Hagerstown eliminated from East Zone tourney

August 03, 2013

Saturday, August 3, 2013


HIGH POINT, N.C. — The Hagerstown PONY 14 all-stars always knew how to take a lead.

The problem was they had trouble defending one.

Rocky defense — and a fourth-inning grand slam — knocked the wind out of Hagerstown’s sails as it was eliminated in a 15-7 loss to New Bedford (Mass.) on Saturday in the losers’ bracket final of the East Zone Tournament.

“The story of game today and yesterday is that defensively we didn’t get the job done,” said Hagerstown manager Dave Barr. “We committed four errors today and committed four yesterday in a 7-6 loss.

“Whenever we got a lead, the other team did not earn anything. We gave it away.”

Hagerstown was forced to bounce back after dropping a 7-6 decision to Chesterfield (Va.) on Friday in the winners’ bracket final.

Errors staked New Bedford to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Hagerstown battled back to tie the game at 4 in the third inning.

The bottom fell out in the fourth, when New Bedford collected two hits before loading the bases on a low throw to first on a third strike, leading to the grand slam and an 8-4 deficit.

“New Bedford hit the ball very well,” Barr said. “We came off that emotional loss to Chesterfield and we had no energy.

“I can’t put my finger on it. We practiced every day and every day we worked on infield and outfield defense. We had difficulty making the routine plays. We just didn’t play well defensively.”

New Bedford continued its roll, defeating Chesterfield 19-9 in the first game of the championship round. It forced a final game Sunday at noon, with the winner advancing to the PONY League World Series in Washington, Pa.

Ryan Downs and Matt Harsh had three hits each for Hagerstown, while Bryce Ruppenthal homered and Zach Martin drove in two runs.

The loss ended a strong two-year run for Hagerstown.

“I’ve managed this group for two years. I’m proud of them,” Barr said. “They were 17-2, have won two super region titles and made a trip to the World Series last year. They have represented Hagerstown well.”


29th annual Fred Kaley 5K

Saturday in Greencastle, Pa.

Males (top 10): 1. Tim Wertner 16:44; 2. Brady Wilt 17:00; 3. Matt Elgin 17:20; 4. Shane May 17:23; 5. Ean King 17:36; 6. Brad Sponaugle 17:46; 7. Andy Mason 17:47; 8. Rob Hovermale 18:06; 9. Jacob Minnich 18:41; 10. Clay Foreman 18:42.

Females (top 10): 1. Michelle Van Horn 19:38; 2. Lori Mowen 20:00; 3. Taryn Parks 21:50; 4. Laurel Jones 22:29; 5. Lindsay Bingaman 22:34; 6. Lori Hewitt 22:35; 7. Josee Gallant 22:49; 8. Bethany Carter 23:17; 9. Willow Weir 23:44; 10. Jen Smith 23:59.


MISGA Match Play

Beaver Creek 15, Rattlewood 3

At Beaver Creek

Terry Burket/Ed Frankenberger (B) d. Jim Bailor/Mike McKee, 2 and 1; Jerome Tucker/Biull Lingenfelter (B) v. Warren McKinney/Ken Peterson, halved; Ken Goldeman/Don Rupp (B) by fft.

At Rattlewood

Harry Pearce/Ed Barton (B) d. Bob Brewer/Rich Boardman, 2.5-0.5; Donnie Barton/Ed Middlekauf (B) d. Bill Dew/Bob MacArthur, 3-0; Jim Hart/Don Baker (B) d. Dave Schwartz/Dave Fitzwilliam, 3-0.


Goretti hoops camp openings

St. Maria Goretti boys basketball coach Amrit Rayfield still has spots available for the August Basketball Night Camp at Goretti, which be held Monday through Thursday this week from 5:30 to 9 p.m. each night. The camp is for grades 4-9. Call Rayfield at 301-739-4266, ext. 160, or 304-678-9503 for information.

Williamsport Nationals tryouts

The Williamsport Nationals will hold tryouts for their fall prospect team on Aug. 24 at 3 p.m. at the Williamsport High School baseball field. Any high school age player living in Washington County is eligible to try out. for information, call David Clugston at 240-675-1960 or visit the team’s website at

Renegade softball tryouts

The Renegade Athletic Club will hold tryouts for 10U and 16U Lady Renegade girls fastpitch travel teams for the 2014 tournament season on Aug. 8, 12 and 15. For information, call Shawn Lesh at 717-658-4729 or John Secrist at 717-263-9702. Private tryouts also are available.

Gary Brown 5-Miler on Aug. 17

The 32nd annual Gray Brown Memorial C&O Canal 5-Mile Run will be held Aug. 17, beginning at 8 a.m., with the start/finish line at Riverbottom Park in Williamsport. Race-day registration ($30 for adults, $20 for students) will be held from 7 to 7:45 a.m. Early registration for discount rates ($25 for adults, $15 for students) will last until Aug. 7. Race is limited to the first 200 entrants. For more information about the race or early registration, contact Mike Spinnler at 301-739-7004 or at

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