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Jul, 2023

Washington County, PA, selects World Series team

WASHINGTON, PA (July 16, 2023) - Washington County, Pennsylvania, has selected its team to compete in the 2023 DICK’S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series.

Washington County’s team was created from the Founder’s League, which consisted of 175 players on 15 different teams from eight Washington County school districts: Trinity, Washington, Canon-McMillan, Chartiers-Houston, Bentworth, Fort Cherry, Avella, and Burgettstown. 

While there are no returning players from last year’s squad, the morale is high with the team made up of players from Canon-McMillian, Burgettstown, Fort Cherry, Trinity, and Washington school districts.

The host team is looking to build off of a successful 2022 Series run where they went 3-2 and lost in the semi-finals to the eventual runner-ups, Monterrey, Mexico.

Head coach Anthony Wuenstel has his team preparing for their tournament run by getting in as much practice and as many games as possible.

“We are playing in tournaments and practicing 4-5 times a week. So far, we have won the two tournaments we have played in and have two more before the start of the World Series,” said Wuenstel.

Wuenstel stated their biggest strength is their well-roundedness. According to him, this is why they are the team to beat in the tournament. 

“We have timely hitting, good defense, and solid pitching. We like to say that the pitching feeds the defense, the defense feeds the offense and the offense feeds the pitching. When all three are working in unison, we are hard to beat.”

Teams from Washington County have won two World Series titles. Monongahela took home the 1954 championship, followed by the City of Washington winning it the very next year in 1955.

Washington County starts tournament play at Lew Hays PONY Field on Saturday, August 12, at 12:00PM/ET, with a matchup against Paderborn, Germany.

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