PONY League World Series
August 7-15, 2009
Lew Hays PONY Field--Washington Park
Here for tournament bracket
Taipei Wins PONY Title
Wei Lan combined with Ta Kuan Lai on a championship game two-hitter,
and Yu Cheng Chang and Chih Chieh Su
both homered as Chinese Taipei rolled to the PONY League World Series
title, beating Riverside/Victoria, CA, 12-1, in five innings. This
is the sixth championships for Chinese Taipei in the last 16 years.
Californians took a 1-0 lead in the third when Derek Van Billiard
doubled and scored on Jeremy Goldenetz' single. That turned out to
be the West Zone champs' only run, and only hits, in the game.
plated four runs in the bottom of the inning, getting an rbi single
from Ispalidav Lanihu, a two-run basehit from Su and an rbi groundout
by Cheng Nan Chang. In the fifth, a three-run homerun by Yu Cheng
Chang, his second of the series, made it 7-1. Two batters later, Su
blasted a two-run shot, his second round-tripper. Jung Hung Sen and
Po Sheng Wang stroked rbi doubles and Po Chen Chung's single closed
worked the game's first three innings, allowing one run on two hits,
striking out two. Lai retired all six batters he faced, striking out
five of them.
an inning-by-inning play-by-play:
1st: Strikeout & two groundouts.
1st: Single (Yu Cheng Chang), force play, groundball doubleplay.
2nd: Groundout, infield error, groundball doubleplay.
2nd: Flyout to fence in leftcenter, groundout, lineout.
3rd: After two out, Derek Van Billiard doubled off the
fence in right. Jeremy Goldenetz singled to left, scoring Van Billiard.
Taipei 3rd: With Po Chen Chung
at first after a force play, pinch-hitter Wei Kang Wang was hit by
a pitch. Yu Cheng Chang singled, loading the bases. Ispalidav Lanihu
singled to left, scoring Chung. Chih Chieh Su's single to right drove
in two runs, Wang & Chung. Cheng Nan Chang grounded out to second,
4th:Now pitching for Chinese Taipei-Ta Kuan Lai. Three strikeouts.
Taipei 4th: Pitching change for
Riverside--Tony Martinez. With Po Chen Chung and Ta Kuan Lai on base,
Yu Cheng Chang hit a three-run homerun, his second homer of the World
Series. Ispalidav Lanihu singled. Pitching change for Riverside--Freddy
Dominguez. chih Chieh Su homered to left, his second World Series
homerun. Cheng Nan Chang singled and stole second. Jung Hung Sen doubled
to left, scoring Chang. Po Sheng Wang doubled to score Sen, then scored
on Po Chen Chung's single.
Riverside 5th: Flyout, two strikeouts. Game over.
C-T Wei Kang Wang, pinch hit for Chen Wei Lan, bottom of 3rd,
C-T Ta Kuan Lai, pitcher for Wei Kang Wang, top of 4th,
Tony Martinez, from third base to pitch, bottom of 4th
Riv Paul Martinez, from pitcher to shortstop, bottom of 4th
Riv Cody Palmer, from shortstop to third base, bottom of 4th
Riv Freddy Dominguez, pitcher, bottom of 4th, for Tony Martinez
Chen Yuah Yang, leftfield for Sheng Chieh Lin, top of 5th
C-T Ting Chen Lin, rightfield for Jung Hung Sen, top of 5th
Robert Ortega, pinch hit for Glenn Guardamondo, top of 5th.
Notes: The 58th PONY League World Series Championship is on the
line this afternoon when Riverside/Victoria, CA takes on Chinese Taipei.
Both teams had to win "If Necessary" games just to get to
the finals. We'll have starting lineups, inning-by-inning updates
and post-game news & notes right here. Click refresh often.
Taipei has had a long, but steady, climb to the finals. The Asia-Pacific
champions lost their first game of the Series, dropping a 3-1 decision
to Toa Baja, PR. C-T then battled back through the losers bracket,
including back-to-back wins over Toa Baja, including a 4-2, 8-inning
win in the "If Necessary" game Friday night. This is the
third time in five years that Chines Taipei has a team in the finals,
the fourth time in ten. Taipei has won five championships in the past
waited until Sunday to play their first game, and pounded out four
homeruns in a five-inning victory. The West Zone champs then had to
wait until Wednesday because of weather to play a winners bracket
game against the Hosts. Tony Martinez' sixth-inning homerun put Riverside
into the division finals. Tamiami forced an extra game by jumping
on the Californians for six runs in the first, then scored in every
inning after that, rolling to an 18-6 thrashing. Riverside rebounded
well, scoring six runs over the first two innings of the "If
Necessary" game to earn a spot in the finals, the 8th straight
year a West Zone champion has been in the PONY championship game.
California teams have won five titles in the past dozen years, 20
all-time in the PONY League World Series, more than any other state
equaled in 2009 PONY League World Series
Most Runs Batted In, Game (8) -- Paul Martinez,
Most Home Runs, Inning, Team (3) -- Riverside, CA
Grand Slam Home Run (#31) -- Dom Francia, Mon-Yough, PA
Slam Home Run (#32) -- Christopher Murelle,
Individual Pitching Victories (3) -- Jack Johnson, Riverside, CA
August 14--Taipei, Riverside to Finals!
California bats erupt, eliminate Tamiami
Gabriel Clark went four-for-four, including two
three-run home runs, and drove in seven runs, as Riverside/Victoria
avenged its only loss, pounding Tamiami, 15-5 in six innings. Glenn
Guardamondo blasted a two-run homerun in the second. Two walks and
two outs later, Clark hit the first of his home runs putting Riverside
up 6-0. The West Zone champions plated five more in the fourth, led
by winning pitcher Jack Johnson's two-run single. Johnson allowed
five runs on five hits while striking out nine to earn his third series
victory, the 21st pitcher all-time with three wins in a World Series.
Jervis hit his fourth homerun of the World Series for Tamiami. Later
in the game, Anthony Tucker homered, the seventh different Tamiami
player to go yard. As a team in the Series, the South Zone champs
hit 11 homeruns, including a grand slam by Chris Murelle, who started
on the mound tonight and took the loss.
game + extra innings needed
Taipei and Toa Baja not only needed an "if necessary" game
to decide the division title, they needed extra innings. In the bottom
of the eighth, Cheng Nan Chang hit a 1-2 pitch over the fence in right,
leading Chinese Taipei to a 4-2 win over Toa Baja and a berth in the
World Series championship game. Cheng pitched the first 6.1 innings,
holding Toa Baja to five hits and one earned run. Taipei is the first
team since 2001 to lose its first game and qualify for the World Series
final. Yu Cheng Chang got the win in relief, allowing just one hit
over the final 1.1 innings.
Baja led 1-0 in the third on an unearned run. Taipei scored two runs
on two errors in the fifth. In the Puerto Rico sixth, Roberto Guillermo's
double scored Jan Cintron to tie the game. Jose Mercado took the loss,
allowing the walk-off homerun. Joe Jimenez did not allow an earned
run, working the first seven innings. Jimenez gave up just one earned
run in 14 Series innings.
"If Necessary" is necessary, TWICE!
earlier losses knocked off the unbeatens in Thursday's Division Championship
games, forcing both brackets to the "If Necessary" games.
Friday, Toa Baja, PR takes on Chinese Taipei with one spot in Saturday's
title game on the line. Shortly thereafter, Tamiami battles Riverside/Victoria,
CA for the other berth.
August 13--Tamiami bounces hosts
4-3 entering the sixth, the South Zone champions exploded for 13 runs
over the final two frames, eliminating Washington, 17-4. Gaby Casals
homered and drove in six runs to lead the way. Claudio Rubiera also
homered. Seven different players had rbi, all of them in the final
two innings. Chris Murelle picked up his second win of the World Series.
Corey Hunsberger received the Don Voytek Memorial Award, annually
presented to the Washington batter with the highest batting average.
Hunsberger went 4-11, a .364 average in Washington's three games.
Taipei stays in the hunt
Baja built a 2-0 lead in the second and held Chinese Taipei to just
one hit through four innings. But the Asia-Pacific champion scored
three times in the fifth and added five more in the seventh to give
the Caribbean entry its first loss in the tournament and force a Friday
night "If Necessary" game in this division. Jung Hung Sen
tossed a complete game six-hitter, striking out nine without walking
a batter. Yu Cheng Chang had two rbi, Wei Kang Wang and Po Sheng Wang
each had two hits and a run driven in. Jose Carballo homered for Toa
Baja, their first of the series.
Zoners force extra game
built an 11-1 lead, gave up five runs in the fifth, then rolled on
to an 18-6 win over previously-unbeated Riverside/Victoria, forcing
this division to an "If Necessary" game Friday night. Chris
Murelle hit a grand slam and drove in six runs for Tamiami while teammate
David Jervis homered twice, his second and third of the World Series.
Claudio Rubiera also homered for the South Zone champions who scored
36 total runs on Thursday to stay alive in the tournament. Tamiami
has now scored in 10 consecutive innings..
composure, friendliness, hard work--just some of the attributes of
this year's PONY Princess, just some of the wonderful attributes of
all of the finalists. Betsy Stowinsky, a ninth grader this fall at
Bentworth High School, was named the PONY Princess Thursday night.
Miss Stowinsky, daughter of John & Marcia Stowinsky, was crowned
by out-going Princess Joanie Paskert.
prior to the World Series championship game, we'll name a new PONY
Hostess from among finalists: Savannah
Ammons, Hannah Duball, Kalina Interval, Bricelyn Meerdo, Madison Pliska,
Jena Tocci, Natalie Standish, Annie Walther and Kelsey Zaremba.
August 12--Homerun winner for Riverside
Martinez stroked a two-run homerun to rightcenter in the bottom of
the sixth, leading Riverside/Victoria to a 3-2 win over the Hosts.
Jack Johnson pitched three shutout innings in relief to pick up his
second tournament win. Corey Hunsburger homered to right in the fourth
putting Washington up 2-1. Riverside banged out 10 hits off losing
pitcher Christian Koroly but Washington turned two doubleplays to
hold the West Zone champs to just one run through five innings.
moves to Division Finals
Chich Chieh Su's three-run homer highlighted the fifth inning as Chinese
Taipei ousted Johnstown, 7-3. The Asia-Pacific champions scored six
unearned runs in the fifth, following a throwing error. Chen Wei Lan
allowed just one earned run in four innings to get the win. Yu Cheng
Chang earned a save tossing three scoreless innings of relief. Chun
Hsien Ho homered in the sixth, the 16th different player in the World
Series with a round-tripper.
FORCE WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE CHANGES
Rain fell in the Washington area through early afternoon, forcing
yet another revision to the World Series schedule. Here is the latest
5:30 pm Washington, PA vs. Riverside/Victoria, CA (winners'
8:00 pm Johnstown, PA vs. Chinese Taipei (elimination game)
FL awaits the Washington/Riverside loser for an elimination game that
will now be played (weather permitting) on Thursday. All of the scheduling
remains tentative based on weather and field conditions.
/ Riverside Now Wednesday, 5:30 pm
Due to the rains that delayed Tuesday's first game, and the late start
of the second game, the winners' bracket game between Washington,
PA & Riverside, CA has been postponed. It is now set for Wednesday
at 5:30 pm.
August 11--Toa Baja to Division Finals
Ismael Sanchez scattered four hits and his teammates scored four times
in the first as Toa Baja moved to the Division Finals with a 6-2 win
over Johnstown. Jose Carballo had a two-run single in the first. Sanchez
doubled home two runs in the sixth inning. Johnstown drops into the
round against Chinese Taipei. The game was delayed for nearly 90 minutes
by heavy rains after three innings.
ousts New Bedford
The South Zone champions scored five runs over two innings with just
one rbi to eliminate New Bedford, MA, 6-3. A rundown doubleplay, a
balk and two wild pitches enabled Tamiami to build a 5-0 lead through
three innings. New Bedford got a two-run homerun from Billy Lessa
to close to within 5-3. Joshua Cedeno picked up his second rbi single
in the top of the seventh to provide an insurance marker. Anthony
Tucker got the win, allowing three runs and six hits over six innings.
Javier Herrera worked a scoreless seventh to earn a save.
August 10--Chinese Taipei ousts Bay County
Bay County jumped in front 3-0 after two innings only to see Chinese
Taipei storm back with 10 runs over the next three innings on the
way to a rain-delayed 13-9 win in an elimination game. Yu Cheng Chang
and Po Sheng Wang each drove in two runs for the Asia-Pacific champions.
Ta Kuan Lai pitched 3.1 innings in relief to earn the win. Jake Warren's
three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth pulled Bay County to within
11-9, but the North Zone champions couldn't get any closer.
vs. Toa Baja POSTPONED
Monday night's second game has been postponed due to lightning and
impending heavy rains in the Washington area.
The game has been re-scheduled for 3 pm Tuesday as the opening game
of a triple-header.
pm EDT--The rains have stopped. The ground crew is working the field.
Play is expected to resume at 8:20 pm. Chinese Taipei leads 10-5 with
Bay County, MI batting in the bottom of the fifth inning.
DELAY--7:10 pm EDT--Heavy rains are moving through the Washington
area. The teams have been pulled from the
August 9--Riverside powers to win
Paul Martinez drove in eight runs and Riverside/Victoria went back-to-back-to-back
in the third on the way to a 13-2 win over New Bedford. Martinez had
two homeruns in the game, one in the first and another following homers
by Michael Darr and Gabriel Clark. This marks the 12th time in the
history of the PONY League World Series that teammates have hit three
homeruns in an inning. The eight rbi by Martinez ties a WS record
set by Jordan Long in 2005.
County stays alive, Saltillo ousted
Ryan Jankowski scored twice and threw two shutout innings of relief
as Bay County eliminated Saltillo, MX, 3-1. Starter Grant Bridgewater
got the winning, allowing just one run over five innings of work.
Chase Krager's rbi double in the sixth sealed the deal for the North
Zone champions. Saltillo was the first Mexico team to play in the
PONY League World Series since 1980.
holds on, Mon-Yough eliminated
Javier Herrera and Luis Touron each hit two-run homers powering the
South Zone champions over Mon-Yough, 8-7. Daniel Andrad and Joshua
Cedeno added rbi singles in the fourth and Alex Fernandez drove in
a row with a triple in the fifth to lead Tamiami. Chris Murelle got
the win, allowing just two runs on four hits over six innings of work.
Herrera came on in the seventh to earn a save after Mon-Yough made
it close. Dom Francia hit a grand slam, the 31st in the history of
the World Series. Chaz Balsano had two hits for Mon-Yough. Dean Manown
and Joe Simsic had rbi for the Host Area South champions.
August 8--New Bedford runs out early, holds on
Two runs in the first, four more in the second proved to be just enough
for New Bedford, MA as the East Zone champions knocked off Tamiami,
FL, 6-4. Matt Farnworth singled in the second, pushing the early lead
to 6-0. David Jervis took over on the mound for Tamiami and faced
just one batter over the minimum over the final six innings. After
Jervis homered in the third, Tamiami scored three times in the fifth,
including two on a double by Luis Touron. Harley Breakell came on
for New Bedford and slammed the door, allowing just one runner over
the final 2.1 innings to save the game for Andrew McCann.
Nick Riotto struck out 13 batters leading Washington to a 3-1
win over the Host Area North champions. Jaylin Kelly's two-run single
in the third put the Hosts in front 2-0. That's all Riotto needed,
taking a no-hitter one out into the sixth inning. Adam Ferita spoiled
the shutout, blasting a solo homerun to right in the seventh. Dom
Francia was the hard-luck loser, not allowing an earned run and just
Baja to Winner's Bracket Final
Jose Mercado stroked a two-run double in the second and Joe Jimenez
tossed a one-hitter as Toa Baja edged Chinese Taipei, 3-1. Daniel
Blanco added an rbi single int he second for the Caribbean champs.
Jimenez got a big break in the fifth when Chih Chieh Su hit what appeared
to be a solo homerun but was called out on appeal for missing first
base. The homerun would have brought the Asia-Pacific champions to
within 3-2. Chinese Taipei got two runners on with two out in the
seventh but couldn't tie the score. Toa Baja plays Johnstown Tuesday
in the winners' bracket final.
Run Derby, Skills Winners
Adam Ferita, Mon-Yough, won the 2009 Home Run Derby title. Riverside/Victoria,
CA took the team honors. Toa Baja's Jose Mercado won the Fastest Runner
August 7--Toa Baja rolls to win in opener
Ismael Sanchez drove in three runs leading the Caribbean champions
past Saltillo, MX in the opener. Toa Baja batted around in the thrid,
plating five runs. Jeffrey Rivera got the win, allowing just two runs
and four hits over six innings. Jan Cintron and Roberto Guillermo
each had three hits for the winners.
wins in extra innings
Tony Strasiser singled with two out in the ninth, driving in the tying
and winning runs as the Host Area North champions beat Bay County,
MI, 6-5. Bay County had taken its first lead of the game in the top
of the inning, but couldn't get the final out. Johnstown turned three
doubleplays in the game and threw out two runners at the plate in
Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!
It seems like just yesterday that Oliver Van Buskirk stroked a pinch-hit
walkoff homerun in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the 2008
PONY League World Series Championship. Wasn't it just a few days ago
that Vimael Machin drove in 13 runs in the series for Gurabo, PR,
breaking a record originally set in 1955? Could it possibly have been
a whole year since Chinese Taipei's Chiang Lee Wei and Hu Chih Wei
combined on a no-hitter in the series opener?
the 58th PONY League World Series is just hours from the first pitch.
This annual event, being played in the birthplace of PONY Baseball
for the 47th time, begins with a Friday doubleheader. The Caribbean
and Mexico champions will meet in the first of what could be 19 games,
the most ever in the World Series. The
annual Champions Game (formerly Friends Game) opens Saturday's schedule
at 10 am, followed immediately by the Home Run Derby & Skills
Competitions. Three games are on Saturday's schedule, three more on
Sunday following the Celebration Brunch.
teams will be eliminated Sunday night, trimming the field to eight.
One more goes out on Monday and another on Tuesday. At that point,
each division will have one unbeaten team in the driver's seat with
two others battling to stay in the hunt.
elimination games are on tap for Wednesday. The Division championships
are set for Thursday, with "If Necessary" games (or rain
makeups) next Friday night. Then, in slightly more than one week,
two remaining teams will square off in a single, winner-take-all PONY
World Series Championship Game. Awards will be presented, pictures
just like that, it'll all be over for another year. Let's enjoy the
the Road To Washington--The Field is Set!
Tamiami has earned a repeat trip to the PONY League World Series,
winning the South Zone title Tuesday night. The Floridians join Riverside/Victoria,
CA, New Bedford, MA and Bay County, MI as US Zone champions. Those
four teams will be joined by Johnstown, Mon-Yough and Washington,
PA along with Chinese Taipei, Saltillo, MX and Toa Baja, PR in the
repeats South Zone Title
Tamiami, FL went undefeated through the South Zone bracket, beating
Kyle Chapman, 5-3 in the title game Tuesday night. This marks the
second straight trip to Washington for Tamiami. Kyle Chapman had two
on in the seventh but couldn't plate them to tie.
South Zone notes: This tournament was wracked by rain Friday
and Saturday. The original plan was to have played six games over
those two days. Mother Nature only allowed one complete game, plus
three inning of the second game. Kudos to field crews, tournament
organizers and teams for their patience and work to make it through
win Host Area South
After Sunday's victory in the winners' bracket final, Mon-Yough
finished off the Host Area South championship with a 9-1 win over
Peters Township Monday afternoon. Mon-Yough ran unbeaten through the
nine-team bracket with wins over Hopwood, Norwin and two against Peters
Township and returns to the World Series for the first time since
goes Back-to-Back-to-Back in Host Area North
Johnstown lost the opening game of the Host Area North tournament
on Friday. Since then, the Boilers have rolled every opponent, including
a 13-0 win in Monday's "If Necessary" game against Ingomar.
With the win, Johnstown will make a third-straight appearance at the
PONY World Series and fourth in the past five years.
rules West Zone
Riverside/Victoria and Cypress combined to score 83 runs in pool
play in the West Zone tournament. Pitching and defense took over in
the championship game as Riverside/Victoria won the title with a 6-2
victory and a first-ever berth in the PONY League World Series.
West Zone notes: Cypress won pool play games by scores of 14-4,
17-2 and 16-0. Riverside outscored its three preliminary opponents
Bedford, MA wins East Zone title
New Bedford, MA went unbeaten through the East Zone bracket in Brockton,
MA, beating Chesterfield County, VA, 10-7, in the finals. This will
be New Bedford's fourth PONY League World Series entry, having won
the 1977 title in Pasadena, TX. New Bedford last played in the World
Series in Washington, PA in 1960, going 0-2.
East Zone notes: Hagerstown, MD and Chesterfield County, VA
had combined to win eight of the last 11 East Zone titles. New Bedford
beat both on the way to the berth in the PONY League World Series.
County Red wins North Zone
Bay County Red, one of the host teams for the North Zone tournament,
ran unbeaten through pool play, then scored 38 runs in two games on
Sunday to win the North Zone title and a berth in the PONY League
World Series. The winners gave previously-unbeaten Oak Park-River
Forest, IL its only loss of the tournament, 17-6, in the championship
game. This is the third trip to the World Series for Bay County and
its predecessor, Bay City (1998, 2006).
Ready Lew Hays PONY Field
new bleacher deck and playing surface improvements highlight the work
since the 2008 PONY World Series ended last August. These
new bleachers along the third-base line include handicap-accessible
ramping and designated seating areas, plus an elevated seating area
means that pedestrian traffic along the walkway will not block the
view of the action on the field. The new bleachers were funded in
part by the Local Share Account through the Washington County Commissioners
and the Department of Community & Economic Development.
fell on Lew Hays PONY Field just days after the World Series groundcrew
took possession of the field. After a relatively dry summer, that
wasn't an unwelcome sight. Of course, Divine oversight is always welcome
at the World Series.
homeplate area and the pitchers' mound have been rebuilt. The grass
infield has been worked over, trimmed and cleaned. The basepaths have
been measured and cut to specifications. Daily work, inside the playing
field and out, continues through opening day, August 7th.
Princess Contest--Finalists Selected
Each year, Washington area 13-14 year old girls compete for the
title of PONY Princess. There were 13 applicants this year, all of
them meeting with the Princess judges Thursday night, June 25th at
PONY's International Headquarters. Ten finalists were chosen, one
for each team in the 2009 PONY League World Series: Savannah Ammons,
Hannah Duball, Kalina Interval, Bricelyn Meerdo, Madison Pliska, Jena
Tocci, Natalie Standish, Betsy Stowinsky, Annie Walther and Kelsey
the week of the World Series, these finalists will serve as ambassadors
of our host community, along with reigning Princess Joanie Paskert
and Hostess Alyssa Wise. In addition, these girls also sell 50/50
tickets each night at Lew Hays PONY Field and interact with the visiting
players and their fans at the ballpark.