Conococheague stays alive in junior tourney

July 01, 2011|By KYLE RAIOS | Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT — A big fifth inning gave Conococheague the necessary support to power past and eliminate South Mountain from the Maryland District 1 Junior League Tournament with an 11-4 victory in the losers’ bracket semifinal on Friday.

“The kids showed some heart,” Conococheague manager Ron Hare said. “We got beat up pretty good the other night, but we fought back.”

Conococheague will try to keep things rolling in the losers’ bracket final today at 1:30 p.m. in Maugansville.

Conococheague opened the scoring with three runs in the third inning. Chris Pike drew a leadoff walk and two passed balls put him on third. Austin Sigler walked, and a failed pickoff attempt at first allowed Pike to score the first run. Another passed ball put Sigler on third and a throwing error let him score. Austin Socks was hit by a pitch and scored on Ethan Moats’ RBI single to make it 3-0.

Jared Cline put South Mountain on the board in the fourth with a solo shot over the right-field fence, cutting the deficit to 3-1.

Conococheague produced an explosive two-out rally in the fifth. Ethan Moats reached on an error and advanced to third on another infield error that put John Davies on first. Davies stole second to set up C.J. Henson’s two-run single. Henson stole second and took third on a wild pitch. Joe Pike delivered an RBI single to score Henson, putting Conococheague up, 6-1.

Chris Pike walked, and another wild pitch put Joe Pike on third before an infield single by Sigler scored Joe Pike. Chris Pike scored on an error before Dalton Hottinger singled and came around on a wild pitch, a steal and another wild pitch for a 9-1 lead.

Cline scored his second run for South Mountain in the sixth. He reached on an infield error, stole second and advanced to third on Duncan Rowland’s fielder’s choice before Anthony Bizzell’s RBI single.

Conococheague scored twice in the seventh for some extra insurance. Henson was struck by a pitch leading off, stole second and scored on Chris Pike’s single. Pike stole second and scored on a single by Henderson to finish Conococheague’s scoring.

South Mountain scored twice in the bottom of the seventh. Nick Knight reached on an error, stole second and went to third on a passed ball. Devon Nalley walked, stole second and advanced to third on Eric Brabson’s sacrifice fly that scored Knight. Nalley came home on a passed ball, but Conococheague ended any hope of a comeback with a strikeout and groundout.

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