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Hagerstown grades out with an 'A' in effort in PONY sectional

July 23, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

Hagerstown A advanced to the championship round of the Pony League Section Tournament by beating Hagerstown B 19-3 on Saturday night at Funkhouser Park.

The game was halted after 4 1/2 innings because of the 10-run rule.

Hagerstown B will try to stave off elimination today at 2 p.m. against Chambersburg in the losers’ bracket final. Chambersburg eliminated South Adams 17-0 in five innings.

The winner of that game will have to defeat Hagerstown A twice in the championship round, beginning at 4:30, to win the title. A deciding game would be played on Monday at 7 if needed.

Saturday’s game was pretty much quickly as Hagerstown A scored seven runs in the bottom of the first inning and added 10 runs in the second to build a 17-1 advantage.

“We set out what we wanted to do,” Hagerstown A manager Steve Berger said. “We’re capable of having that big run production. We have a nice squad that can hit the ball. I hope our good run production continues. We are going to be tough to beat if we score 20 runs every game.”

Hagerstown B took a 1-0 lead in the first on Garrett Spinks’ leadoff homer.

Hagerstown A bounced back immediately.

Caleb Cardone led off with homer before the next three batters drew walks. Tim Hartsock scored on a wild pitch, before,winning pitcher Josh Miller helped himself out with a RBI single and Airin Martin belted a three-run homer to center to highlight the rally.

Hagerstown A all but closed the game in the second as Jordan Stonebreaker got an RBI infield single and Martin blasted a pitch to right for his second three-run homer of the game. Stonebreaker added a grand slam to right to cap the rally.

Miller got the win for Hagerstown A by giving up just three runs in five innings of pitching.

“Our pitcher threw a good game,” Berger said. “We had good defense. I am pretty happy with our first two games.”

Hagerstown B got two runs in the third on a throwing error and a RBI single by J.J. Cooper.

Hagerstown A scored its last two runs in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Jordan Buchanon and a RBI double by Miller.

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