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Conococheague 9-10 team advances

July 08, 2005|by JACK HILL III

WILLIAMSPORT - Conococheague Little League watched its 9-0 lead shrink, but was able to put the brakes on in time for a 10-7 victory over Halfway Little League on Thursday night in a Maryland District 1 9-10 Tournament losers' bracket game.

Conococheague will host Maugansville tonight at 6 in another losers' bracket contest.

"The kids just came out and played hard," Conococheague manager Troy Boyer said. "I was nervous about getting a 9-0 lead early, because I thought that they might let up. But they stepped up when they needed to at the end. I told my guys at the end that I was proud of them."

Brandon Greene led Conococheague with three hits, four RBI and two runs.

"Brandon is our spark plug," Boyer said.

Conococheague erupted for six runs in the second inning. Singles by Tyler Nally and Brandon Plosa, along with a walk, loaded the bases for Greene, who smacked a two-run single to center.

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Sterling Christy followed with a two-run infield single, with Greene alertly scoring from second by catching Halfway off-guard. Christy took second on a wild pitch, and one out later went to third on Hunter Eyler's single to left. An error allowed Christy to score and Eyler to reach third. Eyler then came home when Nick Williams reached on an infield error.

Conococheague added three runs in the third when Greene ripped a two-run double to left and scored on the same play on a throwing error.

Halfway (1-2) scored five runs in the fourth to chop the lead down to 9-5. Chance Younker belted an RBI double to center, Ryan Boward drew an intentional walk and Brendon Colliflower clubbed a three-run triple to left.

Conococheague extended its lead to 10-5 with a run in the top of the fifth when Brandon Iseminger tripled to right and scored on the same play after a throwing error. Halfway answered in the bottom half on an RBI double by Nick Sauble.

Halfway added a run in the sixth to cut the lead to 10-7 when Colliflower scored on an RBI single by Younker, but would not get any closer.

"We put ourselves in a hole," Halfway manager Scott Herbert said. "We made a couple of mistakes that we shouldn't have. The wonderful thing about this group of boys is that they fought back and they never gave up. There is no quit in them. It was a pleasure coaching them."

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