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Hagerstown, Chambersburg advance in PONY-14 play

July 21, 2013|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — Who needs a championship game? Both the Hagerstown A and Chambersburg PONY-14 teams were more than happy to skip the contest and advance from the sectional tournament at Funkhouser Park in Hagerstown on Sunday. Hagerstown A and Chambersburg advanced to the Super Regional Tournament for the West Region of the East Zone, which will take place at Boardman, Ohio, starting Thursday and finishing on July 28. On Sunday, Chambersburg beat Hagerstown B 11-3 in the losers’ bracket final to advance to the championship round, where it was scheduled to face Hagerstown A. Chambersburg chose not to play in the championship round. Hagerstown A was declared the section champion. “Since our kids are already in the next tournament, we just decided to not play the championship round,” Chambersburg manager Rick Christian said. “With a few days’ rest, this will give our team a chance to get our pitching rotation set up for the next tournament.” Hagerstown A will open up the Super Regional against Prospects One, out of Ohio, on Thursday at 5 p.m. “Going into our own sectional tournament, we expected to win it,” Hagerstown A manager Dave Barr said. “We played good all-around and we hit the ball well. We got good pitching and the key was that we played good defense. “We are not worried about individual goals. We are focused on one common goal and that is to win and play as a team. We approach it as a team game. We’re just looking forward to the challenge.” Hagerstown A advanced to the championship round by beating Hagerstown B 18-2 in the late game on Saturday. Harrison Barger slugged two three-run homers, while Gage Kyler belted a two-run homer and a solo homer for Hagerstown A. Bryce Ruppenthal and Matt Harsh each added a solo homer. In the losers’ bracket final, Chambersburg pitcher Austin Suders gave up three runs and struck out 11 to get the complete-game victory. Suders had two hits, including a two-run homer, at the plate. “I thought Austin threw a good game against a talented team,” Christian said. “He hit all of his spots and he kept them off-balance. We have hit the ball well all season. This is our fourth tournament. Our team batting average is around .320.” Kevin Carbaugh also had two hits with a two-run homer, while Cole Christian had two hits and scored three runs for Chambersburg.

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