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Aug, 2017

Pony World Series day one recap

After an exhilarating Skills Competition in the morning, fans at Lew Hays Pony Field in Washington, Pennsylvania witnessed two highly competitive games on night one at the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pony League World Series, as pitching was the name of the game for the two winning teams. Mexico Zone Champion Guasave, Sinaloa's starting pitcher Vidal Sotelo stole the show in Game #1. His first inning home run set the tone in Guasave's 4-1 victory over Caribbean Zone Champion Levittown, Puerto Rico. Sotelo went on to pitch a complete game (seven innings), allowing one unearned run on two hits and three walks, while striking out 12. In Game #2, despite East Zone Champion Youngstown, Ohio starter Jacob Gehring's 12 strikeouts, East Zone Champion Hagerstown, Maryland played a complete game in the 6-1 win. Bradley Summers and Izaiah Dillinger, combined, only allowed one run on four hits, while striking out seven. Dillinger also hit a home run in the game.

Game #1: Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico 4 Levittown, Puerto Rico 1

Game one of the 2017 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pony League World Series pitted the Mexican Zone champions, Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico versus Caribbean Zone champion Levittown, Puerto Rico in an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel.

Levittown starting pitcher Joskar Feliciano struck out the side in the top of the first, but not before Guasave’s Vidal Sotelo went deep to right field, giving Guasave an early 1-0 lead.

Levittown had its best opportunity to not only tie, but possibly take the lead in the bottom of the fifth, as it had runners on second and third with no outs. Sotelo picked up a strikeout for the first out, then Guasave’s defense picked up a 6-2-5 double play to take out the two runners in scoring position to hold its 1-0 lead.

In the top of the sixth, Guasave added to its 1-0 lead when right fielder Jesus Parra hit the second solo home run of the game for Guasave, making it 2-0 in favor of the Mexican Zone champions.

Levittown finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth, cutting the deficit in half to 2-1. Second baseman Miguel Vega led-off the inning reaching on an error by Guasave third baseman Pedro Cervantes. Vega moved to second on the throwing error and was moved to third on a
hard groundout by shortstop Jaime Santiago. Catcher Drachir Lugo drove in Vega on an RBI single up the middle, but Sotelo locked in and
struck out the last two batters of the inning to hold the score at 2-1 after six.

Guasave regained the run it allowed in the sixth, plus one, when catcher Pedro Felix hit Guasave’s third home-run of the game, this one a two-run shot, making it 4-1 Mexico and ultimately the final score of the game.

Sotelo went the distance for Guasave, allowing one run (unearned), two hits, three walks and striking out 12.

The victory moves Guasave into the winner’s bracket to face Asia-Pacific Zone Champion Seoul, South Korea in Game #5 Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET/US. Levittown drops into the loser’s bracket and will face Youngstown, Ohio in Game #7 Sunday at 2:30 p.m.



Game #2: Hagerstown, Maryland 6 Youngstown, Ohio 1

East Zone Champion Hagerstown, Maryland outlasted Host Area Champion Youngstown, Ohio Friday night in Game #2 at the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pony League World Series in a 6-1 complete performance win.

Scoring opened in the bottom of the second inning when Youngstown took an early 1-0 lead. Right fielder Mitch Seymour drove in third baseman Shawn Helpy on an RBI single before being thrown-out at second looking to stretch the single into a double.

 In the top of the fourth, after being no-hit the first 3.2 innings, Hagerstown flashed two out lightning when first baseman Josh Black singled, then reached second on a wild pitch. Black was followed by left fielder Tyler Crain who roped an RBI double down the left field line to tie the game 1-1.

 Hagerstown kept the bats rolling in the top of the fifth and took a 2-1 lead. Center fielder David Clever opened the inning with a lead-off double and was driven in by shortstop Kyle West on an RBI single.

Things just kept rolling for Hagerstown in the top of sixth, as it extended its lead to 4-1. Pitcher Bradley Summers scored the third Hagerstown run on a wild pitch by Youngstown reliever Jeremy Kreuweiser. Then, pinch-hitter Izaiah Dillinger took Summers deep for a solo shot to add the fourth tally for Maryland.

 Two more runs came across for the East Zone Champions in the seventh to make it 6-1, the score that held up as the final. West made the score 5-1 scoring on a wild pitch, and catcher Corey Jamison added the sixth run, scoring on a wild pitch as well.

 Summers was awarded the win for Hagerstown going five innings allowing one earned run on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Despite the loss, Youngstown starter Jake Gehring pitched well for the Host Area champs, going 5.2 innings, allowing three runs (all earned) on five hits and three walks, while striking out 12.

 Hagerstown advances to play the winner of Game #5 between Mexico Zone champion Guasave, Sinaloa and Asia-Pacific Zone champion Seoul, Korea in Game #11 on Monday at 5:30 p.m. ET/US. Youngstown moves into an elimination game on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. against Caribbean Zone champion Levittown, Puerto Rico.



 The DICK'S Sporting Goods Pony League World Series continues Saturday through Wednesday, culminating in the Championship Game for the Roy Gillespie Memorial Trophy at 7:30 p.m. Follow all the tournament action at, and, and on PONY Baseball and Softball and PONY World Series' social media for exclusive content.

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