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Tall & short of it -- Conococheague is potent

July 14, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

They start small in stature at the top of the lineup and get big in the middle. No matter the size, Conococheague has all the threats offensively.

Riley Arnone and Sinjin Shoop, both around 5-foot-4, go 1-2 in the order, followed by the tall timber, measuring in the 6-foot area, who are all becoming ominous terrors at the plate.

Arnone and Shoop each reached base four times in Tuesday's 22-2 victory over West End in the Maryland District 1 11-12 winners' bracket final.

The 3-4-5 batters -- Jordan Stonebreaker, Jordan Buchanan and Wyatt Scriever -- reached base 11 out of 12 appearances.

Scriever hit two home runs and Shoop and Stonebreaker each added one giving Conococheague nine home runs in two games.

"Whenever I'm up I want to get a good hit and get on," said Arnone. "If I get on I know I can score with the good hitters we have."

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He scored four runs on Tuesday because Conococheague batters have delivered.

Scriever hit a pair of homers -- one a blast that reached the median strip on Route 40 -- for his second long blast in two nights after a mammonth homer on Monday at Federal.

"I just try to hit the ball hard," said Scriever. "If the pitch is there I'm gonna try to give it a good whack."

One game to go

Conococheague will be idle, except for a practice today, until Friday when it hosts the survivor from among Federal, Hancock or West End out of the losers' bracket.

It's a team that essentially is the same that won the Maryland state title as 9-10 year-olds.

"The biggest thing is keeping the kids from getting nonchalant," said manager Mike Iseminger. "I knew we'd be competitive, but it's a long journey."

Worlds of experience

The West End Little League first played a game on May 22, 1956. While it wasn't the first league in town, it's definitely got the most long-running volunteers around in terms of years of service.

"Maybe more than anywhere in the country," said 75-year-old John Thomas, who has been with West End for 52 years.

The veteran list goes on, starting with current president Will Suder, who managed for 40 years and has been president the last two years.

And count Terry Mose (40), Dick Wigfield (30), Bob Grove (28), Joe White (25) and Mike Houser (25) -- along with George Schlotterbeck with many years in and out since '56 -- and the experience and leadership has been second to none.

Hurry on those tickets

With Tuesday's game going only 3 1/2 innings, volunteer 50-50 ticket sellers rushed to the very end as fans did not leave their seats, waiting for the winning ticket to be drawn -- for the chance to go home nearly $1,000 richer.

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