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Conococheague's 14-run 3rd innng dooms Federal

July 02, 2003|by JACK HILL III

WILLIAMSPORT - How did the Conococheague Little League 9-10 All-Stars come back from a 6-0 deficit to Federal Little League?

A stunning, 14-run third-inning explosion.

Conococheague then fought off a sixth-inning comeback attempt by Federal for a 14-10 victory Tuesday night in the winner's bracket final of the Maryland District I 9-10 Tournament.

"All of the kids have been hitting the ball well during the whole tournament," Conococheague manager Mike Iseminger said. "We have had over 10 hits in every all-star game. We had two guys bat three times in that inning."

The first 13 batters reached base safely for Conococheague in the third. Both Connor Arnone and Dustin Violet had two hits, two RBI and scored twice.

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Leadoff hitter Stephen Christy finished the game with three hits, two RBI and two runs scored.

Arnone earned the complete-game win, making the final out on a diving stop of a ground ball to his left before throwing to first to seal the win.

Federal (3-1) drops into the loser's bracket and will host the losers' bracket final on Thursday night at 6 p.m. against the winner of tonight's game pitting Valley at Halfway.

Conococheague (4-0) will host the winner of the loser's bracket final on Friday at 2. If Conococheague wins, it will clinch the title. With a loss, the two teams would meet again Saturday at 2 at Conococheague's opponent.

Christian Binford had three hits and reliever Cole Myers pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings for Federal.

"We gave up 14 runs in one inning, but these kids didn't quit," Federal manager Dennis Corapi said. "That shows character and I am extremely proud of them."

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