MAUGANSVILLE — Conococheague avoided elimination from the Maryland District 1 9-10 Tournament with a big 18-5 win over Maugansville in a losers’ bracket game on Monday.
After a scoreless first inning, Conococheague exploded for eight runs in the second, highlighted by RBI doubles by Clay Dunahugh and Corey Jamison. Jamison plated another run with a single in his second at-bat of the inning.
“I was hoping our day off yesterday would give us a rest and recharge. Tonight we came out fresh,” said Conococheague manager Kevin Walters. “We’re still not hitting the way we can, but tonight was a step in the right direction.”
Maugansville scored three runs back in the bottom of the second. Tyler Richardson scored on a wild pitch, Ian Klick scored on a throwing error and Cole Brechbill plated Craig Clark with a single.
“We came out a little flat, just like our last game,” said Maugansville manager Matt Hess. “We tried to start chipping away, but today wasn’t our day.”
Conococheague kept the pressure on, scoring five runs in both the third and fifth innings. Jamison got his third RBI of the game with a double in the third. Justin Taylor hit a two-run single in the fifth to plate Jamison and Trey Osborne, then came around to score on two errors on the same play.
“I tell the kids that we have to take the games an inning at a time. We need to win each inning to continue taking games,” said Walters. “We have to win today before we can play tomorrow.”
Conococheague’s pitching was highlighted by Trace Draper, who threw two innings of one-run relief with four strikeouts.
“For a 9-year-old, Draper has good velocity,” Walters said. “We had to plan for next game, so we limited everyone’s pitch counts as much as we could. We have three pitchers returning tomorrow.”
Conococheague will travel to Hancock for another losers’ bracket game Tuesday night at 6.