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Pinto 8U National Championship 2017

It was a sensational second annual Pinto 8U National Championship at Cusumano Sports Complex in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, as 70 games were played in a matter of three days, featuring teams from PONY's East, North and Caribbean Zones. But after overcoming a 12-11 pool play loss to 2016 finalist Washington, Pennsylvania, Chesterfield, Virginia won four-consecutive games, including a 14-3 victory in the championship game of the championship bracket to win the Pinto 8U 2017 National Championship.

Championship Game recap: Chesterfield, Virginia 14 Lexington, Kentucky 3

Lexington entered the championship game undefeated with four final day wins by six runs or more, while Chesterfield overcame a competitive 10-7 first championship bracket match against Aruba, to then beat Summerfield, North Carolina by 10 runs, to meet up with Lexington for the title. Chesterfield started off the game with a proverbial bang, as Matthew Hartsfield led off the game with a double and Braeden Shores advanced him to third base on a single. Cason Chambers knocked in Hartsfield with a single to left to make the score 1-0, and then a Grayson Morris single scored Shores from second. Jackson Bunn crushed a double to centerfield, scoring Chambers and Morris also beat the throw home to increase Chesterfield's lead to 4-0. Three-consecutive outs then ended the inning.

Lexington went down in order in the first, but cut into the Chesterfield lead in the second when Duncan Sweet scored Donovan Griggs on a ground out (4-1). In the top of the third, the Chesterfield bats once again came alive, as a leadoff triple by Shores resulted in a run when Chambers hit a sacrifice fly to right field (5-1). Morris singled and then scored on a Bunn triple that was hit hard down the third base line (6-1). Virginia's Thomas Lipscomb, Jr. grounded out to Kentucky's pitcher Jaxson Leugers, but Bunn beat the throw home to score the last run of the inning (7-1). 

Chesterfield continued to add to its lead in the top of the fourth, when Shores came through, once again, singling home Matthew Thompson to make it 8-1 Virginia. Chambers scored Hartsfield during his next at-bat, a ground ball single through the infield, completing the scoring for the inning (9-1 Chesterfield). Lexington showed life in the bottom on the fourth when Luis Alejandro Zamora led off the inning with a double and Griggs moved him to third with a single, but a double play on a fly out to center field and then a ground out ended the Lexington scoring threat.

Six-consecutive Chesterfield singles, a triple and then another single by Shores led to a 14-1 Chesterfield lead, putting the 10-run rule into effect and giving Lexington one last half inning to score at least four runs. The "Southwest Stampede" showed toughness and relentless grit at the plate, but base running cost them during their potential comeback. Benjamin McFadden led of the inning with a single, but was thrown out at second after the next at-bat, when Grant Evans hit a tweener pop fly single into the shallow outfield. Leugers then singled to center, but he was caught during his run to second base on a ground ball single by Brayden Fitch to third base. Stephen Franklin-Key, IV hit a clutch double to center field, scoring both Evans and Fitch to make it 14-3 Chesterfield, but Asher Gatewood's line out to second secured the Virginia victory and fireworks exploded in the outfield.

As is the case often in coach pitch Pinto play, offense was the name of the game, as both teams combined for 31 hits in the contest. Six Chesterfield batters recorded multi-hit games, and three hitters had multi-RBI in the team's first Pinto 8U National Championship.

Stats: click here.

Following the conclusion of the tournament, PONY tournament officials nominated the following players to the Pinto 8U National Championship All-Tournament Team. Each player received a trophy for their tournament accomplishments:

2017 Pinto 8U National Championship All-Tournament Team
Ayvari Chandler - Washington, Pennsylvania
Marcus Davis - Lawrenceville, Illinois
Jaxton Dees - Waltonville, Illinois
Jaxton Faulkenberry - Herrin, Illinois
Eli Fleming - Murphysboro, Illinois
Asher Gatewood - Lexington, Kentucky
Abran Girten - Carmi, Illinois
Riley Gladwell - Summerfield, North Carolina
Brady Haines - Odin, Illinois
Joshua Harris - Suffolk, Virginia
Luis Hernandez - Bronx, New York
Irvine Maximilian - Aruba
Alexander Meece - Whiteland, Indiana
Grayson Morris - Chesterfield, Virginia
Colin Poat - Paducah, Kentucky
Logan Shelton - Sparta, Illinois
Jaxon Simmons - Mt. Vernon, Illinois
Abrahan Vizcaino - Dominican Republic
Garyson Webb - Vienna, Illinois
Lane Wells - Olney, Illinois


Chesterfield, Virginia - Pinto 8U National Champions

Lexington, Kentucky - Pinto 8U National Finalists

Suffolk, Virginia - Pinto 8U National Third Place Team

Summerfield, North Carolina - Pinto 8U National Fourth Place Team

Carmi, Illinois - Pinto 8U National Consolation Champions

Paducah, Kentucky - Pinto 8U National Consolation Finalists

Whiteland, Indiana - Pinto 8U National Consolation Third Place Team

Murphysboro, Illinois - Pinto 8U National Consolation Fourth Place Team

Final Tournament Scores (links)

The Pinto 8U National Championship will be returning to Mt. Vernon, Illinois in 2018. If interested in participating, please contact PONY North Zone Vice President Steve Miller at

2016 Baseball World Series Event Winners

The 2016 Mustang-9 League World Series Champion is Emerald, California from the West Zone of PONY Baseball and Softball. 
Emerald defeated Mexico Zone Champion Guasave, Mexico 12-0 in the Championship Game

In the Mustang 9U Division, the team "Emerald Blue" (BB16XCA09022192) registered under the league "Emerald Youth Pony" from El Cajon, CA claimed the championship. 

11 - Lucas Aragon
19 - Zephnia Carter Jr.
7 - Thomas Entrekin
3 - Noah Entrekin
23 - Noah Figuered
99 - Dimetric Green
2 - Phillip Jones II
8 - David Mccomb
4 - Benjamin Molina
17 - Trevor Smith
27 - Xzavier Stojek
10 - Sergio Velazco

Manager - Dale Entrekin
Coach - Thomas Molina
Bus. Mgr. - David Entrekin

(Click below to view the entire photo gallery thanks to Darren Miles, PONY)
Mustang-9 World Series 2016

The 2016 Mustang League World Series Champion is Simi Valley, California from the West Zone of PONY Baseball and Softball.
Simi Valley defeated Mexico Zone Champion Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico 12-1 in the Championship Game.

In the Mustang 10U Division, the Simi Youth 10U Red (BB16XCA10020903) registered under the SIMI YOUTH BASEBALL, INC. from SIMI VALLEY, CA claimed the championship.

3 - Jacob Campbell
27 - Nicholas Corral
77 - Miles Ghossein
7 - Luke Gill
33 - Trevor Hansen
10 - Cole Howard
34 - David Laranjo
5 - Grayden Lucas
11 - Nathanael Navarro
24 - Noah Onoye
9 - Bryce Rainer
18 - Ryan Teegarden

Manager - Jay Lucas
Coach - Kenneth Gill
Bus. Mgr. - Darrin Campbell

(Click below to view the entire photo gallery thanks to Angie Eckman, ADWORX)

The 2016 Bronco-11 League World Series Champion is Placentia, California  from the West Zone of PONY Baseball and Softball.
Placentia defeated Host Richmond, Virginia 3-2 in the Championship Game. 

In the Bronco 11U Division, the team "Placentia - A" (BB16XCA11021136) registered under the Placentia PONY Baseball, Inc. from Placentia, CA claimed the championship.

4 - Jeffrey Conrad
24 - Luca Giuseppe Nelson Fava
88 - Jayden Flaig
1 - Nicholas Gallardo
66 - Austin Kang
22 - Matthew Morrell
21 - Nicco Nicoletti
34 - Joshua Pugh
2 - Evan Rolbiecki
6 - Garvey Rumary
27 - Mason Smith
7 - Blake Thomas

Manager - Brandon Smith
Coach - Jason Nicoletti
Bus. Mgr. - Dan Rolbiecki

(Click below to view the entire photo gallery thanks to Greg Mitchell, GA Mitchell Photography)

The 2016 Bronco League World Series Champion is Kaohsiung City, Chinese Taipei  from the Asia Pacific Zone of PONY Baseball and Softball. 
Kaohsiung City defeated Caribbean Zone Champion Ponce, Puerto Rico 4-0 in the Championship Game.

In the Bronco 12U Division, the team "CHINESE TAIPEI BASEBALL ASSOCIATION" (BB16XTW12029987) registered under the league "CHINESE TAIPEI BASEBALL ASSOCIATION" from Kaohsiung City, Chinese Taipei claimed the championship.

14 : Siang - Long Cai
3 : Tien - Chih Chan
15 : Jia - En Chen
1 : Kai - Yu Chen
4 : Shih - Yu Chiang
8 : Chih - Hsiang Chuang
2 : Yu - Jhe Guo
13 : Jui - Hsiang Huang
7 : Po - Sen Huang
6 : Te - I Hu
10 : Yao - En Hu
9 : Cheng - Hung Pan
5 : Kai Wang
11 : Tian - Sin Wang
12 : Zhi - Ting Zhou

Manager : Meng - Chan Yen
Coach : Cheng - An Yang
Bus. Mgr. : Tsan - Hsin Lin

(Click below to view the entire photo gallery thanks to Keith Spencer, PONY)

The 2016 Pony-13 League World Series Champion is El Cajon, CA from the West Zone of PONY Baseball and Softball. 

In the Pony 13U Division, the team Emerald Diamond (BB16XCA13022084) registered under the Emerald Youth Pony from El Cajon, CA claimed the championship.

25 - Ernesto Arambula_Iii
74 - Ariel Armas
37 - Victor Arreola
23 - Jacob Baptista
10 - Jace Buxbaum
24 - Ayden Estrada
26 - Marcello Mayer
30 - Nathan Nankil
40 - Trent Nielsen
4 - Tyler Peters
22 - Aaron Pulido
1 - Alonzo Richardson
5 - Joshua Shimko
7 - Andrew Stinnett
3 - Andrew Young

Manager - Ed Young
Coach - Eddie Young
Bus. Mgr. - Mike Wilson

The 2016 Pony League World Series Champion is Taipei County, Chinese Taipei from the Asia Pacific Zone of PONY Baseball and Softball. 

In the Pony 14U Division, the team CHINESE TAIPEI BASEBALL ASSOCIATION (BB16XTW14029969) registered under the league CHINESE TAIPEI BASEBALL ASSOCIATION from Taipei County, Chinese Taipei claimed the championship.

15 : Hung - Chieh Chang
3 : Yen - Kai Chen
10 : Heng - Yu Ho
5 : Kai Huang
12 : Yi - Wei Lee
2 : Chen - Hsun Lin
8 : Kuan - Ting Lin
1 : Tzu - Wei Lin
4 : Han - Sheng Li
7 : Po - Yu Shen
6 : Yao - Yu Tsai
11 : Yu - Cheng Tsai
9 : Hao - Che Wang
14 : You - Bo Wei
13 : Li - Wei Yang

Manager : Shih - Teng Chiu  
Coach : Kuan - Yi Yang  
Bus. Mgr. : Wei - Chieh Su

(Click below to view the entire photo gallery thanks to Molly Campbell, Bridgewater College/WSTI and Jeff Jones, Capture Inc. Photographic Services)

Re-live the entire 2016 DICK'S Sporting Goods Pony League World Series with full game broadcasts available on PONY's YouTube channel by clicking HERE.

The 2016 Colt League World Series Champion is Tijuana, Mexico from the Mexico Zone of PONY Baseball and Softball. 

In the Colt 16U Division, the team Liga Tijuana Municipal (BB16XTX16029976) registered under the league MEXICO PONY BASEBALL from Tijuana, Mexico claimed the championship.

14 - Gaxiola Vela Alberto Javier
13 - Avila Reyes Alejandro
25 - Peña Osuna Alexander
7 - Duarte Pompa Cristian
30 - Castro Amezcua David
10 - Diaz Rivera Eric
35 - Peña Diaz Francisco Habisay
54 - Aragon Rosas Gabriel
2 - Fierro Fernandez Giovanni
34 - Melendez Ivan Florentino
24 - Antonio, Jazzir Antonio
51 - Rodriguez Jorge
32 - Leon Ahumada Salomon
85 - Vizcaino Marquez Sergio Arnoldo

Manager - Victor Alejandro Rivera
Coach - Jesus Manuel Castro
Bus. Mgr. - Sergio Vizcaino

(Click below to view the entire photo gallery)
2016 Colt World Series

The 2016 Palomino  League World Series Champion is Lafayette, LA from the South Zone of PONY Baseball and Softball. 

In the Palomino 18U Division, the team LOUISIANA CAJUNS (BB16XLA18029962) registered under the league LOUISIANA CAJUNS from LAFAYETTE, LA claimed the championship.

32 - Willie Zenon
22 - Devin Boutin
21 - Derek Boutin
12 - Dakota Cloteaux
17 - Matthew Collins
9 - Tyler Cormier
16 - Matthew Delcambre
15 - Chaney Dodge
8 - Brandon Duhon
27 - Taylor Faulk
3 - Luke Hayes
10 - Hudson Laborde
2 - Derrick Living
7 - Hunter Meche
1 - Jon Mouton
25 - Kameron Stelly
5 - Joshua Taylor
23 - Brett Weber

Manager - Donnie Boutin
Coach - Mckay Mouton
Bus. Mgr. - Richard Hebert

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