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Hagerstown's bats go cold in PONY loss

August 05, 2011|By PAT DeCOLA | New Hampshire Union Leader

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Dario Vitalgliano hit a three-run double in the third inning to put Manchester ahead to stay, as the host team defeated Hagerstown B 6-1 on the opening day of the PONY League Baseball East Zone Tournament on Friday.

Travis Dion added a two-run single and scored on a wild pitch to give Manchester all the scoring it needed.

J.J. Cooper scored on a wild pitch in the fifth inning to give Hagerstown its only run. Garrett Spinks, Blake Harne, and Zach Barr had Hagerstown’s three hits.

Starter Chase Eichelberger allowed all six runs in the third inning and was tagged with the loss. Zach Andrews relieved Eichelberger in the fourth and pitched 2 1/3 shutout innings.

“These kids have done great. I couldn't ask for more,” said Hagerstown manager John Phillips. "They have such a desire to play. They play together, fight together and stick together. They already fulfilled my destiny to get out of Hagerstown, so now it's up to them to see how far they want to go."

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* In the early game, Henry-County (Va.) defeated New Bedford (Mass.), 9-8.

New Bedford took an early 4-0 lead and looked to be in cruise control as starting pitcher Tyler Zella struck out five of the first eight batters he faced.

Henry-County quickly countered with eight runs before New Bedford catcher Nick Bergentim hit a game-tying grand slam in the seventh. Henry-County scored in the eighth to take the win.

* The tournament continues Saturday as New Bedford plays Hagerstown at 11 a.m., Henry-County plays Manchester at 2 p.m. and the winner of the first game plays the loser of the second at 5 p.m. The winner of the second game plays the winner of the third on Sunday at 11 a.m. in the championship round.

The winner of the double-elimination tournament will advance to play in the PONY World Series.

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