Friday, October 3, 2014

2015 PONY EAST ZONE NATIONALS

WELCOME TO THE 2015 PONY NATIONALS MUSTANG 10U - PALOMINO 18U CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT, LOUDOUN COUNTY, VIRGINIA
QUALIFICATION PROCESS


Division: Mustang 10U, Bronco 12U and Pony 14U

Location: Loudoun County, VA
Format: 4 pool to 3 game bracket 7 game guarantee
Entry fee: $800.00 plus $400 Gate fee per team. Total fees are $1200.00 per team

THIS IS A “STAY TO PLAY” EVENT AND ALL OUT OF TOWN TEAMS MUST USE THE ZENITH GROUP FOR HOUSING OR TEAMS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY A $600 HOUSING FEE AT CHECK IN.

Dates: Mustang 10U, Bronco 12U and Pony 14U / July 17, 2015 – July 22, 2015

July 17: Mandatory Manager Meeting (12:00 pm @ Holiday Inn 45425 Holiday Dr., Dulles, VA 20166)
July 18 - 22: Play begins (7 Game format-4 Pool Games followed by 3 Game Bracket)

Mustang 10U Division will play into a split bracket (Gold and Sliver) and top 4 teams in each will receive awards.

All games are 1:30, finish the inning (Pending weather)

Play begins on July 18 with pool play, Bracket play begins on July 20, 2015 with finals on July 22, 2015.

Pool play will seed teams into a 3 game bracket. Bracket placement will seed the final 8 teams into a single elimination championship bracket.

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Division: Colt 16U & Palomino 18U

Location: Loudoun County, VA

THE COLT 16U AND PALOMINO 18U DIVISIONS WILL BE LIMITED TO 80 TEAMS TOTAL. YOUR SPOT IN THE TOURNAMENT IS NOT SECURED UNTIL PAYMENT IS RECEIVED!

Format: 3 pool to 3 game bracket 6 game guarantee (No Showcase format in 2015, all games will count)
Entry fee: $700.00 plus $300 Gate fee per team. Total fees are $1000.00 per team

THIS IS A “STAY TO PLAY” EVENT AND ALL OUT OF TOWN TEAMS MUST USE THE ZENITH GROUP FOR HOUSING OR TEAMS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY A $600 HOUSING FEE AT CHECK IN.

Dates: July 22 – JULY 26, 2015

July 22- Mandatory Manager Meeting (7:00 pm @ Holiday Inn, 45425 Holiday Dr., Dulles, VA 20166)

All games are 1:30, finish the inning (Pending weather)

Play begins on July 23 with pool play, Bracket play begins on July 24 with finals on July 26, 2015.

Pool play will seed teams into a 3 game bracket. Bracket placement will seed the final 8 teams into a single elimination championship bracket.

Bronco 12U - Palomino 18U Divisions the top 8 in each will receive awards.

Loudoun County P/R Web Page 2015 Nationals and Hotel Information: http://www.eteamz.com/ponynationals/

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QUALIFICATION PROCESS

Mustang 10U - Pony 14U teams may now qualify for the 2015 PONY Nationals by playing in 3 PONY tournaments or 2 PONY tournaments if a team finishes in the top 2 in one of those events or you can earn an automatic berth to PONY Nationals by playing in the PONY Mid-Atlantic Championship in Loudoun County, July 11 and 12, 2015 and one other PONY qualifier.

Colt 16U and Palomino 18U teams may now qualify for the 2015 PONY Nationals by playing in 1 PONY qualifier or by playing in the PONY Mid-Atlantic Championship in Loudoun County July 11-12, 2015 .

Host berths can be earned by teams hosting PONY Qualifiers.

If team registrations exceed tournament capacity, host berths and tournament champions will be given preference in registration prior to tournament entry deadline. Tournament winners will receive preference on tournament seeding.

Check out the “Gift Bag Exchange” tab for information on how to win a $200 gift card for your team and help feed those in need. You donated over 8000 lbs of food at the 2014 PONY Nationals. Let’s top that number in 2015!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Long Island New York Toy Donation Information

Sept 26, 2014
At the Pediatric wing of Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, L.I., N.Y.

Over 100 new toys were donated to the Child Life Program of Winthrop University Hospital. Toys were donated by the players, coaches and umpires at a recent Girls Fastpitch tournament sponsored by PONY Baseball/Softball. PONY, an acronym for “Protect Our Nation’s Youth”, is a national organization that is designed to provide experiences in youth baseball and softball that will help young people grow into healthier and happier adults.

The tournament, “Labor Day Qualifier Benefiting Kids in the Hospital,” hosted over 120 girls ages 12 to 16 years old from all over Long Island. It ran on August 30th and 31st in Bellmore, NY.

The idea came from Tournament director and State PONY director Ed Kovesdy.

Mr Kovesdy said, “I challenged the teams and umpires to make this toy donation and they exceeded my expectations. It was stressed that the toys would stay local and help young Long Islanders with difficult health issues and that’s what we did. Winthrop University Hospital has an excellent program that serves the Long Island community. I couldn't be happier.”

Pictured with Ed are players and coaches from the Babylon Blue Angels, the Chiefs of Ronkonkoma as well as a PONY umpire from the Suffolk County Umpires Association. Kovesdy added, “This is only a start. Next year I expect more teams and more toys.”

Ed Kovesdy
PONY- N.Y. State Director
2 Shirley Court
East Northport, NY 11731










LA PONY DOMINICANA SERA SEDE DE REUNION DEL CARIBE

La Republica Dominicana será sede de la reunión del Caribe de la Pony

Beisbol, actividad a la que acudirán los presidentes de esa institución en toda

la región.

La información la dio a conocer este lunes el profesor Eugenio Báez,

presidente de la organización en el país, quien dijo además, que en la misma

estará presente, Mr. Abrahán Key, presidente mundial de la Pony Beisbol.

Báez, comunico que a este encuentro asistirán los representantes de

Venezuela, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Panamá, Sant Martin, Sant Tomas,

Bahamas, Curazao, Aruba, Guatemala, Nicaragua y Republica Dominicana.

El presidente de la Pony local recalco la importancia del Caribbean Zone,

Annual Meeting y su celebración en esta tierra, la segunda nación más

productora de peloteros a nivel mundial y hasta ahora los número uno del

mundo.

La asamblea de los países del área será celebrada del 20 al 23 de noviembre

del presente año, en la ciudad de San Cristóbal.

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The Dominican Republic will host the meeting of Caribbean Pony

Baseball activity that presidents attend this institution in all

region.

The information was released Monday Professor Eugenio Baez

president of the organization in the country, who also said that the same

be present, Mr. Abraham Key, world president of the Pony Baseball.

Baez, communicated that this meeting attended by representatives of

Venezuela, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Panama, Saint Martin, Saint Thomas,

Bahamas, Curacao, Aruba, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.

The president of the local Pony emphasize the importance of the Caribbean Zone,

Annual Meeting and celebration on this earth, the nation's second

producing players worldwide and so far the number one

world.

The assembly area countries will be held from 20 to 23 November

this year, in the city of San Cristobal.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

PONY Clinics at Anantapur City in India

PONY International organized three clinics on softball and baseball at Anantapur City in India.  Mr. Rodalfo Tingzon and Khadar Sultan of Asia were the chief guests.


Information and photos submitted by:

Bake Hamidulla
In charge World Sports Info and Publicity Centre
# 9-275, Gulzerept
Anantapur-515 001

Thursday, August 28, 2014

PONY TO HOLD THE DOMINICAN EXCHANGE WITH TEAM PUERTO RICO

LA PONY DOMINICANA SOSTENDRA INTERCAMBIO CON EQUIPO DE PUERTO RICO

La Pony beisbol de Republica Dominicana, sostendrá este jueves 28 y viernes 29 de agosto un intercambio amistoso con un equipo de la hermana Isla de Puerto Rico.

Los encuentros tendrán lugar en el play de Campo Club, en la autopista 6 de noviembre, en San Cristóbal y en el play de gringo, del municipio de Haina, de esta provincia sureña. Los beisbolistas de la Tierra de Roberto Clemente, visitaran se medirán a los quisqueyanos en la categoría, Mustang 9-10 años, en lo que será una inolvidable experiencia para los niños de ambos países. El anuncio lo hizo Eugenio Báez, presidente de la Pony en el país, quien aseguro que esta actividad va a contribuir a estrechar los lazos de amistad entre los pequeños beisbolistas de estas dos naciones.

Báez, informo además que previo a los partidos de este jueves, se efectuara una ceremonia de bienvenida a la 5:00 de la tarde y en la misma estará presente el senador de San Cristóbal, Lic. Tommy Galán, quien hará el Lanzamiento de honor.

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PONY TO HOLD THE DOMINICAN EXCHANGE WITH TEAM PUERTO RICO

The Dominican Republic Pony Baseball will hold on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 August a friendly exchange with a team of sister island of Puerto Rico.

The games will take place on November 6 in San Cristóbal and the town of Haina, this southern province.
Baseball players from the Land of Roberto Clemente, visit the Dominicans will be measured in the category, Mustang 9-10 years, in what will be a memorable experience for children in both countries.
The announcement was made by Eugenio Baez, president of the Pony in the country, who assure that this activity will contribute to strengthening the bonds of friendship between the young ballplayers of these two nations.

Baez also reported that pre-game on Thursday, a welcome ceremony at 5:00 pm and is effected in the same Senator will attend San Cristobal, Lic. Tommy Galan, who will honor the Launch .

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Derrek Lee partners with Play Global! to support youth baseball in Uganda.

CONTACT: Julia McCarthy    julia@play-global.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 18, 2014

Derrek Lee partners with Play Global! to support youth baseball in Uganda.

Retired all-star and gold glover Derrek Lee is helping support youth baseball in Uganda by donating five batting cages that will be built across the East African nation. In addition to Lee’s contributions, the international baseball nonprofit Play Global! and Little League Canada sent expert coaches from the U.S. to conduct training clinics for players and local coaches this July.

Derrek Lee first saw the impact of baseball in Uganda when he traveled there in 2012 for the Pearl of Africa Series, a tournament formed when the Ugandan League Champions were prevented from competing in the Little League World Series due to visa issues. Along with MLB player Jimmy Rollins, Lee taught the game to local kids during his visit. He noticed that young players there had a lot of potential but lacked the right equipment. Lee was moved by his trip to Uganda and made a commitment to continue supporting baseball there.

“I could see during my travels that baseball brought hope and self-confidence to kids in Uganda who don’t have much,” Lee explains, “I wanted to help in a way that would last.”

Lee connected with nonprofit organization Play Global!, and the project grew. Play Global! teamed up with Commonwealth Games Canada, the Roberto Clemente Foundation and Little League Canada. Together, these organizations – called the Pearl of Africa Series 2 – shipped the batting cages and other needed baseball equipment to Uganda, and arranged for expert coaches to conduct training clinics there. Play Global! is running a long-term distance education program for Ugandan baseball coaches, and its partner agencies have created a transportation fund to make sure that young players can make it to their games.

Over 20,000 Ugandan kids participate in the Uganda Baseball and Softball Association. Uganda’s young players live in communities dealing with poverty and high rates of HIV.  They also include refugee children from Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, who struggle with cultural and social barriers. Baseball provides common ground for these children to work and learn together as a team.
Derrek Lee’s batting cages are in the process of being built. One is already up at the national stadium in Gayaza. The other four are in the process of construction, using local materials like wooden poles and concrete.

About Play Global!
Play Global! is a nonprofit organization based in the U.S. and working internationally. Its mission is to develop respect and teamwork through baseball. Play Global! conducts programs in developing countries and conflict areas, with the goal of helping kids learn skills for success while having fun. More information is available at www.play-global.org.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Legacy of Area Baseball Unites at McEver Field

Half century of players, coaches, volunteers gather for Reunion

DAVIDSON – It was an emotional night July 22 at McEver Field. Because of the weather, there were no games to be won or lost. It was a homecoming of sorts as more than 50 years of area baseball participants gathered for the first time.

Gene and Joy McEver, who were instrumental establishing the area on South Street from briars to a state-of-the art baseball field in 1958, were remembered and recognized along with, players, coaches, umpires and volunteers.

“You have no clue what you meant to some of us kids when we’d show up here and the lights would be on Friday nights,” Jeff Hager told the crowd. “We felt like we were doing something special, like we were playing in the big leagues. The field meant everything to us: the grass, the smell of hot dogs, it was great. It was just a good time to be raised in this area with this group of people. … This is awesome. It really means a lot to a lot of us.”

During the event, Gene Ervin of Cornelius, was surprised with the Pony Baseball/Softball Joe E. Brown Fellowship Award, named for one of the founders of the Pony League. Ervin has served North Mecklenburg baseball for 37 years, as coach, league president, Pony League Coordinator – plus Santa Claus.
Gene Ervin, who has served North Mecklenburg baseball for 37 years, was surprised with Pony Baseball's Joe E. Brown Fellowship Award during the July 22 McEver Field reunion. (Carrie C. Causey/Herald Weekly photo)

“I want to tell you, whenever I was inducted into the Wall of Fame, I thought that was a real high honor and this is the highest honor in Pony baseball,” Ervin said. “This will have a special place on my wall in my house, right next to the picture of [Gene McEver]. This is really an honor and I appreciate it.”

Earlier in the program, Ervin told McEver's son, Tom, that Gene was like a father to him, so he was nervous when he was asked to take McEver’s spot as leader of the North Mecklenburg Pony League following his passing.

“I look up I see the press box, I see Mr. McEver standing up on that balcony,” Ervin said. “I feel like I’m standing on hallowed grounds and I’ll feel that way until the day I die. One day my stride is to sit in that box seat in Heaven with Ken Caldwell, Gene McEver and Sonny Mayhew, my wife’s brother who kept me going in baseball.”

With a backdrop of old team pictures, newspaper articles, baseballs and bats, friends gathered just like it was yesterday to talk about that time they hit their first homerun, funny coach stories and even what made the McEver Field hotdogs and chili the best in all of North Mecklenburg. W.B. Mayhew used the concession funds to buy bats, balls and uniforms – keeping the place running along with McEver.

“McEver is a place of dreams and memories where we practiced and worked hard to perform better,” said Mayor John Woods, a former player. “We dreamed of perfection and without knowing it at the time learned many life skills while we were playing baseball. Here we learned the value of hard work, perseverance, teamwork, success jubilation, failure and dejection and resilience.”

Since its start, the North Mecklenburg league has grown tremendously, going from one Little League and one Pony League team per town to Davidson alone having 26 teams. With them come the legacy of the families. At the July 22 event, the Caldwell family was recognized for having four generations who have coached or played on the field.

The event was the brainchild of Andy Beard, with the help of volunteers like Kenneth Kerley, Buck Carter, Mickey Potts and emcees Mike Mittelman and Bo Brickels, among others.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hilo Wins PONY Championship!


Joey Jarneski homered, drove in three runs and pitched a complete game, leading Hilo, HI to the PONY League World Series championship, beating Chinese Taipei, 5-3, in the final. Jarneski won two games on the road to the
title, both complete games as Hawaii claimed its third PLWS title, the first since 1980. Jarneski's first-inning solo homerun opened the scoring. Jaisten Cabatbat doubled, moved to third on a fly out and scored on an errant throw.

Eric Riveira followed with a solo shot, putting the West Zone champions in front, 3-0. Jarneski drove in a pair in the second with a double, building the margin to 5-0.

Chinese Taipei scored one in the fourth. Chiu, Ta Yu was hit by a pitched, moved to second on a single by Yeh, Chao Yu and scored on Lin, Chun En's base hit. Yeh delivered a two-run homerun in the sixth, setting the final
score.

Jarneski won the World Series ERA award, allowing just three earned runs in his 14 innings of work.

The Batting Championship went to Levittown's Heliot Ramos, going 13-for-20 (.650) for the Caribbean champions.

World Series Championship Game is set for 7:30pm tonight at Lew Hays Pony Field.

In Tuesday's division finals, Hilo, Hawaii went unbeaten through its five-team bracket, capped off with an 11-2 win over Chesterfield County, Virginia.

Wednesday, Chinese Taipei needed an extra game AND an extra inning to eliminate Levittown, PR, taking the "if necessary" game, 5-2, on a three-run homerun from Lin Chun En.

The World Series championship game is set for 7:30 tonight at Lew Hays Pony Field.

Fans can see the 2014 PONY League World Series Championship Game, Wednesday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m. at www.espn.go.com/watchespn. Access is available at no additional cost to fans with subscriptions to participating high speed internet service providers, and to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel on computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks.

If they can’t watch live, Xfinity TV customers in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. can see free replays beginning Aug. 15 by going to the Get Local, Sports and PONY League WS folders on their Xfinity On Demand menu.

This is in addition to WPCW-TV, CBS Pittsburgh’s “The CW”, which will provide live coverage of the 2014 PONY League World Series Championship Game to its viewers across the tri-state area.

As well you can hear all the action live on WJPA-AM (1450) and on MSA Sports.

PONY League World Series Multi-Media Partnerships Expand for Championship Broadcast, Now Include ESPN3 and Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand

REPEATED RELEASE FROM 8/12/14

PONY League World Series Multi-Media Partnerships Expand for Championship Broadcast, Now Include ESPN3 and Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand

WASHINGTON, PA – World Series Tournaments, Inc. today announced its multi-media partnerships for the broadcast of the August 13th PONY League World Series Championship game have expanded to include ESPN3 and Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand. This will enable more fans from around the world to enjoy the sights and sounds of this year's Championship Game.

Fans can see the 2014 PONY League World Series Championship Game, Wednesday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m. at www.espn.go.com/watchespn. Access is available at no additional cost to fans with subscriptions to participating high speed internet service providers, and to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel on computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks.


If they can’t watch live, Xfinity TV customers in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. can see free replays beginning Aug. 15 by going to the Get Local, Sports and PONY League WS folders on their Xfinity On Demand menu.


This is in addition to WPCW-TV, CBS Pittsburgh’s “The CW”, which will provide live coverage of the 2014 PONY League World Series Championship Game to its viewers across the tri-state area.

For the first time, the 2014 PONY League World Series truly offers global access. The multi-media all access coverage of the PONY League World Series includes live webcasts of every game at the official websites www.plws.org and www.ponyworldseries.org. The already announced multi-media partnership includes the Washington Observer-Reporter, WJPA Radio, MSASports.net, PONY Baseball and Softball and World Series Tournaments, Inc.

The "Follow Live" button on the websites links to the live video stream, radio broadcast from WJPA Radio / MSASports.net, the Observer-Reporter's World Series hub, iScore live scoring, with box scores and game stats, plus live tweets from the World Series Twitter account and O-R sports writers.

The video stream includes the entire WJPA Radio broadcast, thanks to a 15-year partnership with MSASports.net. For more than 60 years, WJPA-AM (1450) has carried the action live from Washington Park. Mark Uriah, the "Voice of the PONY League World Series" for more than 30 years, and longtime Pittsburgh Pirates play-by-play announcer Lanny Frattare are calling the games.

These partnerships are possible as the direct result of a new broadband internet installation at Washington Park, funded in part by Comcast, the City of Washington and the Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency Grant Program.

The Tourism Promotion Agency has made a major commitment to grow and expand the PONY League World Series this year and beyond. Among the enhancements for this year are fireworks, music and other forms of entertainment, making this year’s World Series a complete family event. The agency's goal is to grow the PONY World Series into a premiere local, regional and international sporting event.

Working in conjunction with PONY Baseball and Softball through the qualifying tournaments and with Washington Youth Baseball, the local program, World Series Tournaments, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of the World Series except for the actual playing of the games themselves. This all-volunteer group is responsible for the funding and staffing requirements of the event, along with all other related activities.

WSTI solicits funding from businesses and individuals to cover the costs, and invites additional volunteers and workers to handle the myriad of activities in advance and during the World Series – maintenance, field preparation, souvenir and concession stands, press box operations, gate and parking staff, local transportation and security.

For more information regarding the PONY League World Series events, sponsorship opportunities and other World Series news, visit our website at www.plws.org or contact Tournament Chairman Bob Gregg at bgregg@wjpa.com.

World Series Tournaments, Inc.
P.O. Box 1115
Washington, PA 15301
Bob Gregg, President
O: 724-222-2110 Email: bgregg@wjpa.com