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THE PRINTSCAPE PONY LEAGUE WORLD SERIES

Mexico Zone - Tijuana, Mexico



WASHINGTON, PA (July 14, 2024) - Tijuana, Mexico, has won PONY Baseball’s Mexico Zone to qualify for the 2024 Printscape PONY League World Series. 

Mexico’s manager, Enrique Hinojosa, believes the team has a deep pitching staff and is poised to make a run in the 2024 tournament. 

“Many of our players pitch,” Hinojosa said. “Our starters and relievers are very solid.”

To prepare for the World Series, the team practices daily.

“We are focusing on strength and conditioning, and the fundamentals, especially fielding, to try to ensure a coordinated defense,” he said. 

The team as a whole is looking forward to coming to America and playing in the World Series.

“We are excited to represent our country with the possibility of being world champions and playing in one of the best tournaments that any kid can dream of,” Hinojosa said. 

Tijuana’s only previous appearance in the Printscape PONY League World Series came in 2018 when the team went 1-2. Teams from Mexico have only won one World Series championship, which came from Monterrey in 1972.

Mexico will play its first game against the North Zone champion on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 12 PM/ET at Lew Hays PONY Field in Washington, Pa.

Asia-Pacific Zone - Chinese Taipei



WASHINGTON, PA (July 13, 2024) - After a one-year hiatus, Chinese Taipei has once again won PONY Baseball’s Asia-Pacific Zone to qualify for the 2024 Printscape PONY League World Series. 

After dropping the first game of the Asia-Pacific Zone tournament to Japan, Chinese Taipei went on to beat teams from Indonesia and the Philippines before edging Japan in the championship game. Chinese Taipei outscored its opponents 52-7 and finished the zone tournament with a 4-1 record. 

Chinese Taipei’s head coach, Tsai Ching-Chun, believes his team is well prepared for the World Series.

“The team is currently in training camp, focusing mainly on team workout volume,” said Ching-Chun. “From July 20 onward, players will enter game-specific training mode.”

Despite scoring 52 runs in five games in the zone tournament, Ching-Chun believes his team’s greatest strength is its defense.

“I believe our pitchers’ dominance along with our team’s defensive skills are our greatest strengths,” he said. 
Ching-Chun and the team are looking forward to their trip to America and competing in the World Series.

“We are looking forward to competing with international teams, as it will help us understand different styles of play and meet more baseball friends,” Ching-Chun said. “Of course, our most important goal is to bring the PONY World Series championship trophy back home.”

Since first appearing in the Printscape PONY League World Series in 1994, Chinese Taipei has won 11 championships, including five since 2015.

Due to a first-round bye for this year’s World Series, Chinese Taipei will play its first game at 5 PM/ET on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Lew Hays PONY Field against the winner of the Host-Area vs. South Zone matchup. 

Host Team - Washington County, PA



WASHINGTON, PA (July 11, 2024) - Washington County, Pa., will be the host team in the 2024 Printscape PONY League World Series.

After last year’s electric runner-up finish, expectations certainly are high for the home squad. 

The team’s manager, Andrew Wuenstel, who was an assistant coach on last year’s team under his brother, Anthony Wuenstel, believes this year’s Washington County team is poised for a similar, if not better, run.

“We plan to build off last year’s success by continuing to instill a culture and work ethic that has brought the Washington County team the most success it has seen in the World Series over the past 25 years,” Wuenstel said.

This year’s team is certainly putting in the work needed for a championship run.

“We are practicing almost every day and playing in some very competitive tournaments leading up to the World Series,” Wuenstel stated. “Included in one of these is a wood bat tournament with some of the best travel teams from the Pittsburgh area.”

Almost 40 players from the Founder’s League’s 21 teams tried out this year, allowing the coaches to put together a team of the league’s best players, as well as those with specialized skill sets, helping to contribute to the team’s depth, which Wuenstel believes is the team’s greatest strength. 

“The depth of our roster and our team culture are our greatest strengths,” Wuenstel said. 

With the Mon Valley leagues of Charleroi, California, and Donora joining the Founder’s League in 2024, the Founder’s League now includes every PONY-registered league in the County, with the exception of Peters Township. After the one-year probationary period required for all new leagues, the Mon Valley leagues will be eligible for next-year’s team.

The 2024 team includes seven players from Trinity, five players from Canon McMillan, and one player from Washington, Fort Cherry and Avella school districts. 

Due to a first-round bye for this year’s World Series, Washington County will play its first game at 12 PM/ET on Sunday, Aug. 11, at Lew Hays PONY Field against the winner of the East Zone vs. Spain.

European Zone - Gijon, Spain



WASHINGTON, PA (July 7, 2024) - Gijon, Spain, will represent PONY Baseball’s European Zone in the 2024 Printscape PONY League World Series. 

This will be Spain’s first-ever trip to Lew Hays PONY Field for the Printscape PONY League World Series. Since European teams first began competing in PONY’s 14U World Series in 2012, teams from Germany, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Austria, the United Kingdom, and now Spain have qualified. 

The team’s manager, Roberto Diaz, is looking forward to this year’s tournament and hopes to bring home Spain’s first-ever win. 

“This is a very important occasion for our academy and an opportunity that may be the only one in our lives,” said Diaz.

Diaz also believes that his team is strong defensively and truly loves the game of baseball. 

“The team’s greatest strength is our defense and positive attitude,” said Diaz. “The team is very passionate.”

To prepare for the World Series, the team is participating in a baseball camp in the Asturias region of Spain. 

The 2024 European Zone tournament, which was played in Prague, Czech Republic, consisted of 16 total teams and included the countries of Spain, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, and the United Kingdom. 

In the European Zone tournament, Spain had a 5-1 record, outscoring its opponents 59-21, with the team’s only loss coming to the German Baseball Academy.

Spain will play its first game in the 2024 Printscape PONY League World Series against the East Zone at 2:30 PM/ET on Saturday, August 10, at Lew Hays PONY Field in Washington, PA. 

Caribbean Zone - Guaynabo, Puerto Rico



WASHINGTON, PA (July 5, 2024) - Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, has won PONY Baseball’s Caribbean Zone to qualify for the 2024 Printscape PONY League World Series. 

This will be Guaynabo’s second-ever appearance in the World Series, with the city’s only other appearance coming in 2022. Guaynabo has a historical 0-2 record in the tournament. 

The team’s manager, Rafael Cruz, is looking forward to this year’s tournament and hopes to bring home Guaynabo’s first-ever win. 

“The team’s greatest strength is our defense and pitching,” said Cruz. “We have two great pitchers in our bullpen who can hit the mid to upper 80s.”

Guaynabo went undefeated in the Caribbean Zone tournament, outscoring its opponents 43-9. Guaynabo defeated Costa Rica, Venezuela, and Colombia in the opening rounds of the Zone tournament before defeating Chile in the semifinals and Venezuela in the championship. 

Guaynabo will play its first game in the 2024 Printscape PONY League World Series against the West Zone at 7:30 PM/ET on Friday, August 9, at Lew Hays PONY Field in Washington, PA. 
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