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Hagerstown drops 1st game at PONY-13 World Series

July 27, 2012

FULLERTON, Calif. — Hagerstown fell 9-3 to Tijuana, Mexico, in the first round of the PONY-13 World Series on Friday.

“The key to the game is real simple,” Hagerstown manager Dave Barr said. “We had three hits in the first inning and put two runs on the board. After that, we had four hits the rest of the way. That’s the story of the game. Offensively, we didn’t do anything from the second inning on. We just didn’t hit the ball well.”

Tijuana scored three runs in the top of the first inning on four singles and two walks.

Hagerstown cut the deficit to 3-2 in the bottom half as Mitchell Wilson drew a two-out walk and Ryan Downes followed with a two-run homer. Matthew Harsh and Gage Kyler then each singled but were left stranded as a flyout ended the inning.

After Tijuana scored two in the fourth to go up 5-2, Hagerstown answered with a run in the bottom of the inning. Jake Arnone walked, went to second on a wild pitch, took third on a groundout and scored on an RBI double by Levi Taylor to make it a 5-3 game.

Tijuana scored the game’s last four runs, getting two in the sixth and two more in the seventh.

“To be honest, we were a little flat,” Barr said. “We had a long day of travel (Thursday), then had to be up at 6:45 for opening ceremonies and then play a game at 1. That’s a lot for 13-year-olds to do that. So yeah, we were a tad bit flat.”

Downes and Bryce Ruppenthal each had two of Hagerstown’s seven hits.

Hagerstown will face either Miami or Fullerton in a losers’ bracket game Saturday at 4 p.m. EST.

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