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Conococheague keeps rolling in District play

July 10, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE

WILLIAMSPORT -- The two most recent Maryland District 1 champions went between the lines on Friday night and Conococheague left Federal bruised and battered.

The defending champions started with an early jab and then clobbered Federal with a knockout punch in the fourth inning on the way to a 12-0 victory in the 11-12 tournament at Ebersole Field.

"It was a beautiful game by all," said Conococheague manager Mick Byers said after Colin Osborne held Federal at bay on a one-hitter.

Conococheague will host Valley in the winners' bracket final tonight at 6 while Federal falls into losers' bracket competition today at 2 with a home game against South Mountain.

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Osborne walked three, struck out four and allowed only a first-inning single by Malik Carey in shutting down Federal, which had won its first two games by a combined score of 32-4.

"Osborne pitched a great game and his key was getting groundball outs," said Byers. "He was in control."

At one point, three straight Federal batters bounced out to Osborne at first. Other than Carey's hit, no Federal ball went out of the infield.

Catcher Colby Byers, Conococheague's lone returning player from a year ago, led the way with three hits, including a three-run home run in the fourth inning when Conococheague salted the game away with seven runs.

Byers singled, stole a base and scored on two wild pitches for the first run of the game in the first inning. In the second, he doubled to left off the top of the fence to drive in a run and later scored on an infield single by Austin Golden.

"Colby has to be a leader on this team," said Mick Byers. "He knows what it takes at this time of year."

Ryan Brown gave up seven runs as Federal's starter, walking five, allowing five hits and throwing several wild pitches before he was replaced in the fourth inning by Myles Nicholson.

"(Ryan) just didn't have his 'A' game," said Federal manager Barry Brown. "He wasn't himself. Colby Byers had a tremendous game and Osborne ... what a great game he pitched keeping us off balance."

Golden and Ethan Moats each had two hits for Conococheague and James Schlotterbeck joined the hit parade with a two-run shot in the fourth inning.

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