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Johnstown falters late in PONY loss

From Mirror reports

WASHINGTON, Pa. — A rough top of the eighth inning doomed Johnstown in the Dick’s Sporting Goods PONY League World Series at Lew Hays Pony Field on Tuesday night.

Chinese Taipei scored five runs in the eighth — three of them scoring on bases-loaded walks and one on a bases-loaded hit batsman — to hand Johnstown its first loss in the tournament, 7-3.

Johnstown and Chinese Taipei will now meet again for the third time in three days at 10 a.m. today with the winner advancing to tonight’s 7 p.m. championship game and the loser getting eliminated.

After beating Chinese Taipei, 4-2, on Monday night, Johnstown, with five Blair County players on its roster, was looking to advance straight to the championship with a win Tuesday.

However, Taipei scored single runs in the first and second innings off Johnstown’s Brock Bryson to take a 2-0 lead. Pitcher Wei-Zhe Hong kept Johnstown off the board until the bottom of the fifth when Ethan Shank singled in Tyrone’s Drew Irons to make the score 2-1.

Charlie Manzi then homered in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game and force Taipei to switch pitchers. Wen-Wei Yang and Bryson then kept each team from scoring in the final innings.

In the top of the eighth, Taipei got three straight singles to load the bases. From there, Taipei was able to score five runs on some wild pitching among three different Johnstown pitchers.

Shao-Chun Chang had two hits and two RBIs for Taipei, Cheng-Yen Lee had two hits, and Hong scored two runs. Hong and Yang combined to strike out 17 Johnstown batters.

CHINESE TAIPEI (7): Hong p-ss 521, Lin ss-3b 511, Lee lf 312, Shih 1b 311, Sun c 310, Yang rf-p 411, Gao 2b 100, Pan ph 100, Meng 3b-rf 300, Chang cf 402. Totals — 32-7-8.

JOHNSTOWN (3): LaRocco cf 311, Manzi ss 411, Bryson p 401, Schawl 2b 000, McAllister 2b-p 300, Gartner p 100, Goodman 3b 301, Irons lf 311, Shank c 301, O’Donnell 1b 300, Clark rf 300, McCartney pr 000. Totals — 30-3-6.

SCORE BY INNINGS

Chinese Taipei 110 000 05–7 8 0

Johnstown 000 011 01–3 6 1

LOB–Chinese Taipei 7, Johnstown 4. HR–Manzi. RBI–Chang 2, Lin, Shih, Sun, Gao, Meng, Manzi, Bryson, Shank, Bryson, Shank, Manzi. SAC–Gao. HBP–Sun, Lee. SB–Chang. WP–Yang. LP–Bryson. SO–Hong 11, Yang 6, Bryson 4, McAllister 1. BB–Yang 1, Bryson 1, McAllister 2. Wild pitch–Hong, Bryson.

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