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Valley peaks on Jordan's blast

June 30, 2007|By CONNER GILBERT

WILLIAMSPORT - Valley Little League fought an uphill battle on Friday night and got to the summit, rallying for a 5-3 victory over Conococheague in a Maryland District 1 9-10 All-Star Tournament winners' bracket semifinal game at Ebersole Field.

Valley trailed 3-0 before scoring three times in the third inning to tie the game. But it was Boo Jordan's two-run home run in the fourth that turned into the nail in the coffin for Conococheague.

"That was a big hit," said Valley manager Tim Hartsock. "We were waiting for it to come."

Conococheague jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Colby Byers walked and advanced to third on a passed ball and a wild pitch. After a flyout, Riley Arnone drew a walk and stole second. Wyatt Scriever's sacrifice fly brought home Byers and moved Arnone to third. Arnone scored on a passed ball to make it 2-0.

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In the third, Conococheague's Sinjin Shoop hit a one-out single off pitcher Josh Miller's leg and moved to second on Jordan Stonebraker's groundout. Shoop scored on an infield error to make it 3-0.

But Valley hit the comeback trail in the bottom half of the third.

Timmy Hartsock walked and reached third on a wild pitch and a passed ball. Jordan followed with another walk and stole second. After Miller struck out, Tanner Bachtell walked to load the bases. Josh Bloyer was hit by a pitch, bringing in Hartsock. Kyle Bywater's two-run single tied the game.

In the decisive fourth inning, Hartsock drew a one-out walk and Jordan followed with home run to right field to give Valley a 5-3 lead.

Miller came on in relief for Valley andclamped down on Conococheague's offense.

"When he came in, it was lights out," said Tim Hartsock.

Miller pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits and a pair of walks. He struck out the side in each of the last three innings.

"He had a nice changeup, and our guys had a hard time adjusting to it," said Conococheague manager Mike Iseminger. "We tried to cut back on our swings, but he pitched a nice game and kept us off balance."

Shoop finished with two hits to lead Conococheague.

Valley will host Halfway in the winners' bracket final today, while Conococheague plays host to Federal in the losers' bracket.

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