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Maugansville Seniors put hits together to build win over Conococheague

July 02, 2010|By BRETT NIEVES/Staff Correspondent
  • Maugansville's Ryan Barton leaps out of the way of the slide of Conococheague's Alex Aleshire after recording an out at second base during a Maryland District 1 Senior Tournament game. Maugansville won, 13-4.
By Kelly Hahn Johnson, Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT -- Maugansville used its offense to power past Valley on Tuesday.

It didn't slow down on Thursday.

Maugansville scored 13 runs as it upended Concococheague 13-4 in the semifinals of the Maryland District 1 Senior Tournament.

Maugansville wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as it plated three runs in the first inning on one hit. C.J. Owings scored on a wild pitch, and Jake Bachtell and Dalton Herbert scored on a two-run throwing error.

Maugansville added five runs on five hits in the second inning. Ryan Barton drove in Mike Churchey and Owings with a two-run single before Bachtell and Dylan Dopson followed with RBI doubles. The fifth run was scored on a Colby Waugh base hit.

"We played well and strung our hits together," said Maugansville manager Dan Dopson. "The team was feeding off each other."

Maugansville extended its 8-2 lead with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Waugh drove in his second of his two RBIs with a single and Herbert added two more with a single.

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Conococheague, which managed only two hits, got an RBI single from Tyler Shenk in the fifth inning. Shenk later scored on a bases-loaded walk in the two-run inning.

"We just gave up too much, too early," Conococheague manager Rick Aleshire stated. "And we couldn't get back in it."

Maugansville capped the scoring in the sixth when Churchey singled Waugh home.

Bachtell, Maugansville's starting pitcher, pitched four innings, allowing two runs on one hit and five walks while striking out seven. Nathan Murray tossed 2 1/3 innings of relief with three strikeouts.

Maugansville advances to the district final on July 8. It will host the winner of the Conococheague-Valley losers' bracket final.

Valley received a bye into the losers' bracket final when Clear Spring forfeited its semifinal on Thursday.

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