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Conococheague rallies to reach Senior final

July 07, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT -- Tyler Shank's pair of two-run home runs helped Conococheague erase a 10-4 deficit to stun Valley 12-11 on Tuesday night in the losers' bracket final of the Maryland District I Senior League Tournament.

Conococheague will travel to Maugansville for the championship round on Thursday night at 5:30.

Conococheague scored two runs in a two-out rally during the top of the seventh to turn away Valley.

Down to its last out, Conococheague's hopes remained alive when Jordan Palladino singled to left. Shank then ripped a long fly just out of reach of the center fielder as he crashed into the fence. Palladino scored from first and Shank hustled all the way around the bases for an inside-the-park homer to win the game.

"I was just thinking about running hard and getting home as fast as I could," Shank said. "I saw the third base coach waving his arm around, so I just turned up the jets and just kept on coming.

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"I'm really proud of the team. We got the hits when we needed them and that was the important thing. We put the runs on the board."

Brett Barr pitched the final four innings in relief for Conococheague and got the win. Valley had the top of the batting order up in the seventh, but Barr retired the side in order.

"I thought Brett and Tyler stepped up into the leadership role and did what they had to do to win the game," Conococheague manager Rick Aleshire said. "Everybody picked up Shank's and Barr's lead. Everybody did a tremendous job and had a hand in the victory."

Trailing 10-4, Conococheague rallied with a pair of three-run innings in the fifth and sixth to tie the game. Ricky Long clubbed a two-run homer in the fifth, and Shank belted his first two-run homer in the sixth.

Valley went ahead 11-10 in the bottom of the sixth on an error.

Catcher Kenny Smith finished with three hits for Conococheague.

Andrew Barnhart socked a two-run homer for Valley and finished with three RBIs. Craig Anderson added two RBIs.

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