Maugansville Seniors force the issue

July 11, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT -- Maugansville kept its season alive by pulling out a rain-shortened 2-0 win over Conococheague on Saturday afternoon in the championship round of the Maryland District 1 Senior Tournament.

Conococheague will play at Maugansville today at 1:30 in the championship game.

"I'm really proud of the players," Maugansville manager Greg Long said. "We knew what we had to do and we came up big. We played really good ball. I had Nathan Murray on the mound and I can't say enough about him. They just couldn't figure him out. We just shut them down."

Murray came out on top of a pitchers' duel with Conococheague pitcher Tyson Cline, firing a one-hit shutout with six strikeouts and only one walk in five innings to get the win.

Cline was nearly as effective, allowing just two hits and two runs in four innings.

Maugansville scored both of its runs in the bottom of the second inning. Colby Waugh drew a leadoff walk. One out later, Jeff Barnes singled to left to send Waugh to third. After Barnes stole second, Waugh scored and Barnes took third on a wild pitch on ball four of Mike Churchey's walk. Barnes came home with the second run on Cori Colella's squeeze bunt.


"Maugansville's pitching seemed to keep us from getting anything going at the plate," Conococheague manager Monty Jones said. "I think that if we got the whole game in, it would have been a different outcome. Our boys were just too anxious at the plate. We were swinging at some stuff that we shouldn't have been swinging at."

Maugansville backed up Murray's pitching with some fine defense.

"First baseman Josh Sines and third baseman Colby Waugh made a couple of good defensive plays that helped us out," Long said.

Murray retired 15 of the 18 batters that he faced to keep Conococheague from getting its offense going.

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