Conococheague uncorks offense

June 30, 2010|By KYLE RAIOS/Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT -- The skies may have been clear, but Conococheague poured the offense on Clear Spring, pulling off a 14-1 rout in only five innings in the opening round of the Maryland District 1 Senior Tournament.

Conococheague's Tyler Shank gave up three hits in five innings of work, while retiring nine on strikes and walking only one. The offense gave him lots of support, scoring a combined 13 runs in the second and third innings to provide Shank plenty of wiggle room.

Conococheague scored once in the first, but failed to captalize with the bases loaded. It bounced back in the second with seven runs off four hits and four walks.

The big bats, however, didn't come out until the third inning.

With a runner on second, Jordan Palladino got the green light on a 3-0 count, homering to left to make it 10-0 Conococheague. Shank kept the ball flying right, knocking a towering shot to straightaway center for his second hit of the game.


"It was going through my head, 'back-to-back,'" Shank said, "Soon as I made contact, I knew it was gone."

Conococheague kept the run parade going, scoring another three runs off four hits in the third, including a ground-rule double by Tyler Byers that just missed clearing the fence.

"We wanted to come in early, score early," Conococheague manager Rick Aleshire said. "Everyone worked hard."

"First game of the tournament, we were kind of nervous. But we played well," Shank said.

With a 14-run lead going into the fourth, it was easy sailing from there for Conococheague. Shank shut down any hope of a Clear Spring resurgence, striking out five straight in the fourth and fifth innings, before ending the game by coaxing a lazy pop-out to second.

Zach Jordan collected two of Clear Spring's three hits, and scored their only run in the top half of the fourth off a stolen base and two passed balls.

Alex Aleshire collected three hits and scored twice for Conococheague.

Conococheague will play Maugansville at home Thursday night, while Clear Spring will host Valley. Both games are at 5:30 p.m.

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