2021 PONY-13 WORLD SERIES

Pony-13 World Series

GAME #13 - CHAMPIONSHIP: SEOUL, KOREA 9 VS PLACENTIA, CA 0

D.H. Lee Leads Seoul, Korea to 2018 P13WS Title

Asia-Pacific Zone Representatives Seoul, Korea becomes back-to-back Pony-13 World Series Champions, after defeating the West Zone’s Champion Placentia, California 9-0 at York Field in Whittier, California. The game was highlighted by Seoul’s combined no-hitter by pitchers, D.H. Lee and J.W. Moon. Lee did the bulk of the work, going 6.1 innings, striking out nine and walking just one batter.

Seoul’s leadoff man J.W. Moon got on base after getting hit by a pitch to start off the game. A few batters later, S.J. Park launched a bomb to right field and brought in Moon for the early 1-0 lead after the first inning.

Moon came up to bat in the fourth with D.H. Lee on third base. Moon hit a ball the Placentia shortstop couldn’t control, and D.H. Lee crossed home to give Seoul a 2-0 lead after four innings.

S.J. Park kept the scoring going for Seoul in the fifth inning with a double to right field. Park’s double allowed J.W. Lee and D.C. Kim to score the third and fourth runs for Seoul.

D.H. Lee was dealing on the mound for Seoul. D.H. Lee was perfect in the ballgame until he walked a batter in the top of the sixth inning.  Placentia was unable to do anything with the runner, though and left him stranded on first.

When Seoul came up to bat in the sixth, leadoff man J.H. Kim was able to get on base with T.K. Yeo coming to bat.

Yeo smacked a ball out of the Placentia right fielder and rounded the bases for a triple that brought J.H. Kim home to score. Two more runs came across to score a couple batters later, making it a 7-0 lead for Seoul.

Seoul tallied a total of five runs in the sixth inning and put the game out of reach for Placentia.

S.J. Park led the way with his bat for Seoul. He hit 2-for-4, driving in two runners and scoring twice in the championship game win.

Seoul’s 9-0 win earned them their second-straight Pony-13 World Series title at York Field in Whittier. Following the game, D.H. Lee was awarded the Easton ERA Award, after finishing the tournament with a 0.00 ERA on 8.1 innings pitched. J.W. Lee won the Wilson Sports Batting Championship, after finishing the P13WS with a .571 batting average.

GAME #12: SEOUL, KOREA 5 VS SAN CRISTOBAL, DOMINICAN REBUPLIC 1

Seoul, Korea Punches Ticket to Second Straight P13WS Championship Game

Seoul, Korea finds themselves back in the Pony-13 Championship Game with their 5-1 victory over San Cristobal, Dominican Republic. Seoul has only allowed three runs in their entire Pony-13 World Series and will now take on a gritty Placentia, California squad for the title.

Seoul scored the first run of the game when T.K. Yeo singled and gave J.W. Moon the opportunity to round the bases from first and score in the third inning. Moon’s run was the only scored in the inning and Seoul entered the fourth with a 1-0 lead.

Seoul finally scored again in the fifth inning after J. Kim tagged up for a run. They added one more run after Yeo singled and brought home D.H. Jeong. Jeong’s score made it a 3-0 ballgame.

San Cristobal did their best to try to stay in the game. They got themselves on the board in the sixth inning when Joel Nova crossed home uncontested on a groundout.

Seoul wouldn’t let San Cristobal get on the board without answering themselves. In the bottom of the sixth inning, S. Lee tripled, scoring S.J. Park with it. S. Lee scored later in the inning as a result of a San Cristobal error, making it a 5-1 game in favor of Seoul.

T.K. Yeo led the way with his bat for Seoul. Yeo hit 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the win over San Cristobal.

Seoul now moves on to face Placentia, California in the Pony-13 World Series Championship Game Monday, July 30 at York Field in Whittier, California. Seoul will look to win back-to-back Pony-13 World Series championships. They beat Johnstown, Pennsylvania in last year’s big match.

This year, Seoul will have to face a battle-tested and gritty Placentia squad. It’ll be interested to see who comes out on top in the championship game.

GAME #11: PLACENTIA, CA 3 VS BROWNSVILLE, TX 1

Placentia Relies on Pitching and Defense for Win

Placentia, California edged out Brownsville, Texas in a low-scoring, 3-1 ballgame. Placentia’s Damian Mora pitched all seven innings and only gave up a single run, leading his team to the Pony-13 World Series Championship game. 

A wild pitch brought in Evan Robliecki for the first run of the game for Placentia. The wild pitch moved Briggs Berkson to third and Jeffrey Conrad was able to reach base after striking out for Placentia. Joshua Pugh brought Conrad and Berkson home, giving Placentia the early 3-0 lead. 

There were a few scoreless innings before Brownsville got on the board themselves in the fourth. Devin Parker hit a ground ball that bounced into the outfield and allowed Juan Garcia to score for Brownsville.

Brownsville was getting a hold of the ball, but seemed to hit towards a Placentia defender every time. They still had a shot to tie the game in the top of the seventh with runners on second and third.

The runners went on a line drive that was caught by Placentia, though, and Placentia was able to get the runner on second out for a double play to end the game and give Placentia the 3-1 victory.

Placentia ended up winning the game while scoring all three of their runs in the very first inning. 

Damian Mora pitched all seven innings for Placentia, allowing six hits with the single earned run while striking out five batters.

Mora’s pitching leads Placentia into the Pony-13 Championship Game. Their opponent has yet to be determined.

The Pony-13 Championship Game will take place Monday, July 30 at York Field in Whittier, California with a 7 p.m. start time.


GAME #10: SAN CRISTOBAL, DOMINICAN REBUPLIC 10 VS LOS MOCHIS, MEXICO 9

San Cristobal Escapes Elimination in Win Over Los Mochis

San Cristobal, Dominican Republic scored five runs in the fourth inning to edge out from Los Mochis, Mexico at York Field in Whittier, California Sunday, July 29. Joel Nova led the way for San Cristobal, accounting for seven of the team’s 10 runs in the 10-9 win.

San Cristobal got to work right out of the gates, getting a couple runners on first and second at the top of the first inning. Luis Castillo hit a RBI single to open up the scoring.

Yordan De los Santos followed Castillo up with a groundball just out of reach of the shortstop. De los Santos’ single resulted in two RBIs and San Cristobal ended their first at-bat ahead 3-0.

It didn’t take long for Los Mochis to get themselves back in the game. They responded immediately in the bottom half of the first.

With the bases loaded, Diego Soto launched a ball over the left fielder’s head and brought home a pair of runs. In the next at-bat, Alejandro Verdugo grounded into a fielder’s choice, allowing the tying run to cross the plate for Los Mochis.

After a walk, Los Mochis had the bases loaded again with Sergio Beltran up to bat. Beltran hit a line drive two RBI single to center field and Los Mochis suddenly had the lead after a five-run first inning.

Joel Nova tied the game up for San Cristobal in the top of third with a two RBI inside the park home run. Nova crushed a ball Los Mochis’ left fielder couldn’t handle and was able to round all the bases for a 5-5 tie.

Nova broke the tie in his next at-bat, later in the fourth inning. Nova crushed another ball, this time to the gap between left and center field.

Nova was later scored thanks to a De Los Santos single. San Cristobal scored two more runs before ending their half of the inning and left the top of the fourth ahead 10-5.

Los Mochis threatened to get back into the game in the sixth inning when they had the bases loaded. Los Mochis couldn’t capitalize, though and left the bases full while only coming away with a single run. 

Los Mochis nearly came back in the final inning, scoring three runs to pull within one at 10-9. Los Mochis ran out of magic, though and loss the game by a single point after the tying runner got caught trying to steal third.

Joel Nova led the way for San Cristobal in the 10-7 win. He hit 2-for-3 with four RBIS and three RBIS, including a two RBI inside-the-park home run.

San Cristobal (Dominican Republic) will now face the defending Pony-13 Champions, Seoul (Korea) Sunday, July 29 at 7 p.m.

GAME #9: BROWNSVILLE, TX 8 VS JOHNSTOWN, PA 7

Late Rally Lifts Brownsville Passed Johnstown

Brownsville, Texas rallied from behind late in the game to earn the victory over Johnstown Pennsylvania Sunday, July 29 at York in Field in Whittier, California. The 8-7 win advances Brownsville to the next round of the Pony-13 World Series.

Brownsville started the game off on a high note, scoring two runs at the top of the first. A couple hits brought in a runner each for the Texas boys but Johnstown was quick to respond in their half of the first inning.

Johnstown got their first run on the board when a single brought in a runner. A double later in the inning brought in two more runners, giving Johnstown the 3-2 lead.

Johnstown continued their streaky hitting in the second inning. Brad Bruner smacked a double into the gap between left and center field for a two RBI triple.  

Garret Harrold brought Bruner around to score with a single in the next at-bat, and Johnstown broke open a four run, 6-2 lead. Johnstown almost saw an even bigger lead but left the bases loaded when Brownsville got out number three.

The score held until Brownsville’s offense exploded in the sixth inning. Brownsville singled, bringing in a runner and loading the bases again. 

That’s when Cristian Martinez got hold of a ball and crushed it to right field for a double. The double resulted in two RBIs and left runners on second and third.

The next batter Max Parga, got a hit and brought in the runners and gave Brownsville the sudden 7-6 lead in the sixth inning.

Johnstown wasn’t shaken, though, and tied the game up after a wild pitch allowed the runner waiting at third home. The run tied the game up at seven heading into the final inning of the ballgame.

The game didn’t stay tied for long, however. Devin Parker hit a groundball passed the second baseman for a two RBI single to flip the lead back to Brownsville in the top of the seventh.

Johnstown threatened in their last at-bat, scoring a run to bring the game within one at 9-8. Johnstown wasn’t able to capitalize on the opportunity to tie the game and left the tying run stranded at third to end the game.

Brownsville will now face Placentia, California Sunday, July 29 at 4 p.m. at York Field in Whittier, California.

GAME #8: SEOUL, KOREA 11 VS SAN CRISTOBAL, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 2

Seoul, Korea Stays Sharp in Their Second Game of the P13WS

Seoul, Korea racked up nine hits while scoring 11 runs in their victory over San Cristobal, Dominican Republic. Seoul’s 11-2 win earned them a chance to play for a spot in the Pony-13 World Series Championship Game.

Seoul found themselves on the board first with a three run third inning. Joon Woo Moon was the first runner to cross home plate after Joon Woo Lee hit a ground ball down to right field. 

Joon Woo later scored in the inning thanks to a hit from Jun Hyung Kim that loaded the bases. Jeong Hwan Joo walked in the next at-bat and brought in Seo Jin Park to give Seoul a 3-0 lead.

Seoul poured on runs in the fifth inning, tallying four total and boosting their lead to 7-0. A J.W. Lee and sacrifice fly from J.W. Moon each brought in a run each to start the scoring. An error later in the inning brought in two more runners from Seoul and they found themselves ahead seven.

Seoul added on four more runs in the top of the seventh inning to make it a 11-0 game. San Cristobal scored a couple runs in the final inning of the game on an error but it wasn’t enough to bring them back into the game.

Seoul finished off the game strong and will now head into day three of the Pony-13 World Series with a calm confidence.

Seoul, Korea will play their next game Sunday, July 29 at 7 p.m. Pacific Time at York Field in Whittier, California. They’ll face the winner of the game between San Cristobal and Los Mochis, Mexico.

GAME #7: PLACENTIA, CA 8 VS JOHNSTOWN, PA 7

Placentia Edges Out Johnstown with Walk-Off Victory

West Zone representatives Placentia, California escaped defeat in a back-and-forth game with the East Zone Johnstown, Pennsylvania team at York Field in Whittier, Ca Saturday, July 28. Placentia scored three runs in the final inning of the game to earn the walk-off 8-7 win.

Damian Mora got the scoring started in the second inning for Placentia after a fly ball landed just in-play along the first base line. The hit brought in a couple runners and gave Placentia the early 2-0 lead.

Johnstown wasn’t rattled by the early runs and tied it up quickly in the top of the third inning. With the bases loaded, a Brad Bruner single allowed Jeremy Burda to score from second and loaded the bases again.

Garret Harrold batted next and hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Brady Huss and tie the game up at two for the Johnstown boys. The two runs were all they could get and exited the top half of the third inning tied at 2-2 with Placentia.

Brad Bruner was on third base when Kreger got his hit and was able to score Johnstown’s third run of the game. Bruner was brought in to score immediately after the next batter, Andrew Miko smacked his own ball to left field for a single.

Miko stole second base then reached third on a bad throw. Mike was brought all the way after a wild pitch from Placentia. The run gave Johnstown a 5-2 lead after five innings.

Placentia looked to make their move in the sixth inning with the bases loaded. A wild pitch brought in Briggs Berkson from third.

The batter, Joshua Pugh hit a ball along the first base line. Placentia’s Jeffrey Conrad and Jayden Flaig scored as the ball drove out of reach of the first baseman.

The two runs concluded the scoring for Placentia in the sixth and left them tied at five heading into the final inning of play, but Johnstown retaliated without hesitation.

In the top of the seventh, a couple hits and a steal left runners on second and third for Johnstown’s Miko. Mike saw a pitch he liked, and crushed it in the gap between right and center field for a triple.

In the bottom half of the seventh, Jake Milligan singled and scored Evan Robliecki. The next batter, hit a ball Johnstown couldn’t handle and caused an error on the throw to first and allowed Berkson to tie the game up with runners on second and third.

Conrad came back up to bat and made the hit of the game. Conrad’s hard ground ball out to right field allowed Milligan to score the walk-off, winning run.

Next up for Placentia, California is the winner of the San Cristobal (Domincan Republic) and Seoul (Korea) game. Johnstown, Pennsylvania will play the loser.

GAME #6: LOS MOCHIS, MEXICO 5 VS WHITTIER, CA 1

Los Mochis Defeats Whittier on Day Two of the P13WS

Los Mochis relied on their pitching to get themselves passed the Whittier host team at York Field Saturday, July 28. Rogelio Soto, Diego Soto and Roberto Urias combined to allow just five hits and a single run on their way to the 5-1 win.

Pony-13 World Series Home Run Derby Champion Juan Pablo Cota got Los Mochis off to a good start when he doubled in his first at-bat and brought in the first runner of the game. A couple batters later, Eduardo Alvarez singled and Cota made his way home from second.

Los Mochis exited the second inning with a 2-0 lead. It wasn’t until the fifth inning that the scoring picked up again.

Diego Soto singled out to right field, bringing in Emiliano Arellanes. Whittier made a mistake when they tried to get the ball in, and the error made way for Alvarez to score the fourth run for Los Mochis.

Whittier got on the board themselves in the sixth when Ruben Moreno smacked a ball out to right field and allowed Sean Zepeda-Herrera to cross the plate. That was all Whittier could squeeze out of the inning, however.

Los Mochis added an insurance run for themselves in the bottom of the sixth. Roberto Urias scored the fifth and final run for Mexico from third base after Whittier’s catcher tried to pick off the runner stealing second base. 

Emiliano Arellanes was the standout batsman for Los Mochis. He hit 2-for-4 and scored a run each time he found himself on base.

Los Mochis escapes elimination from the Pony-13 World Series with the victory over Whittier. They now move on to face the loser of the Seoul (Korea) and San Cristobal (Dominican Republic) game.

Los Mochis will play the game Sunday, July 29 at York Field in Whittier, California. The game has an expected start time of 1 p.m. Pacific Time.

GAME #5: BROWNSVILLE, TX 10 VS OAK PARK, IL 0

Brownsville Bounces Back with 10-0 Victory on Day Two

South Zone Champion Brownsville, Texas bounced back from their day one loss with an impressive 10-0 victory over the North Zone’s Oak Park, Illinois. Brownsville racked up seven hits and found themselves right back in the hunt for the Pony-13 World Series title.

The scoring began in the top of the second inning, when Brownsville’s Juan Garcia singled and brought in Jason Villarreal from second base. After stealing a base and an error, Garcia found himself on third base waiting to be brought home.

The next batter for Brownsville, Cristian Martinez, hit an infield pop-fly, but the Oak Park second baseman couldn’t bring it down. Garcia was able to cross home following the error and extended Brownsville lead to 2-0.

Brownsville continued to put pressure on Oak Park in the third. A single, walk and hit batsman loaded the bases for Brownsville with Garcia up to bat again. 

Garcia didn’t force anything and watched ball four glide past him. The walk resulted in the lone run for Brownsville in the third and gave them a 3-0 lead.

That lead increased again in the fourth inning thanks to some costly mistakes by Oak Park. A ball was hit to the shortstop, but the throw to the first baseman got passed him, and Max Purga scored from third base to give Brownsville a 4-0 lead.

A single from Devin Parker and another error by Oak Park allowed a couple more runners to cross home for Brownsville. Parker capped off the inning by stealing home plate and giving Brownsville a 7-0 lead after 3.5 innings.

The Texans added some insurance runs in the sixth inning, after Garcia tripled and brought in a couple runners. Garcia’s triple extended Brownsville’s lead to 9-0.

The next batter, Roel Gonzalez, sacrificed himself and Garcia scored as a result. Brownsville was suddenly up 10-0 in the top of the sixth inning. After Oak Park failed to score in the bottom of the sixth, the mercy rule was called and the ballgame ended.

Garcia was the star of the game for Brownsville, accounting for more than half of his team’s runs. He hit 2-for-3, including the triple, while bringing in four runners and scoring two runs himself.

Roel Gonzalez, Jason Villarreal and Devin Parker all held their ground on the mound for Brownsville, not allowing a single run and only giving up a combined four hits.

Garcia and Brownsville continue their Pony-13 World Series play Sunday with a matchup against the loser of today’s game between Placentia, California and Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The Sunday game is set to start at 10 a.m. PST/US at York Field in Whittier, California.

GAME #4: SEOUL, KOREA 10 VS WHITTIER, CA 0

Seoul, Korea Wins by Mercy Rule in First 2018 P13WS Game

The defending Pony-13 Champions, Seoul, Korea looks to be in tip-top form again after defeating the Whittier, CA host team 10-0 at York Field Friday, July 27. The game ended in the sixth inning after the mercy rule was called.

Seoul got to work right away in the 2018 Pony-13 World Series. Moon Joon Woo got Korea on the board in the bottom of the first inning with a RBI double.

Lee Seung Min singled in the very next at-bat and brought Woo around to score. Seoul was making a lot of contact of the ball, but Whittier wasn’t helping themselves either. An error by the Whittier pitcher allowed Min to score, making it a 3-0 game at the end of the first inning.

After a scoreless top half of the second for Whittier, Seoul got right back to scoring in their half of the inning. Everything seemed to be going right for Seoul.

In the bottom of the second, Seoul scored on an error, groundout and a Yeo Tong Keon single. It was another three-run inning for the boys from Korea and they found themselves up 6-0 after two.

The game was out for Whittier at that point. The game ended due to the mercy rule when Lee Jae Sang rounded the bases for Seoul’s 10th run of the game. 

Day one for Seoul went as good as they could have asked for. After the second inning, they went on to score _ more runs and beat the Whittier host team 10-0.

The standout player of game one for Seoul was lead-off man, Moon Joon Woo. He hit 3-for-4  and scored two runs for Korea. 

Lee Jae Sang did the most work on the mound for Seoul. He pitched the last three innings of the game, allowing one hit while striking out five.

Seoul now moves on to play an international match against San Cristobal (Dominican Republic) on Saturday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time. They’ll look to continue their winning ways and move on to the next round of the 2018 Pony-13 World Series tournament.

Whittier, CA will play Los Mochis (Mexico) in their second game. It’s scheduled for Saturday as well with a 1:30 p.m. start time.

GAME #3: PLACENTIA, CA 10 VS OAK PARK, IL 4

Placentia Racks Up 17 Hits in Victory Over Oak Park

West Zone representative Placentia, CA came out of the gates swinging in their Pony-13 World Series matchup with Oak Park, IL and didn’t slow down at York Field in Whittier, CA on Friday, July 27. Placentia ended the game with 17 hits, leading them to a 10-4 victory.

The scoring started early for Placentia. Jayden Flaig drove in the first runner of the game with a hard ground ball that made its way to the outfield. 

Later in the top of the first, Flaig was batted in by Jeffrey Conrad, who reached base with a single. Conrad’s single and RBI gave Placentia the early 2-0 lead.

The North Zone representatives, Oak Park started the game even hotter than Placentia. With the bases loaded, Bobby Kilburg smacked a ball into the outfield and brought home the runners on second and third.

The next batters, Aaron Smeaton and Gordy Hunter both singled and brought in a run each, giving Oak Park the lead. Smeaton and Hunter’s work made it a four run first inning for Oak Park.

Placentia cut Oak Park’s 4-2 lead to one after Damian Mora scored on a wild pitch that made it passed the Oak Park catcher. Later in the top of the third inning, Placentia tied the game at four after Conrad hit another single and drove in another runner for the California team.

The difference in the game ultimately ended up being Placentia’s fourth inning splurge. Evan Rolbiecki started the scoring when he drove in a run and put himself on base with another runner.

Two batters later, Jake Milligan tripled, bringing in Rolbiecki and Nicholas Sandstedt and pushing Placentia’s lead to three at 7-4. The next batter, Flaig continued the hot streak with a double that brought in Milligan to score.

Oak Park was finally able to put an end to the inning with a couple groundouts, put too much damage was done by Placentia already.

Placentia ended up adding a couple late insurance runs in the later innings and won the game 10-4.

Jake Milligan’s was the leading hitter for Placentia, accounting for five of the 10 runs. He finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored. 

Placentia, CA now faces Johnstown, PA Saturday, July 28 at York Field in Whittier. The game starts at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

Oak Park, IL will take on Brownsville, TX Saturday, July 28 at York Field. The game has a 10:30 a.m. start time.

GAME #2: JOHNSTOWN, PA 6 VS BROWNSVILLE, TX 3

Late Rally Pushes Johnstown Passed Brownsville

The East Zone representative Johnstown, PA scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning to put away Brownsville, TX in the teams’ first game of the Pony-13 World Series. Devin Kreger batted 2-3 with two RBIs to lead Johnstown passed the South Zone reps.

Johnstown was able to get on the board in the very first at-bats of the ballgame. Andrew Miko singled on a hard ground ball to the left fielder and brought in a runner for the first run of the game.

The RBI by Miko was the only one brought in by Johnstown in the first, and Brownsville was able to match it quickly.

A Juan Garcia single was able to get Devin Parker home from second base and tie the game up at 1 in the bottom of the second inning for Brownsville. Brownsville eventually took the lead after an error allowed Roel Gonzalez to score in the bottom of third.

Brownsville’s 2-1 lead lasted until Johnstown’s Devin Kreger drove a ball into the outfield. Kreger’s shot brought in Brad Bruner and knotted the game up at 2 in the fifth inning, but that lead didn’t last long either.

In the next half inning, the top of the sixth, Johnstown found a groove and piled on the runs.

The rally started when a Brody Roberts groundout allowed Dayton Maul to score. The next batter, Bruner launched a ball along the left field line and landed it just in-play. The hit resulted in a 2 RBI triple for Bruner and Johnstown suddenly held a 5-2 lead.

The rally didn’t stop there. Kreger hit a shot to the outfield and the center fielder was unable to control it. Garret Harrold crossed home plate as a result, and the Johnstown lead jumped to 4 at 6-2.

Brownsville added a run in the bottom of the sixth but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Johnstown onslaught. Johnstown won the game with a final score of 6-3.

Johnstown pitcher Braden Kretchman had himself an outstanding ballgame. Kretchman pitched 6.2 of seven innings, giving up six hits and two earned runs with six strikeouts.

Next for Johnstown, PA is the winner of the Placentia, CA and Oak Park, IL games at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27. Brownsville, TX will play the loser of the Placentia and Oak Park matchup at 10:30 a.m.

GAME #1: SAN CRISTOBAL, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 7 VS LOS MOCHIS, MEXICO 4

San Cristobal Hot Bats Lead to Opening Day Win

Caribbean Zone Champion San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic’s bats were hot to start off Game #1 of the Pony-13 World Series Friday, July 27 at York Field in Whittier, California. The Dominicans finished the game with nine hits, scoring seven runs, in a 7-4 victory against Mexico Zone Champion Los Mochis, Sinaloa, and held off a late rally to secure the win. 

San Cristóbal’s offense ignited early in the contest, as the team scored two runs in the top of the first. Los Mochis matched San Cristobal’s offensive fire power, but couldn’t capitalize with runners in scoring position. Los Mochis left the bases loaded after a walk brought in a run in their half of the first inning.

The Dominicans got the bats going again in the top of the third inning. A single straight up the middle of the field resulted in two runs for San Cristobal, increasing their lead to three at 4-1.

In the bottom of the fourth, Los Mochis’ Emiliano Arellanes got a hold of a ball for a single and brought in Jorge Gamez. The run shrunk the San Cristobal lead to two, but Los Mochis couldn’t catch San Cristobal.

In the top of the seventh and final inning, Charly Nova and J. De la Sonto were able to come up with hits back-to-back. Nova’s hit brought in a batter and left the bases loaded. De la Sonto’s single line drive brought in two more runners.

San Cristóbal ended up driving in three runners in the top of the seventh, pushing their lead to five. In the bottom half of the inning, Los Mochis went on a late rally, but the lead was too large to mount a comeback. San Cristóbal won the opening game of the Pony-13 World Series with a score of 7-4.

Alexander Alcontora led hitting for San Cristobal, batting 3-for-4 and scoring three runs. Alejandro Verdugo pitched the final four innings for the Dominicans. He allowed four hits and three runs, but was able to close the game out when it mattered most for San Cristobal.

With the win, San Cristobal now awaits the winner of Game #4 between Whittier, California and Seoul, Korea who play later today at 7:30 p.m. PST/US. San Cristobal will play the winner Saturday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. Los Mochis faces the Game #4 loser tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.

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