Conococheague vs. Pennsylvania to be continued

August 09, 2011|From staff reports
  • Pennsylvanias Wyatt Koch, left, is forced out by Conococheagues Jake Arnone (23) in a double play Tuesday.
By Mike Orazzi/The Bristol Press

Conococheague and Pennsylvania were in a scoreless tie through two innings Tuesday evening when their game was delayed by rain at the Mid-Atlantic Region Little League Baseball Tournament in Bristol, Conn.

After a delay of more than two hours, the game was suspended. It will resume on Thursday at 9 a.m., beginning in the top of the third inning.

“They wanted to do everything they could to try to get that game finished, because it puts their back against the wall with scheduling,” Conococheague manager Pat Taylor said. “But this is the way they had to do it.”

The game against Pennsylvania will be Conococheague’s fourth and final game of pool play. The top four teams in the six-team pool advance to Friday’s semifinals.

After beating Washington, D.C., 17-9 on Monday to improve to 1-2, Conococheague needs to defeat Pennsylvania to improve its chance to advance. Delaware is 3-0, Pennsylvania 2-0, New Jersey 1-1, New York 1-2 and Washington, D.C., 0-3.

“There are several different scenarios that would put us in the top four,” Taylor said. “But right now we definitely want to get this win against Pennsylvania. We like our chances.”

Conococheague had its chances Tuesday. The Maryland state champions had a runner on third with only one out in the bottom of the first inning, and then had the bases loaded with no outs in the second, but failed to score both times.

After falling 7-3 to New York and then 7-1 to Delaware, Taylor said he likes what he’s seen from his team the last two days.

“They’re making plays like we’re used to seeing them make, and they’re swinging the bats like we’re used to seeing them swing them,” he said. “They’ve got some confidence back.”

Levi Taylor started on the mound for Conococheague on Tuesday and held Pennsylvania scoreless on 28 pitches. He allowed two hits and a walk while striking out two, and benefited from a double play in the top of the second.

Pat Taylor said he was unsure who would pitch for his team Thursday.

“We have a full day and a half to think about our pitching for Thursday. We’ll have everybody available,” he said. “You have to make it there before you even think about playing Friday.”

The Delaware-New Jersey game, which was scheduled to be played after the Conococheague-Pennsylvania on Tuesday, also was rained out. It will start 45 minutes after the final out of the Conococheague-Pennsylvania game on Thursday.

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