Conococheague hits five homers in victory

June 28, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK — Conococheague hit five home runs and scored 17 runs over the final three innings to defeat Hancock 20-7 in five innings on Tuesday in a Maryland District 1 9-10 Tournament winners’ bracket semifinal.

Conococheague will host Valley tonight at 6 in the winners’ bracket final. Hancock hosts Sharpsburg tonight at 6 in a losers’ bracket contest.

Conococheague trailed by one after the first inning, but lit up the scoreboard in the innings to follow.

Reserve Ryan Sharer hit two home runs once he entered the game, and Dalton Blundell, Jaustine Itnyre and Maddux Grove also went deep.

“I’m pleased with how we were swinging the bats,” Conococheague manager Kevin Walters said. “I’m very proud of Sharer, this is his first all-star team and he came in off the bench for us today and came through.”

Ryan Greene started on the mound and didn’t disappoint after a shaky start. He gave up four runs in the first inning, then tossed three scoreless innings. He gave up four hits, struck out five and walked only two.

“I’m proud of Ryan, too. He battled their lineup and threw strikes,” Walters said.

Greene had plenty of run support. Six different players drove in 14 of Cononocheague’s runs. Blundell led the team with five RBIs, Sharer plated three, Itnyre and Trenton von Philp had two RBIs each and Greene drove in one.

Hancock used five different pitchers.

“I was trying to save our pitching,” Hancock manager John Smith said. “The game just ended up uglier than I wanted.”

Two Hancock errors gave Conococheague an early 3-0 lead, but a grand slam by Cooper Grove in the bottom of the first briefly put Hancock ahead.

Conococheague tied the game in the third with a solo shot by Sharer, then unleashed its bats over the next two innings when it scored 16 runs.

Blundell hit a two-run double in the fourth to give Conococheague a 6-4 lead. After a Hancock error plated two runs, Sharer mashed a two-run homer to make it 10-4.

Bludell and Itnyre each hit two-run bombs in the fifth, and Grove hit a solo shot to end Conococheague’s home run derby. Four more runs scored in the frame to finish Conococheague’s scoring.

Eaven Gordon hit a solo homer in the fifth for Hancock.

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