Valley rocks Conococheague in Junior opener

June 29, 2011|By TRUNG VU | Staff Correspondent

CHEWSVILLE — Valley exploded with a five-run first inning and took advantage of 11 errors to rout Conococheague 15-4 in the opening round of the Maryland District 1 Junior Tournament on Wednesday.

In the first, Andrew Bowers scored on Chris Hutzell’s RBI walk, Kyle Bywaters scored on an error and Alec Hejduk scored on a wild pitch before starter Kyler Lynch was pulled in favor of C.J. Henson. Henson gave up two more runs on a walk that scored Hutzell and an RBI groundout by Josh Bloyer that scored Joe Forti.

“Started off strong in the first inning, and the momentum got us going,” said Valley manager Jeff Bowers.

Conococheague scored a run in the first, closing the gap to 5-1, as Ian Walters singled, reached third on a wild pitch and headed home on a bad pickoff throw.

Valley tacked on another run in the second as Jake Barr (who had two hits and scored three runs) scored on Hutzell’s RBI double. Valley added two more runs in the third as Justin Bertran and Zach Keener both scored on an error.

Conococheague got another run in the third on an RBI groundout by Lynch that plated Ethan Moats, who finished with two hits.

Valley added four more runs in the fourth, making it 12-2. Barr doubled to center, stole third and was driven home by Taylor Scott’s infield single. Scott and Bertran also scored, before Bloyer scored the final run on Bywaters’ RBI single.

Conococheague scored its last two runs in the fifth, as Moats and Lynch both scored on Chris Pike’s RBI single and an error.

In the Valley seventh, an RBI single by Barr scored Bywaters, and Zach Keener and Barr both scored on an error.

Alec Hejduk pitched 4 2/3 innings with four strikeouts and allowed just two runs for Valley.

“Hejduk pitched a really good game for us and our defense was good all the way around,” Bowers said.

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