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Aug, 2022

2022 DICK'S Sporting Goods Pony League World Series Day 2 Recap

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

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 came in for him and 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

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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