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Conococheague's destiny runs through Pa.

August 11, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

BRISTOL, Conn. -- The Conococheague 11-12 All-Stars control their own destiny. There is only one team that stands in the way of reaching the Mid-Atlantic Regional semifinals.

Conococheague squares off against Pennsylvania today at 10 a.m. to decide its fate. Pennsylvania defeated Delaware 5-3 on Tuesday to raise its pool play record to 2-1, while dropping Delaware to 1-3.

Conococheague is ready for the task at hand.

"The kids are pretty loose," said Conococheague manager Mike Iseminger. "They are well aware of what is front of them and what they have to do. They know it's a 'must win' situation."

With today's early start, Iseminger said the team would have a 6:45 a.m. wakeup call with a team breakfast at 7 before heading to the park.

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If Conococheague (1-2) can beat Pennsylvania, both teams would be tied for third place. Conococheague would earn the third seed for the semifinals by virtue of the win over Pennsylvania.

A loss sends Conococheague home because of an earlier loss to Delaware.

The semifinals involving the second- and third-place teams is slated for Friday at 2 p.m.

New York, by virtue of Tuesday's 13-0 win over Washington, D.C., is tied with New Jersey at 3-0 record. The two unbeatens meet tonight at 7 with a guaranteed 1-2 finish in pool play already secured.

Conococheague dropped its first two games in pool play -- 8-5 to Delaware and 8-1 to New York -- before coming back for an 11-0 win over Washington on Monday. The victory was Conococheague's first-ever regional win. The league's only other regional appearance came in 1961.

NOTES -- Conococheague players Colin McVicker and J.J. Cooper had an opportunity to meet ESPN NFL analyst Tom Jackson during Tuesday's off day. ... Iseminger said Jordan Stonebreaker would be the starting pitcher today against Pennsylvania.

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