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Conococheague uses power to post victory

July 08, 2010|By WILL ROBINSON/Staff Correspondent
  • Conococheague's Ethan Moats, right, is caught in a rundown between third and second base. Trying to make the play is Clear Spring's Collin Willhite. Moats was tagged out.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer,

CLEAR SPRING -- Conococheague rolled into Clear Spring sporting team mohawks and a clear purpose: Hit the ball where the defense wasn't.

Its bats churned out 17 hits, including seven home runs, on the way to a 15-3 throttling of Clear Spring in the Maryland District 1 11-12 Little League Tournament in a game shortened by the 10-run rule.

"I could tell by the way we've been hitting in practice how we were going to swing the bats," said Conococheague manager Mick Byers. "The mohawks look good right now."

Conococheague started early as Colby Byers hit a two-run homer on the second pitch of the game after Robert Carr was hit by a pitch. Levi Taylor added an RBI double to make it 3-0.

Clear Spring came back to tie the game at 3-3 in the second inning, highlighted by RBIs from Brady Rohrer and Tim Stoner.

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"I've told the kids to keep their heads up, we've got a game tomorrow," said Clear Spring manager Jason Willhite.

With Conococheague up 5-3, Austin Golden, Taylor and Ethan Moats hit consecutive home runs to chase Clear Spring starter Jacob Lee on the way to a six-run fourth inning.

The same threesome did it all over again in the fifth as the trio added three more dingers to produce seven of Conococheague's 15 runs.

"The ballgame started over after 3-3," said Golden. "I had to redeem myself after two popups."

"Coach just said we had to explode those innings," said Moats.

Conococheague starter Isaac Schlotterbeck pitched a complete game with four strikeouts and only one walk.

"He's a spot pitcher with good velocity who's always around the plate," said Byers. "The catcher called a good game for him."

Clear Spring will play at American today at 6, while Conococheague will host Federal Friday at 6.

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