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Conococheague's Taylor stymies National's bats

July 10, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — Levi Taylor allowed just two hits in 5 2/3 innings as Conococheague beat National 5-1 in a Maryland District 1 11-12 Tournament winners’ bracket semifinal Sunday at Staley Park.

Conococheague plays Federal in the winners’ bracket final tonight, while National hosts Halfway in an elimination game. Both games are at 6 p.m.

“We were told to go out and play baseball the way it is supposed to be played,” Taylor said. “I just wanted to keep the ball down and let the defense do the work.”

Conococheague got all the offense it would need in the bottom of the second inning. Robert Carr scored the first run on a bases-loaded error. Taylor helped himself by clubbing a two-run double to right to extend Conococheague’s lead to 3-0.

In the Conococheague third, Isaac Schlotterbeck was hit by a pitch and Carr followed with a double. Schlotterbeck scored on an error on the relay throw.

Jake Arnone extended the Conococheague lead to 5-0 in the fourth with a solo home run.

“We did all of the little things that we need to do to win a baseball game,” Conococheague manager Pat Taylor said. “We were able to utilize our speed on the basepaths. Levi threw well and he hit his spots.”

National got its only run in the sixth. It loaded the bases with two outs when Chandler Penn reached on an infield error, Mitch Wilson singled to right and Colton Repp walked. Penn scored on a wild pitch.

Hunter Ostrum relieved Taylor to get the last out.

“Conococheague is a very tough team,” National manager Steve Wilson said. “We have got to get our bats going. We haven’t hit yet the way that I think that we can hit.”

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