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Conococheague blanks West End

June 25, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT — In an early twist to the Maryland District 1 9-10 Tournament, Conococheague ended up as the host for Saturday’s game against West End instead of Sharpsburg.

After a 13-11 loss to Sharpsburg on Friday, Conococheague protested that an illegal player was used by Sharpsburg.

“There was a protest lodged for illegal use of a player, the phone call was made to the Eastern Region tournament committee in Bristol, Conn., and it was sent on to Little League headquarters in Williamsport, Pa.,” said District 1 director Larry Hammond. “Little League made the final decision that Sharpsburg must forfeit the game.”

Thus, Conococheague saw action on Saturday and made quick work of West End in four innings, 12-0.

Conococheague reached the winners’ bracket semifinals and will travel to Hancock on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

West End will play in the losers’ bracket at Maugansville on Monday at 6 p.m.

Sharpsburg dropped into the losers’ bracket and will host American on Monday at 6 p.m.

Dalton Blundell got Conococheague’s momentum rolling in the first inning when he blasted a 250-foot home run to center, scoring Ryan Greene, who had led off with a walk.

“(Dalton’s) a bopper,” said Conococheague manager Kevin Walters. “He ignited the offense and got us started.”

Conococheague never stopped offensively, while Maddux Grove mowed down West End’s offense with the help of plenty of solid defense.

Corey Walters led off the second with a double that started a four-run inning for a 6-0 lead. He scored on a single by Alex Avey. Greene and Skylar Whittington also drove in runs.

Conococheague doubled its lead with a six-run third inning on four hits, two walks and a hit batsman. Grove doubled to start the inning and Walters and Trenton Von Philp contributed RBI singles.

Concocheague added a run in the fourth on three walks, wild pitches and passed balls.

“The difference for us today was our defense,” said Kevin Walters. “We hit the ball (Friday) and again today. We had some jitters Friday. But today, our defense was the difference.”

Grove allowed only one hit through 3 1/3 innings and 46 pitches. He walked one and struck out three, and his infield defense recorded nine outs.  Shortstop Greene and second baseman Justin Taylor made several good plays.

The only hit West End collected was a single by Will Grove in the third inning.

“That was a good team we played today, but we have to get more than one hit,” said West End manager John Mason. “We knew what we were coming into. ... We just have to show up with the bats. We’re a better team than we showed today.”

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