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Hagerstown PONY teams get victories in sectional

July 20, 2013|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — Both Hagerstown teams prevailed in the first round of the PONY 14 sectional tournament at Funkhouser Park on Saturday.

In the opener — which started Friday before storms postponed it — Hagerstown B squeezed by Chambersburg 8-6 in eight innings.

With the score tied at 5 after seven innings, Hagerstown B scored three runs in the top of the eighth.

With one out, winning pitcher Tanner Elbin reached on an infield single and stole second. Anthony Hodges walked and Colton Repp reached on an infield single to load the bases.

With two outs, Hodges hustled home on a wild pitch. Marqui Hoffman then clubbed a two-run double to left to drive in both Repp and Kerns.

Chambersburg got a run in the bottom half before Hagerstown B sealed the win.

Hoffman finished with three hits and three RBIs, Brett Fogle and Caden Keplinger added two hits each and Kerns had two stolen bases for Hagerstown B.

“It was a great team effort,” Hagerstown B manager Steve Berger said. “There was no quit in the Hagerstown team. We got clutch hits by quite a few people in our lineup.”

Chambersburg pitcher Kolbey Harbaugh went the distance and struck out 15. He also slugged a two-run homer and had three hits and five RBIs.

In the second game, Hagerstown A banged out 30 hits and blasted South Adams 31-1 in five innings. Everybody in the starting lineup hit safely for Hagerstown A.

Hagerstown A got started with three runs in the first on a two-run double to left by Ryan Downes and an RBI infield single by Mitchell Wilson.

Hagerstown A sent 21 batters to the plate in the second as it exploded for 16 runs to increase the lead to 19-0.

Bryce Ruppenthal ripped a two-run double, Harrison Barger had an RBI single, Isaac Schlotterbeck stroked a two-run double, Matt Harsh ripped a two-run homer, Brandon Gooden and Ruppenthal hit RBI singles, Gage Kyler belted a grand slam, Gooden added an RBI double and Brooks Keller delivered a two-run single.

Issac Silver homered in the bottom of the second for the only South Adams run.

Myles Nicholson blasted a two-run homer to highlight an eight-run third for Hagerstown A, which finished its scoring with three runs in the fourth and one in the fifth.

“We have a lot of weapons in the lineup,” Hagerstown A manager Dave Barr said. “Everybody in the lineup contributed. We hit the ball well.”

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