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Hancock wins District 1 Senior title

July 07, 2008|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK -- Lucas Trunkle's RBI double in the seventh inning lifted Hancock to a 10-9 win over Conococheague in the championship game of the Maryland District 1 Senior Tournament on Sunday.

"Finally, it's been a long time," said Hancock manager Harry Lanehart, whose team earned a berth in the state tournament. "We have been at it for seven years and we have come in second twice. It feels good to finally win it. Conococheague just kept battling back. The key to today was never giving up. Our kids truly wanted this championship. This was the goal at the beginning of the year. Our players have worked hard all year."

After numerous lead changes, Conococheague held a 9-8 advantage as Hancock came to bat in the top of the seventh.

Dylan Whiteside and Justin Berkstresser each drew a walk, and Derek Younker hit a one-out single to center to score Whiteside to tie the game. Trunkle followed with a double to center to drive in Berkstresser with what proved to be the winning run.

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Whiteside came on in relief for Hancock in the bottom of the seventh and held Conococheague scoreless to get the save. Conococheague loaded the bases with two outs. But Whiteside got the next Conococheague batter to ground out to second to clinch the district title for Hancock.

Whiteside had three hits, Berkstresser scored four runs, Trunkle had two hits and three RBIs, Younker had two hits and two RBIs and Jason Price added two RBIs for Hancock.

Tyson Cline banged out four hits, while Connor Grimsley and Brennen Deener each had three hits for Conococheague. Deener slugged a two-run homer and finished with four RBIs and two runs scored, while Grimsley scored three runs. Timber Jones and Cline added two RBIs each for Conococheague.

"They were a tough team to beat," Conococheague manager Monty Jones said. "Our boys came out and played hard. Our No. 1 pitcher, Tyson Cline, hurt his arm in the third inning and he had to switch to the outfield. You can tell by the score that we are two evenly matched teams. I wish Hancock the best of luck in the states. I hope they go down there and win it for our district."

Hancock went ahead first with two runs in the top of the first, before Conococheague responded with four runs in the bottom of the first to take a 4-2 lead.

Hancock added two runs in the second to tie the game at 4-4.

Hancock scored one run in the top of the third to go ahead 5-4, but Conococheague answered back with three runs in the bottom of the third to take a 7-5 lead.

Hancock scored a run in the fourth to reduce the deficit to 7-6 and two more runs in the fifth for an 8-7 lead.

But Conococheague got a run in the bottom of the fifth to tie the score at 8-8 and then scored another run in the sixth for a 9-8 lead.

The state tournament begins July 19 in Laurel, Md.

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