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Conococheague outlasts Maugansville

July 02, 2006|by TYLER KAHL / Staff Correspondent

Maugansville scored a run in every inning except the inning in which it needed one the most.

In a game in which crooked numbers on the scoreboard were nearly as common as outs, Conococheague reliever Breenan Deener held onto a one-run lead in the bottom of the seventh to seal a tightly contested 19-18 District 1 Junior All-Star Tournament victory.

Conococheague set the tone early, erupting for eight first-inning runs off seven hits. After a hit batter and a groundout, Ryan Wood, Kent Lewis, Dustin Violet and Breenan Deener reeled off consecutive hits to send Maugansville starter Greg Pheabus packing early. Miles Trumpower eventually stopped the bleeding, but not before being welcomed into the game by three more Conococheague hits.

"Being down 8-0 definitely concerned me," said Maugansville manager Greg Long. "But I wasn't worried because our kids always come through."

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The Maugansville offense wasted no time responding, answering with four runs in the bottom of the first. Justin Mills led the way, driving in a pair with a single.

Maugansville cut its deficit to 8-7 in the second, scoring a run on a passed ball before Alec Long deposited the first pitch he saw from Conococheague's Zach Bloyer into the trees behind the left-field fence for a two-run homer.

Long wasn't finished. In his next at-bat, this time against reliever C.J. Hambleton in the third, he put the exact same pitch in nearly the exact same spot, tying the game at 9-9.

For the rest of the game, Conococheague made sure Long was finished, walking him in his final three at-bats, twice intentionally.

"I was feeling great coming into the game" said Alec Long. "I was seeing the ball well so I didn't like the intentional walks."

Conococheague roughed up Trumpower for three more runs in the fourth, behind hits from Breenan Deener, Zach Bloyer, Ryan Wood and Tyler Jones to retake the lead at 12-9.

Maugansville took the lead for the first time in the bottom of the fourth, scoring five runs to make it a 14-12 game.

Maugansville held the lead until the seventh when Conococheague made one final push, scoring four runs to retake the lead at 19-18.

"I wasn't expecting a game like this," said Conococheague manager Kenneth Smith. "But our guys can hit and score with anyone."

Conococheague will host Hancock in a winners' bracket game and Maugansville will travel to Chewsville to face Valley in an elimination game. Both games are scheduled for today at 5:30 p.m.

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