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
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Chinese Taipei to Finals

Lin, Chun En stroked a three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning, giving Chinese Taipei a 5-2 win over Levittown, PR and a berth in the PONY League World Series Championship game. Both teams had several chances to win the game in regulation but couldn't cash in. The Asia-Pacific champions took the lead in the first with a rbi single by Tu, Wei Hung plating Chiang, Zong Ci. Yeh, Chao Yu scored on a wild pitch in the fourth, building the lead to 2-0. Levittown got on the board in the fourth. Heliot Ramos doubled and scored two outs later on Benjamin Negron's single. Hermes Colon homered on the first pitch of the sixth, his fourth of the World Series, tying the game.

Chen, Chun Hsiao started and got the win, allowing two runs and eight hits over seven innings, striking out 10. Chu, Yi Sheng pitched the eighth, earning the save. Jan Figueroa took the loss in relief, surrendering the home run in the eighth. Starter Jorge Benitez worked the first seven innings, allowing just two runs despite walking seven. Ramos finished the series 13-for-20 (.650) at the plate, one hit shy of the all-time mark.
Negron pitched nine innings in the tournament, allowing three earned runs, a 2.33 ERA (PONY).

Levittown Forces "If Necessary" Game

Benjamin Negron and Jan Figueroa combined on a four-hitter as Levittown, PR dealt Chinese Taipei its first loss of the World Series, downing the Asia-Pacific champions, 4-2, forcing an 'if necessary' game in the division.

Negron got the win, allowing only two runs despite walking five over five innings. Figueroa threw two hitless innings of relief to save the victory, forcing an 'if necessary' game in the division, Wednesday at 10 am.

Chinese Taipei took a 1-0 lead in the first on an rbi double from Yeh, Chao Yu, scoring Chiu, Ta Yi. Levittown answered with three straight singles in the second, Joel Snachez coming home on a base hit by Negron. The Caribbean champions took the lead for the first time in the third. Josue Sanchez doubled and scored on Joel Sanchez' single one out later.

The previously unbeaten Asia-Pacific team tied the game in the bottom of the third when Yeh singled, stole second and scored on a hit by Lin, Chun En. The lead didn't last long as Jean Paul Santana was hit by a pitch, sacrificed to second and scored three batter later on Heliot Ramos' single. Josue Sanchez singled home Ryan Rivera in the sixth to set the final margin, one of three hits for the Levittown catcher. Joel Sanchez also had a double and two singles.

Chu, Yi Sheng, the starter, and Yeh each worked three innings and allowed two run. Yeh took the loss.

Hilo Rolls Unbeaten to WS Championship Game

The West Zone champions banged out 11 hits, five of them in the go-ahead three-run second inning as Hilo, HI advanced to the World Series title game, downing Chesterfield County, VA, 11-2, in the division finals. Hilo went unbeaten through its five-team bracket.

Ryan Ragual and Jaisten Cabatbat combined to hold Chesterfield Co. to single runs in the first two innings despite the East Zone winners collecting nine hits, five in the first two frames. Ragual, the winner, wiggled out of a bases loaded/one out problem in the second, leaving the sacks filled. A doubleplay cleaned up a mess for Cabatbat in the sixth, laying waste to two hits and an error.

After an Ethan Williams rbi single put the Virginians up 1-0 in the first, Hilo took the lead for good in the top of the second. Eric Riveira singled and scored on Micah Bello's double down the line in left. Ragual doubled to the same spot, scoring Bello, then scored himself on a throwing error.

Three straight singles for Chesterfield loaded the bases. Chandler Riley came home on Tyler Butler's sacrifice fly, but Ragual slammed the door at 3-2. Three hits, two errors, a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch helped Hilo push the margin to 6-2 in the fourth. Dallas Duarte lofted a deep fly ball to center following back-to-back singles from Ragual and Kakale Huddleston. The wild pitch scored Huddleston. Joey Jarneski, who reached on a base hit, then stole second, also scored on the same play, moving to third on the wild pitch and home when the throw to the plate was off the mark trying to retire Huddleston.

Three Chesterfield errors over the final two frames, plus two wild pitches, a passed ball and a Huddleston rbi single closed the scoring.

Ragual worked three innings, allowing both runs on five hits and one walk to get the win. Cabatbat tossed four scoreless innings of relief to earn a save, scattering four hits and fanning two.

Chesterfield County Tops Mexico

Jackson Horner stroked a three-run home run in the third giving Chesterfield County enough runs to outlast Los Mochis, MX, 10-7, in an elimination game. The East Zone champions banged out 13 hits, including two home runs, to down the Mexico winners.

Juan Valdez hit a solo homer in the first, giving Los Mochis a short-lived 1-0 lead. Chesterfield County used four hits and a walk to score four runs in the bottom of the inning. Ethan Williams, Barkley Ray, Chandler Riley and Patrick Routsis each drove in runs in the frame.

A two-out error in the third and Pablo Beltran's rbi single enabled Los Mochis to pull within a run in the top of the third before Horner's blast to left built the margin to 8-3. Brad Painter had a run-scoring single earlier in the inning.
Los Mochis, last year's runnerup team, combined three walks, a hit-batsman, a sacrifice fly and a base hit to score four in the fourth, but couldn't tie the game. Ivan Cota drew a bases-loaded walk to force in one run. Valdez followed with a sac fly to right. Jose Manzanarez plated two with the inning's only base hit to make it 8-7.
Routsis homered to lead off the fifth. Riley drove in the final run with a single in the sixth.

Hunter Montgomery got the win, despite allowing 5 earned runs in 3.2 innings. Matthew Flatford tossed 3.1 innings of shutout relief, allowing just two hits and one walk with the outcome on the line.