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Conococheague breaks out big bats

July 06, 2011|By KYLE RAIOS | Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT — Led by Jake Arnone’s four-home-run, 11-RBI onslaught, the Conococheague 11-12 All-Stars routed South Mountain 30-2 Wednesday in the opening round of the Maryland District 1 Tournament.

“I was just trying to get on base,” Arnone said. “The most I ever hit was two (home runs). By the fourth one, I just couldn’t believe it.”

Conococheague will host Hancock tonight at 6 in the second round. South Mountain will play Friday against the Valley-West End loser at home.

Conococheague played visitor after the coin toss, and took off with an explosive first. Caden Keplinger singled and went to second on Levi Taylor’s walk. Arnone followed with his first long ball of the night to put Conococheague up 3-0.

Gage Kyler followed suit with a solo shot that landed in the same spot in the left-field crowd. Isaac Schlotterbeck and Robert Carr had back-to-back singles and Hunter Ostrom reached on a fielder’s choice that had Schlotterbeck caught at third. Trevor Knode then doubled to the fence to bring in Carr and Ostrom for an early 6-0 lead.

South Mountain looked set to chip away at its deficit in the home half of the first. Dillon Denig reached first after being plunked and advanced to second on the first of Logan Saunders’ two hits. Denig went to third on a walk, and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly to right.

From there, Conococheague cruised
“It wasn’t expected,” Conococheague manager Pat Taylor said, “Just wanted to the kids to be patient, look for good pitches to drive.”

In the top of the second, Taylor and Arnone led off with back-to-back homers for an 8-1 lead. Kyler followed with a single and went to second on the subsequent error. Schlotterbeck then walked before Kyler stole third, who came home on an infield error. Schlotterbeck went to second on an error, and scored off a single by Carr. Carr went to second after a single by Knode, and scored on another single by Keplinger for an 11-1 lead.

In the top of third, Conococheague poured it on. Twenty-four Conococheague hitters came to the plate for a total of 18 runs on 12 hits. Arnone provided three of those hits himself — including a double, another three-run homer, and a grand slam to top it off. Kyler homered again in his first of three plate appearances in the third for two runs. Jerry Moscher had a three-run homer to push Conococheague further ahead. The other six runs came off a series of singles and hit batsmen. All in all, Conococheague’s 18-run inning put it up 30-1.

South Mountain scored its second and final run in the bottom of third. Stephen Smothers came home on a sacrifice hit by Aaron Myers.

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