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Erick Hernandez hit two of his team’s four home runs, including one of the longest in Pony League World Series history, and pitched three strong innings as Yaguate, Dominican Republic thumped Vienna, Austria, 24-1, in a five-inning elimination game Sunday.

The 24 runs is two shy of the world series single-game record set by Covina, Calif., in 1968.

The win puts Yaguate in another elimination game, 10 a.m. today, against Bay County, Mich. It is a rematch of the opening game in the series, when Bay County erased a four-run seventh-inning deficit and defeated Yaguate in extra innings.

“I’m happy that we have another chance against Bay County to show what we’ve got,” said Yaguate coach Victor Vizcaino.

What Yaguate had for Vienna was simply too much for the game but overmatched European Zone representative. Yaguate scored in every inning and had 23 hits. Yaguate took an aggressive, swing-at-the-first-pitch approach in the opening inning, when it scored seven times.

Hernandez hit a two-run homer in the second inning that carried down the right-field line, cleared the green perimeter fence at Lew Hays Pony Field, landed on a service road and on one bounce hit the main exit road.

Danizel Vazquez smacked a two-run homer in the third inning, and Hernandez and Cesar Garcia connected for back-to-back homers in the fifth. Rikendy Martinez was 4-for-5 with four RBI. Hernandez, Ambioris Tamarez and Cristofer Calderon each drove in three runs.

Hernadez pitched the first three innings, allowing two hits and one run. Vienna scored in the third on a two-out single by Lukas Norek. Eoghan McGarry had two of Vienna’s three hits.

“Hernandez did his job,” Vizciano said. “He had opportunities and put together two good swings. And his pitching, he did an incredible job.”

Sports Editor

Since 1986, Chris Dugan has been covering local sports for the Observer-Reporter, and named sports editor in 2006. Before joining the O-R, he was sports editor at the Democrat-Messenger, and a former member of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

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