Conococheague stays alive

July 25, 2011|By BOB PARASILITI |
  • Conococheague's Gage Kyler connects against West Salisbury on Monday night at Maugansville.
By Chris Tilley/Staff Photographer

MAUGANSVILLE — Conococheague came into the Maryland State 11-12 Tournament with two main objectives.

To win every inning in every game and to bring another state championship banner back to town to match the one it won as 9- and 10-year-olds.

On Monday, Conococheague accomplished the first and kept the second one alive for at least one more day.

Levi Taylor hit three home runs and drove in four runs while the District 1 champs used a stable of pitchers and flawless defense to score a 9-1 victory over West Salisbury in a losers’ bracket game at Jay W. Stouffer Field.

Conococheague advances to meet South Maryland — a 15-14 winner over South Caroline — in another losers’ bracket game today at 4 p.m. Elkton and Northern Calvert will play the winners’ bracket final in the double-elimination tournament at 7.

Conococheague wiped away the remnants of Sunday’s 4-2 loss to Northern Calvert.

After that game, Conococheague manager Pat Taylor said his team needed to hit better and field better than it did in its opener.

On Monday, it couldn’t have been much better.

Levi Taylor hit solo homers in the first and fourth innings — the second coming after 38-minute rain delay — to give Conococheague a 2-1 lead. He finished off his night with a two-run shot in the sixth inning to put it out of reach.

Conococheague took control of the game with a five-run fifth inning, capped by a two-run homer by Isaac Schlotterbeck. Jake Arnone added a two-run single in the rally.

Conococheague eliminated West Salisbury by using five pitchers, mostly in 20-pitch increments in order to keep the staff fresh for the rest of the tournament, as long as that may go.

Gage Kyler got the start and left after allowing Cade Rousseau’s solo homer in the third. He was followed by Arnone, Hunter Ostrum, Caden Keplinger and Robert Carr to ice the game. The group combined to strike out 10 West Salisbury batters, including six by Kyler.

Arnone finished with three hits, all singles, as Conococheague finished with 11 hits.

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