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Washington County’s stay in the Pony League World Series lasted two games.

The Host team was eliminated from the Pony League World Series by Brownsville, Texas, 12-3, Sunday evening at Lew Hays Pony Field.

Brownsville will play the Bronx in an another elimination game at 12:30 p.m. today.

Brownsville scored seven runs in the sixth inning to break open a reasonably close 5-1 game.

Brownsville built an early 4-0 lead by scoring a run in the first, another in the second and two in the third.

Rudy Gonzalez went 3-for-4 and scored four times, Jose Gutierrez went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run, Luis Balderas went 2-for-2 and hit a solo home run, and Damian Cortez went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.

Nick Hilbert had two of Washington County’s six hits and knocked in two runs. Aiden Metts had an RBI and Ryan Silver went 1-for-3 and scored a run.

Rudy Gonzalez scored the first run of the game after singling to left, stealing second base and coming home on a single by Jose Gutierrez.

Luis Balderas made it 2-0 when he launched a solo home run over the centerfield fence off Washington County starter Ryan Silver in the second inning.

Brownsville stretched the lead to 4-0 in the third. Rudy Gonzalez doubled and came around to score on an error at first base on a grounder by Christopher Sauceda. Sauceda went to third on a double by Damian Cruz and scored on a single by Hugo Cantu.

Washington County got on the board in the fourth, when Ryan Bartos was hit by a pitch, went to second on a single by Preston Burgard and scored on a single by Nick Hilbert.

But Brownsville got the run back in the top of the fifth with the help of a second error at first base. Damian Cortez drove the run in with a groundout.

For the second night in a row, Brownsville had a female in its starting lineup, this time in right field. Ana Rivera became the first female to play in the Pony League World Series Saturday. Rivera was removed from that game before having a chance to bat.

This time, Rivera, the No. 9 hitter, was sent to the plate in the top of the second and struck out on a 3-2 pitch. She was removed from the game the following inning. Rivera re-entered in the sixth and grounded out to the pitcher. Rivera pitched the sixth and seventh innings and gave up two runs on three hits. She struck out 3.

The series has never had a female player until Rivera but it has had female coaches.

Assistant Sports Editor

Joe Tuscano has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1980. He has covered all sports for the newspaper, including the Steelers, Pirates, Pitt football, local college football and wrestling.

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