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Conococheague wins 9-10 winners' bracket final

July 01, 2006|by TYLER KAHL / Staff Correspondent

The Conococheague Little League 9-10 All-Stars asserted their dominance yet again Friday in a 9-2 victory over American in the District 1 winners' bracket final.

After two straight 10-run-rule victories - in which it won by a combined 41 runs - Conococheague scored a rather pedestrian-looking nine runs. But a standout pitching performance from Brandon Iseminger never allowed American to get close.

Iseminger allowed one earned run and struck out six in a complete-game two-hitter.

"We have four good pitchers that we are confident in, and Brandon's definitely one of them," said Conococheague manager Mike Iseminger.

Brandon Iseminger kept pitching his way out of trouble, stranding seven American baserunners.

The right-hander showcased his ability to pitch effectively with runners on base early, stalling American threats in both the first and third innings.

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American scored its first run on a passed ball in the top of the first. With runners on second and third, Iseminger responded by inducing an inning-ending groundout.

American had a similar opening in the third, but Iseminger was there to close the door again, this time retiring two batters with two runners on base.

"Leaving the runners on definitely didn't help," said American manager Ted Casper. "We just swung at too many high pitches."

Conococheague wasted no time building a lead for its hurler, as it scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Iseminger helped his own cause, lacing a two-run double down the third-base line. Nick Williams drove in another run to make the score 3-1.

After tacking on two more runs in the bottom of the second to make it 5-1 on a pair of RBI doubles by Brandon Isminger and Jack Kelly, American reliever Tyrus Fleetwood held the Conococheague bats at bay until a game-clinching four-run fifth. Kelly spearheaded the charge with a three-run double.

"They got us, that's all I can say," said Casper. "Sometimes you take the lumps and sometimes you give 'em. This time we took 'em."

American will hope to give them on July 6 when it hosts the losers' bracket final.

Conococheague will host the winner of the losers' bracket final on July 7 in the championship game. The losers' bracket champion will have to beat Conococheague twice to claim the title.

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