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Hancock advances to championship round in junior tourney

July 06, 2009|By JACK HILL III//Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT -- Hancock moved into the championship round of the Maryland District 1 Junior League Tournament by beating Conococheague 12-1 on Monday night.

The game was stopped after five innings because of the 10-run rule.

"I'm really proud of the boys for the way that they played tonight," Hancock manager Dennis Douglas said. "There are 12 boys that won that game tonight. We did everything right tonight. We hit, pitched and ran the bases well. We were on top of our game tonight."

Hancock (2-0) will host the championship round Saturday at 5:30 p.m.. If Hancock wins, it will clinch the district title. If Hancock loses, it will play one more game Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at the field of its opponent to determine the champion.

Hancock pitcher Tyler Trail got the complete-game win Monday. He allowed no earned runs and only two hits while striking out six.

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"It was an outstanding effort on the mound by Tyler Trail," Douglas added. "When he got into the power part of their lineup, he was able to handle their batters. We were really aggressive on the basepaths. Every chance that we had to get a base tonight, we got it. We got some key hits with runners in scoring position."

Nathan Koontz finished with three runs scored and two RBIs, while Chad Sipe added two RBIs for Hancock. Levi Mellott, Tanner Manning and Brayden Litton scored two runs apiece.

Conococheague (1-1) will host the losers' bracket final on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Hancock took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. After Mellott and Manning singled, Koontz drew a walk to load the bases with nobody out. One out later, Mellott came home when Litton grounded out to second. Sipe then singled to left to drive in both Manning and Koontz.

Hancock added two more runs in the second to build a 5-0 lead. Donnie O'Brien was hit by a pitch and moved to third on an errant pickoff attempt. Two outs later, O'Brien came home on a wild pitch. Manning walked and scored when Koontz reached on a two-base outfield error.

Hancock got one run in the top of the third when Litton hit a leadoff double and eventually scored when Mellott was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

After Conococheague got its only run in the bottom of the third, Hancock closed out its scoring with one run in the fourth and five runs in the fifth. Koontz' two-run single was the big hit in the fifth.

"We just looked sloppy," Conococheague manager Jamie Martin said. "We weren't patient at the plate at all. We had a hard time with some communication. Errors will kill you. Our kids are way better than that. They know it and everybody else knows it. We just have to clean it up. Hancock has got a good team. They took the opportunities that we gave them. There is no doubt about that."

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