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Hagerstown 'B' can't catch Chambersburg

July 23, 2005|by JACK HILL III

For the Hagerstown B PONY All-Stars, Friday was a simple case of too little, too late.

Hagerstown scored five runs in the last two innings before dropping a 6-5 heartbreaker to Chambersburg Suburban American in the first round of the PONY Section Tournament at Funkhouser Park.

West Carroll edged South Adams 13-10 in the first game of Friday's doubleheader.

West Carroll will play Chambersburg in the winners' bracket game today at 3 p.m. South Adams will play Hagerstown B in the losers' bracket game at 5:30, with the winner advancing to face the West Carroll-Chambersburg loser at 8.

Chambersburg pitcher Calvin Mentzer needed just 85 pitches to strike out 12 Hagerstown batters and earn the complete-game win.

"Calvin Mentzer pitched a nice game for Chambersburg," Hagerstown manager Mark Allen said. "He threw the ball very well. He was around the plate all the time."

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Hagerstown scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth when Brad Kretzer crushed a three-run homer to straightaway center for one of his two hits.

Hagerstown added two in the bottom of the seventh on Mike Ferrari's two-out, two-run homer. But Mentzer got the next batter to ground out to seal the win for Chambersburg.

Chambersburg got on the scoreboard with a run in the second on Macke Hall's RBI single and added two runs in the third on an RBI double by Grant Meyers and an RBI grounder by Cody Laman.

Chambersburg took a 5-0 lead in the fourth on a solo homer by Adam Ritchey and an RBI single by Mentzer. T.J. Warner had an RBI single in the sixth for a 6-0 Chambersburg lead.

In the first game, Ethan Tome and Houston Darling had three hits each, while Cassidy O'Bryan and Casey Klein added two hits each for West Carroll.

Tyler Bullers had three hits, while Nick Hodinott and Bobby Laughman had two hits each for South Adams.

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