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Conococheague enjoys comforts of home on road

July 01, 2010|By WILL ROBINSON/Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK -- Conococheague won a coin toss to be the home team at Hancock High School and defended its "home turf" with a 9-5 win over Hancock in the first round of the Maryland District 1 Junior Tournament on Wedensday.

"It was a good game overall. We did a lot well," said Conococheague manager Jamie Martin.

First baseman Tyler Martin and third baseman Jordan Buchanan paced Conococheague (1-0) with two RBIs each, but the story of its scoring was Hancock's poor defense.

Eight Hancock errors allowed Conococheague to pour on the offense. In the fourth inning, with Conococheague up 2-1, two consecutive errors after singles by Tristan Baker and J.J. Cooper allowed three runs to score. Two walks and a wild pitch later, Martin scored for a 6-1 lead.

"It's tough to win when you have a self-destruct inning like that," said Hancock manager David Kerns. "When you give them runs, it's a killer."

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Hancock starter Chad Sipe allowed only three earned runs in 3 2/3 innings, while striking out three, in the loss.

Conococheague's defense was much more solid, only giving up one error which allowed Cody Trunkle to get to second in the fourth.

Trunkle scored on a wild pitch for Hancock's first run of the game. Trunkle led Hancock with two RBIs.

Hancock cut its deficit to 6-3 in the fifth, Conococheague answered with three in the sixth and Hancock scored its final two runs in the seventh.

Conococheague starter Casey Shank pitched five strong innings, allowing three runs (one earned) while collecting four strikeouts and two walks. Relievers Brandon Toloso and Tristan Baker withstood Hancock's seventh-inning rally to close out the game.

"We don't have much to work on out there, which is great," said Martin. "We're just going to take it one game at a time."

Clear Spring will host Conocheague on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

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