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Conococheague's bats pack power

June 26, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

WILLIAMSPORT -- If first impressions matter, then Conococheague Little League's 9-10 All-Stars should be held in high esteem.

In its Maryland District 1 tournament opener on Friday, Conococheague rolled to an easy four-inning 19-2 victory over South Mountain. It will try to make another impression tonight at 6 at American.

"I think we've got a really good group of guys," said Conococheague manager Mick Byers. "We've got 11 kids that can play."

South Mountain won't present any argument.

Conococheague hammered out 18 hits and South Mountain appeared apprehensive in the field, making six errors.

Brooks Keller retired the first two Conococheague batters he faced before a throwing error opened the floodgates.

"We've only got one player with experience back from last year," said South Mountain manager Brad Keller. "We really looked afraid in the field. That error broke us."

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Cleanup batter Isaac Schlotterbeck hammered a pitch over the fence to center for a 2-0 lead. Five batters later, No. 9-batter Zack Carpenter cemented the rally with a bases-clearing double on the way to a 7-0 lead.

Robert Karr highlighted a six-run second inning with a two-run single as South Mountain helped out with three errors.

After a 1-2-3 third inning, Conococheague put the game on ice with a six-run, eight-hit fourth.

Carpenter and Carr had back-to-back RBI doubles, followed by RBI singles by Levi Taylor and Jake Arnone. To finish things off, Schlotterbeck launched a drive to left for his second two-run homer.

Schlotterbeck pitched the first inning and was yanked with a 6-0 lead. Caden Keplinger went the next three innings.

South Mountain went hitless until the fourth inning, when Travis Moats and Dalton Crampton each walked and scored on a double by Brett Duft.

"We've got power throughout our lineup," said Byers. "If we get a couple of guys on we've got power for RBIs."

Carr and Carpenter each had three hits and four RBIs, and Trevor Knode had three hits for Conococheague.

"I thought we had good practices this week," said Keller. "We just have to come back with energy, something (Conococheague) had. That Schlotterbeck is one of the best 10-year-old kids around."

South Mountain returns to action on Monday at home in the losers bracket against an opponent to be determined.

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