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South Zone winners struggle at respective Pony World Series events

August 10, 2018

For the four Pony Baseball South Zone champions who earned their titles at the city’s Ruth Minchen Athletic Complex, their celebrations went no further.

At their respective World Series events on opposite coasts and another in Louisiana, their winning ways came to an end.

The South Zone champions of Medina Valley, Palm View, Miami (Tamiami), Fla. and Prospect Hills (Tx.) finished with the combined World Series record of 4-8.

Two of the World Series just wrapped up this past Monday night for the Bronco 12-year-old all-stars and the Mustang 10-year-olds.

Palm View, which defeated Deer Park’s all-stars 11-1 during pool play at Sadler Field, had little trouble capturing the Bronco 12s South Zone crown, but when they traveled to the Los Angeles suburb of Los Alamitos, the team had to settle for a 2-2 record.

After losing their opening game to a Chicago, Ill. club, falling 4-2, Palm View stayed alive with a 7-0 victory over Dominican Republic, before avenging that loss to Chicago with a 10-5 triumph.

Down to the Final Four of the eight-team tournament, Palm View was eliminated by the eventual world champions, the Kaohsiung City all-stars from Chinese Taipei, losing 4-1.

Kaohsiung City crushed Mexico City in the world championship game 15-0 this past Monday night.

In the Bronco 11s World Series, played in Chesterfield, Va., Tamiami could only manage a 1-2 record.

The team lost their opening assignment on July 27, falling to Wilmington, N.C. 8-6. They stayed alive for one night after ousting Willemstad, Curacao, an island off Venezuela, 7-0, but were eliminated the next night by the all-stars from Escondido, Calif. 14-5.

Escondido earned a berth in the world championship game where it lost to Chicago 6-0 on July 30.

Medina Valley, the 10U South Zone champs, fell in their World Series opener at Youngsville, La., losing to Wilmington, N.C. 14-8.

They then stayed alive with an 11-1 win over Youngsville, before Wilmington got them a second time, slipping by with the score of 13-12.

Tijuana, Mexico captured the world championship banner with a 6-5 win over Placentia, Calif. Monday night.

The Mustang 9s World Series was played in another Los Angeles suburb and that’s where Prospect Hills headed after their stay in Deer Park.

The South Zone champions were sick and tired of seeing the Wilmington, N.C. all-stars because for the third world Series, that city defeated the South Zone champs.

It was another 13-12 nailbiter that cost the South Zone winners. The Titans then were eliminated the next night, losing to Placentia, Calif. 10-0.

A team from Hawaii took home the world title, winning 10-0 over Tijuana, Mexico on July 30. Among Hawaii’s wins en route to the championship was a 24-1 rout of those Wilmington all-stars.

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