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Conococheague captures Senior title

July 07, 2007|By JACK HILL III

WILLIAMSPORT - Conococheague pounded out 20 hits as it defeated South County 12-6 on Friday night to win the championship in the Maryland District 1 Senior All-Star Tournament.

Conococheague went 4-0 in the tournament.

Conococheague advances to the Maryland State Senior Baseball Tournament in Elkton, Md., and will play the District 6 champ in the first round on July 21.

"I was just lucky to have a fine group of boys and two well-organized coaches with me," Conococheague manager Monty Jones said. "Consistency was the key to our victory. We had consistency on the pitcher's mound and consistency in the batter's box. All of them hit the ball. It is in God's hands now."

Conococheague starting pitcher Dereck Harrell gave up only two earned runs and a walk, while striking out seven in 6 1/3 innings to get the win. Harrell added two hits on offense.

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Relief pitcher Brennan Deener came on with one out in the top of the seventh and struck out the only two batters that he faced to seal the title for Conococheague.

Justin Hott had four hits, four RBIs and three runs scored and Adam Taylor had three hits, three RBIs and three runs scored for Conococheague. Hott and Taylor both hit solo homers in the bottom of the fourth.

Mark Roher had four hits, Corey Golden three hits and Josh Smith two hits for Conococheague.

"We feel fortunate to having the opportunity to get a victory against the other top team in the district," Jones said. "They come to play in every game and they take their game very seriously."

Both of South County's losses in the district tournament came against Conococheague.

Andrew Griffith had three hits and Zack Demers added two for South County.

"Our fielders were just flat," South Mountain manager Troy Itnyre said. "Everything that Conococheague hit, we made an error. You can't win a ballgame on errors. Conococheague played tough the whole game. They never let up once. I have to take off my hat to them."

Conococheague scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth for a 12-4 lead.

Andrew Likley and Dereck Monroe both reached on errors to start Conococheague's rally. Golden doubled in Likley, while Monroe also scored on the play on an error. Hott doubled to center to knock in Golden, Harrell reached on an infield single and stole second and Taylor followed with a two-run double to center. One out later, Roher hit an RBI single to center.

Conococheague got its first four runs in the third on a two-run double by Hott and RBI singles by Smith and Roher.

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