It was so enjoyable the first time, Christian Binford decided to give an encore performance.
For the second time in three days, Binford struck out 15 Chambersburg American batters for a complete-game victory to lift Hagerstown 'A' to an 11-3 win for the PONY League sectional tournament Monday at Funkhouser Park.
Hagerstown advances to the regionals, which begin Sunday in Boardman, Ohio.
"During the second time that I was facing that team, they were more able to hit my pitches," Binford said. "But I was more focused this time, because this was the championship game. I just wanted to work in my breaking ball more than in the first game. They were catching up to my fastball."
Binford had Hagerstown's offensive support to thank for putting him more at ease.
"Our hitting came alive in the middle innings," Binford said. "I just got more into the game and I settled down. That was probably the most focused game that I ever pitched. I wanted that game the most."