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Conococheague celebrates

July 11, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent
  • Conococheague pitcher Brandon Toloso reacts to winning the Maryland District 1 Junior League Tournament after striking out the final Valley hitter Saturday in Williamsport.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT -- Conococheague finished an undefeated four-game run through the Maryland District I Junior League Tournament by beating Valley 14-5 on Saturday in the championship game.

Conococheague advances to the Maryland State Tournament, beginning July 24 near Baltimore.

"These kids worked hard and played straight up as a team," Conococheague manager Jamie Martin said. "The run production was great. The kids stepped up when they needed to. We have done it over and over in every game. I think we ended up beating a really good team in Valley. We ended up playing them twice and beating them twice."

Brandon Toloso struck out six in 5 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to get the win.

"I was setting them up for the curveball," Toloso said. "My curveball was dominant. I think that I pretty much threw strikes consistently. It's great to win the championship. It took a team effort to win. We did a good job of hitting the ball."

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"It was just fantastic," Martin said. "He just has some great pitches. He kept them off-balance and shut them down. He knows he has a great defense behind him."

Dillon Durning slugged a two-run homer to left in the second inning to give Valley a 3-1 lead.

Conococheague erased that with seven runs in the fourth to take the lead for good at 8-3. J.J. Cooper, Alex Miller and Tyler Martin hit RBI singles, Emory Rowland hit a RBI fielder's choice and the other three runs came home on two throwing errors.

Conococheague added two more runs in the fifth to boost its lead to 10-3 on an RBI groundout by Miller and a wild pitch.

Casey Shank's sacrifice fly to center gave Conococheague another run in the sixth, before it scored its last three runs in the seventh on a two-run double to left by Toloso and an RBI single to right by Collin McVicker.

Miller finished with two RBIs, while Martin had two hits for Conococheague.

Durning finished with two hits and three RBIs for Valley. Dalton Condo had two RBIs.

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