Conococheague's patience dooms Valley

July 03, 2009|By KYLE RAIOS/Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT -- Patience is a virtue, and it paid off well for the Conococheague Junior League All-Stars.

Conococheague took a commanding lead early, scoring nine runs on seven walks and three hits, and went on to a 13-1 victory over Valley in 4 1/2 innings in a District 1 Tournament game.

"The kids were patient," said Conococheague manager Jamie Martin, "They hit when it was there, didn't swing at bad pitches. Their hard work is paying off."

Conococheague will host Hancock in the winners' bracket final on Monday at 5:30 p.m.

Valley threatened in the first inning. Chris Watt drew a leadoff walk and stole second, but was caught trying to take third. A flyout to center and a strikeout later, the threat was over almost as soon as it began.


Then came the Conococheague offensive.

Brandon Toloso led off the bottom of the first with a standup double, his first of three hits. From there, waiting was the name of the game. The seven walks, combined with two hit batters and an error, led to nine Conococheague runs after 13 batters stepped up to the plate.

Conococheague made it 10-0 in the second on an RBI single by Toloso, and a monster home run to dead center by Nick Williams made it 11-0 in the third.

Valley scored its only run of the game in the fourth. Adam Peters singled, stole second, took third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch.

Valley failed to take advantage of several key opportunities, stranding seven runners.

In the bottom of the fourth, Toloso collected his third hit and second RBI with a double to left-center. He later scored the game's final run after an error and a fielder's choice.

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