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Conococheague dominates in first round of 11-12 state tourney

July 25, 2009

WALDORF, Md. -- Perhaps the only thing more impressive than South Maryland's dominant run to the Maryland State 11-12 Little League Tournament was Conococheague's dominance of South Maryland in their first-round game Saturday.

South Maryland allowed merely seven hits, while outscoring its opponents 63-2 in its 4-0 run through District 4.

Those numbers didn't faze District 1 champion Conococheague, which erupted for 13 hits in a 13-2, four-inning rout Saturday.

"We thought we were going to see some top pitching," Conococheague manager Mike Iseminger said. "Their kid threw the ball well, but we were on him."

Conococheague faces Brunswick -- a 14-1 winner over Home Run Baker -- today at 3 p.m. in the double-elimination tournament.

Jordan Stonebreaker led Conococheague in the first round. He went 4-for-4 with a triple and allowed no hits in 3 1/3 innings of pitching. Jordan Buchanan got the final two outs of the game to complete the no-hitter.

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"Stonebreaker pitched an outstanding game," Iseminger said. "We took him out at 45 pitches because if we lose tomorrow, we'll need him Monday."

Conococheague took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

"We took the same approach we took through the district: Try to be patient, wait for the right pitches and jump on them when they throw strikes," Iseminger said.

After South Maryland answered with two in the bottom half -- on two walks, a passed ball and an error -- Conococheague got a run back in the second to make it 5-2. An eight-run rally in the third -- highlighted by Buchanan's two-run homer -- blew the game apart.

Sinjin Shoop and Wyatt Scriever each had two hits, including a double, for Conococheague.

"We definitely got off to a good start," Iseminger said. "The boys are relaxed. They're a pretty loose bunch. They're ready to play tomorrow."

He said his team isn't looking past Brunswick.

"We just try to win each inning, one game at a time," he said.

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