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Aug, 2023

Youngstown, OH, wins PONY Host-Area Zone

WASHINGTON, PA (August 2, 2023) - Youngstown, Ohio, has won PONY Baseball’s Host-Area Zone to qualify for the 2023 DICK’S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series.

In the 12-team Host-Area tournament, Youngstown dominated, going 4-0 while outscoring opponents 44-2. Head coach Joe Gabriel noted that the team performed well in the qualifying tournament.

“We played well as a team and began to gel the more we played together. We look forward to continuing in Washington, Pa,,” stated Gabriel.

Gabriel’s team has been focusing heavily on improving before the tournament.

“We are practicing hard and focusing on the process. We are having fun being around each other and working on getting better each day,” said Gabriel. “We talk a lot about getting better each day.”

The last time Youngstown qualified in 2021, their magical run ended in the finals when they fell to Brownsville, Texas, 11-10.

“We are very excited and are looking forward to being in a great atmosphere and playing good competition,” stated Gabriel.

Youngstown will open play against the West Zone champion at 7:30PM/EST on August 11 at Lew Hays PONY Field in Washington, Pennsylvania.

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