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Premier Pythons win Pony Eastern Zone championship

The U13 Premier Pythons baseball team won the Pony League Eastern Zone championship. Pictured kneeling (L-R): Michael Gallagher (Canton), Joe Freeman (Medina), Frankie Ciacchi (Brunswick) Logan Foerst (Brunswick), Seth Pluta (Black River), Ethan St. Clair (Avon); standing (L-R): Coach Brad Denning, Trevor Denning (Strongsville), Karson Brzycki (Jackson TWP), Logan Doenges (Avon), Mark Mohnickey (North Ridgeville), Trey Psota (Bay Village), Griffin Hunt (Avon) and Head Coach Mark Mohnickey. (Photo courtesy of Mark Mohnickey)

The Premier Pythons 13U baseball team won the Pony Eastern Zone championship Sunday, advancing to the Pony World Series next week. The Pythons are comprised of 12 young men from the Northeast Ohio area. Premier Pythons are based out of Valley City and are part of the Premier Baseball and Softball Academy. The Pythons have a record of 54-8 and have won six tournaments this season, including the Open/Elite Division of the Nations State of Ohio Tournament, the Pony Super Regionals and the Pony Eastern Zone championship.

In the Pony Super Regionals, the Pythons outscored host team, Boardman-GF Insulators, in game one 8-2. Game two saw Premier’s bats come alive with 16 hits in a 16-5 victory versus McCandless from Pittsburgh, Pa.  Pitching, defense and hitting was the recipe in game three, as North Hills, Pa., was held to one hit and the Pythons scored a 10-0 shutout with the assistance of 12 hits.  Premier was in a good position heading into the championship game, knowing that someone would have to come out of the loser bracket to beat them twice. Things got off to a shaky start as Hagerstown, Md., jumped out to a 2-0 lead after two innings, and a 6-5 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, where the Pythons bats caught fire scoring eight runs, and adding three runs in the sixth inning to seal the 16-6 Premier Pythons 13U Pony Super Regional win.  Trevor Denning (Strongsville) picked up the win in relief and went 3-4 at the plate.

The Pythons Championship Game offense attack was led by Seth Pluta (3-for-3), Mark Mohnickey (2-for-2, and 7-for-9 in the tournament), Joe Freeman (2-for-3), Ethan St. Clair (2 RBIs), Logan Doenges (2 RBIs), Logan Foerst (2 RBIs), Griffin Hunt (solid defense, pitching and hitting), Trey Psota (solid defense, pitching and hitting) (Bay Village), Karson Brzycki (5 innings pitched in tournament, 1 run allowed) and Frankie Ciacchi (three home runs of 320 feet or better in the tournament).

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Courtesy of Mark Mohnickey



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