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Conococheague makes lasting mark by going first

July 10, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT -- A toss of a coin can have a powerful domino effect.

Conococheague won the coin toss before the Maryland District 1 Junior League Tournament on Friday and elected to bat first.

It was the right decision as Conococheague scored three runs in the first inning and five more runs in the second to move out to an early 8-0 advantage over Maugansville. It set the tone for a 11-3 victory.

The game was halted by darkness and ruled official after 6 1/2 innings.

"We definitely wanted to try to get up," Conococheague manager Jamie Martin said. "We wanted to get the kids into the game and get going. That big run production was exactly what we had in mind. We did much better than what we did in the last game. We definitely rose to the occasion."

Conococheague eliminated Maugansville and advanced to the championship round today at 5:30 at Hancock. If Hancock wins, it will clinch the title. If Conococheague wins, the final game will be played on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at Conococheague.

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Conococheague leadoff batter Brandon Toloso finished with two hits and an RBI along with four stolen bases and three runs scored.

Conococheague got its three runs in the first on a throwing error and a two-run double by Nick Williams.

Conococheague added five runs in the second on a RBI groundout by Tyler Martin, two wild pitches and a two-run double by Casey Shank.

Conococheague used a total of five pitchers to hold Maugansville to only one earned run and three hits in six innings. The most effective pitcher was Shank, who struck out four batters in 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

"The pitching by committee worked good again," Martin added. "All of the pitchers went in under pressure and did exactly what they needed to."

Maugansville scored all three of its runs in the third on a two-run double by Chad Shindle and a throwing error.

Conococheague added a run in the fourth on a RBI single by T.J. Boyer, a run in the fifth on a fielding error and a run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Toloso.

"We had a good ride," Maugansville manager Paul Breakall said. "It was a lot of fun. We had a good group of boys. We thought that we could put it together, but we just couldn't. We just wish Conococheague a lot of luck."

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