of Division Final
Humacao, PR 3
Humacao scored first, Alexander Rivera walked in the first, went all the way to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Frank Molina's sacrifice fly. Adalberto Alvira led off the Humacao second with a solo homerun for a 2-0 lead.
Travis D'Arnaud led off the second for Lakewood with a double. After a groundout, Pat Colwell walked and David Ross singled to load the bases. Winning pitcher Nick Evans singled to score D'Arnaud. Jonathan Johnson followed with a basehit, plating Colwell, and Michael Beltran walked, driving home Ross.
Jeff Fischer walked to open the third for the champions, drawing a walk. D'Arnaud followed with a walk and a wild pitch enabled the runners to advance. After a strikeout and an infield error, loading the bases, Ross drove Fischer home with a single, putting Lakewood up 4-2. Ross finished the game with three hits, an rbi and a run scored after going hitless through Lakewood's first three games.
Consecutive singles after two out in the sixth brough Humacao to within 4-3, but they would not get the tying run. Christian Saez, Alvira and Jonathan Ortiz each singled, Saez scoring the third Humacao run. But Evans struck out pinch-hitter Jonathan Rosa to end the rally. Evans allowed just six hits while striking out eight to get the win, his second of the World Series. Geovan Ortiz allowed three runs in 1/3 of an inning in relief to take the loss. Ortiz was the second of four pitchers used by Humacao.
threatened, tied, not broken
Humacao's Christian Saez waited for the semifinals for his assault on the record, hitting a grand slam Friday night, then adding a three-run homerun Saturday when the game was resumed. But Saez best shot to set a new record went by the wayside in the finals. At the plate with runners at first and second and nobody out, it looked like Saez would bump Bolden down the list. But, in an unusual double-play, both runners were caught stealing and Saez flew out to left to end his threat.
Homeruns in a Series--5
Jean Carlos Rodriguez, New York, and Frank Molina, Humacao each hit five and had opportunities to best the mark. Rodriguez ripped a single, but went hitless the rest of the Series. Molina didn't have as much of a chance, being intentionally walked three times and drawing one other walk.
Homeruns in a Game--3
rbi in a game--7
Rain, Go Away!
TX 15, Washington, PA 6
the Driver's Seat!
in Charge Here?
This marks just the fourth time in PONY World Series history that a player has hit three homeruns in a single game. Rodriguez' second homerun landed on the Colt Field playing surface. That's about 375 feet from home plate at Lew Hays PONY Field. Reinaldo Guava held Humacao to just two hits, both singles. New York needs only one more win to claim a berth in the PONY League World Series championship game Saturday.
road back begins
The loss for North Allegheny continues the frustration for the Host Area, the 10th straight loss in PONY World Series play for Host Area teams since North Allegheny's 1999 opening round win.
Opening Round Games--
3, Chambersburg 0
Opening Round Games
15, North Allegheny 1
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