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Maugansville completes long run to district crown

July 13, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

MAUGANSVILLE -- Maugansville took the difficult road -- through the losers' bracket -- to get to the Maryland District 1 Senior Tournament championship round.

Once Maugansville got there, it had to twice beat the team that sent it into the losers' bracket in the first place in Conococheague.

So it should come as no surprise that Maugansville faced a 5-0 deficit in Sunday's championship game.

No problem. Maugansville used a nine-run fourth inning and four-run outbursts in the fifth and sixth innings to beat Conococheague 17-9 and with the district title.

Maugansville advances to the Maryland State Tournament in Elkton, where it will face the District 4 champion in the first round July 25 at 5 p.m.

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Allen Bowers hit three home runs and drove in nine runs for Maugansville.

"Even when we were down 5-0, we knew that we could come back if we swung the bats," Bowers said. "We swung the bats real well today. It feels great to win the championship. It is the best feeling that I have ever had."

"Allen is always there and ready to go," Maugansville manager Greg Long said. "He has been hitting the ball real well in practice. He was in a slump, but he told me the other day that he was coming out of it and he proved it."

Conococheague jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI double by Steve Gordon and three errors.

Maugansville responded with its nine-run rally in the bottom of the fourth. The first three runs scored on RBI singles by Nathan Murray and Scott Boppe and a throwing error. The next three runs came home on bases-loaded walks to Cori Colella and Ryan Cooper and a wild pitch. The final three runs of the inning scored on a RBI single by Ty Nedimyer and Bowers' two-run homer.

Conococheague reduced the deficit to 9-7 in the top of the fifth on a two-run homer by Brett Barr, but Maugansville answered back with a grand slam by Bowers in the bottom of the fifth to widen the gap to 13-7.

After Conococheague got one run in the top of the sixth on an RBI double by Chris Kiley, Maugansville scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth on a RBI single by Cooper and a three-run homer by Bowers to build the lead to 17-8.

Conococheague got its final run in the top of the seventh on a solo homer by Tyson Cline.

"We just made too many errors to win a ballgame," Conococheague manager Monty Jones said. "The Maugansville boys played solid baseball. Maugansville had three big innings. It was a tough loss."

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