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PONYs qualify 2 teams to Zone

July 24, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

Hagerstown A defeated Hagerstown B 14-4 in six innings on Sunday to win the PONY League Baseball Section Tournament at Funkhouser Park.

Neither team lost, though, as both Hagerstown teams advance to the region tournament in Boardman, Ohio on Thursday.

“Anytime that you score 14 runs, you should be able to win the ball game,” said Hagerstown A manager Steve Berger, whose team was 3-0 in the tournament. “I don’t think that we played that particularly well today. But still, anytime that you can win by 10 runs, you’ll take it.”

Riley Arnone drive in four runs, while Tim Hartsock and Sinjin Shoop added two RBIs each for Hagerstown A.

Winning pitcher Jordan Stonebreaker hurled four innings before Hartsock closed out the game with two scoreless innings.

Hagerstown A from the beginning with five runs in the bottom of the first inning. Hartsock drew a one-out walk and scored on Tyler Anders’ double to center. Stonebreaker reached on a dropped popup to set up Shoop’s two-out, two-run single and a two-run homer by Arnone.

Hagerstown A added single runs in the second on a RBI single by Anders and the third on a RBI grounder by Arnone. Hartsock hit a two-run single in the fourth to highlight a three-run fourth.

After getting two runs on wild pitches in the fifth, Hagerstown A closed its scoring on another run-scoring grounder by Arnone and a throwin error.

Hagerstown B (2-2) reached the finals by erasing a 3-1 deficit to defeat Chambersburg 11-9 in the losers’ bracket final.

Garrett Spinks, who moved Hagerstown B within 3-2 in the third with a home run, had five home runs in three games.

Hagerstown B took control of the game with a seven-run fourth.

J.J. Cooper, Andrew Fiery and Chase Eichelberger each hit two-run homers in the inning.

Southpaw reliever Zach Andrews pitched two scoreless innings for the save.

Cooper had three hits and three RBIs for Hagerstown B, while Blake Harne added four hits and Eichelberger added two RBIs.

“The kids played very well and they had drive,” Hagerstown B manager John Phillips said.

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