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Conococheague remains alive

July 12, 1999|By DAN KAUFFMAN

HANCOCK - Jeff Raglin doesn't seem to be the kind of kid to let everyone know about his accomplishments.

Raglin could have made a big deal about his pair of two-run homers which started and ended the game for the Conococheague Little League All-Stars. He could have boasted about his three hits and four RBIs.

But Raglin chose against it.

He's more interested in winning.

"I wanted to advance," Raglin said as his homers, combined with a one-hit shutout from Aerik Taylor, lifted Conococheague past Hancock 10-0 in four innings in a District I All-Star elimination game.

After Tony Johnson led off the bottom of the second with a single, Raglin slammed a pitch over the left-field fence to give Conococheague a 2-0 lead.

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"Jeff does a good job, he's hitting real well for us," Conococheague manager Andy Taylor said.

Raglin's homer sparked his team, and they scored four more runs in the inning. Phillip Jordan hit a run-scoring double, and Leo Schill drove in two with a single.

Conococheague scored two runs in the third. Josh Bowers doubled in Raglin, then scored on two wild pitches.

Then Raglin finished what he started. His two-run homer in the fourth with one out ended the game.

"Jeff is actually a little further down in the lineup (he batted sixth), but Jeff really came through from the beginning," Andy Taylor said. "We expected Jeff to hit, but not as well as he's doing."

Raglin's power show overshadowed the pitching of Aerik Taylor. After getting two outs in the top of the first, he gave up a double to Hancock starting pitcher Andy Morris and then issued two walks to load the bases. But Taylor got Darrin Smith to ground out.

Taylor cruised from there, allowing just two walks. He finished with six strikeouts.

"He's a young boy, 11 years old, and he works hard," Andy Taylor said. "He had a little struggle a few times, but he did well."

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