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Conococheague uses homer power to zap Federal

Conococheague uses homer power to zap Federal

July 13, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

Conococheague flexed some muscle on Monday and never let up through five innings in a Maryland District 1 11-12 winners' bracket semifinal.

Belting five home runs that accounted for 10 runs, Conococheague dispatched Federal to an uncommon position -- into the losers' bracket -- with a 15-5 victory in five innings.

Conococheague travels to West End tonight at 6 for the winners' bracket final while Federal, losing a District 1 game for the first time in more than two years, will host National at 6.

Jordan Buchanan led the homer parade with round trippers in each of his first two at bat. Sinjin Shoop, who gave Conococheague a 7-4 victory over Valley with a three-run walkoff homer, belted another as did Jordan Stonebreaker.

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Then in the fifth, the big clout came off the bat of Wyatt Scriever, who jacked a pitch over the huge trees in center field and onto the North Hagerstown softball field -- an easy 300 feet away.

"They can all hit 'em up and down the lineup," said Conococheague manager Mike Iseminger. "We've worked on being patient, getting the right pitch and cutting down on the swings."

Riley Arnone led off with a single before Shoop's homer over the 175-foot fence in right. Stonebreaker followed with an infield single to set up Buchanan's shot that retraced Shoop's track over the same fence. Both shots came on 1-2 pitch counts.

After a leadoff walk to Colby Byers, Federal pitcher Nick Blake nearly got out of trouble in the second with successive strikeouts before Stonebreaker crushed a drive to center that elevated over the fence in a matter of seconds. Buchanan made it 7-0 when he homered to center.

"We'll take the home runs or whatever it takes to score runs," said Iseminger.

Conococheague added two runs in the third and fourth innings each.

A hit batsman, bunt single by Shoop, a wild pitch and RBI groundout by Stonebreaker produced a run in the fifth for a 12-2 lead. Buchanan walked and Scriever then connected on his mammoth blast.

"At this level, I've never seen one hit that long, " said Iseminger.

Stonebreaker's three hits led the 13-hit attack while Shoop, Buchanan and Scriever had two each. Buchanan had four RBIs.

Arnone pitched and went the distance with four strikeouts and only one walk. He allowed eight hits, three in the third when Federal scored twice and three in the fifth leading to three runs.

Cole Conrad, who had three of Federal's hits, stroked a two-run single in the third inning. He also had an RBI-single in the fifth inning.

"They're a good team," Federal manager Dan Dopson said of Conocheague. "We just have to work to come back through (losers' bracket). It's an unusual position to be in. The kids didn't quit. They played to the end."

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