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Hagerstown A uses bold strokes for homers to draw artistic title

Hagerstown A uses bold strokes for homers to draw artistic title

July 21, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

Hagerstown A used home run strokes to clinch the PONY League Sectional Tournament title on Monday with a 9-4 win over Chambersburg American.

Hagerstown, which hit three home runs in the final, won all three games in the winners' bracket of the double-elimination tournament to win the championship. Both teams advance to PONY League West Regional, which starts on Friday in Boardman, Ohio.

"We have some pretty powerful hitters," Hagerstown manager Steve Berger said. "The three hitters that hit the home runs actually got the pitches that they can hit and they didn't miss. It is just a matter of whether they stay focused and get the pitches that they want, instead of the pitches the pitchers wanted them to hit."

Chambersburg took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning before Hagerstown started gaining control. Hagerstown scored three runs as Logan Appel drew a leadoff walk and Charles Cvijanovich reached on an infield single to set up Andrew Yacyk's three-run homer to center on the first pitch he saw.

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"I was looking for something to hit," Yacyk said. "I just saw a ball right there in the middle of the plate and I took advantage of it. It felt good getting out there in front after they scored that first run. We stayed out in front. I can't wait to go to Ohio. That is when the real fun starts."

Hagerstown added three runs in the third for a 6-1 lead as Yacyk and Jason Mayles drew walks before Tyler Byers clubbed a three-run homer to right.

"We needed some extra runs in case they would battle back," Byers said. "I was able to hit a perfect pitch that I was looking for all night. It was there and I drove it."

Hagerstown added a run in the fifth when Byers singled, stole two bases and scored on a safety squeeze bunt by Josh Grim.

Hagerstown got its final two runs in the sixth when Cvijanovich walked and Dylan Dopson belted a two-run homer to left.

Hagerstown pitcher Aaron Jones got the complete-game win, allowing three earned runs and two walks, while striking out eight in seven innings.

"Aaron Jones did a good job of concentrating and mixing up his pitches for the whole game," Berger said.

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