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One loss no cause for panic

Conococheague looks to rebound against NY

Conococheague looks to rebound against NY

August 08, 2009|From staff reports

BRISTOL, Conn. -- One taste of defeat for the Conococheague All-Stars at the Mid-Atlantic Regional should do little to affect their quest to reach the Little League World Series.

A second loss, however, will be much more difficult to overcome.

Conococheague's 8-5 loss to Delaware in the first game of pool play Friday was the first loss in nine postseason games this year for the squad from Williamsport.

The District 1 and Maryland state champs had the day off Saturday. They have three more games to play in the pool, beginning with today's matchup against New York at 5 p.m.

Should Conococheague win those final three pool-play games, it will advance comfortably into the semifinals. Another loss would complicate matters for the locals.

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The top four teams in the six-team pool move on to the semifinals. Ties are broken first by head-to-head matchups, then by lowest runs allowed per defensive innings played.

Through two days of pool play, Conococheague has the highest runs allowed ratio.

In Saturday's games, New Jersey improved to 2-0 in the pool with a 4-1 victory over Pennsylvania. New York and Delaware played in the late game.

Washington, D.C. faces Pennsylvania in today's early game. Conococheague plays Washington at 11 a.m. on Monday and Pennsylvania at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

Semifinal games will be played Thursday and Friday, followed by the region final on Monday, Aug. 17.

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