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South Mountain wins Senior League title

July 07, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

ROHRERSVILLE, Md. - South Mountain finished off an undefeated run through the Maryland District I Senior League All-Star Tournament on Thursday, clinching the title by defeating Conococheague 5-2 in the championship game at Chestnut Grove Community Park.

South Mountain took care of the business it started on Wednesday, taking a 3-1 lead into the fourth inning when play was stopped by rain.

"It was a long, hard-fought battle," South Mountain manager Bob Perkins said. "We finally got the win. Pitching and 12 kids that wanted to play ball were the keys to our championship. All of this glory belongs to the kids. We try to steer them in the right direction."

Starting catcher Brad Rohrer slugged a solo homer and a two-run double, finishing with three RBI for South Mountain. Josh Smith also had two hits.

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"We played as a team all-around," Rohrer said. "The hitting just came around when we needed it. The hitting was there for all three games of the tournament. The pitching and the defense were there, too."

South Mountain pitchers Will Dayhoff and Curtis Wolfe combined to hurl a two-hitter. Dayhoff started, going six innings and giving up only two runs while striking out six. Wolfe pitched a scoreless seventh.

"It's a relief," Dayhoff said. "We have reached the championship game in a few previous seasons and lost. But this year, we won. Brad Rohrer calls an excellent game. All I have to do is hit my spots. My breaking ball was effective. Our team came together at the right spots."

"Our boys played hard," Conococheague manager Jim Braswell said. "They didn't give up. They were out there until the end and that is what you have to look for. I am proud of how my kids played. South Mountain is a good hitting team and they play as a team. They are well-coached."

South Mountain will begin play in the state tournament on July 22 at 3:30 p.m. at Westminster, Md., against the District 6 champion.

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