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Saturday, August 24:

6:30 pm--Listen Here
Championship Game
Norwalk, CA 10
Levittown, PR 0

Norwalk (home)

Eddie Murray--ss, 3-3, hr, 2b, 2 rbi
Jorge Sanchez--p, 2-2, 1w, 1 rbi
Victor Snachez--3b, 3-3, hr, sf, 6 rbi
Gabriel Schwulst--c, 1-2, hr, 1w, rbi
Johnny Perez--2b, 0-3
Anthony Topete--cf, 0-2
Jimmy Buentello--1b, 0-2
Miguel Flores--rf, 1-2
Art Gonzalez--lf, 1 hb
Richard Melendrez--ph, 1-1

J. Sanchez, winning pitcher:
5 inn, 0 r, 3 h, 5 w, 2 hb, 4 k

Levittown (visitors)

Alejandro Melendez--2b, 1-2, 1w
Christian Rodriguez--ss, 0-2, 1w
Maunel Garcia--p (3b), 3w
Ralph Rosas--1b, 0-3
Carlos Burgos--c, 0-1, 1w
Abdiel Torres--lf, 0-2
Paul Lozada--lf (4th)
Giovanni Gautier--rf (p), 1-2
Juan Carlos Lopez--3b (rf), 1-1, 1w
Josue Ortiz--cf, 0-2

Gautier, losing pitcher:
1.1 inn, 6 r, 6 er, 4 h, 1w, 1 hb, 2 k

Norwalk 4-3-0-3-X---10-10-0
Levittown 0-0-0-0-0----0--3-1


Thursday, August 22:

8:00 pm--Listen Here
Norwalk, CA 11
Port Neches, TX 4

5:30 pm--Listen Here
Yaeyama, Okinawa 5
Levittown, Puerto Rico 8

Wednesday, August 21:

5:30 pm--Listen Here
Yaeyama, Japan 6
Davenport, IA 1

8:00 pm--Listen Here
Port Neches, TX 10

Hagerstown, MD 2

Tuesday, August 20:

5:30 pm--Listen Here
Port Neches, TX 3
Washington, PA 0

8:00 pm--Listen Here
Norwalk, CA 11
Hagerstown 0
(5 innings)

Monday, August 19:

5:30 pm--Listen Here
Davenport, Iowa 9
Mon-Yough, PA 8

8:00 pm--Listen Here
Levittown, PR 6
Yaeyama, Japan 4
(8 innings)

Sunday, August 18:

5:30 pm--Listen Here
Hagerstown, MD 6
Port Neches, Texas 5

8:00 pm--Listen Here
Norwalk, California 11
Washington, PA 7

Saturday, August 17:

5:30 pm--Listen Here
Okinawa, Japan 6
Davenport, Iowa 3

8:00 pm--Listen Here
Levittown, Puerto Rico 12
Mon-Yough, PA 2
(6 innings)

It's All Over. It's All Norwalk!
Norwalk, California wins the 51st PONY League World Series title, pounding out 10 runs on 10 hits and leaving Levittown behind in the 10-0, five-inning final.

Norwalk 10, Levittown 0
The Norwalk bats were booming again Saturday evening as the Californians blasted three home runs and rolled to the PONY World Series Championship, 10-0 in five innings.

Victor Sanchez, Gabriel Schwulst and Eddie Murray hit the longballs for Norwalk, the only undefeated team in the tournament. Murray won the Series batting title, getting 9 hits in 14 at-bats, a .643 average. Murray had two homeruns, eight rbi and scored nine runs in the four-game Norwalk sweep.

Sanchez started the scoring, hitting a towering homer with two on in the bottom of the first. Schwulst followed with a solo shot to left. Murray's homerun in the bottom of the second, a two-run shot, was followed by a sacrifice fly from Sanchez.

Jorge Sanchez singled home a run in the fourth, and Victor Sanchez followed with a two-run single, giving Norwalk all the runs they would need for the 10-run rule to kick in. Victor Sanchez finished the series with seven hits in 11 at-bats, one home run and 9 rbi.

Levittown had early opportunities as Jorge Sanchez struggled with his control. Sanchez walked three and hit a batter in the top of the first, but a pickoff and two strikeouts kept the Caribbean champions off the board. Levittown got a leadoff single and a walk to open the second, but left those two aboard. Sanchez settled in, working with the big lead, holding Levittown to two hits and two walks over the final three innings. Sanchez victory was his second of the Series.

Norwalk outscored opponents 43-11 in the four games, 33-4 over the last three. The new World Champions trailed only once, and that lasted only two outs. Port Neches scored twice in the top of the first in the division finals. Norwalk came back in the bottom of the first plating three runs with one out.

Norwalk , CA--West Zone Champions
Game 1--Norwalk took advantage of five Washington errors and rolled to an 11-7 win in their first game Sunday night. Eddie Murray hit a sixth-inning grand slam, the first of the Series to lead the way. All 11 Norwalk runs were unearned, the result of errors on Washington pitchers. Murray finished the game with five rbi. Jorge Sanchez worked into the fifth inning to get the win.

Game 2--First inning rbi singles from Victor Sanchez and Johnny Perez, plus a Jimmy Buentello two-run homer got Norwalk out of the gate quickly against East Zone champion Hagerstown, MD. Three unearned runs in the second, an rbi double for Murray in the third, plus an Anthony Topete sacrifice fly and a wild pitch in the fourth gave Norwalk all the runs they would need to close the game out early, 11-0 in five innings. Miguel Flores held Hagerstown to just two hits, both singles, to pick up the victory.

Division Final--Before the Californians got to bat, they trailed for the first time in the Series. Perez started the game, but was hit hard by the first two batters (double, single) and was lifted for Tony Zarco. Port Neches, TX used a groundout and a double to bring home their two runs in the first. Murray started the Norwalk rally in the home half of the inning with a single--then scored on a three-base error. After one out, Victor Sanchez singled and Gabriel Schwulst hit the first of his two, two-run homers in the game to put the West Zone champs up 3-2. Jorge Sanchez had an rbi single in the second, along with Victor Sanchez's sacrifice fly, plus a wild pitch and a run-scoring double from Perez swelled the lead to 7-2. Schwulst second roundtripper, plus a solo shot from Topete in the fourth left Norwalk two runs shy of a 10-run rule win. Jamil Acosta led off the fifth with a single in his first Series at-bat and later scored but Zarco was thrown out at the plate trying to end the game. Two solo homeruns in the sixth for Port Neches brought the final score to 11-4. Zarco got the win in relief, scattering six hits and three runs over six innings of work.

Levittown, PR--Caribbean Zone Champs
Game 1--Levittown opened their series play last Saturday night, beating Host Area champion Mon-Yough, PA 12-2 in six innings. Mon-Yough lead 2-1 early, but the Puerto Ricans used two singles, a sacrifice and a groundout in the third to tie the game. With two out in the fifth, Christian Rodriguez hit a three-run homer to put Levittown in front to stay and they closed the game out with seven unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth. Giovanni Gautier allowed just 3 hits over six innings to get the win.

Game 2--Levittown struggled through the first five innings against Asia-Pacific champion Yaeyama, Okinawa. Nagayasu Kinjo pitched and hit the Japanese squad to a 4-0 through five. But in the sixth, three straight one-out singles were followed by a two-out grand slam from Juan Carlos Lopez and the game was tied. Yaeyama never threatened and a two run double from Abdiel Torres in the top of the eighth made a winner of Manuel Garcia. Giovanni Gautier picked up the save, working the final inning.

Division Final--The second time around against Yaeyama went just the opposite way. Levittown jumped to an 8-1 lead, then held off the late rally by the Japanese. Carlos Burgos picked a perfect spot to get his first hit of the Series, stroking a three-run homer with two out in the bottom of the first to put Levittown up 3-0. After Yaeyama made it 3-1, Alejandro Melendez singled home a run in the fourth and one batter later, Garcia hit the fifth grand slam of the Series, giving Levittown their final runs of the game. Starter Omar Fantauzzi allowed just two runs over 5.1 innings to get the win. Garcia worked the seventh to pick up his first save.

Ain't that Grand?
Blake Buchanan (second from right) and Cody Mire (center) hit grand slams in consecutive innings for Port Neches, Texas Wednesday night. That marked the first time in the 51-year history of the PONY League World Series that teammates have clubbed grand slams in the same game. Evansville, IN 1987 teammates Rick Forshee and Todd Schoenbachler hit grand slams in separate games of that Series.

Norwalk, California's Eddie Murray began this year's Grand Slam Parade Sunday night. Juan Carlos Lopez and Carlos Burgos joined the action, hitting grand slams for Levittown. Lopez' blast came Monday night, Burgos' in the division finals on Thursday. Lopez & Burgos became just the third teammates to hit grand slams in the same Series, the second this year.

The five grand slams are a new Series record, two more than the 1987 Series produced. The 29 homeruns overall this year are second-most in the modern configuration, but well off the modern-day record of 40, set in 1999. Lew Hays PONY Field was reconfigured after the 1990 World Series. The right-center to left-center fences were deepened to 285-310-285. The fences were also raised to a uniform 10 feet around the entire outfield. This has resulted in a reduced number of homeruns, but an expected increase in doubles and an occasional triple. (Photos courtesy--ponyworldseries.com)

WJPA Radio (1450 AM) has been the play-by-play home for virtually every PONY League World Series game played in Washington. Hear the action live on-air or online!

ponyworldseries.com webmaster Scott Harrington produced a special article for this year's souvenir program book on the 50+ year tradition of the PONY League World Series on WJPA Radio. Click Here to read it online!

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World Series Radio Crew:
Mark Uriah
This is the 19th PONY League World Series for Mark, also WJPA's production director. In addition to the World Series, Mark serves as play-by-play announcer for the Washington Wild Things, Washington & Jefferson College football, high school football, basketball, wrestling, hockey, baseball & softball.

Bob Gregg
Bob has been part of the sports staff at WJPA Radio for more than 25 years. While a sophmore in high school, his broadcasting career began with PONY League World Series broadcast pioneer Pete Stanton. In addition to his play-by-play duties, Bob has served as the Chairman of the PONY League World Series since 1985.