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Mexico Zone - Monterrey, MX

WASHINGTON, PA (June 28, 2022) - Monterrey, MX, has won PONY Baseball’s Mexico Zone to qualify for the 2022 DICK’S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series.

Mexico’s coach, Enrique Hinojosa, reports that his team is very excited to come play in the United States, and for many of the boys it will be their first international tournament.

“The team is really excited to come to the US to play against the best international teams and the best US teams,” Hinojosa said. “We know it is a great tournament and we know family and friends will be watching the team.”

Although Hinojosa wants his team to win, he hopes that all of his players have a fun and memorable experience, as playing in the World Series is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Hinojosa believes that his team’s greatest strength is pitching, due to the number of pitchers the team carries on its roster.

“All of the players can pitch … with the exception of the catcher and shortstop,” Hinojosa said.

The team is continuing to prepare for the World Series by playing in other competitive tournaments, and is even playing in older age brackets to face stiffer competition.

This is Monterrey’s first appearance in the DICK’S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series since 1972 when the team defeated Honolulu, HI, 3-1 to earn the World Series title. In 1959, Monterrey was also the first team from outside the US to play in the World Series.

Monterrey will play its first game in the 2022 tournament against PONY’s West Zone champion at 1:00 PM/ET on Saturday, August 13, at Lew Hays PONY Field in Washington, PA.

European Zone - London, UK

WASHINGTON, PA (June 14, 2022) - PONY Baseball’s European Zone representative in the 2022 DICK’S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series will be London, UK.

The European Zone championship tournament was held in May of 2022. London faced stiff competition in this year’s qualifying tournament, as a total of 12 countries competed to punch a ticket to Washington, PA.

Although many members of the team have traveled to the United States before, they are very excited to come to the U.S. to play on the world's largest stage for 13- and 14-year-old baseball.

London’s team is very strong offensively and consists of many good contact hitters with minimal strikeouts. The team also has strong pitching with limited walks, and threw countless strikeouts. London’s pitching was led by its ace Mac Menzer, who was awarded “Best Pitcher” for the tournament.

London’s coach, Scott Bourgeois, has big expectations for the World Series after his team’s performance in the European Zone

“We want to be competitive and play our best, but this is a unique and special opportunity for our players to experience baseball at the highest level,” Bourgeois said.

In the Colt (16U) age division of the European Zone tournament, the London Archer’s 16U team was scheduled to play Ukraine’s 16U team, but the game got rained out. For Ukraine’s other games, the London 14U team went to watch and support the Ukraine team. Members of London’s 16U team went and spent the day with the Ukraine team at a local gymnasium where they were staying, and they purchased some baseball gear for them. 

“It’s such a tragic situation and hopefully the Ukrainian players were able to have an enjoyable experience, and have a sense of normalcy for a short period of time,” Bourgeois said. 

The London Archers will play their first game against Washington County, PA, at 3:30 PM/ET on Saturday August 13, at Lew Hays PONY Field in Washington, PA.

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