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Saturday, August 18,
Championship Day

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Trujillo Alto, PR 8
Long Beach, CA 3 FINAL

Skills Contest Winners
Wilson Batting Champion
Jared Pinson, Kingwood (.583)

New ERA Title
Anthony Stewart,Trujillo Alto
8.2 innings, 0 earned runs

Individual Home Run Derby
Zach Barnes, Washington
Victor Claudio, Trujillo Alto
Taylor Sparks, Long Beach

Team Home Run Derby--
Zach Barnes & Dom Raggi, Washington

Fastest Runner--
Trevor Jones, Washington

2007 PONY Princess--
Erin Yevins
2007 PONY Hostess--
Rae Molinaro

2007 Results &
Broadcast Archives

Saturday, August 11:
Game 1--Listen Here!
Chinese Taipei 10
Chesterfield County, VA

Game 2--Listen Here!
Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico 11
Johnstown, PA 0 (5 innings)

Sunday, August 12:
Game 3--Listen Here!
Long Beach, CA 7
Kingwood, TX 6 (9 innings)

Game 4--Listen Here!
Washington, PA 5
Central Michigan 4

Monday, August 13:
Game 5--Listen Here!
Chesterfield County, VA 12
Johnstown, PA 7

Game 6--Listen Here!
Trujillo Alto, PR 4
Chinese Taipei 2

Tuesday, August 14:
Game 7--Listen Here!
Kingwood, TX 5
Central Michigan 0

Game 8--Listen Here!
Long Beach, CA 13
Washington, Pa 4

Wednesday, August 15,
Elimination Night:

Game 9--Listen Here!
Chinese Taipei 7

Chesterfield County, VA 2

Game 10--Listen Here!
Kingwood, TX 12
Washington, PA 1 (5 innings)

Thursday, August 16,
Division Finals Night:

Game 11--Listen Here!
Trujillo Alto, PR 4
Chinese Taipei 2

Game 12--Listen Here!
Long Beach, CA 9
Kingwood, TX 1

Saturday, August 18
Listen Here!
Trujillo Alto, PR 8
Long Beach, CA 3 FINAL

56th PONY League World Series Finals

Trujillo Alto Wins Title!
Second straight title for Puerto Rico

Sleeping bats awakened and the World Series ERA champion arrived on the pitcher's mound, at nearly the exact same time as Trujillo Alto, PR won the 56th PONY League World Series championship, beating Long Beach, CA, 8-3.

Long Beach built leads of 2-0 and 3-1, but couldn't make them stand, and couldn't score at all against winner Anthony Stewart. In fact, Stewart threw three perfect innings of relief to get the win. Starter Kelvin Rivas worked four innings and was charged with three runs, two of them as the result of infield errors.

Rivas tied the game in the bottom of the fourth with a solo homerun. Cesar Ogando's rbi triple broke the tie, then he scored an insurance run in the fifth. Rivas went yard a second time and Stewart popped a two-run homer just over the fence in left to close the scoring. Ogando's triple, his second of the series, tied a record set in 1954 by Fairmont, WV's Peter Zeck.

Chris Hubbard's two-run single in the first put the West Zone champions in front 2-0 before Trujillo Alto ever batted. Sean Buckle was hit by a pitch in the second, making it 3-1 with the bases loaded and nobody out. A groundball turned into an odd 4-2-5 double-play, taking the steam out of the Long Beach sails, the the Californians managed just one more hit the rest of the game.

Stewart ties an all-time World Series record with his third victory of the Series, joining 18 others on an impressive list of winners. The first name on the list is Fred Bolden, Washington, 1955. Also, you'll find the name Alex Fenandez (Miami, 1984) and Marc Pisciotta (Marietta, 1985).

Line Score:
Long Beach
--2-1-0--0-0-0--0=3 r, 5 h, 1 e, 5 lob
Trujillo Alto --1-0-1--1-2-3--X=8 r, 10 h, 3 e, 4 lob

WP--Anthony Stewart, 3 in, 0 r, 0 h, 3 k
LP--Tyler Erickson, 1/3 in, 2 r, 2 er, 1 h, 1 w
HR--Kelvin Rivas (TA) 2

World Series Championship Game, Scoring Recap
First Inning:

Long Beach
--Sean Buckle led off with a single. Spencer Troutman hit a groundball up the middle, mishandled for an error. A wild pitch moved up both runners. Chris Hubbard's single scored both.
Trujillo Alto--Cesar Rivera walked with one out, advanced to third on an errant pick-off throw, and scored on a wild pitch.
Long Beach 2, Trujillo Alto 1

Second Inning:
Long Beach--Preston Allred singled to start the inning. A Matt Treece groundball to second was booted, followed by a Pat Merola bunt single to load the bases. Sean Buckle was hit on the right leg, scoring Allred.
Long Beach 3, Trujillo Alto 1

Third Inning:
Trujillo Alto--
Victor Claudio singled with one out and was sacrificed to second. Cesar Ogando singled to left. Claudio scored on a wild pitch.
Long Beach 3, Trujillo Alto 2

Fourth Inning:
Trujillo Alto--
Kelvin Rivas hit solo homerun on an 0-2 pitch.
Long Beach 3, Trujillo Alto 3

Fifth Inning:
Trujillo Alto--
Victor Claudio walked, stole second and scored an out later on a Cesar Ogando triple. Ogando scored on a Juan Pizarro groundout.
Trujillo Alto 5, Long Beach 3

Sixth Inning:
Trujillo Alto--
Kelvin Rivas stroked a solo homerun to center. After Christian E. Rivera was hit by a pitch, Anthony Stewart drilled a two-run homer to left.
Trujillo Alto 8, Long Beach 3

Seventh Inning: No scoring

Starting Lineups:

Long Beach, CA   Trujillo Alto, PR
Sean Buckle
Victor Claudio
Spencer Troutman
Cesar Rivera
Chris Hubbard
Cesar Ogando
Alex Campbell
Juan Pizarro
Taylor Sparks
Michael De Aza
Dylan Romo
Kelvin Rivas
Preston Allred
Christian E. Rivera
Matt Treece
Anthony Stewart

Pat Merola

Kevin Gonzalez

Lineup Changes:
Bottom 2nd: LB
--Stefan Miladinovic to left field for Merola
Top 5th: TA--Anthony Stewart to pitch, Kelvin Rivas to 1st base, Cesar Ogando to rightfield, Kevin Gonzalez to centerfield.
Bottom 5th: LB--Tyler Erickson enters in Campbell spot in batting order to pitch, Spencer Troutman to catcher, Dylan Romo to 3rd base.
Bottom 5th: LB--Walker Getz enters in Erickson spot in batting order to pitch.
Top 7th: LB--Merola re-enters in the nine spot in the batting order.

Battle of the Unbeatens
Trujillo Alto & Long Beach each 3-0
The 56th PONY League World Series comes down to this--Saturday afternoon, one game, winner take all. Well, winner take the Roy Gillespie PONY World Series Championship Trophy. And isn't that exactly what they came to Washington to get? ! ! !

In many ways, it is fitting that these two teams are playing for the title:
1) Following the first round, many people felt these were the two best teams.
2) In several tight games, they always found a way to win.
3) Teams from either California (19) or Puerto Rico (6) have won 25 of the first 55 PONY World championships, including seven of the last 12 years.

Trujillo Alto scored impressive back-to-back 4-2 wins over Chinese Taipei to make the championship round. Long Beach handled Kingwood, TX significantly more impressively the second time around, winning the Division finals 9-1 after a nine-inning, 7-6 victory in the first round.

Saturday afternoon, for the 45th time in Washington, PA, two teams meet in the PONY League World Series championship game. Gates open at 12 noon, first pitch is 1:00 o'clock.

Division Finals -- Thursday Night
Long Beach Runs the Division Table
Homeruns for Taylor Sparks, Dylan Romo and Chris Hubbard, along with two doubles by Sean Buckle, led Long Beach into the PONY World Series title game, beating Kingwood, 9-1.

Sparks tied the game in the bottom of the second. Long Beach plated four runs then, in the third. Romo's solo shot in the fifth made it 6-1. Hubbard's two-run shot closed the scoring in the sixth.

Long Beach--9 runs, 11 hits, 1 error
Kingwood--1 run, 5 hits, 3 errors

WP--Chris Hubbard--6 in, 1 r, 1 er, 5 h, 7 w, 5 k
LP--Christian DeBlanc--2.2 in, 6 r, 2 er, 5 h, 2 w
HR--Taylor Sparks (LB), Dylan Romo (LB), Chris Hubbard (LB)

Trujillo Alto tops Chinese Taipei, again!
Anthony Stewart's two-run single broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh inning, leading Trujillo Alto to a 4-2 win over Chinese Taipei and a berth in Saturday's PONY League World Series title game. Stewart worked 2.2 innings in relief of starter Jua
n Pizarro and got the win.

Cesar Rivera tripled and scored on a ground-out in the first. Then Stewart scored on a Victor Claudio rbi single in the third to make it 2-0.

Lin Ching Fu's single in the bottom of the third cut the deficit in half and Ma Sheng Wei tied the game in the fourth. The Asia-Pacific champions left 11 runners on base.

Trujillo Alto--4 runs, 5 hits, 3 errors
Chinese Taipei--2 runs, 11 hits, 0 errors

WP--Anthony Stewart--2.2 in, 0 r, 4 h, 1 w, 3 k
LP--Lee Yu Hung--7 in, 4 r, 4 er, 5 h, 2 w, 11 k
HR--Ma Sheng Wei (CT)

Chinese Taipei, Kingwood Play On
Kingwood, TX 12, Washington, PA 1, 5 innings

Jared Pinson doubled in the second and scored later in the inning to put Kingwood in front to stay, 4-1. Sam Gee and Kyle Crabtree had rbi's in the fourth making it 6-1. Crabtree added a solo homerun in the fifth, part of a game-ending six run uprising for the South Zone champions. Washington batters were held to just three hits. Kingwood takes on Long Beach, CA in the Division finals needing to beat the West Zone champs twice to make the World Series championship game.

Kingwood--12 runs, 14 hits, 1 error
Washington--1 run, 3 hits, 3 errors

WP--Trevor Odom--3 in, 1 r, 1 er, 3 h, 1 w, 1 hb, 3 k
LP--Taylen Gorby--2 in, 4 r, 4 er, 6 h, 1 w, 1 hb, 1 k
HR--Kyle Crabtree (Tx)

Chinese Taipei beats CBC, 7-2
Two homeruns and a three-run second inning leads the Asia-Pacific champions past CBC, 7-2. Kan Meng Chieh led off the game with a solo shot to put Chinese Taipei up 1-0. Lin Ching Fu drove home two runs with a second inning single and later scored to make it 4-0. CBC got one in the second on an Andrew Oliver groundout and scored an unearned run in the fourth to cut the deficit to 4-2. Chinese Taipei plated two in the sixth and Cheng Yu Shu's homer in the seventh closed the scoring.

Chinese Taipei--7 runs, 12 hits, 1 error
Chesterfield County--2 runs, 3 hits, 4 errors

WP--Chen Hung Yi--7 in, 2 r, 1 er, 3 h, 3 w, 8 k
LP--Dutch Crone--1.2 in, 4 r, 4 er, 5 h, 1 w
, 1 hb, 1 k
HR--Kan Meng Chieh (CT), Cheng Yu Shu (CT)

Second Round Action--Tuesday Night
Long Beach 13, Washington 4
A six-run third inning was more than enough for the West Zone champions to beat the hosts, 13-4. Run-scoring hits for Alex Campbell and Dylan Romo, plus three Washington errors gave Long Beach a lead they would never relinquish. Washington had plenty of chances to get back into the game, but stranded a dozen runners. Sean Buckle hit a three-run homer in the top of the fifth for Long Beach. Trevor Jones went yard in the bottom of the seventh.

Long Beach--13 runs, 11 hits, 3errors
Washington--4 runs, 8 hits, 7 errors

WP--Spencer Troutman, 3 in, 1 r, 1 er, 4 h, 2 w, 1 hb, 7 k
LP--Julien Anderson, 2.2 in, 6 r, 2 er, 4 h, 2 w, 2 k
HR--Sean Buckle (LB), Zach Barnes (W), Trevor Jones (W)

Kingwood blanks, eliminates North Zone champs
Jared Pinson allowed just four hits, all singles, as the South Zone champions beat Central Michigan, 5-0. The teams had just one basehit between them after the third inning. Kingwood catcher Greg Williamson helped his battery mate in the first, picking off two runners after basehits.

Kingwood--5 runs, 6 hits, 0 errors
Central Michigan--0 runs, 4 hits, 2 errors

WP--Jared Pinson, 7 in, 0 r, 4 h, 5 w, 5 k
LP--Brandon Holsworth, 4 in, 5 r, 3 er, 6 h, 1 w, 1 hb, 1 k

Second Round Action--Monday Night
Trujillo Alto wins pitchers duel
Pitcher Kelvin Rivas struck out 14 batters, leading Trujillo Alto to a 4-2 win over Chinese Taipei and a berth in the Division Finals. Cesar Ogando tripled home one run in the first, then scored on a Michael De Aza single to make it 2-0. Rivas battled Lee Yu Hung all night long. The score stayed 2-0 until Juan Pizarro's two-run single in the bottom of the sixth. Ma Sheng Wei's single drove in Lee Yu Hung and an error allowed Pan Wei En to score, making it 4-2. Lee took the loss, allowing seven hits and striking out 12.

Trujillo Alto--4 runs, 7 hits, 2 errors
Chinese Taipei--2 runs, 4 hits, 2 errors

WP--Kelvin Rivas, 7 in, 2 r, 1 er, 4 h, 1 w, 14 k
LP--Lee Yu Hung, 6 in, 4 r, 4 er, 7 h, 12 k

CBC Stays Alive
In the first elimination game of the 56th PONY League World Series, Chesterfield County twice batted a
round, taking advantage of six Johnstown errors to beat the Host Area champions, 12-7. Stephen Gunn hit a two-run homerun in a four-run fifth inning. CBC plated six unearned runs in the fourth.

Chesterfield County--12 runs, 11 hits, 2 errors
Johnstown--7 runs, 12 hits, 6 errors

WP--Sam LaMere, 4 in, 3 r, 3 er, 6 h, 1 w, 3 k
LP--Ryan Sylvia, 3.2 in, 8 r, 2 er, 7 h, 3 w, 2 hb, 7 k
HR--Stephen Gunn (CBC)

Welcome Back, 1956 PONY Champion Joliet, Illinois
Between games Sunday night, a special anniversary celebration commemorated the 59th anniversary of the Joliet, Illinois 1956 World Series title. Several members of that champioship team were on hand Sunday night, including their captain, Joe Kozlevcar, who shared greetings to, and thanks for, the people of Washington. Others in attendance included Jim Orr, Anthony LaPaso, Bob McDaniel, Jim Ward, Jim Kuban and Dan Dietz. Several members of the team are deceased but were represented at the ceremonies: Mickey Fassola Klement, daughter of Lou Fassola, and Carol Ferry stood in for Terry Fitzgerald. Former major league third baseman Ed Spiezio was a member of the Joliet squad, but was unable to attend due to a family emergency. Spiezio played for San Diego, the Chicago White Sox and won a MLB World Series title with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Opening Round--Sunday
Washington wins back & forth contest
After losing leads of 1-0, 3-1 and 4-3, Washington got an rbi single from Zach Barnes in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Central Michigan, 5-4. The hosts never trailed in the game, but needed an error and a wild pitch to set up the Barnes game-winner. Central Michigan's Josh Ellis had tied the game at 4-4 with a solo homerun in the top of the sixth.

Washington--5 runs, 9 hits, 2 errors
Central Michigan--4 runs, 6 hits, 4 errors

WP--Taylen Gorby--2 in, 1 r, 1 er, 1 h, 1 w, 3 k
LP--Troy Stressman--6.1 in, 5 r, 4 er, 1 w, 1 hb, 9 k
HR--Josh Ellis (CM)

Long Beach ties in 7th, wins in 9th
Chris Hubbard (LB) hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh, singled to tie it again in the ninth, and thenscored the game-winning run as Long Beach, CA beat Kingwood, TX, 7-6. Kingwood, TX had built a 5-1 lead in the top of the sixth, only to see Long Beach score one in the bottom of the frame, setting the stage for Hubbard's game-tying blast.

Long Beach--7 runs, 13 hits, 1 error
Kingwood--6 runs, 12 hits, 2 errors

WP--Spencer Troutman--2 in, 1 r, 1 er, 3 h, 1 hb, 3 k
LP--Scott Davis--1 in, 2 r, 2 er, 3 h
HR--Chris Hubbard (LB)

Opening Round--Saturday
Puerto Rico pounds way to win!
Kevin Gonzalez drove in four runs to lead Trujillo Alto, PR past Johnstown, 11-0 in five innings. Gonzalez stroked a two-run single in the second, then blasted a two-run homer in the third to break the game open. Gonzalez combined with starter Anthony Stewart and John Roman to hold the Host Area champions to just two hits, both by Austin Urban. Michael De Aza's three-run homerun put the Caribbean Zone winners over the 10-run margin, ending the game after five innings.

Trujillo Alto--11 runs, 12 hits, 0 errors
Johnstown--0 runs, 2 hits, 3 errors

WP--Anthony Stewart--3 in., 2 hits, 5 k
LP--Ben Legath--3 in., 10 r, 8 er, 11 h, 3 k
HR--Kevin Gonzalez (PR), Michael De Aza (PR)

Chinese Taipei wins opener!
Chinese Taipei used a four-run third to take the lead and a grand slam in the seventh to seal the deal, beating Chesterfield County, 10-2. After back-to-back homeruns by Chen Hung Yi and Cheng Chia Ming tied the game in the third, Lee Hung Chun singled, stole second and scored on a Kan Meng Chieh basehit. Kan later scored on an error. Chen Hung Yi hit the grand slam, the 29th in PONY World Series history. Kan Meng Chieh got the win, Chen a save. Chesterfield's runs came on solo homeruns by Sam LaMere in the first and second innings.

Chinese Taipei--10 runs, 10 hits, 0 errors
Chesterfield County--2 runs, 7 hits, 5 errors

WP--Kan Meng Chieh--5.1 in., 2 r, 2 er, 7 h, 7 k
Save--Chen Hung Yi--1.2 in., 0 r, 1 w, 2 k
LP--Ryan Spangler--2 in., 4 r, 3 er, 4 h, 2 k

HR--Sam LaMere (VA) 2
Chen Hung Yi (C-T) 2, incl. grand slam
Cheng Chia Ming (C-T)

Opening Day--Jam-Packed Saturday!
The 56th PONY League World Series starts Saturday at Lew Hays PONY Field. Teams started arriving in Washington, PA on Thursday evening. Others will pull into town on Friday.

Saturday's schedule begins with the World Series Brunch. Following the Brunch, World Series Tournaments, Inc. hosts the 7th Annual Friends Game at Lew Hays PONY Field. Opening Ceremonies & the first day doubleheader get underway at 4:30 pm.

Final Spots Filled
The South Zone tournament at Burleson, TX went to the "If Necessary" game--and BEYOND! Kingwood, TX lost the first game of the tournament to Corpus Christi, 4-0. Wednesday night, Kingwood beat Corpus Christi twice, 7-6 and 7-6 in 8 innings to win the South Zone berth in the PONY League World Series.

At Fullerton, CA, Long Beach (4-0) went undefeated through the West Zone bracket, including a Finals win over Quartz Hill Wednesday night to claim the West Zone PONY League World Series berth. Long Beach will face Kingwood in Sunday's first game.

Chinese Taipei wins Asia-Pacific
For the sixth time since 1998, Chinese Taipei is the Asia-Pacific PONY Zone champion. Three times during that span, Chinese Taipei made the finals four times, taking the PONY League World Series championship trophy home to the Pacific Rim in 1998, 2000 & 2005. Chesterfield County, VA will provide the opposition in the tournament's opening game Saturday afternoon. Both programs qualified for the 2001 World Series but were in opposite divisions and did not face each other. Chesterfield County advanced to the final that year.

Central Michigan rules the North Zone
John F. Kennedy was President the last time a team from Michigan won the PONY World Series (1961). This year's North Zone champions, the Central Michigan Stars, will try to break that drought. Their first opponent comes from a state that's waited even longer. Washington won the 1955 crown, the last Pennsylvania squad to hoist the first-place trophy. The two teams will meet Sunday in the final game of the opening round.

Chesterfield County, VA wins East Zone
After failing in their efforts to return to Washington a year ago, CBC Baseball of Chesterfield County, VA didn't let this opportunity get away. CBC's PONY team is World Series bound, following a win against Boardman, OH and two victories over New Bedford, MA. The Chesterfield Countians played in the World Series in 1996, 99 and 2001, the 50th Anniversary celebration year. CBC will face Chinese Taipei, the Asia-Pacific Zone champion, in Saturday's opening game.

Johnstown wins Host Area, Returns to PLWS
For the second time in three years, Johnstown PONY Baseball won the Host Area Tournament, clinching a berth in the 56th PONY League World Series. Johnstown will take on Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico in the second game of the opening-night doubleheader, Saturday, August 11th. Washington, PA is the only other entry determined so far. Zone tournament play is underway this weekend across the country for the four U-S zone teams.

Caribbean Champion--Trujillo Alto
A team from Puerto Rico has won the PONY League World Series six times, all since 1984. If that number is to increase this year, the title will be won by a new entry in the World Series--Trujillo Alto. Caguas has won three championships, including the 2006 title. San Juan, Bayamon and Ponce, PR have all won PONY World Series titles.

WJPA Radio (1450 AM) World Series Radio Crew:
Mark Uriah
This is Mark's 24th PONY League World Series, starting in 1984. In addition to the World Series each year, Mark serves as play-by-play announcer for the 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 over 30 years. While a sophmore in high school, his broadcasting career began with PONY League World Series broadcast pioneer Pete Stanton. In addition to play-by-play duties, Bob has served as the Chairman of the PONY League World Series since 1985.

WJPA-AM (1450) in Washington 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!

Click Here to read about the 50+ year relationship between the PONY League World Series and Washington's Radio Station, WJPA.

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