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Hagerstown 'A' advances to region tourney

July 11, 2005|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Hagerstown 'A' proved that its 9-2 win over Chambersburg 'B' in the opening round wasn't a fluke when it won again by the same 9-2 score against the same opponent Sunday night in the championship game of the PONY League 13-year-old sectional tournament at Funkhouser Park.

Hagerstown 'A' went 3-0 in the tournament to advance to the region tournament in Boardman, Ohio.

"We're very excited about going to Ohio," Hagerstown 'A' manager Steve Cromer said. "The kids have been working hard and they are very excited."

Hagerstown cleanup hitter Jacob Steich led the way Sunday with three hits and four RBI, including a three-run homer to center.

"Jacob Steich has been hitting the ball well during the whole tournament," Cromer said. "He lit a fire tonight under us. Our offense tonight was a lot better than last night. I am very pleased with the offense."

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Hagerstown starting pitcher Tyler Marshall only allowed two unearned runs and two hits while striking out eight in six innings to get the win. Tyler Presgraves pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the seventh.

Nick Martin hit a leadoff homer to center in the bottom of the first inning to give Hagerstown the lead for good.

Hagerstown added one run in the second as Marshall led off with a double to center and came around to score on a pair of groundouts.

Hagerstown increased its lead to 5-0 with three runs in the third. Presgraves led off by reaching on an infield single, moved to second on an unsuccessful pickoff attempt and took third on a wild pitch. After Nick Gross walked, Steich hit his three-run shot.

Chambersburg (2-2) cut the lead to 5-2 by scoring two runs during the top of the fifth on a pair of throwing errors.

Hagerstown responded with three runs in the bottom half of the fifth to make it 8-2, getting an RBI single by Jordan Thurber, an RBI double by Brandon Glazer and an RBI single by Josh Green.

Hagerstown got its final run in the sixth on an RBI groundout by Steich.

"Our players hustled in every one of the four games of the tournament, but we were a little bit outmatched today," Chambersburg 'B' manager Karl Muller said. "Hagerstown had some sluggers. They put a couple of balls over the fence and they were up 5-0."

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