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Conococheague lowers boom to oust Halfway

July 04, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

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The big inning is becoming Conococheague's calling card.

For the fourth time in the Maryland District 1 9-10 All-Star Tournament, Conococheague went big, not once, but three times, on the way to a 22-7 victory over Halfway on Tuesday at Marty Snook Park in the losers' bracket final.

Conococheague, which suffered its only loss to Valley on June 29, 5-3, gets a chance to redeem itself in the championship round on Thursday at Valley. If they win that game, a deciding game would be played Saturday at Conococheague.

A six-run first inning, followed by seven in the second and six more in the fourth spelled doom for Halfway from the start.

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"We hit the ball well and we came ready to play tonight," said Conococheague manager Mike Iseminger.

Conococheague rapped out 15 hits, including a pair of doubles and a triple by Riley Arnone, who also had two RBI and scored three runs.

"This was definitely my best-hitting game of the tournament," said Arnone.

J.J. Cooper and Jordan Stonebreaker each had two hits as 10 different players had hits. Wyatt Scriever capped off the night with a three-run homer in the fourth inning, his third homer of the playoffs.

Colby Byers and Sinjin Shoop each walked to start the game and Arnone doubled to score Byers. An error followed and Cooper drilled a double for two RBI. A sixth run scored on one of Halfway's seven errors.

Halfway didn't roll over, scoring two runs in the first as Zach Barr had an RBI single and Matt Malphurs walked with the bases loaded. However, Arnone struck out the final two batters of the inning and left Halfway stranding three runners.

"I thought we kind of relaxed after getting out of that inning and then going 1-2-3 in the second inning," said Iseminger.

Arnone drove in a run with his triple in the second, Cooper had his third RBI of the game with a single and Mike Kelbaugh had an RBI single to highlight the seven-run second inning.

In each of the first two innings, Halfway helped the Conococheague with two errors and handed out seven walks.

"We weren't ready to play and that can happen with 9-10-year olds," said Halfway manager Scott Herbert. "There was pressure to win and you try not to let it show, but (Conococheague) is a good-hitting team and I wish them the best of luck."

Arnone couldn't get out of the third inning when he was touched for three runs by Halfway and Jordan Buchanan came in to retire the side and finish the game for the victory.

Halfway managed six hits, two each by Matt Clopper and Chris Harrell - all singles. Harrell also had two RBI.

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