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Hagerstown eliminated from PONY-13 World Series

July 30, 2012

FULLERTON, Calif. — Hagerstown was eliminated from the PONY-13 World Series late Sunday night, falling 16-6 to Tamiami of Miami, Fla.

Hagerstown finished 2-2 in the tournament. It lost to Tijuana, Mexico, 9-3 on Friday, then defeated Fullerton 8-6 on Saturday before beating Tijuana 15-4 in five innings in a rematch Sunday afternoon.

“I’m extremely proud, so proud of the kids,” Hagerstown manager Dave Barr said. “The game against Miami was much closer than the score would indicate. ... Overall, to finish in the top four — and one of the directors said we finished third; I don’t know how that is — but I’m tremendously proud of these kids.”

Tamiami advanced to play Irvine (Calif.) for the championship on Tuesday, with both teams sporting 3-0 records.

Tamiami outhit Hagerstown 15-12 and capitalized on four Hagerstown errors.

Hagerstown trailed 6-0 before rallying for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Mitchell Wilson led off with a single and Ryan Downes followed with a two-run homer. After Gage Kyler hit a one-out home run to make it 6-3, Jake Arnone singled, went to third on an error on the play and scored on a wild pitch.

“We battled back and showed tremendous heart in that game, coming back from down 6-0,” Barr said.

Tamiami erupted in the top of the seventh, rallying for 10 runs on seven hits — including a triple and three doubles — three walks and an error to take a 16-4 lead.

“After we got the first kid out, the wheels just came off,” Barr said.

Hagerstown tried to rally back in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases and then getting a two-run single by Matthew Harsh with no outs. But they couldn’t score again.

Harsh finished with two hits, including a double, and a walk, and Arnone also had two hits.

Winning pitcher Alex Rodriguez went 3-for-5 with a triple, double and three RBIs for Tamiami. He also went the distance on the mound, throwing 135 pitches and striking out eight.

Hagerstown will travel home with very few regrets and memories to last a lifetime.

“This team really bonded together and bought into the team concept of playing baseball,” Barr said. “We did not have individualists and parents in it for the glory of their own kids. We had a team that was united, rooted for their teammates, and the parents rooted for everybody whether their kid was in the game or not. These parents made the journey very enjoyable for me and the coaching staff.

“I’d just like for all the baseball fans of Hagerstown to get behind the PONY-14 team and show them as much as they’ve shown us. They’re a very good team and we hope they get to the World Series as well.”

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