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The DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series

Game 1 : Hagerstown, MD 6, Bay County, MI 5


Game 1 : Hagerstown, MD 6, Bay County, MI 5

The back and forth affair in the opening game of the 2022 DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series belongs to East Zone Champion Hagerstown, Maryland over North Zone Champion Bay County, Michigan by a score of 6-5.

Benjamin Briggs of Bay County led off the game with a single and later advanced to third via a stolen base and passed ball. A two out Drew Golk single brought home Briggs for the first run of the game. 

Hagerstown didn’t take long to respond as they started off their offensive efforts with a Benjamin Sattazahn and Brooks Norris single. Sattazahn and Norris were later plated on a Rylan Swartz single to give Hagerstown the lead, 2-1.

Another Bay County run was brought home in the top half of the second inning on an Aiden Rivette single that knotted the game up at 2-2. They threatened more runs but their bases loaded opportunity was shut down by Hagerstown pitcher Jackson Coulter as he struck out the final batter.

The game was broken open in the bottom of the third when Hagerstown started to figure out Dawson Lavender’s pitching. He exited in the second inning, ending his day with three runs on four hits in two innings of work. He struck out four.

Drew Goik entered the game in relief and almost immediately surrendered the first run of the inning on a wild pitch that scored Sattazahn. The next run came across an error by shortstop Jaxon Jenkins. Cooper Starkey crossed the plate for the third run of the inning after a Coulter single, making the game 5-2 in favor of Hagerstown. Goik’s day came to an end after pitching one-third of an inning and allowing two runs on one hit, walking three and striking out one. He was replaced by Jenkins. 

Bay County stormed back in the top of the sixth and seventh with three runs of their own to make the game 6-5 in favor of Hagerstown. The runs were scored on an error that plated Brady Vrable and a Briggs sacrifice fly. Their efforts fell short, however, as they couldn’t push across the tying run.

Coulter threw a gem before he reached the pitch count as he went four and two-thirds, allowing two runs on three hits, striking out an impressive eleven batters. The save was earned by Swartz.

With the win, Hagerstown will improve to 1-0 and move on to face Johnstown, PA at 6:00pm tomorrow. The loss puts Bay County at 0-1 as they await the loser of the next game between Guaynabo, Puerto Rico and Chinese Taipei who they will face at 2:30pm tomorrow.

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Game 2 : Guaynabo, PR 1, New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei 6



Game 2 : Guaynabo, PR 1, New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei 6

Asia Pacific Zone Champion New Taipei City scored early and often and their pitching staff held Caribbean Zone Champion Guaynabo’s offense en route to their 6-1 victory.

Their first run came in the opening frame as Chang Shao-Chun crossed the plate on an error. They tacked on another in the second on a Chiu Sheng-Hung Gao single that sent home Yang Wen-Wei who singled earlier in the inning. A third run came across on a Yang double to make it 3-0 after three.

Guaynabo threatened in the bottom of the third, but they were unable to pull off the double steal as the runner was gunned down at home. New Taipei City took that momentum from the field to add three more runs to their total with their bats. The runs came via a fourth inning Ting-Hao Pan single, a fifth inning error and Gao single. This allowed the deficit to grow to 6-0.

Guaynabo scored their lone run in the bottom of the seventh when Jeyden Flores scored on an error.

The two New Taipei City pitchers were phenomenal on the mound as they allowed only three hits and one run. Yang started the game for them and he went three innings allowing no runs on two hits, fanning five and walking one. Hong Wei-Zhe closed the game out as he allowed one unearned run on one hit. He struck out four.

The Guaynabo pitching staff struck out seven while allowing seven hits. Alan Gipson, Geraniel Nieves, and Nelson Molina had the three hits for Guaynabo.

The win puts New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei at 1-0 as they earn a day of rest and move on to face the winner of Hagerstown, Maryland and Johnstown, PA on Sunday, August 15th, at 5:30pm. Losing drops Guaynabo, Puerto Rico to 0-1 and they will face Bay County, Michigan in an elimination game at 2:30pm tomorrow.

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Game 3 : Monterrey, MX 6, San Jose, CA 2



Game 3 : Monterrey, MX 6, San Jose, CA 2

The opening game for Day 2 of the 2022 DICK’s Sporting Goods PONY League World Series featured Mexico Zone Champion Monterrey, MX and West Zone Champion San Jose, CA taking the field, with Monterrey emerging victorious by a score of 6-2.

San Jose took advantage of their opportunity to score in the bottom of the first. Their lone run until the final inning came when Tommy Moran singled and was later brought home on an Ethan Williams single.

The 1-0 score stood until Mexico struck in the top of the third and put three runs on the board to take the lead. The first run came on a slow roller Roy Kim groundout that sent Miguel Hernandez home. Their second run was scored via a Luis Guajardo line drive single. A third run was penciled in on a wild pitch that plated Yosiro Eguia to make it 3-1.

Three more runs came in for Monterrey across the next four innings to make the score 6-1. One was scored in the top of the fourth when Diego Alvarado singled. The final two runs came in the fifth on a wild pitch and Hernandez single.

A second run crossed the plate for San Jose in the bottom of the seventh when Moran doubled and brought home Marcus Garcia making the score 6-2. A picked off runner at second thwarted their comeback effort.

Monterrey’s Hernandez settled in on the mound after the first inning and was lights out. He went four and two-thirds innings before reaching his pitch count. In those innings of work, he gave up one run on four hits, striking out five and walking none. He was relieved by Isai Garza who pitched the final innings.

Toby Torres started the game on the mound for San Jose as he went two and two-thirds innings while giving up two runs on three hits, sending three packing. He was replaced in the third by Jaden Taylor. 

Eguia and Guajardo each had a multi-hit game for Monterrey. San Jose was led in hits by Torres and Moran who each had two hits.

With the win, Monterrey improves to 1-0 as they will move on to face the winner of Game 6 between Palmview, Texas and the winner of Game 4 between Washington County, Pennsylvania and London, United Kingdom. That game will take place on Monday, August 15th at 8:00pm. The loss puts San Jose at 0-1 as they will take on the loser of the aforementioned Game 4 at 5:00pm tomorrow.

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Game 4 : London, UK 3, Washington County, PA 9



Game 4 : London, UK 3, Washington County, PA 9

Host team Washington County, PA powered its way past European Champion London, UK 9-3.

Washington put three up in a six hit third inning. MJ Maruschak and Nico Patragas hit back to back doubles in the inning that sent home a pair of runs. The third run came across on a LJ Zidek single that plated Patragas.

Their offensive dominance continued as they scored three more runs to bring the score to 6-0.  The runs were scored via an Anthony Giorgi walk, Hayden Stack single, and Ian Migyanko double.

London responded with three runs of their own in the top of the 6th inning. They scored one on a Kento Ilegaya single and scored a pair on a Christian McCarthy single.

The efforts of London to get back in the game weren’t enough as Washington put up three more runs. Nico Patragas started the inning by doubling and was later brought home by Matthew Kocan. Shortly after, Zidek wasted no time putting more runs on the board as he took the first pitch over the left field fence for a two run homer.

Zach Schrader started for Washington County, going four innings while allowing no runs on just one hit. He struck out seven. Sebastian Shulsky came in during the fifth inning in relief. He went two innings while giving up three runs on three hits. He sent three packing. Dominick Canali closed out the game, pitching the final half inning.

The best offensive effort from London came from McCarthy who went 1-for-3  and brought home two runs.

Washington County improves to 1-0 as they will look ahead to their next matchup against Palmview, Texas at 12:00pm tomorrow. With the loss, London drops to 0-1 and will face off against San Jose, California at 5:00pm tomorrow. 

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Game 5 : Hagerstown, MD 12, Johnstown, PA 13



Game 5 : Hagerstown, MD 12, Johnstown, PA 13

Host Area Champion Johnstown, PA downed Hagerstown, MD in a thriller nightcap game by a score of 13-12 to close out day 2 action.

Hagerstown scored one in the top of the first after Benjamin Sattazahn was hit by a pitch, stole second, and was plated by a Brooks Norris single up the middle.

No time was wasted as Johnstown’s Dante LaRocco and Charlie Manzi hit back to back doubles to even up the score at 1-1 in the bottom half of the frame. They took the lead a couple batters later when Hagerstown committed an error and Manzi scored to make it 2-1.

Johnstown tacked on five more unanswered runs in the coming innings. Two came in the bottom of the second inning on an error and sac fly by Manzi. Three more came in the bottom of the third on an Ethan Shank single and double steal that scored Brennan Lohr.

Hagerstown made things interesting in the top of the sixth when they put up six runs to tie the game at seven. The first run scored on a Jaren Wade single and the second came in on a groundout. A walk brought in a third run and a Norris single brought home two runs. The final run scored on a Cooper Starkey single and that run knotted the game.

The lead was regained when Johnstown tacked on a run on an error in the bottom of the sixth. It seemed as if they put the game away when Brock Bryson hit a two run homer, but Hagerstown came up with a response in the top of the final inning.

With the bases loaded, Sattazahn singled to bring home a run to make it 12-8. A Jackson Riser single cut the deficit to three as it made the game 12-9. An error brought home two runs to bring the score to 12-11. The three hour game was tied on a Julius Rowe single that brought home Riser.

It took Johnstown an extra frame but they scored the winning run on a Grady Clark single.

The win brings Johnstown’s record to 1-0 as they will face off on Monday against Chinese Taipei at 5:30pm. With the loss, Hagerstown’s record drops to 1-1 and they will have a matchup with the winner of tomorrow’s Game 7 matchup between Bay County, MI and Guaynabo, PR. That game will take place on Monday at 10:00am.

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Game 6 : Washington County, PA 0, Palmview, TX 1

Game 6 : Washington County, PA 0, Palmview, TX 1

The first fairly quiet game of the tournament made for a great one as South Zone Champion Palmview, TX took down Washington County, PA 1-0.

Between the two teams, only five total hits were collected, making for a true pitcher’s duel.

Washington County’s first opportunity came in the top of the first when MJ Maruschak reached on an error and later advanced to third, but he was unable to be brought in. They had another great opportunity in the top of the third with the bases loaded after a hit by pitch and a couple walks, but Palmview’s relief pitcher, Jaime Cordova Jr., shut down the opportunity with a big strikeout.

They once again had a runner in scoring position in the top of the fourth but Nicolas Valdez made a phenomenal catch in leftfield to rob Washington of a couple runs.

With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Palmview had their best opportunity to that point as Matthew Azuara was able to reach base on a single and later advance to second on a steal, however, he was left in scoring position.

While they might have not scored in the fourth, Palmview didn’t waste the next scoring opportunity in the bottom of the fifth. Valdez singled and advanced to second base after Gilberto Rodriguez Jr., walked. A botched pickoff play at second sent him home to make the score 1-0.

A comeback campaign was started by Washington in the top of the seventh when AJ Andronas reached on an infield single and was moved to second via a Sam Stout sacrifice bunt, but the effort fell short as they were again, unable to bring the runner home.

The Texas pitching staff had trouble with their control at times, but held Washington when it mattered most. Gilberto Rodriguez started the game for Palmview and went two and two thirds while allowing no hits and striking out three. He walked two and was replaced in the third after he loaded the bases. Cordova Jr. went the rest of the game and was phenomenal. He allowed two hits and no runs, striking out six.

MJ Maruschak had a great outing for Washington, throwing four complete innings while allowing no runs on only two hits, He struck out ten batters. He was replaced by Cayden Laskosky in the fifth.

With the win, Palmview improves their record to 1-0 and will move on to face Monterrey, MX tomorrow at 8:00pm. Washington’s loss brings them to 1-1 as they will be set to face the winner of Game 8 between San Jose, CA and London, UK. The game will take place tomorrow at 12:30pm.

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Game 7 : Bay County, MI 3, Guaynabo, PR 1



Game 7 : Bay County, MI 3, Guaynabo, PR 1

In an elimination game, Bay County, MI rode a three run second inning to take down Guaynabo, PR 3-1.

It looked as if Bay County was going to strike in the first inning after a Jeffrey Hartman single with runners on first and second, but Guaynabo center fielder Geraniel Nieves gunned down the runner at home to end the threat.

Guaynabo’s defense couldn’t keep Bay County off the board in the second, however.  With the bases loaded following a Jack Wetters single, Andrew Shufelt double, and Ryan Brey walk, a wild pitch sent home the first of three runs in the inning. The other two runs came in on an Aiden Rivette single and error. The inning gave them a 3-0 lead.

John Lopez led the Guaynabo charge to come back with a solo home run to make the score 3-1. His homer was followed by Jeyden Flores reaching on an error and Kenneth Boria moving him to third with a double. The bases were juiced after Khenluis Lopez walked but Bay County hurler Jaxon Jenkins escaped barely scathed. 

Jenkins had an outstanding outing on the mound for Bay County, only allowing two hits. He went the full seven innings and struck out an impressive ten batters. He allowed one run on the home run.

Khenluis Lopez started for Guaynabo on the mound as he went four full innings while allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits. Carlos Aponte came in for relief and went two and a third innings while allowing no hits. He struck out five. Luis Matos closed out the game striking out both batters.

Bay County racked up seven hits in the game with Rivette going 3-for-3 with an RBI.

The win puts Bay County at 1-1 as they will survive and advance to their next game against Hagerstown, MD tomorrow at 10:00am. The loser of that game will be eliminated. With the loss, Guaynabo is eliminated from title contention. They finish their tournament run 0-2.

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Game 8 : San Jose, CA 11, London, UK 0 (5 INNINGS)

Game 8 : San Jose, CA 11, London, UK 0 (5 INNINGS)

The bats of San Jose, CA put London, UK away in an elimination game by a score of 11-0.

San Jose didn’t waste any time as they put up three in the first inning. The first three batters all reached base with Tommy Moran and Toby Torres singling and Ethan Williams doubling. The double brought in a run and the other two runs were scored via groundouts. It made the score 3-0.

They tacked on three more in the second inning. Those runs scored on a fielder’s choice, and two run Enrique Sotelo single. A Moran sac fly brought home an additional run in the top of the third to make it 7-0.

The offensive onslaught didn’t stop there as San Jose put up four more unanswered runs in the fourth to bring the score to 11-0. Sotelo, Dante Butler, David Hall and Aiden Mojica all had RBI singles in the inning. Their bats went quiet in the fifth, but 11 runs was enough to reach the run rule and put London away.

Twelve hits were scattered across the diamond for San Jose in the game.

The San Jose pitchers kept the London bats quiet as they gave up just two hits. Adriel Ceja started the game and allowed no hits in two and a third innings of work. He struck out three. Mojica entered the game after Ceja, going one inning and allowing two hits before he handed duties to David Hall to finish the game.

Jacoby Yousey and Eli Brown collected London’s two hits.

With the win, San Jose improves to 1-1 and will look ahead to their next elimination game against Washington County, PA at 12:30pm tomorrow. The loss eliminates London from title contention. They finish their tournament 0-2.

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Game 9 : Bay County, MI 8, Hagerstown, MD 2



Game 9 : Bay County, MI 8, Hagerstown, MD 2

The morning rematch between Bay County, MI and Hagerstown, MD belongs to Bay County as they take it by a score of 8-2.

A Benjamin Briggs single and steal of second got the table set early for the Bay County offense. He advanced to third on a groundout and Jaxon Jenkins was able to deliver with a single to score him easily and give Bay County the early advantage, 1-0.

Hagerstown looked to respond right back in the bottom half of the frame as Julius Rowe and Brooks Norris singles put runners on first and second with no outs, but a fly out and double play made by third baseman Andrew Shufelt quickly got Bay County out of the inning unscathed.

Bay County got on the board two more times following another inning with runners in scoring position. Jackson Andreski walked and later scored on a Dawson Lavender infield single. Aiden Revette then plated pinch runner Charlie Maze on a single to make their lead grow to 3-0.

The number nine hitter Jeremiah Hull put Hagerstown on the board in the bottom of the second with a two out single to make the score 3-1. 

An RBI double by Bay County’s Jack Wetters got the run right back as the lead grew back to three runs at 4-1. They tacked on three more in the fifth. These runs were scored on a two run error and Wetters sac fly. It increased their lead to 7-1. A final run was tacked on in the sixth on a Jenkins double that put the score at 8-1. 

Faced with a large deficit, Hagerstown put up one more run on the board in the sixth to make the score 8-2. It was scored via a fielder’s choice. 

In Lavender’s second time facing Hagerstown, he held his own to earn the win. He went five innings before his pitch count was reached. In those innings he allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits, striking out six.  Shufelt closed out the game. Their pitching staff only allowed five hits throughout the game.

The hits for Hagerstown came from Julius Rowe, Brooks Norris, Jackson Riser, Rylan Swartz, and Hull. Hull had their two RBI.

The win puts Bay County’s record at 2-1 as they will advance and face the loser of Game 11 between Johnstown, PA and New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei at 10:00am tomorrow. With the loss, Hagerstown is eliminated from title contention. They finish their tournament 1-2.

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Game 10 : San Jose, CA 6, Washington County, PA 13

Game 10 : San Jose, CA 6, Washington County, PA 13

Washington County, PA rebounded from their tough loss yesterday with a 13-6 win over San Jose, CA.

The first San Jose run came in the first inning following a Tommy Moran hit by pitch and Ethan Williams single that scored him.

Washington County quickly responded with a two run MJ Maruschak homerun to make the score 2-1. An error quickly added another run to make it 3-1.

The Washington County offense didn’t stop there as a six run second inning increased the score to 9-1. They scored one run on a Maruschak single and then two more on a Nico Patragas double. A Hayden Stack single brought home a run followed by a Sam Wade double that brought in two more. They tacked on one more in the third on a Matthew Kocan single to make it 10-1.

San Jose mounted a comeback effort in the fifth as they put up three runs to make it 10-4. A Marcus Garcia walk brought in a run and then a Dante Butler single brought in two more. They chipped away with one more in the sixth on a wild pitch that scored Tommy Moran.

In the bottom of the sixth Washington County continued to pile it on as LJ Zidek tripled and sent home two runs while Anthony Giogi walked and sent home their 13th run.

San Jose sent one more home in the seventh but it wasn't enough to defeat Washington County’s offense.

The pitchers from Washington County had a good game as AJ Andronas started the game and went four and two thirds innings while allowing four runs on seven hits. Anthony Giorgi came in for relief and went the rest of the way, allowing two runs on two hits.

Both teams combined for 22 with 13 coming from Washington County and 9 coming from San Jose. 

Maruschak went 3-for-3 with three RBI and two walks.

Moran and Toby Torres both had a multi-hit game for San Jose.

With the win, Washington County improves to 2-1 as they are set to face the loser of Game 12 between Monterrey, MX and Palmview, TX. That game will be tomorrow at 12:30pm. The loss eliminates San Jose from title contention. Their final record in the tournament was 1-2.

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Game 11 : New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei 2, Johnstown, PA 4

Game 11 : New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei 2, Johnstown, PA 4

In a battle of the undefeateds, Johnstown, PA came out on top over New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei by a score of 4-2.

Dante LaRocco of Johnstown hit a bomb just inside the left field foul pole to lead off the bottom of the first and make the score 1-0. They continued the scoring in the third when Charlie Manzi doubled and Brock Bryson singled to bring him home. It increased their lead to 2-0.

In the fourth Drew Irons led off the inning with a line drive home run off the right field foul poul to bring the score to 3-0. 

New Taipei City’s first real opportunity came in the fifth when they loaded the bases but a force out at second ended the threat. A fourth run crossed the plate in the same frame for Johnstown after a Bryson single brought home LaRocco to bring the score to 4-0.

A comeback effort was mounted by New Taipei City in the top of the seventh as they put up two. The first run came on an error that scored Chen Cheng-Hao. A second run crossed the plate on a Hong Wei-Zhe single. New Taipei City couldn’t deliver two more runs as they ended the matchup with a score of 4-2.

Irons had a phenomenal outing on the mound for Johnstown as he went six and two thirds. He only allowed three hits in those innings of work and didn’t allow a run until the final inning. Eric McAllister entered in the seventh and made the final batter pop out to earn the save.

Hong went 2-for-2 in the game with an RBI for New Taipei City.

The win improves Johnstown to 2-0 as they will advance to the semi-final Game 15. They will face off against the winner of Game 13 between New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei and Bay County, MI. The winning team in that matchup will have to defeat Johnstown twice to advance to the championship. The semi-final Game 15 will take place at 5:30pm tomorrow.

With the loss, New Taipei City’s record falls to 1-1 as they will face Bay County, MI in an elimination game at 10:00am tomorrow. The winner will advance to the aforementioned Game 15 semi-finals against Johnstown, having to win twice to advance to the finals.

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Game 12 : Monterrey, MX 10, Palmview, TX 4

Game 12 : Monterrey, MX 10, Palmview, TX 4

Monterrey, MX used its lively bats to take the nightcap game from Palmview, TX by a score of 10-4.

They struck first in the first inning on an error that scored Diego Alvarado. A few scoreless innings passed until they tacked on two more in the fourth on a Miguel Alejandro Jr. home run to make it 3-0. 

Alejandro Jr. was inches away from a grand slam in the fifth but he settled for an RBI single. Patricio Villareal followed the RBI single with one of his own that made the score 5-0. A two-RBI Alvarado single increased the deficit and a Luis Guajardo single brought in the final two of the inning to make it 9-0.

Palmview finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth with four runs. A Gilberto Rodriguez Jr. single brought in one run followed by a Daren Garcia single that brought in two more. A Matthew Azuara double seemed to keep the run going, but he was gunned down at third to end the inning. It left the score at 9-4.

Monterrey added one final run in the seventh on a Yosiro Eguia single and that made the score 10-4.

Israel Herrera had a good performance on the mound as he went five complete innings while allowing four runs on four hits. He struck out ten. Isai Garza finished out the game.

Azura had the best individual performance for Palmview as he went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI.

With the win, Monterrey improves to 2-0 as they will advance to the semi-final Game 16. They will face off against the winner of Game 14 between Palmview, TX and Washington County, PA. The winning team in that matchup will have to defeat Monterrey twice to advance to the championship. The semi-final Game 16 will take place at 8:00pm tomorrow.

The loss makes Palmview’s record fall to 1-1 as they will face Washington County, PA in an elimination game at 12:30pm tomorrow. The winner will advance to the aforementioned Game 16 semi-finals against Monterrey, with the winning team having to beat them twice to advance to the finals.

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Game 13 : New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei 12, Bay County, MI 0 (5 INNINGS)

Game 13 : New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei 12, Bay County, MI 0 (5 INNINGS)

Early and frequent scoring propelled New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei over Bay County, MI 12-0.

New Taipei City put up four runs on four hits in the first inning to put Bay County in a 4-0 hole early on. Hong Wei-Zhe started off the inning with a double and was brought in on a Lee Cheng-Yen single. A couple errors and a Chiu Sheng-Hung Gao single brought in the next three runs.

In the second, A Shih Cheng-Yu line drive single caused an error that brought home Wei-Zhe. Yang Wen-Wei then doubled to score both Cheng-Yu and Sun Kai-You. Gao brought in yet another to increase the lead to 8-0 after two.

They reached double digits in the third as the score grew to 10-0 following a Cheng-Yen sacrifice fly and Cheng-Yu double. Wen-Wei started the fourth with a home run to bring the score to 11-0. A Cheng-Yen single brought home a twelfth run.

Kao Yi-Ming started the game for Chinese Taipei and threw well. He went three innings while allowing no runs on four hits. Lu Gaun-Wei went in for the fourth and threw one and two thirds allowing only one hit. Lin Xin-Hong closed out the game.

Five New Taipei City players had a multi-hit game with Wei-Zhe, Wen-Wei, and Sheng-Hung having two hits each. Cheng-Yen and Cheng-Yu had three hits.

Jaxon Jenkins went 2-for-2 for Bay County.

The win improves New Taipei City to 2-1 as they advance to the semi-final rematch against Johnstown, PA. That game will take place at 5:30pm tonight. They will have to defeat Johnstown twice to advance to the championship.

With the loss, Bay County is eliminated from title contention. They finished their tournament 2-2.

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Game 14 : Palmview, TX 5, Washington County, PA 6

Game 14 : Palmview, TX 5, Washington County, PA 6

A nail-biter rematch between Palmview, TX and Washington County, PA belongs to Washington County by a score of 6-5.

Not much action took place in the first couple of innings but in the third, Washington County struck first. Ian Migyanko singled to start the inning and advanced to second on a balk. A LJ Zidek single sent him to third and he scored on an errant throw by the centerfielder. It made the score 1-0.

Palmview got two on board in the top of the fourth after a Matthew Azuara single and Alfonso Bueno walk. Osi Lopez laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the two runners into scoring position. A ground ball to the shortstop looked like it would end the inning, but Ezekiel Hernandez showed maximum effort with a dive into first base and was safe. It brought home both runners to make the score 2-1.

Washington County loaded the bases up with no outs in the fifth following a Migyanko single, Zidek single, and AJ Andronas walk. They tied the game the next batter as Maruschak hit a hard grounder up the middle that ricocheted off the pitcher to the shortstop who had no other play than to get the out at first. Nico Patragas then delivered a dagger after a three run homer that made the score 5-2.

Another run was tacked on in the sixth for insurance on an error to make it 6-2.

A comeback was mounted by Palmview as the first three batters reached and the tying run in Anthony Rocha came to the plate. He was hit by a pitch and that brought the score to 6-3. Gilberto Rodriguez, who was 1-for-7 in the tournament to that point, came through when it mattered most with a single that brought the score to 6-5. They loaded the bases with two outs and looked to make a thrilling comeback but a fly out ended the threat and the game.

Sebastian Shulsky started for Washington County and went six innings while allowing two runs on two hits. He struck out seven. 

With the win, Washington County improves to 3-1. They will move on to face Monterrey, Mexico in the semi-finals at 8:00pm tonight. Washington County will have to beat them twice to advance to the championship.

The loss puts Palmview’s final record at 1-2 as they are eliminated from title contention.

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Game 15 : New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei 7, Johnstown, PA 3

Game 15 : New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei 7, Johnstown, PA 3

New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei and Johnstown, PA’s exciting semi-final rematch ended with a 7-3 score in favor of New Taipei City.

Mistakes hurt Johnstown early as they allowed New Taipei City to get on the board in the first following a couple of errors. New Taipei City tacked on another in the top of the second as Chang Shao-Chun delivered with an RBI single scoring Yang Wen-Wei.

The score stood at 2-0 for the next two and a half innings before the bottom of the fifth when Johnstown got on the board. An Ethan Shank single brought Drew Irons across the plate to cut the deficit in half, 2-1.

Charlie Manzi came up huge in the bottom of the sixth with a solo shot to tie the game up 2-2. 

The thrilling game went into extras after both teams failed to break the tie.

New Taipei City immediately loaded the bases in the top of the eighth following back-to-back singles by Wei-Zong and Lin Xin-Hong. Lee Cheng-Yen attempted a sacrifice bunt and an error allowed him to reach as well. A walk brought in a run to make it 3-2 New Taipei City. A hit by pitch brought home another to make it 4-2. Two more walks brought home the fifth and sixth runs, making it 6-2. A Shao-Chun single to right field brought in the seventh, and final run to make it 7-2.

Johnstown attempted to come back in the bottom half of the frame but fell short. Bryson singled and brought home Dante LaRocco to make it 7-3.

Both starting pitchers were impressive on the mound with Brock Bryson toeing the rubber for Johnstown and Wei-Zong for New Taipei City.

Bryson went seven full innings while allowing three runs on seven hits. He reached his pitch count in the eighth and was replaced by Eric McAllister.

For victorious New Taipei City, Wei-Zhe went five and a hit, allowing two runs on four hits. He struck out 11.

The win puts New Taipei City’s record at 3-1 as they force the ‘if necessary’ Game 17. It will take place at 11:00am tomorrow with the winner advancing to the championship.

With the loss, Johnstown falls to 2-1 as they will have a shot in tomorrow’s game to qualify for the championship.

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Game 16 : Washington County, PA 2, Monterrey, MX 14

Game 16 : Monterrey, MX 14, Washington County, PA 2

The nightcap game was a game of the long ball with both teams combining for five home runs as Monterrey, MX took down Washington County, PA 14-2.

The first few innings were quiet before AJ Andronas got Washington County on the board with a two run home run to make the score 2-0.

Monterrey didn’t waste any time responding as Luis Guajardo hit a three run home run. A couple batters later, Daniel Gonzalez singled in a run and was followed by an absolute missile of a home run by Miguel Alejandro Jr. This inning brought the score to 7-2.

In the bottom of the fifth Monterrey continued to stack the runs on the board as a Patricio Villareal single brought in a run followed by an Emiliano Martinez moonshot that sent home two more. The score grew to 10-2.

An error brought home an eleventh run before a walkoff Israel Herrera put Washington County away, 14-2.

Martinez threw great for Monterrey as he went six innings while allowing two runs on four hits. He struck out ten.

The best individual performance for Washington County came from LJ Zidek who went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

The other two Washington County hits came from Nico Patragas and Andronas.

With the win, Monterrey automatically advances to the championship game. They will await the winner of New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei and Johnstown, PA for their opponent. The championship will be at 7:00pm.

The loss drops Washington County’s record to 3-2 as they are eliminated from title contention.

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Game 17 : Johnstown, PA 1, New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei 6

Game 17 : Johnstown, PA 1, New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei 6

The second rematch between New Taipei City and Johnstown in the ‘if necessary’ game belongs to New Taipei City by a score of 6-1.

A Johnstown error hurt them in the bottom of the first as it got Hong Wei-Zhe into scoring position. He later scored on a groundout to make the score 1-0.

In the top of the third, Johnstown’s third base coach sent Charlie Manzi home on a Brock Bryson double but he was gunned down at the plate by Gao Chiu Sheng-Hung to end the inning.

Another New Taipei City run was tacked on in the bottom of the third on a Lee Cheng-Yen single that brought home Wei-Zhe to make it 2-0.

The hits and runs were scarce as the next inning and a half were scoreless without many chances to score for either team. 

New Taipei City added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth on a Shih Cheng-Yu sacrifice fly and brought home another on a Yang Wen-Wei single. This inning brought the score to 5-0.

Johnstown added one in the sixth on a Manzi homerun to make it 5-1.

Chen-Yen added his third RBI of the game in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly to make it 6-1.

With one more chance to come back, Johnstown didn’t have a response and the final score stood at 6-1.

Lu Gaun-Wei threw a great game as he went four and two thirds innings and allowed only three hits. He was replaced in the fourth by Cheng-Yen who finished out the final one and a third innings while only giving up one run on one hit.

The four Johnstown hits were by Bryson, Manzi, Bryce Goodman, and Grady Clark.

The win improves New Taipei City’s record to 4-1 as they advance to the championship game against Monterrey, MX at 7:00pm tonight.

With the loss, Johnstown is eliminated from title contention. They finished their tournament 2-2.

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Championship Game : Monterrey, MX 1, New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei 4

Championship: New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei 4, Monterrey, MX 1

A championship matchup for the ages between Monterrey, MX and New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei ended in a 4-1 score in favor of New Taipei City.

The first three innings were quiet to say the least as only two runners, one from each team, got into scoring position. Both pitchers in Miguel Hernandez for Monterrey and Lu Gaun-Wei for New Taipei City held their own, allowing only six hits in those innings.

New Taipei City changed the quietness in the top of the fourth. A Lee Cheng-Yen double got things going and the following batter, Shih Cheng-Yu, was hit by a pitch. Cheng-Yen stole third and was safe which set him up to score on a fielder’s choice. A second run was brought in on another fielder’s choice and an error brought in the third run to make it 3-0 in favor of New Taipei City.

Another run crossed the plate for New Taipei City in the top of the fifth. Hong Wen-Wei started off the inning with a single and advanced to third after a Lin Xin-Hong double. A groundout sent home Wen-Wei to make it 4-0.

Monterrey was right on the ball the entire game but unluckily for them, every ball seemed to go right to the New Taipei City defense. That statement held true until the bottom of the fifth when Monterrey finally got a break. Roy Kim started the rally with a walk and was followed by a Diego Alvarado single. The bases were loaded when Isai Garza walked and the big hitter in Yosiro Eguia came to the plate. He delivered with an infield single to bring in a run and make it 4-1.

The last chance for Monterrey in the bottom of the seventh started with a ground ball that should’ve been an out, but an overthrow allowed the runner to be safe. A strikeout followed that but a walk of Luis Guajardo brought the tying run to the plate. Monterrey was unable to deliver, however, as the final score of 4-1 held up.

Gaun-Lei threw three and two-thirds for New Taipei City, allowing no runs on five hits. He struck out three. Cheng-Yen closed out the game.

Hernandez also went three and two-thirds, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits. He didn’t walk a batter. Isai Garza came in for relief and went the final two and a third, allowing one run on two hits.

Two batters had a multi-hit game for Monterrey. Those players were Alvarado and Eguia each with two hits.

By a score of 4-1, the 2022 DICK’s Sporting Goods PONY League World Series Championship belongs to New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei. They finished their tournament 5-1 as they recorded their fifth DSGPLWS victory in the last eight years. This will be their 11th title of all time and eighth this century.

New Taipei City’s tournament run started with an impressive showing as they defeated Guaynabo, PR 6-1. They lost the second game to Johnstown, PA 4-2 and had to fight their way through the loser’s bracket. Their next game against Bay County, MI ended in a run rule score of 12-0 and they advanced to the semi-finals to take on Johnstown yet again. After defeating them in the first game 7-3, they forced the if-necessary game and took them down again 6-1 to advance to the championship. 

Monterrey, Mexico finishes their tournament an impressive 3-1 as they are the 2022 Runner-Up. They took the easiest route to the finals as they won out to stay in the winner’s bracket. They took the victory in their first game over San Jose, CA by a score of 6-2 and followed that up by a victory over Palmview, TX, 10-4. In the semi-finals, they took down Washington County in a firework display of a game by a score of 14-2 to advance to the championship game.

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