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Conococheague rolls Clear Spring

June 30, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT -- Tuesday was the first day of the Maryland District 1 Senior Tournament and Conococheague showed it was ready to go by opening up with an 11-1 win over Clear Spring in a game that was stopped after five innings because of the 10-run rule.

Clear Spring was threatening to keep the game going when it had a runner on third with one out in the bottom of the fifth. But the next batter flied out to right field for the second out and Jordan Palladino made a great throw to catcher Tyler Miles, who tagged out the runner trying to score for a game-ending double play for Conococheague.

"Our boys came out hitting on all cylinders," Conococheague manager Monty Jones said. "We came ready to play tonight. Our offense is the strongest that I have had in the four years that I have managed Senior League baseball. Defensively, we fielded the ball perfectly and we made the right plays for the right out every time."

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Tyson Cline, Darryl Shirley and Will Bowen -- Conococheague's fourth, fifth and sixth hitters -- each homered and finished with a pair of hits. Bowen had four RBIs.

Cline also pitched a complete game, allowing no earned runs and two walks in five innings.

Alan Rager and Kyle Franks had two hits each for Clear Spring.

Conococheague got its offense going quickly with four runs in the top of the first inning. Miles hit an RBI grounder, Cline crushed a solo homer to right and Bowen whacked a two-run homer to left-center.

Conococheague added five runs in the third to boost its lead to 9-0. Bowen hit a two-run double to left, while Brett Barr and Tyler Shank added an RBI double each. Shank then scored on a wild pitch.

Shirley slugged a solo homer to left in the top of the fourth to raise Conococheague's lead to 10-0.

Clear Spring got its only run in the bottom of the fourth when Franks scored on a sacrifice fly by Nathan Tucker.

Conococheague got its final run in the fifth when Robbie Vinson singled home Bradley Miller.

"I thought the kids played a good ballgame," Clear Spring manager Rodney Jordan said. "Their hitters just found the holes and we didn't."

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