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Chambersburg American forces deciding game in PONY sectional

July 23, 2007|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The Hagerstown PONY 'A' All-Stars were one out away from clinching the section title Sunday against Chambersburg American.

Now, they're one more day away.

Zach Boone's pinch-hit, two-out, three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning gave Chambersburg new tournament life as it beat Hagerstown 8-7 to force a final game today at 7 p.m. at Funkhouser Park.

Hagerstown led 7-5 as Chambersburg came up to bat in the top of the seventh. Kyle Patterson and Andrew Reed both drew one-out walks before Boone was sent to the plate as a pinch hitter with two outs. Boone swung at the first pitch and clubbed a three-run homer to right-center to give Chambersburg American the lead for good at 8-7.

"Zach Boone's personality has been the biggest reason he has made this team," Chambersburg American manager Brian Etter said. "He hasn't gotten a lot of playing time, but he comes up to the plate ready to hit."

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"We knew that we could swing the bats. We have just been holding back on too many pitches. We have to be more aggressive with the bats."

Patterson scored four runs and had two hits for Chambersburg American. Dylan Rhodes was the winning pitcher and Reed got the save. Dustin Shauf gave up only two earned runs in three innings of relief for Chambersburg American.

"Dustin Shauf has been unbelievable," Etter added. "He has been the workhorse on this team. We have had some guys with sore arms. I have asked him to take the ball and he has taken it."

Christian Binford slugged a three-run homer in the first inning and Jack Schwartz belted a solo homer in the second for Hagerstown. Brad Banzoff added two hits.

"We knew it wasn't going to be easy, because Chambersburg is a good team," Hagerstown manager Ed Kipe said. "We got the early lead. We went to sleep in the middle innings and it came back to haunt us at the end of the game. Chambersburg kept battling the whole game and they just did what they had to do to get back in the game."

Earlier in the day, Chambersburg American eliminated Hagerstown 'B' 8-3 in the losers' bracket final.

Jacob Dovey allowed one run in six innings of relief and struck out nine to get the win for Chambersburg. Patterson had three hits, while Andrew Byers had two hits and two RBIs for Chambersburg American.

Chaney Lum led Hagerstown B with two hits.

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