PONYs keep Chesapeake at bay, win title

August 04, 2008

BROCKTON, Mass. - Drew DeShong had three hits and four RBIs to lead the Hagerstown PONY All-Stars to a 7-3 win over Chesapeake (Va.) in the championship game of the East Zone Tournament on Sunday.

With the victory, Hagerstown clinched its first berth in the PONY World Series since 2002. Hagerstown will begin play Sunday against host Washington (Pa.) at 8 p.m.

"The boys are ecstatic that we're going to the World Series. It's huge," Hagerstown manager Steve Berger said. "This was our goal when we started. Now, we want to see how many we can win up there."

Hagerstown, the winners' bracket champ, had to play Chesapeake twice Sunday after falling 7-4 in the first game.

"We don't do anything easy, but we did it," Berger said. "The boys really played well in the last game. The first game, they weren't as focused as they could have been. But the more their backs are against the wall, the better they play."


In the second game, Hagerstown took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Aaron Stoner walked, stole second and scored on a double by DeShong.

Hagerstown went up 4-0 in the second. Dylan Ianaro and Seth Hall each singled and Chris Kiley walked to load the bases. Ianaro scored on a passed ball and DeShong followed with a two-run single.

DeShong's RBI single in the fourth made it a 5-1 game.

After Chesapeake moved within 5-3 in the fourth, Hagerstown got the two runs back in the fifth.

Aaron Dinterman led off with a single, stole second and scored on a single by Luke Toms. After a single by Kiley, Toms scored on a single by Stoner.

Toms, the starting pitcher, went six-plus innings for the win.

"His changeup kept them off balance," Berger said. "They couldn't do anything with it."

After the first two Chesapeake batters singled in the seventh, Toms was relieved by Brandon Hess.

After walking the first batter he faced to load the bases with no outs, Hess struck out the next two and got a groundout to shortstop to end the game.

Dinterman finished with three hits and Toms had two hits.

Hagerstown was held to only four hits in the first game Sunday. Stoner had a solo home run and Jake Bachtell, Dinterman and Ianaro each had an RBI single.

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