Violet is the shade of victory for Conococheague

July 22, 2003|by DAN KAUFFMAN

WILLIAMSPORT - With one swing of his bat, Dustin Violet set the tone for Conococheague Little League's 9 & 10 All-Stars on Monday night.

Violet's third-inning, three-run homer to left pulled Conococheague into a 3-3 tie, and his two-run single the next inning following a rain delay capped a five-run outburst as Conococheague defeated Thurmont 8-3 in Game 3 of the Maryland Sectional playoff series between the District 1 and District 2 champions.

Conococheague won the series 2-1 and advanced to the state tournament starting Saturday in Frederick, Md.

"The kids came in today ready to play," Conococheague manager Mike Iseminger said. "They understood the importance of the game today. They knew what was at stake."


Thurmont took a 3-0 lead in the second on RBI singles by Ryan Delauter and Derek Szabados and a sacrifice fly by R.J. Smith.

Violet's blast just over the left-field fence with two outs in the third gave Conococheague the adrenaline boost it needed.

"That put them back in the game," Iseminger said. "He's been swinging at a lot of bad pitches, and we sat him out yesterday. He came back ready to play. ... That (homer) definitely pumped them up."

Stephen Christy's RBI single in the fourth gave Conococheague the lead, 4-3. After a bases-loaded walk made it 5-3, Violet's single just inside the left field line scored two more runs and a fielding error on the play scored another.

Connor Arnone earned the victory, allowing seven hits and striking out seven.

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