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PONY League World Series
Beach is Walk-Off Winner!
Oliver Van Buskirk strokes a pinch-hit, two-run, walk-off homerun for Long Beach to win the 2008 PONY League World Series! Down a run heading to the bottom of the seventh, Matt Maccarrone singled to left. Manager Ken Jakemer had already called for a pinch-hitter. Van Buskirk's second World Series homerun just cleared the fence in rightcenter, and launched the Long Beach crowd into hysteria.
Chase DeJong went the distance, getting his second World Series victory. DeJong allowed just one earned run on five hits. The Long Beach righthander also won the New ERA Cap ERA award, holding opponents to three earned runs over 15 innings.
Chinese Taipei took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the first. Chen Chi Yuan doubled after two out and scored on a throwing error.
Long Beach, last year's runnerup, tied the game with an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth. Brett Harper hit into a force play, but the relay throw went out of play, putting Harper on second. Daniel DeWolf singled to left, driving in Harper.
The Asia-Pacific champions went back in front in the top of the seventh. Chiang Lee Wei walked and was sacrificed to second. Chiang stole third and scored on Wang Chao Min's basehit. Chinese Taipei had runners at second and third with one out, but a short passed ball got the runner from second too far off the bag. Wang, then at third, tried to score but was retired in a rundown..
DeJong. 7 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 3 W, 3 K
by inning recap:
LB 1st--After one out, Daniel DeWolf singled to leftcenter. Thomas Walker grounded into a force play and was stranded.
CT 2nd--With two out, CHiu Chun Chang walked. Hsu Yung Cheng bunted for a basehit. A lineout ended the inning with two left on.
LB 2nd--Soloman Willings, Irie Elizalde and Matt Maccarrone all singled to open the inning, loading the bases. Two flyouts and a groundout left the bases loaded.
CT 3rd--Liu Chia Kai walked but was later caught stealing.
LB 3rd--DeWolf reached on a groundball error but was erased on a line drive doubleplay.
CT 4th--Three up, three down.
LB 4th--All three batters hit balls to short--pop out, groundout, lineout.
CT 5th--With one out, Hsu Yung Cheng singled to right. A groundball doubleplay ended the inning.
LB 5th--After one out, Avery Flores singled. Brett Harper hit into a force play, but reached second on a throwing error, the ball going into the camera circle. DeWolf singled to left, scoring Harper. A flyout ended the inning with one left on.
CT 6th--Three up, three down. With the aid of the caught stealing and a doubleplay, DeJong has retired 13 straight.
LB 6th--Groundout, strikeout, flyout.
CT 7th--Chiang Lee Wei walked on a 3-2 pitch, was sacrificed to second by Lin Yu Chih, then stole third. Wang Chao Min singled to center, scoring Chiang. Hu Chih Wei singled to right, moving Wang to second. After a passed ball moved up both runners, Wang was retired in a rundown between third and home. A popout ended the inning.
LB 7th--Matt Maccarrone singled to open the inning. Oliver Van Buskirk homered to right, winning the PONY League World Series championship.
Taipei Rallies Past Gurabo, Makes Final
Gurabo started quickly, leading 2-0 after four batters. Daniel Flores walked to open the game. After a wild pitch, Chrisian E. Rivera singled. A double steal brought Flores home. After a fielder's choice, Richard Gonzalez grounded out to short, scoring Rivera.
Hsu Hao Feng singled to open the first for Chinese Taipei and moved to second on a groundout. Chu Li Jen singled to left, scoring Hsu.
After one out in the second, Lin Yu Chih doubled. After an error put Wang Chao Min on first, both runners moved up on an errant pickoff throw. Pinch-hitter Tseng Hsin Hao tied the game with sacrifice fly to right.
The Caribbean champions went back in front when Gonzalez stroked a two-run homerun to right, scoring Flores ahead of him. But Gurabo would only get two more hits the rest of the night. In fact, Chiang would get nine strikeouts from that point on.
Meanwhile, Chu kept up the scoring, lining a solo homerun to rightcenter in the fourth. With two on and two out in the fifth, Chu singled to score Hsu, tying the game. Chiang followed with a mis-handled grounder to short, allowing Liu Chia Kai to score the game-winning run.
Chiang struck out a series-high 14 batters, walking five and allowing just four hits to earn his second win of the season. Chu finished the game with three hits and three runs batted in. Gonzalez drove in three for Gurabo.
"IF" But "WHEN"!
In winning the 50th PONY League World Championship, Ponce became just the fifth team ever to lose their first game and come all the way back to the title--Oak Park/River Forest, IL (1960), Greensboro, NC (1966), Orange, CA (1971), Tampa, FL (1976) and Ponce, PR (2001).
Beach Goes to Title Game
Forces "If Necessary" Game
Three bunts started the Gurabo sixth. Jan Ramos put down a perfect bunt single to open the inning. Nelson Flores' sacrifice was thrown away and Miguel Riestra's sacrifice turned into a fielder's choice, loading the bases with nobody out. After one out, a groundball to third was booted, allowing the go-ahead run to score. Winning pitcher Vimael Machin followed with a two-run single, giving him 13 rbi in the series, breaking a record set in 1955. Machin homered in the first inning. Machin held Chinese Taipei to just two hits through five innings.
Trailing 3-0, Chinese Taipei got solo homeruns from Liu Chia Kai and Chu Li Jen. The Asia Pacific champs tied the game on a Hsu Yung Cheng single, scoring Chen Chi Yuan.
Earns Rematch, Eliminates Hagerstown
Knocks Out Johnstown
Beach Beats Hagerstown, Takes
Control of Division
Taipei dominates Johnstown
Pounds Washington, 16-6
Beach knocks off Tamiami, 5-1
World Series Win for Johnstown
is Set! Let the Games Begin!
/ Tamiami '08?
Wins the East
East Completes One Bracket
Defends Host Area title
Asia-Pacific Zone Winners
Chinese Taipei won the Asia-Pacific Zone title for the second straight year and has qualified for the upcoming World Series. Both teams will see action opening day, Saturday, August 9th.
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