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The Covina Pony 14-year-old all-stars have advanced to the Pony League World Series in Washington, PA., with a 14-1 semifinal victory over Bay County Michigan on Tuesday, advancing to Wednesday’s championship where it will take on Seoul Korea, an 11-1 winner over Ohio.
Covina will take on Korea at 4:30 p.m., where it hopes to win its first championship for Hollenbeck Park since the Chuckie Tiffany led team beat Taiwan to win the title in 1999.
Covina took the lead on Bay County after Hector Bautista led off the game with a single and later scored. The Hollenbeck all-stars extended their lead to 4-0 in the third inning on a two-run double by Jake Vargas and RBI single for Parker Miramontez.
The onslaught continued in the fourth inning with Josh Logan starting it with a double. Logan scored when Luke Willison walked with the bases loaded, followed by a two-run single from Miramontez. Chris Munoz provided the big blow with a grand slam over center, and Willison put on the finishing touches with a two run single.
James Jiminez started and struck out three over three innings. Anthony Rasmussan relieved and struck out three over two innings.
“He had been slumping a little and he’s been hard on himself,” Covina manager Richard Graciano told the Charlotte Observer-Reporter about Munoz, who hit the grand slam. “But he didn’t get down and came out and hit a bomb.”
Covina, which only has played 17 innings in three games because of its dominance, is in good shape on the mound.
Covina also has outscored its opponents, 33-6.
“We will have all pitchers available,” Graciano said of the title game. “Seoul is a tremendous team. There is no flaw in that team that I can see. I think the keys will be our pitching and if we can get some key hitting.”
Info provided by Stephen Morales