Conococheague stays on tear, rips Hancock

July 07, 2011|By KYLE RAIOS | Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT — Hot on the heels of Wednesday’s scoring bonanza, the Conococheague 11-12 All-Stars stayed hot through the rain to emerge victorious over Hancock 10-0 on Thursday in the Maryland District 1 Tournament.

Conococheague — which defeated South Mountain 30-2 in the first round Wednesday — played visitor in its own park Thursday after the coin toss, and jumped ahead early with the clouds looming over.

Levi Taylor homered for a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Jake Arnone, who had four homers Wednesday, kept his bat glowing hot, ripping a single to left before scoring on Gage Kyler’s deep shot to left, which made it 3-0 Conococheague.

Then, the rain began to pour. Seventy-one minutes later, play resumed in the bottom of the first.

Zach Clark was the only Hancock player to advance past second base all night, reaching third in the first inning after being hit by a pitch, moving to second on Taylor Kern’s fielder’s choice and then advancing on a wild pitch. His teammates just couldn’t get him home, and Hancock missed its best scoring opportunity of the night.

Conococheague went down 1-2-3 in the top of the second, but rebounded in the third with four runs. Arnone led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a passed ball. Kyler drew a walk on another passed ball, and some head’s-up base running by Arnone, coupled with a bobbled ball, allowed Arnone to score and landed Kyler at third. Pitcher Isaac Schlotterbeck then helped his own cause, ripping a double to the fence that scored Kyler, putting Conococheague up 5-0.

Robert Carr then reached first on a bunt single as Schlotterbeck went to third. An error on the play kept things in motion, scoring Schlotterbeck while putting Carr on second. With first unmanned on a bunt single by Darian Bryan, the ball was thrown into the outfield, allowing Carr to score, making it 7-0 Conococheague.

From the mound, Schlotterbeck kept Hancock’s bats frigid. He struck out four while giving up only one hit and no walks.

“Our pitching was definitely better tonight,” Conococheague manager Pat Taylor said. “We had to throw strikes, and we got ’em tonight.”

Conococheague scored its final three runs in the fourth and enforced the 10-run mercy rule at the end of the inning.

Taylor led off with a walk and reached second on Arnone’s third single of the game. After Schlotterbeck drew a walk to load the bases, a fielder’s choice by Carr had Arnone out at third, but got Taylor across the plate. Hunter Ostrum’s double then scored Schlotterbeck and put Carr on third. Carr scored Conococheague’s 10th and final run when Bryan drew a walk on a wild pitch.

Conococheague will travel Saturday to play National at 5 p.m. Hancock is at Clear Spring tonight at 6.

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