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Ponys lose in game one

August 16, 1998|By JOE TUSCANO / Washington (Pa.) Observer-Reporter

WASHINGTON, Pa. - Chen Wen Hsien drove in four runs, Lee Chih Ming tossed a five-hitter and Chinese Taipei made the most of only three hits en route to a 5-2 victory over Hagerstown in the first game of the Pony League World Series.

Chen, who had two of Chinese Taipei's three hits, broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run homer in the bottom of the third inning off losing pitcher Derek Haines.

Lee protected the two-run lead by scatterting five Hagerstown hits, including a double and single by Frank McAllister. Lee struck out seven and walked three.

Chinese Taipei played errorless defense and turned two double plays.

Hagerstown scored in the top of the first inning on a two-out single by McAllister that drove in Matt Johnson, who led off the game with a single.

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But Chinese Taipei scored twice in the bottom of the first, taking advantage of two walks by Haines and a two-out, two-run double into the right field corner by Chen.

Hagerstown, the East Zone champion, made it 2-2 in the third when Aaron Showe walked and scored on singles by Johnson and John Qauil.

Chen's home run gave Chinese Taipei a 4-2 lead and Chen Chih Hasiang's two-out single in the sixth scored Wu Li Wei with an insurance run. All three Chinese Taipei hits drove in runs.

Haines was hurt by walks. He issued five - three of which scored.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> EXTRA BASES: The last team to lose its opener and advance to the championship game was Bradley-Bourbonnais, Ill. in 1992. Bradley-Bourbonnais lost, 9-8, to Walnut, Calif. in its first game but rebounded to win its division and beat Pasadena, Texas, 4-3, in the final. . . . Washington High School's WPIAL and PIAA baseball championship team was honored between games.

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