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Conococheague tops Maugansville

July 01, 2008|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - Conococheague advanced to the championship round of the Maryland District I Senior League Tournament with a 7-3 win over Maugansville on Monday in the winners' bracket final.

Conococheague (2-0) will host the losers' bracket winner on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Maugansville (1-1) will host the losers' bracket final Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Conococheague scored four runs in the top of the second inning to take a lead it never relinquished. Timber Jones was hit by a pitch, took second on an errant pickoff attempt and moved to third on Josh Smith's groundout to short. Kent Lewis walked and stole second.

Dalton Shriever singled off of the second baseman's glove into right field to knock in Jones and send Lewis to third. One out later, Derek Monroe singled off of the first baseman's glove toward second base to bring home Lewis and advance Shriever to third. Brennan Deener then clubbed a two-run double to right-center to drive in Shriever and Monroe.

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"I'm thrilled with the win," Conococheague manager Monty Jones said. "We had a tough win. Both teams played a good game. That four-run second inning was what got the boys pumped up to go ahead and get the win. It gave them plenty of motivation and they needed it. We weren't at our best with our hitting, but we got some clutch hits tonight."

Deener had two hits and three RBIs, while Monroe and Shriever had two hits each.

Will Bowen hit a sacrifice fly to center in the fourth, and Tyson Cline scored on a throwing error in the fifth to extend Conococheague's lead to 6-0.

Conococheague starting pitcher Kent Lewis threw four scoreless innings before running into trouble in the bottom of the fifth. K.C. Nedimyer hit a RBI single to center, Ryan Cooper was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Zach Snodderly scored on a double-play grounder as Maugansville cut the deficit to 6-3.

Conococheague scored its final run in the sixth on Deener's RBI groundout to third.

Monroe pitched three scoreless innings of relief for Conococheague.

Nedimyer had two hits for Maugansville and gave up two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings of relief.

"We just didn't come out hitting like we did in the first game of the tournament," Maugansville manager Greg Long said. "The hits just weren't dropping. Conococheague just came up with some clutch hits."

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