Levittown powers past Corpus Christi

By Matt Shetler
For the Observer-Reporter Published Aug 11, 2014 at 11:15 pm (Updated Aug 11, 2014 at 11:16 pm)

There was a power outage at Lew Hayes Field Monday afternoon, but Levittown, Puerto Rico, did its part to provide enough power for everyone.

Both Levittown and Corpus Christi, Texas, sat through a four-and-a-half-hour rain delay, and the stadium lost power for a lengthy period.

But for Hermes Colon, it was worth the wait, as Levittown did its part to break the scoreboard, pounding out 20 hits en route to a 19-1 victory over Corpus Christi in a 2014 Pony League World Series elimination game.

“We just tried to stay loose during the delay,” said Levittown manager Willie Joe Ronda. “Normally during a delay like that, the game would be postponed. I have never had to sit and wait for over four hours before and then come back and play. We just tried to make sure the kids were having fun in the dugout and were loose and ready when we eventually took the field again.”

When the game resumed, Colon put on a historic power display, homering in three consecutive at-bats.

Colon became only the sixth player in Pony League World Series history to homer three times in one game, hitting a three-run homer in the second inning, followed by a two-run blast in the third and a solo shot in the fourth.

The feat hadn’t been accomplished since 2003.

“It’s pretty awesome,” said Colon. “I had a good day. It felt super cool.”

Colon wasn’t the only one flashing his power, as Levittown tied a 2009 record by hitting three home runs in an inning and also tied a series record set in 2003 with six home runs in one game.

Josue Sanchez and Jorge Benitez added three-run homers, and Benjamin Negron clubbed a solo homer.

Levittown got on the board early when right fielder Heliot Ramos smacked a two-out RBI double to left center to give the Caribbean Zone champions a 1-0 lead.

Then came the rain.

Once play resumed, Levittown went on the attack, with Colon leading the way.

By the time the third inning ended, Levittown had a 12-0 lead. Levittown added another six runs on six hits in the fourth to take an 18-0 lead.

The combination of Jan Figueroa and Ian Diaz limited Corpus Christi to only three hits over the five innings. One of those hits was a solo homer off the bat of William Chapman in the fourth inning to break up the Levittown shutout.

With the win, Levittown advanced to play Chinese Taipei, a 3-1 winner over Bay County, Mich., at 5:30 p.m. today.

“We just have to come out do the same thing. Play hard and stay loose and play our game,” said Rondo. “It will be a tough road ahead.”

The loss eliminates Corpus Christi, the South Zone champion.

“Congratulations to Puerto Rico,” said Corpus Christi manager Nick Sanchez. “But a four-and-a-half-hour delay had a lot of impact. I was pretty upset that we came all the way out here to sit in the dugout all day. When you have 14-year-old boys sitting in the dugout that long it is going to impact you. It is what it is though.”

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