Hagerstown brings 'A' game

August 07, 2005|By JACK HILL III

Hagerstown 'A' scored six runs in the first inning Saturday to set the tone for a 14-1 win in five innings that eliminated Chambersburg Suburban American from the PONY League East Zone Tournament at Funkhouser Park.

Western Branch of Chesapeake, Va., later beat Bergen Beach of Brooklyn, N.Y., 14-4 in six innings, in a winners' bracket game.

Western Branch remained undefeated and advanced to today's championship round of the four-team, double elimination tournament. Western Branch will play at noon against Hagerstown, a 9-8 winner over Bergen Beach in Saturday's late game. If Western Branch wins, it will clinch the title. If Western Branch loses, another game will be played at 3 p.m. to decide the title.

Josh Conway started Hagerstown's six-run outburst by reaching on an infield error, stealing second and going to third on a groundout. Cody Nelling walked and J.J. O'Neill was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Tyler Stevens then put Hagerstown on the scoreboard by blasting a grand slam to left field.


Brandon Knight singled to right, then stole a pair of bases. One out later, Knight came home when Jeremy Barron reached on a throwing error. Barron stole second and scored on a single to center by winning pitcher Seth Poffenberger.

Hagerstown scored two more runs in the second. With one out, Nelling singled to right and took second on an errant pickoff throw. One out later, Stevens hit a two-run homer to center.

"I wasn't trying to hit home runs," Stevens said. "I was just trying to make contact. Our offense did real well today. We hit the ball great. We all made good contact. It helped us out a lot getting that big lead early. It put pressure on them. Seth Poffenberger and Kyle Stone pitched pretty good. We all played as a team."

Hagerstown added two runs in the third on a two-run single to left by A.J. Jamison, then got its final runs in the fourth when Barron hit a grand slam to center.

Poffenberger pitched the first three innings and Stone went the last two innings. They combined for a one-hitter.

Poffenberger also had three hits.

"We wanted to come out and get a lead, so we wouldn't have to waste much pitching," Hagerstown manager Mark Koontz said. "We brought our bats today, and everything just fell into place. We just have to come back and do it again."

Western Branch snapped a scoreless tie with Bergen Beach by scoring seven runs in the third. Daniel Centeno slugged a grand slam and Jordan Long belted a solo homer.

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