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Aug, 2017

Pony World Series day three recap

Following a motivational Breakfast of Champions in the morning, teams were inspired to play their best baseball Sunday afternoon at the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pony League World Series at Lew Hays PONY Field in Washington, Pennsylvania.

West Zone Champion Covina, California looked formidable in its 10-0, 10-run rule victory over Host Washington County, Pennsylvania to start the day, as its offense capitalized on six extra-base hits and its starting pitcher tossed a shutout. In the first elimination game, Game #7, Host Area Champion Youngstown, Ohio's starting pitcher also pitched a shutout with 14 strikeouts to his credit, and a seventh inning two-run home run proved to be the difference in a 2-0 victory over Caribbean Zone Champion Levittown, Puerto Rico. In an elimination Game #8 to end the day, South Zone Champion Brownsville, Texas' bats ignited for 14 hits, including six for extra bases (three home runs) to defeat European Zone Champion Netherlands 12-4. 

Game #6 recap: Covina, California 10 Washington County, Pennsylvania 0 (F/5)

Day three of the 2017 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pony League World Series began with winner’s bracket play between the Host Washington County, Pennsylvania and West Zone Champion Covina, California, who was playing in its first game of the tournament.

Covina didn’t waste time scoring its first runs of the tournament, as it plated four in the bottom of the first, taking the early 4-0 lead.
Covina left fielder Robert Hernandez scored the first run of the game on an RBI single by first baseman Parker Miramontez. Right fielder Luke Willison scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0 immediately, following Miramontez's at-bat. The score moved to 3-0 when Home Run Derby champion Anthony Rasmussen doubled in Miramontez and the fourth run, scored by third baseman Jake Vargas, was on the second wild pitch of the inning.

In the top of the second, Washington County found itself with two outs, bases loaded and the top of the order up, but was unable to cash-in against Covina starter Chris Munoz.

The West Zone Champions added to their lead in the bottom of the second, when Hernandez drove in his first run of the contest on an RBI double, upping the lead to 5-0.

Forrest Havanis was called upon by Washington County to take the mound in the fourth, and he was quickly in a bases loaded jam with one out.

Miramontez, Covina’s clean-up hitter, was the first to take swings with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth, and he notched a two-RBI double to right-center field, making it 7-0. Havanis struck out Vargas for the second out of the inning with runners on second and third and got Rasmussen to ground out, holding the score to 7-0 after four innings.

In the bottom of the fifth, Covina needed three runs to 10-run Washington and did just that. Pitcher James Jimenez led-off the inning with a double and his pinch-runner Josh Logan scored on an RBI single by second baseman Chris Munoz. Then, in walk-off fashion, catcher Hector Bautista went deep to right-center field giving Covina a 10-0 victory in five innings.

Jimenez received the win for Covina, throwing five innings, allowing no runs, five hits, two walks, while striking out seven.

Covina moves on in the winner’s bracket to face Bay County, Michigan tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET/US in Game #12, while Washington County moves to the loser’s bracket to face Brownsville, Texas at 12:30 p.m. in an elimination Game #10.



Game #7 recap: Youngstown, Ohio 2 Levittown, Puerto Rico 0 

The first elimination game of the 2017 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pony League World Series matched up the Host Area Champions from Youngstown, Ohio and the Caribbean Zone Champions from Levittown, Puerto Rico in a classic pitching duel. Youngstown’s Brandon Mikos’ shutout lead the way in the 2-0 victory.

Youngstown came into the game after a 6-1 defeat to Hagerstown, Maryland on Friday evening, while Levittown also lost on Friday in the tournament's opening game of the against Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico, 4-1.

Neither team could muster any offense through the first five innings. Puerto Rico starter Alejandro Gonzalez allowed three hits and Youngstown starter Brandon Mikos allowed three hits as well, and only two runners were left in scoring position between the two teams.

In the bottom of the sixth, Puerto Rico tallied its fourth hit of the contest, and a walk put runners on first and second. However, a throwing error on a pick-off attempt by Youngstown's catcher sailed into the outfield and moved runners to second and third. Luckily for Youngstown, Mikos set down Levittown pinch-hitter Adrian Rubert for the final out of the sixth and the game still was tied 0-0.

After getting out of the second and third jam in the bottom of the sixth, Youngstown fed on the momentum and the bats came alive. A groundout started things off for Youngstown, as Trey Pancake followed with a single up the middle. Then, on the first pitch he saw, third baseman Shawn Helpy smacked a two-run home run to left field, giving Youngstown the 2-0 lead.

Gonzalez was stellar on the mound for Puerto Rico, allowing two runs (both earned), five hits, two walks and seven strikeouts in a complete game. However, Mikos matched his mound opponent and topped him, allowing no runs, five hits, one walk and struck out 14.

Youngstown keeps its 2017 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pony League World Series hopes alive and will now continue on in the loser’s bracket to face Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico at 10 a.m. ET/US Monday in another elimination Game #9. Levittown’s time at the 2017 DICK'S Sporting Goods Pony League World Series comes to an end with loses to Guasave and Youngstown by scores of 4-1 and 2-0.



Game #8 recap: Brownsville, Texas 12 Netherlands 4

Day three of the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pony League World Series concluded with the second elimination game of the day between the
European Zone Champion Netherlands and the South Zone Champion, Brownsville, Texas.

Brownsville, fresh of its loss to Bay County, Michigan in which it blew two leads of 3-0 and 4-2, scored again in the first inning, when right fielder Jose Banda drove in his fifth run of the tournament on an RBI single that gave Brownsville a 1-0 lead after one inning.

In the top of the second, the Netherlands managed to load the bases with one out, on a hit batsman and two walks, but a strike out and an unassisted putout at first base ended the threat for the Netherlands.

Brownsville tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the second, taking a 2-0 lead on a balk and a 4-0 lead on a two-run home run by left fielder Victor Estrada.

Tariq Kemp hit the Netherlands' first home run in World Series history in the top of the third, when he hit a two-run home run, scoring Raydley Legito, to cut the deficit in half to 4-2 after two and a half innings.

Despite trimming the lead, the Netherlands couldn’t buy an out in the third and Brownsville took a five-run (7-2) lead on a home run by third baseman Rafael Parra. The home run was the second of the night for Brownsville, and a single immediately following chased Netherlands' starter Gio de Graauw.

Aiden Brodsjo relieved de Graauw in the third and the first batter he faced doubled, setting up runners on second and third with no outs. Brodsjo got Estrada to ground out for the first out, but then gave up a two RBI single to Brownsville second baseman Darren Ramirez to make the score 9-2. A double-play ended the inning for Brownsville and the lead stayed intact at 9-2 after three innings.

In the top of the fifth, the Netherlands had a great opportunity to jump back into the game with runners on second and third and Brownsville reliever Michael Ramos balked to bring home Kemp, making it 9-3. Nick Boxelaar would be stranded at third and the score held at 9-3 after four and a half.

Trailing 9-3 in the top of the sixth, the Netherlands had runners on second and third yet again, but couldn’t manage a run across.

Brownsville opened the bottom of the sixth with back-to-back singles and it spelled the end of the night for Brodsjo. Danny Albinus relieved Brodsjo and struck out the first batter he faced, before being taken deep to right-center field by Rafael Capistran to extend the Brownsville lead to 12-3 in the bottom of the sixth.

To salvage arms, Ramos was relieved in the top of the seventh after pitching three innings, allowing one run (unearned), three hits, no walks and five strikeouts.

In the seventh, Parra got the first out, and the Netherlands used an error, single and a walk to load the bases with one out. Netherlands right fielder Jesse Velders drew the second walk of the inning with one out, making it 12-4. Parra was then relived by Banda after the RBI free pass. Banda fared much better, as he left the bases loaded and struck out back-to-back batters ending the game 12-4 in favor of Brownsville.

With the victory, Brownsville moves on to play in another elimination Game #10 tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. ET/US against Host Washington County. For the Netherlands, its first trip to the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pony League World Series ends, but it fought hard in it its two defeats to Washington County and Brownsville.



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