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Hagerstown falls short in East Zone

August 03, 2003|by JACK HILL III

Hagerstown PONY League's All-Stars will have to wait for their 11th trip to the PONY World Series.

Hagerstown lost to Chambersburg, Pa., and Manhattan, N.Y., on Saturday to fall one win short of a trip to Washington, Pa.

In the winners' bracket final, Chambersburg American beat Hagerstown 14-3 in five innings.

Manhattan then defeated Hagerstown 9-4 in the losers' bracket final.

Chambersburg earned its fourth Zone championship with the win over Hagerstown, and Manhattan joined Chambersburg as the two teams advancing to the World Series.

"The bats really took over," Chambersburg manager Bob Snowberger said. "I was surprised how we hit the Hagerstown pitching. ... Hagerstown has got a real good team. They are always tough."

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Chambersburg came back from a 3-1 deficit with five runs in the third inning, four in the fourth and four more in the fifth on Zach Hart's solo homer and a three-run homer from Trevor Gelsinger to seal the Zone title.

Gelsinger went 4-for-4 with four RBI, while Hart went 3-for-4 with two RBI.

Ryan Heavner hit a two-run homer and Kevin Tyler added a solo homer for Hagerstown.

Manhattan pitcher Luigi Vinas hurled a 136-pitch complete game in the losers' bracket final, giving up three earned runs and striking out 10.

FNHA broke a 3-3 tie with six runs in the sixth on a three-run homer by Christopher Geronimo, a two-run homer by Kenny Espinal and a solo homer by Rolando Torres.

Cameron Shifler had a solo homer for Hagerstown.

"When you get beat, you get beat," Hagerstown manager Russ Robinson said. "Both teams out-hit us. In the last game, we just didn't get the big hit when we needed it. When you get outhit, you are going to lose."

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