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Binford hits his spots

H'town 'A' advances

July 22, 2007|By JACK HILL III

Christian Binford pitched a three-hitter with 15 strikeouts and no walks as Hagerstown 'A' beat Chambersburg American 7-1 on Saturday night in the winners' bracket final of the PONY Sectional Tournament at Funkhouser Park.

"The coaches called all of the pitches that I threw, and they were perfect calls," Binford said. "I knew a couple of the hitters that I had to beware of. I hit my spots. My curveball was working, and that was a major goal.

"I feel like I pretty much accomplished what I wanted to do with my pitching. I stayed focused and nothing really gets to me."

The win puts Hagerstown 'A' in the championship final today at 4:30 p.m. It will play the winner of today's 2 p.m. game between Hagerstown 'B' and Chambersburg American. If Hagerstown 'A' wins that game, it's the champion. If not, a second game will be played Monday evening at 7.

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"Christian Binford threw the ball extremely well," Hagerstown 'A' manager Ed Kipe said. "Binford was in control from the first pitch of the game. That might have been the best game that he pitched all year."

Binford got plenty of offensive support Saturday night. Nick Stubbs had two hits, including a two-run homer, and three RBIs for Hagerstown, while Brian Lesher had two hits and two RBIs, Zach Sauble added two hits and Brad Banzoff scored two runs.

Hagerstown took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. With one out, Sauble reached on an infield single, took second on a wild pitch and scored on a single to right by Banzoff. Banzoff stole second and scored on a single to center by Lesher.

Hagerstown added three runs in the third to make it 5-0. Tyquil Benson led off with a solo homer to center. After Banzoff reached on a two-base throwing error, he scored on a two-out single to left by Lesher, who came home on a double to right by Stubbs.

Hagerstown scored its final two runs in the fifth. Binford led off with a double to right, and Stubbs clubbed a two-run homer to center.

"We played well as a team, and we had some clutch hits," Kipe said. "The top two-thirds of the lineup hit he ball pretty well. We played good defense when Chambersburg put the ball in play. We had to play our best game to beat a well-coached team like Chambersburg."

The only run that Binford allowed was a sixth-inning solo shot by Garrett Sanders.

"After the home run, I just shook it off," Binford said.

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