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PONY math - 'A' is greater than 'B'

July 09, 2005|by TRAVIS KING/Staff Correspondent

Hagerstown 'A' and Chambersburg 'A' gave their 'B' counterparts a lesson in hitting, pitching and baserunning during Friday night's PONY League 13-year-old sectional tournament doubleheader at Funkhouser Park.

In the first game, Chambersburg 'A' dispatched Hagerstown 'B' 13-3 in five innings with a barrage of hitting and smart baserunning. In the nightcap, Hagerstown 'A' retaliated with a 9-2 victory, quieting the bats of Chambersburg 'B' with strong pitching.

The two winners play today at 5:30 p.m., following the matchup of the losers at 3.

Chambersburg 'A' got off to a quick start in Friday's first game, loading the bases with its first three batters in the bottom of the first inning. Chad Martin then drove in Nathan Swope and Andrew Zeger with a single for the game's first runs. By the time the first inning was over, Chambersburg had posted five runs - all the offense it needed.

Chambersburg scored two more runs in the second inning behind RBI singles from Swope and Tyler McDonald to push the lead to 7-0.

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"(Hagerstown) is a good team, and we wanted to get on base quickly," said Chambersburg 'A' manager Chris Lombardozzi. "This was a time where I told them it was OK to be greedy."

Jordan Riley hit a two-run homer to center field to highlight a four-run third inning for Chambersburg 'A'. When Jordan Higgins drove in McDonald in the fifth inning, Chambersburg won by the 10-run mercy rule.

Chambersburg's offensive strengths overshadowed a fine effort on the mound from winning pitcher Jacob Dovey, who pitched a complete-game five-hitter and retired Hagerstown's first seven batters before allowing a baserunner.

"(Dovey) pitched really good for us," Lombardozzi said. "He won't strike out a lot of kids, but he'll make them hit the ball and make us play defense, which kept us in the game."

Hagerstown posted all three of its runs in the third inning. Blake Bandeff doubled in Thomas Allen and scored on a wild pitch, and Chris McSherry drove in Tyler Thompson with a double.

Swope, Riley and Martin each had two hits for Chambersburg 'A'.

In the second game, Josh Green of Hagerstown 'A' ran the show from the pitcher's mound, giving up just one hit and three walks while striking out five in his six innings.

Hagerstown took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a Jacob Stich single that scored Tyler Presgraves. Chambersburg tied the game in the second when Mark Timmons scored on a Josh Muller fielder's choice grounder.

Hagerstown went up 3-1 in the third inning on RBI singles from Nick Martin and Sean Colgan and made it 6-1 in the fourth on a two-run double by Martin and Mike Frosh's RBI groundout.

Hagerstown added three runs in the seventh, highlighted by RBI singles by Presgraves and Nick Gross.

After giving up Chambersburg's run in the second inning, Green allowed none of the next 13 batters to reach base. He finally gave up a walk in the sixth before striking out Kyle Hill to end the inning. Colgan came in to pitch the seventh inning, giving up a hit and a run before sealing the victory.

Martin and Nick Gross each had two hits for Hagerstown 'A'.

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