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Conococheague comes up big to outs C. Spring

July 12, 2007|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING - Tyler Byers went 3-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBIs as Conococheague beat Clear Spring 10-5 in the losers' bracket of the Maryland District 1 11-12 All-Star Tournament on Wednesday.

Conococheague, which has gone 3-0 since losing to Maugansville in the opening round, is one of four teams left in the 12-team, double-elimination tournament. Conococheague will host Hancock tonight at 6 in a losers' bracket semifinal.

Clear Spring was eliminated after going 1-2 in the tourney.

Nick Williams had three RBIs and scored three runs for Conococheague, while Brandon Toloso pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief for the win.

"I was happy with our team's run production," Conococheague manager Robbie Eyler said. "We had some big hits in key moments. Tyler Byers and Nick Williams had solid games. The pitching came through for us tonight. We were out of fastball pitchers. We relied on pitchers that mixed it up well. The kids do have heart. They will battle."

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Clear Spring was leading 5-3 when Conococheague started its comeback in the bottom of the third.

Tyler Nally singled to center to score Williams and make it a one-run game.

Conococheague added two more runs in the fourth to take the lead for good at 6-5. With one out, Byers and Hunter Eyler each singled. After Williams reached on a fielder's choice forceout at third, Aaron Taylor walked to load the bases. Sterling Christy was hit by a pitch to bring home Eyler with the tying run, and Williams scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball.

Conococheague added four insurance runs in the fifth. Nally and Brandon Greene both walked to start the rally. One out later, Byers singled home Nally and Greene scored on an outfield error. With two outs, Williams blasted a two-run homer to center.

Clear Spring scored its first two runs with one out in the top of the first on back-to-back solo homers by Tyler Walling and Nick Hill.

Clear Spring got its other three runs in the third on an RBI single by Hill and a two-run homer by Chad Lowry.

Hill finished with three hits and two RBIs.

"We hit the ball much better tonight," Clear Spring manager Mike Lowry said. "Our offense showed tonight what they are capable of. I am very proud of our entire team."

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