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Hagerstown teams post big offensive numbers as PONY tourney opens

July 12, 2008|By JACK HILL III

Hagerstown Gold scored 10 runs in the first inning and nearly let the lead slip away before hanging on to a 16-11 victory over Bucks County (Pa.) in the opening game of the PONY 13-year-old Sectional Tournament at Funkhouser Park.

"It's always great to get off to a good start," Hagerstown Gold manager Bill Proctor said. "That was important in this tournament to get that first win. We can avoid the losers' bracket. Now we'll try to build on that tomorrow."

In Friday's late game, Aaron Jones fired a three-hit shutout with eight strikeouts and had an RBI double to lead Hagerstown Blue to a 10-0 win over Chambersburg. Charles Cvijanovich collected two hits, Tyler Byers doubled and Brent Mentzer and Cole Myers each added an RBI single for Hagerstown Blue.

Bucks County will play Chambersburg in an elimination game today at 3 p.m., while Hagerstown Gold faces Hagerstown Blue at 5:30. The winner of the 3 p.m. game will play the loser of the 5:30 game in the losers' bracket final at 8.

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Adam Mellott finished with four RBIs and Scott Bennett drove in two runs for Hagerstown Gold. Mellott, Bennett and Kevin Proctor each had two hits.

Brendon Coliflower gave up only two earned runs in four innings to get the win, while Hunter McKinley retired all six batters that he faced, including five strikeouts, to get the save.

"I can't say enough about the relief effort of Brendon Coliflower and Hunter McKinley," Proctor added. "Both of them just came in and shut that team down. They did their job."

Stephen Wells had two hits, including a homer, and three RBIs for Bucks County. Ryan Baker added two hits and two RBIs and Robert Charlton also drove in two runs.

Hagerstown Gold drew six walks in the first inning, including three bases-loaded walks. Mellott capped the scoring with a three-run double to center.

"That was just an example of good sound baseball of being patient and making the pitcher throw strikes," Proctor said. "When he did throw strikes, our hitters were on it."

Bucks County chipped away at the deficit, making it 12-11 with three runs in the bottom of the fifth on a throwing error and Wells' two-run homer.

Hagerstown Gold got two runs in the sixth on an outfield error and an RBI double by Bennett, then added two more in the seventh on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Hunter Williams.

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