hits to bring its total to four for the game. A balk by Chinese Taipei relief pitcher, Po, Yu Lin, scored Colton Hopp for the North Zone squad’s only run of the game. 

Jace Giffel threw eight straight strikes in the first inning, retiring the Taipei hitters in order. The Bay County starting left hander was the losing pitcher, he went 3.2 innings and allowed three runs on four hits. 

Bay County finished as the tournament runner up for the first time ever and made it three times the state of Michigan had a PLWS finalist team. 

Chinese Taipei earned its 10th championship at the PONY League World Series, extending its lead as the most titles by an international country.

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GAME #16: Bay County, MI- 2 Simi Valley, CA- 1



WASHINGTON, Pa- Bay County, Michigan secured their spot in the 2019 DICK’s Sporting Goods Pony League World Series with a 2-1 victory over Simi Valley, California on Wednesday night at Lew Hays PONY Field. 

Jace Giffel sent a ball into the night sky and over the right field fence in the bottom of the 6th to give Bay County the lead and eventually the win. Giffel ended the night 2 for 3 at the plate and scored the team's only other run in the fifth. 

The contest began as a pitchers duel between Austin Neff, of Simi Valley, and Cole Schmidt, of Bay County.

Simi Valley got on the board first with a run in the 3rd inning via a sacrifice fly by Ethan Pena. Bay County got into the scoring column with an RBI single by Landon Sella in the bottom of the 5th. 

Neff threw all six innings, allowed two runs and struck out four, but was tabbed with the loss. Schmidt went five complete innings, allowed one run and also struck four out. Kegan LaPan relieved Schmidt to earn the win. He recorded the final six outs and surrendered just one hit. 

With Bay County’s victory, the North Zone of PONY will be represented in the championship game for the first time since 1996. Bay County, itself, will be in the finals for the first time ever in their 13 appearances at the Pony World Series.

The championship game is slated for a 7 pm first pitch tomorrow between Bay County and Chinese Taipei. 

Simi Valley’s run at the PONY League World Series comes to an end with a 2-2 showing, a split with Washington County in two games, a victory over Brownsville and tonight’s loss.

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GAME #15: Chinese Taipei- 5 Youngstown, OH- 4



WASHINGTON, Pa- Sun, Yi Lei hit a game winning home run over the right field scoreboard in the top of the 7th at Lew Hays PONY Field on Wednesday night, as Chinese Taipei defeated Youngstown, Ohio, 5-4. With the win, Chinese Taipei clinched a spot in the DICK’s Sporting Goods Pony World Series Championship Game. 

Chang, Yuan Kai pitched 4 scoreless innings out of the bullpen to get the win. Chang allowed just one hit and struck out five batters. 

Each team scored their first run via an error by the other team. Anthony Miller, who ended the game with 3 hits in 4 at bats in the game, singled in Youngstown’s go ahead run in the second. 

Chinese Taipei answered by scoring a run, on a wild pitch, to tie it at 2-2.

Anthony Malagise knocked a two run home run to put Youngstown ahead 4-2. Chinese Taipei scores one in the 4th, but Youngstown held on to the lead for the next two innings. 

In the 6th, Chinese Taipei tied the game when pinch runner Lin, Po Yu came around to score from second base on a ground out to the pitcher. 

Anthony Miller started on the hill for the Host Area squad. He threw 4.2 innings when he reached the pitch limit. Miller struck out and walked five apiece. He was relieved by Stephen Tarnoci, who got the loss in 2.1 innings of work. 

Youngstown is eliminated from the bracket with its second loss of the week, both coming against Chinese Taipei. 

Chinese Taipei will see itself in the Pony League World Series Championship for the second straight year and fifth time in the last six years. The championship is set for 7 pm tomorrow and will air live on AT&T SportsNet. Taipei’s opponent will be the winner of the Bay County versus Simi Valley matchup.

GAME #14: Simi Valley, CA- 12 Washington Co., PA- 2



WASHINGTON, Pa- Simi Valley, California flipped the script from their opening game and eliminated Host, Washington County, with a run rule, 12-2, victory Wednesday afternoon at Lew Hays PONY Field. 

The game, scheduled for Tuesday, was picked up after rain delayed the game in the 1st inning. 

Washington County opened the game with a run on back-to-back errors by Simi Valley, scoring Connor Helbling, who led off with a single. 

Simi Valley took control of the game in the bottom of the first. Four straight hits scored 5 runs. Luke Gill capped of the hit parade with a two RBI double to right center, just before rain storms pushed the remainder of the game to Wednesday. 

Simi Valley added one in the second, three in the third and finished off the run rule win with 3 runs in the sixth. Austin Neff doubled in two runs in the final inning and went 2 for 2 at the plate. Ethan Pena knocked three singles in his four trips to the plate. 

Owen Muench got the win for Simi Valley. He went 4.2 innings, allowed 1 run on 3 hits and struck out 4. 

Tyler Johnson collected two hits in three at bats to lead Washington County in the box. Washington used 7 pitchers and Connor Helbling got the loss in 0.2 innings pitched. 

Simi Valley advances to the division championship versus Bay County, Michigan tonight at 8 p.m. Should Simi Valley win, an if necessary game will be played tomorrow at either 10 a.m. or 12 noon. 

Washington County’s run in the World Series comes to an end with a 2-2 record. Tyler Johnson, who hit .500, won the Voytek award, which is given to the Washington County player with the highest batting average on the week. 

GAME #13: Youngstown, OH- 9 Arecibo, PR- 5



WASHINGTON, Pa. — Youngstown, Ohio clinched their second trip to the Division Championship in the last three years on Tuesday as they defeated Arecibo, Puerto Rico 9-3. The game started after a more than three-hour long rain delay. The loss eliminates Puerto Rico from the 2019 DICK’S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series as Youngstown moves on to face Taipei City, Chinese-Taipei in the Division Championship.

Youngstown jumped out to an early lead in the first inning as Anthony Miller and Jarrod Malagise both hit RBI singles. Youngstown also loaded the bases with no outs, but couldn’t bring home another run and ended the top of the first with a 2-0 lead.

They did, however, add a run in the second inning to extend their lead to 3-0. The inning started with a double by Dom Fornataro who moved to third on a fielder’s choice. He was then brought home by Luca Bertolasio on a sac fly.

Youngstown added two more in the fourth inning to extend their lead to 5-0. This came when Ben Slanker singles on a live drive to right field with two outs in the inning. He got one RBI on the play, but two runners came home to score as Fornataro scored off an error. Slanker was thrown out trying to extend the single into a double and the game entered the bottom of the fourth with Youngstown up 5-0.

Puerto Rico cut into that lead in the bottom of the fourth as an error allowed Victor Rivero to cross home plate for the first run of the inning. Infield singles by Joshua Chaparro and Adriany Salas scored the second run, which made the lead 5-3 entering the fifth inning.

Youngstown’s starter, Braeden D’Angelo, exited the game after the fifth inning. He ended the day with eight strikeouts and gave up three runs, one earned, on three walks and four hits.

The score remained 5-3 entering the last inning when Youngstown added a pair of insurance runs and on a two-run home run by Anthony Malagise to left field. They ended up getting two more in the inning to give a 9-3 entering the last frame.

Puerto Rico scores two in the seventh and were able to get the tying run to the plate. Ultimately though, the lead proved to be too insurmountable as they fell to Youngstown with the final score at 9-5.

The loss eliminates Puerto Rico from the 2019 DICK’S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series as Youngstown moves on to face Taipei City, Chinese-Taipei in the Division Championship.

GAME #12: Bay County, MI- 5 Washington Co., PA- 4



WASHINGTON, Pa. — In perhaps the best game of the 2019 DICK’S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series, Washington County, Pennsylvania fell to Bay County, Michigan 5-4 under the lights on Monday as the fourth day of the 2019 DSGPLWS came to a close. There were four lead changes as Bay County moves on to the Division Championship to take on the winner of Simi Valley, California and Washington County tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. Simi Valley and Washington County will play tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.

Both starters pitched well as Luke Dantry got the start for Washington County while Nathan Ball started for Bay County. 

Bay County got two runs in the bottom of the first. The first one came after Landon Sella singles to right field. He then moved to third on an error and an obstruction call before being hit home by Cam Shooltz. Two batters later, Ball hit home Shooltz on a single to right field to give Bay County a 2-0 lead entering the second inning.

Washington County’s bats came alive in the third inning which started with a lead-off double. However, Connor Helbling was thrown out trying to extend it to a triple. Right after that, Mason Fixx singled to center field and reached second on an error. He later moved to third base on a wild pitch. A walk out a runner at first and third before a well executed hit-and-run by Luke Dantry scored Fixx.

That wasn’t all Washington County got in the frame though as Andrew Kocan hit home Calvin Daniels and Dantry to make the score 3-2. This prompted Bay County to bring in Kegan LaPan who struck out the last hitter to end the top of the inning.

Bay County got a run in the bottom of the third to tie things up at 3-3 on an error. That was the only run Bay County got in the inning, and the score remained 3-3 as the game headed into the fifth.

With a runner on third, one out and LaPan locked in a 2-2 count with the Washington County hitter, Bay County brought in Jace Giffel to pitch. Giffel struck out the Washington County hitter, but a dropped third strike caused the runner on third to score and the hitter was safe at first. While they did catch the runner on a steal attempt to get the out back, the damage was done and Washington County led 4-3 in the fifth.

Washington County brought in Helbling to pitch in the bottom of the fifth. Bay County put a runner on first and second with just one out when Helbling a 1-6-4-3 double play to get out of the inning with the lead still intact.

Giffel was replaced with one out and a 2-2 count on the Washington County hitter in the top of the sixth inning. Sella was the new pitcher, and he immediately got the Washington County hitter to pop out. Sella got the next hitter to strike out looking and the game entered the bottom of the sixth with the score 4-3 in favor of Washington County.

Bay County took back the lead in the bottom of the sixth. They scored the tying run on a well executed hit-and-run by Devin Schular. Lucas Julian also advanced from first-to-third on the play and later scored on a single to right field by Colton Hopp. This gave them a 5-4 lead entering the last inning.

Washington County got a runner on first and second in the top of the seventh. With one out, Cole Schmidt was brought back into the game to pitch for the save opportunity. Schmidt struck out both batters he faced to save the game for Bay County as they won 5-4.

Bay County advances to the Division Championship to take on the winner of Simi Valley, California and Washington County tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. Simi Valley and Washington County will play tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.

GAME #11: Chinese Taipei- 8 Youngstown, OH- 1



WASHINGTON, Pa. — Taipei City, Chinese-Taipei powered their way past Youngstown, Ohio on Monday in the 2019 DICK’S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series by the score of 8-1 as they hit three home runs. It was the first winners’ bracket game of the day, with the second being Washington County, Pennsylvania and Bay County, Michigan later tonight.  Chinese-Taipei moves on to the semifinals tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. and will play the winner of Arecibo, Puerto Rico and Youngstown. That game is tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.

Yi Weng Tseng started on the hill for Chinese-Taipei while Anthony Malagise took the rubber for Youngstown.

Chinese-Taipei got on the board earlier when Chun Wei Lui hit a single and moved from first to third on a stolen base and an error. A sacrifice fly to centerfield by Yi Weng Tseng scored Lui. Later in the inning, Chen An Pai hit his second home run of the DSGPLWS to put Chinese-Taipei up 2-0 in the first.

Youngstown got a run back in the second inning when Stephen Tarnoci singled home Jarrod Malagise to make the score 2-1 at the end of the second.

Chinese-Taipei didn’t take long to extend their lead though as they added a pair in the third. The first run cane as Tseng hit a solo home run to right field with the second coming off a wild pitch. Youngstown got out of the inning on a 9-3 double-play to keep the score at 4-1.

With a runner on third and no outs in the fourth, Chinese-Taipei brought in Sz Te Li to pitch. Tseng left the mound with a 1-2 count on the Youngstown hitter, and Li was able to finish the strikeout.

Tseng ended up with three strikeouts in three innings while surrendering five hits, five walks and one run.

Youngstown replaced Anthony Malagise in the fifth inning, which ended his day after four innings pitched, he gave up four runs, three of them earned and struck out one while walking two and surrendering five hits.

Dom Fornataro came in for Malagise and pitched a scoreless fifth inning. Li was also replaced in the fifth inning as Yuan Kai Chang come on to pitch. Li’s day ended after an inning and two-thirds, with four strikeouts and no walks, hits or runs given up.

Fornataro pitched an inning and a third scoreless with two strikeouts and a walk, while giving up no hits. He was replaced by Andrew Frye. Chinese-Taipei scored two runs off of Frye, only one of them earned. And they took a 6-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning.

Chinese-Taipei scores a run before Frye exited the game in the seventh inning. His day ended with an inning and a third pitched, with two runs surrendered on two walks, two hits and a strikeout. Chinese-Taipei added a second run in the inning off a solo home run by Tzu Chun Yang after Frye exited. This made the score 8-1.

Chang pitched an inning and a third scoreless with three strikeouts when he was replaced by Yi Lei Sun in the seventh inning. Chang also walked two and surrendered only one hit.

Sun finished the game for Chinese-Taipei and sealed the 8-1 victory. They now move to the semifinals and will play the winner of Youngstown and Puerto Rico at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow. Youngstown’s game in the elimination bracket will be tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.


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GAME #10: Simi Valley, CA- 4 Brownsville, TX- 2



WASHINGTON, Pa. — The second game on Monday in the 2019 DICK’S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series ended up being a nail-biter as Brownsville, Texas fell to Simi Valley, California by the score of 4-2. The loss makes Brownsville the fourth team eliminated from this year’s PLWS.

Trevor Hansen and Easi Puente started on the hill for the two teams. Brownsville came into this game off a record-breaking 18 stolen base performance that didn’t go unnoticed by Simi Valley. Not only did Hansen pick off the first runner of the game, but Owen Muench caught the second runner stealing in the first inning.

Two runners getting out on the base paths did not prevent Brownsville from getting on the board in the first inning as Andre Gamboa hit a solo shot to left-center to give Brownsville a 1-0 lead early.

In the bottom of the first, David Laranjo hit a double off the right field wall to put the tying run at second base with one out. He was brought home immediately as Ethan Pena hit a line drive single right down the right field foul line to score Laranjo. This tied the game up at 1-1 at the end of the first.

Hansen was replaced by Sebastian Carchi in the second inning with one out and a runner at first. Carchi struck out the next two hitters to end the inning.

Simi Valley took the lead in the second inning when they scored two runs on a fielder’s choice after Noah Onoye hit a ground ball to first. While Onoye did eventually get tagged out at third on the play, both Austin Neff and Hansen scored on the play. This made the lead 3-1 after two innings. They later added a fourth run in the third inning to make it 4-1 after three.

Brownsville’s starter Puente was replaced by Ismael Villarreal in the game due to reaching the pitch limit after striking out the first hitter in the fifth inning. He struck out an impressive nine hitters, but was responsible for four hits, walks and runs.

Simi Valley loaded the bases with two outs in the same inning off Villarreal, but he was able to get a strikeout to end the inning without giving up a run. The score remained 4-2 entering the sixth inning.

Neither team gave up a run in the last two innings and Simi Valley came out victorious, 4-2. Carchi was the winning pitcher, as he gave up just one run in five and two-thirds innings pitched. He struck out three batters and walked just one while giving up four hits in the contest.

Simi Valley’s victory sets them up to take on the loser of tonight’s game between Washington County, Pennsylvania and Bay County, Michigan. As for Brownsville, they become the fourth team eliminated from this year’s DSGPLWS.

GAME #9: Arecibo, PR- 4 Guasave, MX- 0



WASHINGTON, Pa. — A complete game shut-out by Joel Core was the highlight of the first game on Monday as Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico fell to Arecibo, Puerto Rico 4-0 in the 2019 DICK’S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series. The loss makes Mexico the third team eliminated from the 2019 DSG PLWS.

Both starters got off to strong starts as Jose Alvarez pitched three scoreless innings before surrendering the first run in the bottom of the fourth. It wasn’t until the next inning though that Puerto Rico ran away with the game as they scored three runs to take a 4-0 lead. Core helped himself out by hitting a two-run single to left field in the inning, making him the game’s leader in RBIs as well.

That was all the offense in the game, as Core shut down Mexico hitters. Core and Adrian Salas led Puerto Rico in hits with two-piece while only Luis Gamez got hits for Mexico, as he ended with two.

The final line for Core in his seven innings included nine strikeouts and he only surrendered two hits and two walks. As for Mexico, their pitchers combined for four strikeouts in six innings, giving up seven hits and three walks to lead to the four runs. Carlos Baez pitched strong in relief for Mexico, throwing two scoreless and striking our two, while only giving up one hit and no walks.

The loss eliminates Mexico from the PLWS. As for Puerto Rico, they move on to face-off against the loser from today’s game between Taipei City, Chinese-Taipei and Youngstown, Ohio. That game is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. today, while Puerto Rico’s next game will take place tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.

GAME #8: Brownsville, TX- 12 London, UK- 2



WASHINGTON, Pa. — Brownsville, Texas stole and pitched their way to victory against London, United Kingdom on Saturday as they collected a record 18 stolen bases as a team and gave up only one hit, en route to a 12-2 victory. 

Brownsville took the lead in the second inning, when two costly errors for United Kingdom and six stolen bases led to four runs. They later added a pair more in the third to go up 6-0 entering the bottom of the third.

In the bottom of the third, United Kingdom got a runner on third base with one out but great defense by Alex Guajardo got the runner at the plate before a successful pick-off by Rudy Lopez to Andy Gamboa got Brownsville out of the inning unscathed.

Brownsville added three runs to go up 9-0 in the fourth inning as they tied the PONY League World Series record for stolen bases by a team in a single game with 14. 

United Kingdom got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning when three errors caused Gavin Crawford to score. This kept the no-hitter intact for Brownsville, but the score changed to 9-1.

Max Parga got the 15th and record-breaking steal for Brownsville in the fifth inning. Brownsville loaded the bases in the inning with one-out, but the United Kingdom was able to get out of the inning without giving up a run. The score remained 9-1.

Brownsville got the mercy rule in the sixth inning when Ismael Villarreal hit a two-run double to go up 11-1. They added another run for insurance in the sixth inning and went into the bottom of the sixth with the score 12-1.

Ricky Sumil reached base on a single to end the no-hitter. United Kingdom loaded the bases in the inning and were able to add a run to their total when Kaden Horwood drew a walk. Angelo Solis was able to strikeout the next hitter though and the game ended 12-2.

Alejandro Castro, Easi Puente, Rudy Lopez, Alex Guajardo and Angelo Solis combined to throw the one-hitter for Brownsville. They combined for six strikeouts and walked six hitters in the game.

The loss makes the United Kingdom the second team eliminated from the 2019 DSGPLWS, joining Hagerstown, Maryland who lost to Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico earlier today. As for Brownsville, they will take on Simi Valley, California at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow. Simi Valley fell to Washington County, Pennsylvania in Game #6 11-1.

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GAME #7: Guasave, MX- 3 Hagerstown, MD- 0



WASHINGTON, Pa. — A pitcher’s duel took place on Sunday as Hagerstown, Maryland was eliminated by Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico on Sunday in the 2019 DICK’S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series. The final score in this one was 3-0 in favor of Mexico.

Brayden Barr started on the mound for Hagerstown while Edwin Cervantes took the hill for Mexico.

Cervantes had a dominant performance on the mound as he struck out seven of the first eight hitters he faced. Barr also got off to a strong start, pitching two and two-thirds innings before surrendering the game’s first run as Luis Leira hit home Santiago Lopez to give Mexico a 1-0 lead in the third inning. That ended up being the only run scored on Barr, as he pitched six innings, struck out five and surrendered one run on five hits and two walks. 

Hagerstown threatened to tie things up in the bottom of the third. Hagerstown had a runner on first with two outs when Dylan Shoemaker hit a double to right field. An incredible play by Mexico’s defense was able to get the runner out at the plate to keep the score at 1-0 in favor of Mexico as the game entered the fourth inning.

The game remained 1-0 into the seventh inning. Hagerstown made the game’s first pitching change as they moved Barr to first base. Mexico added a pair of runs to make the score 3-0 in the seventh as Hagerstown used four different pitchers in the inning.

Cervantes left the game in the seventh inning with two outs due to pitch count as Johan Lopez was brought in to pitch to get the final out. Cervantes’s line included 11 strikeouts with just two hits and two walks and no runs over six and two-thirds innings.

Mexico moves on to face-off against Arecibo, Puerto Rico as Hagerstown becomes the first team eliminated in the 2019 DSGPLWS.

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GAME #6: Washington, Co., PA- 11 Simi Valley, CA- 1



WASHINGTON, Pa. — Washington County, Pennsylvania made history again on Sunday as it became the first-ever Washington County team to win two consecutive games due to the 10-run rule in its PONY League World Series history. Washington Co., PA defeated Simi Valley, California in the first game of Day 3, 11-1. Washington County was coming off a 23-3 victory over London, United Kingdom while Simi Valley made their PLWS debut.

Washington County continued where they left off as they scored three runs to open up the game in the top of the first. This was highlighted by a two-run single for Andrew Kocan. 

On the mound to start for Washington County was Matthew Smith who turned in a strong performance. He went four innings with two strikeouts and surrendered just one run on three hits and three walks.

Washington County added six runs in the fourth inning to extend their lead to 9-0. During this inning, Kocan added two RBIs to his total same as Jake Egizio. Connor Helbing and Mason Fixx both added RBIs as well in the inning.

Simi Valley generated a run in the fourth inning as they were able to load the bases on the starter Smith, and an infield single by Trevor Hansen scored Ethan Pena. This made the score 9-1 at the end of the fourth.

Washington County added two more runs in the sixth inning to extend their lead to 11-1. Tyler Smith came in relief to pitch the last two innings for Washington County and he didn’t give up a run as Washington County won 11-1 in six innings.

Washington County moves on to face-off against Bay County, Michigan on Monday at 8:00 p.m. The winner of that game clinches a spot in the semifinals. As for Simi Valley, they will play on Monday at 12:30 p.m. against the winner of Brownsville, Texas and London, United Kingdom.

GAME #5: Chinese Taipei- 14 Arecibo, PR- 0



WASHINGTON, Pa.- The reigning DICK’S Sporting Goods Pony League World Series champions, Chinese Taipei, started their 2019 campaign in Washington with a convincing, 14-0, five inning, 10-run rule victory over Arecibo, Puerto Rico. 

Taipei scored nine in the top of the first inning, while sending 12 batters to the plate and never looked back. Pai, Chen An and Yang, Tzu Chun highlighted the run filled first with back to back home runs. 

Hsu, Shao Yu started Taipei were they left off in the first, as laced a two-run home run over the left field fence. Chinese Taipei plated runners in four of the five innings. Pai, Chen An and Yang, Yu Cheng led the team with two hits a piece. 

Joel Core collected two of Puerto Rico’s three hits in the ball game.

Li, Sz Te wasn’t the scheduled starter for Chinese Taipei, but after an injury he was put into the pitcher spot. He went two innings, struck out four and allowed just one hit. 

Li, Sz Te picked up the win from the mound. Jensen J. Erazo was tabbed with the loss from the rubber. 

Chinese Taipei advances in the winner’s bracket to play Youngstown, Ohio in the 5:30 pm game on Monday August 12. Puerto Rico is knocked down to the loser’s bracket and will take on the winner of Hagerstown, Maryland and Guasave, Mexico at 10:00 am, also on Monday.  

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GAME #4: Washington Co., PA- 23 London, UK- 3



WASHINGTON, Pa. — The host team, Washington County, Pennsylvania, started DICK’S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series play with a statement on Saturday as they defeated London, United Kingdom by the score of 23-3 after five innings due to the ten-run rule. The win was record-breaking for Washington County, as their 23 runs was the most runs a team from Washington County has ever scored in a PWS game.

Washington County came strong out of the gate against United Kingdom, as they scored two runs in the first to take a 2-0 lead over United Kingdom. Washington County’s Calvin Daniels had an RBI in the inning while the other run was scored on a passed ball.

United Kingdom was able to get a run back in the first after loading the bases with one out and they drew a two-out walk to bring home a run. After the first inning, Washington County led 2-1.

Washington County continued their strong offensive showing in the second inning when they added five runs to their total, with Mason Fixx driving in two runs and Daniels adding another RBI to his total with a long single to right field. Washington County led 7-1 heading into the bottom of the second inning.

Fixx hit another two-run double in the third inning to extend the Washington County lead to 9-1. They ended up adding five total in the third inning to go up 12-1 with United Kingdom coming to bat in the bottom of the third. United Kingdom added one in their frame.

Washington County added 11 more insurance runs to win the game 23-3. Seven of those 11 runs came in the fifth inning. Mason Fixx picked up the win as he pitched four innings and struck out three. He only surrendered three walks and two hits in the game.

Washington County moves on to face off against Simi Valley, Ca. while United Kingdom will go up against Brownsville, Texas. Washington County’s game will be Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and United Kingdom’s game will take place on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

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GAME #3: Bay County, MI- 3 Brownsville, TX- 2

 



WASHINGTON, Pa. - A thrilling finish came in game three as Bay County, Michigan defeated Brownsville, Texas 3-2 in the first game on Saturday of the 2019 DICK’S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series.


Jace Giffel started on the mound for Bay County while Kevin Ivarra started on the hill for Brownsville. Both pitchers got off to strong starts for their respective teams, with neither giving up a run in the first two innings.

Bay County brought in Cole Schmidt to pitch with two outs and a runner on third in the third inning. Despite inheriting a 2-1 count, Schmidt was able to strikeout the Brownsville hitter and get out of the top of the third while the score remained 0-0.

The first run didn’t come till the fourth inning when Andre Gamboa hit a solo shot to right field to give Brownsville a 1-0 lead. That was the only run scored that inning, and the teams entered the fifth with Brownsville leading 1-0.

Schmidt was replaced in the fifth inning as Kegan LaPan came in with two outs and a runner on first and second. Brownsville was able to get another run on a wild pitch in the inning, and they led 2-0 entering the bottom of the fifth.

Bay County cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth after Aidan Robinson hit home Eddie Burrows. Burrows pinch-ran for Colton Hopp in the inning, who reached base on a single of his own.

Ibarra exited the game in the sixth inning, ending his night with six strikeouts and one run in five innings. He was replaced by Ismael Villarreal, but remained in the game at shortstop.

Bay County got two runs in the sixth inning, with the first one coming on a steal at the plate by Giffel. The two runs gave Bay County a 3-2 lead entering the last inning.

Bay County held onto the lead and won the game 3-2. Ben Sporman picked up the win for Bay County while Landon Sella picked up a one-out save.

Bay County moves on to face one of Simi Valley, Ca., Washington, Pa. or London, United Kingdom on Monday night at 8:00 p.m. As for Brownsville, they will take on the loser of London and Washington at 7:00 p.m tomorrow.

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GAME #2: Youngstown, OH- 6 Guasave, Sinaloa, MX- 0



WASHINGTON, Pa. — After the high-octane, offensive first game of the 2019 DICK’s Sporting Goods PONY League World Series, game two saw a pitcher’s duel between Youngstown, Ohio and Guasave, Mexico. 

In this game, Mexico was the home team as they fell to Youngstown by the score of 6-0. Youngstown’s win gives them a break till Monday night, when they will take on the winner of Taipei City, Chinese-Taipei and Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Meanwhile, the loss for Mexico moves them to the elimination bracket to face-off against Hagerstown, Maryland.

Starting on the hill for Mexico was Ezequiel Perez while Anthony Miller started for Youngstown. 

Both pitchers threw two scoreless innings to start the game with the first run coming in the top of the third inning for Youngstown. In that frame, Nick Leasure hit a one-out triple to center fielder and scored after Luca Bertolasio hit a line drive single to centerfield. Perez stranded Bertolasio on second and was able to get out of the inning only giving up one run.

The pitching duel continued throughout the game. Through the first four innings the two hurlers combined for 17 strikeouts, with Perez having nine of them and Miller not allowing a hit until a lead-off single to Perez in the fourth.

Mexico came close to tying the game up in the fifth-inning when a single to right field sent Carlos Baez home. A phenomenal throw by right fielder Bertolasio got Baez at the plate to keep the 1-0 Youngstown lead intact.

In the top of the sixth, Jarrod Malalise hit a two-run home run to extend the Youngstown lead to 3-0.

Miller’s day ended in the bottom of the sixth inning when he hit his pitch limit of 95 pitches. He ended up with 10 strikeouts and allowed only two hits and five walks in five innings.

Stephen Tarnoci came in for Miller with a runner on first in the bottom of the sixth inning. Miller did remain in the game as he moved to shortstop. Tarnoci got started right where Miller left off as he got Youngstown out of the inning with the 3-0 lead in tack, and striking out three in the process.

Perez left the game in the top of the sixth inning. He was charged with five runs, three earned on two walks and six hits while striking out 13.

Cesar Rendon came in to pitch for Mexico. Rendon pitcher a scoreless inning and the game came down to the bottom of the seventh.

Tarnoci pitched a clean bottom of the seventh and picked up the save in the 5-0 win for Youngstown. Miller picked up the win as Youngstown moves on to the next round. They will play Monday night against the winner of Chinese-Taipei and Puerto Rico. As for Mexico, they will play against Hagerstown in the elimination bracket on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

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Game #1: Arecibo, PR- 11 Hagerstown, MD: 9



WASHINGTON, Pa. — The 2019 Dick’s Sporting Goods PONY League World Series got underway on Friday as Arecibo, Puerto Rico defeated Hagerstown, Maryland by the score of 11-9.

Puerto Rico started the scoring off in the bottom of the first after Jhenzel Figueroa drew a walk then proceeded to move across the bases on three wild pitches, crossing home plate on the last one. Jake McAllister registered two strikeouts in the inning for Hagerstown, and didn’t surrender a hit. Nonetheless the score was 1-0 after one in favor of Puerto Rico.

Hagerstown made a pitching change in the second inning, bringing in Eli Flemming. Flemming was able to keep the 1-0 score intact, striking out two in the process.

Hagerstown loaded the bases in the top of the third when a one-out double cleared the bases and gave Hagerstown a 3-1 lead. Santos was able to get out of the jam, and the score remained at 3-1 as the game entered the bottom of the third.

Puerto Rico quickly got the lead back almost immediately. This started when Figueroa got a lead-off single and stole second to put him in scoring position. He was then hit home by Adrian Salas, who had an RBI-double to right-center field. The pitcher, Santos, then hit a home run off the scoreboard in left field to give Puerto Rico a 4-3 lead. Two batters later, Joel Core hit a solo home run to give them a 5-3 lead at the end of the inning.

The lead shrunk to 5-4 after Hagerstown loaded the bases on no-outs and scored a run on a hit-by-pitch. The next batter, Dylan Shoemaker, hit a two-run double to give Hagerstown a 6-5 lead. Puerto Rico then brought in a new pitcher to pitch with no-outs and a runner at first and third. Hagerstown added three more runs in that inning off of two relievers. This gave them a 9-5 lead entering the bottom of the fourth inning.

Jacob Hill came in to pitch in the bottom of the fourth with one-out and a runner on first and third. Joshua Chaparro stole second setting up two runners in scoring position. A walk to Figueroa loaded the bases for Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico cleared the bases and added a few insurance runs as they scored five in the inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Samuel Cruz. The inning ended with Arecibo having a 10-9 lead.

Both teams pitched a scoreless inning in the fifth. Brayden Barr came in to pitch for Hagerstown and had two strikeouts in the inning. Despite the high scoring, both pitching staffs managed to strike out a lot of batters as there was 15 strikeouts combined entering the sixth inning.

Fletcher Lewis came in to pitch in the sixth inning for Hagerstown. Arecibo added another run in the bottom of the sixth when they loaded the bases on two outs and drew a walk to bring in the 11th run. That was the only run they got in the inning however, as Lewis struck out the next hitter to end the inning.

Marcos Arocho pitched a clean seventh inning to seal the victory for Puerto Rico. Arocho picked up the win in the game, he threw three and two-thirds innings scoreless while striking out six. 

The win moves Puerto Rico on to face Chinese-Taipei while Hagerstown will head to the consolation bracket, taking on the loser of tonight’s match-up between Youngstown and Mexico.

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