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Aug, 2021

Day Three Recap of DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series

GAME 5: Manchester, NH 9, San Jose, CA 2

Manchester, NH stayed alive in the 2021 DICK’s Sporting Goods PONY League World Series with a 9-2 victory over San Jose, CA to open Day Three of the event.

Jaiden Bosquet and Dillon Gaudet combined to shut down the San Jose offense from the mound.

Bosquet started and pitched the entirety of the 95 pitch limit over 5.2 innings. He allowed two runs on four hits, and struck out eight while walking four to earn the win. Gaudet worked the final 1.1 innings and allowed just one base runner. 

A pitcher’s balk with the bases loaded in the top of the second got Manchester on the board first.

That one run lead remained until the fourth inning. Manchester got some cushion in the top of the fourth with a six run inning.

Adam Lafond bunted in Logan Whitney for the first run. A fielder's choice got the second run across. Then, Noah Durham, Maddox Turck, and Henry DuBois rattled off three consecutive RBI hits to get Manchester up 6-0.

 San Jose was able to plate two in the bottom half of the sixth but could not get any closer. David Colon raced home on a wild pitch for the first run and Tristan Ho sacrificed home Zack Koontz for the second.

Manchester added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Gaudet singled home Manchester’s eighth run and Durham doubled in the ninth for his third RBI of the day.

Colon and Ethan Williams split the pitching duties. Colon went the first 3.2 innings and got tabbed with the loss after surrendering seven runs.

The win was the first ever at the PONY League World Series for a team from New Hampshire.

Manchester advances to play today against the loser of Brownsville, TX and Johnstown, PA at 10:00 am EST. San Jose has been eliminated with an 0-2 record at the 2021 DSGPLWS. 

GAME 6: Johnstown, PA 3, Brownsville, TX 2

Johnstown, PA took the momentum after a spectacular catch by Colin Dinyar to plate three runs in the bottom half of the fifth and win 3-2 over Brownsville, TX, Sunday afternoon at the 2021 DICK’s Sporting Goods PONY League World Series.

Jorge Garza Jr. scored the first run of the game for Brownsville in the top of the first, when he stole home on a pick-off attempt to first base by Johnstown.

Starting pitcher’s Chase Williamson, of Johnstown, and Jai Arenas, of Brownsville, kept the offenses quiet through the first four innings.

In the top of the fifth, Garza Jr. hit a two-out double and was driven in by Ruben Lopez, who singled in the next at bat to give Brownsville a two run lead. Brownsville was destined for more runs that inning, but that’s when Dinyar, Johnstown’s right fielder, leaped into the right field fence and made an inning ending, web gem, catch.

 Johnstown rallied after Dinyar’s catch for three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead.

After cruising through the first four innings, Arenas gave up back-to-back walks and a Williamson single to lead off the inning. At that point, Brownsville opted to bring in Jeremiah Vela out of the bullpen.

Aaron Smearman stepped in and roped Vela’s first pitch to the left-center gap to plate Anthony Grippo and Dinyar, tying the game 2-2. An RBI groundout scored the go ahead run for Johnstown later in the frame.

Brownsville got a runner to second in the final inning with one out, but a flyout and groundout ended the game.

 Williamson threw five strong innings to get credited with the win. He allowed two runs on four hits and seven free passes, while striking out four.

Adam Radkowski relieved him and threw two innings of no-hit baseball, with solid defense behind him, to preserve the one run lead and earn the save.

Arenas got the loss on the mound for Brownsville. He ended the afternoon with three runs allowed, two earned, over four innings.

Vela tossed the final two innings and did not allow a run of his own, but did give up a hit that scored both of his inherited runners from Arenas.

 Johnstown advances to the division finals Monday night at 8:00 pm. Brownsville drops down the bracket to take on Manchester, NH today at 10:00 am. The winner of the morning matchup will be Johnstown’s opponent in the division finals and must win twice to advance to the Championship game.

GAME 7: Washington County, PA 3, Bay County, MI 0

Jonah Williamson pitched six shutout innings, before reaching the 95 pitch limit, to propel Washington County, PA past Bay County, MI, 3-0, in an elimination game at the 2021 DICK’s Sporting Goods PONY League World Series.

Williamson carried a no hitter into the bottom of the fourth and allowed just two hits during his tremendous outing. He struck out eight and walked five in the win.

Cameron Dames entered the game, after Williamson reached the pitch limit, and closed out the final 1.1 innings to earn the save.

With one out in the top of the third, Cameron Dames, Massimo Falconi, and Jonah Williamson hit three consecutive singles to score the first run of the game for Washington County. Kole Olszewski drew a bases loaded walk to put Washington County up 2-0. 

 Washington County got on the board again in the fourth. An error by Bay County’s centerfielder set up bases loaded with no outs.

 Preston Giorgis, Bay County’s first relief pitcher, induced a ground ball to the, drawn-in, third baseman who bobbled it and could only take the force out at third base, which allowed a run to score.

 Jaxon Jenkins was called in from the Bay County bullpen later in the inning and was faced with bases loaded, two outs and a full count, he snapped off a curveball to strike out the batter and keep the damage to a minimum.

Jenkins continued the strong pitching over the final 3.1 innings for Bay County to keep them in striking distance. Nonetheless, the offense was kept at bay by Williamson and Dames.

Bay County did threaten in the bottom of the sixth. After drawing back-to-back walks with two outs, Giorgis grounded to shortstop and an errant throw allowed him to reach first. However, Bay County’s runner heading to second on the play made a wide turn and was thrown out by Washington County’s first baseman, J.R. Rieg, to end the inning. 

Joseph Gibson started for Bay County and got the loss. He threw 50 pitches over 2.1 innings and allowed two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out two.

Washington County stays alive in the 2021 DSGPLWS and will take on the Bayamon, PR today at 12:30 pm, with a spot in the division finals on the line. Bay County has been eliminated with an 0-2 record.

GAME 8: Youngstown, OH 4, Bayamon, PR 1

 Mason Petridis threw a complete game, one hitter and Hunter Garvin hit a two-run home run to lift Youngstown, OH past Bayamon, PR, 4-1, in Sunday’s nightcap at the 2021 DICK’s Sporting Goods PONY League World Series.

Petridis used all of his allotted pitches and was dominant all night long. He struck out nine and allowed just one run on one hit and one walk. He struck out seven straight batters from the second batter he faced through a two out walk in the bottom of the third.

 Anthony Triveri and Jacob Hayes led the game off with back-to-back singles. Jackson Cheeks drove in Triveri with a sacrifice fly out to put Youngstown up, 1-0, early.

Cheeks led off the third inning with a walk. In the next at bat, Hunter Garvin belted a 3-1 pitch over the right centerfield wall to give Youngstown a 3-0 lead.

Later in the inning, Youngstown added one more run after Dom Cubellis tripled and was driven in via a sacrifice fly by Jake Rynd.

Eliel Ramos broke up Petridis’ no-hit bid with a lead-off single in the bottom of the fourth. He advanced to second on a wild pitch, then was moved over on a groundout, and scored Puerto Rico’s lone run of the game on another wild pitch.

 Petridis locked right back in after the Ramos hit to not allow another one for the rest of his outing, and only one more baserunner.

Puerto Rico used six pitchers in the game. The PONY pitch count rules were on close watch by their coaches to ensure availability for each of their pitcher’s throughout the rest of the tournament.

Andres Riveras started and went the first 1.2 innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks.

Argenis Garay was first in relief and threw one inning, surrendering three runs.

Alexander Araya, Joniel Cuadrado, Jadiel Otero, and Jeanmichael Gonzalez combined to throw a scoreless final 4.1 innings.

Youngstown advances to the division finals Monday night at 8:00 pm. They await the winner of Bayamon and Washington County, PA, who will square off at 12:30 pm today in an elimination game.


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