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Golden silences Maugansville's bats

July 02, 2012|By KYLE RAIOS | Staff Correspondent
  • Conococheague's Austin Golden delivers a pitch during Sunday's Maryland District 1 Junior Tournament game.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — Austin Golden was shining Sunday afternoon, throwing a five-inning no-hitter to lead Conococheague to a 10-0 victory over Maugansville in the Maryland District 1 Junior Tournment winner’s bracket final.

“I couldn’t have done it without my team backing me up, making plays,” Golden said.

Conococheague’s defense committed no errors and only two Maugansville baserunners made it as far as second base.

Golden needed only 58 pitches to complete the five innings. He faced only 18 hitters, struck out one and allowed only three walks while hitting two batters.

On the offensive side, Golden received plenty of support.

Conococheague played as the visitor in its own park, but took advantage of the opportunity, striking for two quick runs in the top of the first. Austin Sigler singled and Ethan Moats walked right after, before both made their way around the basepath on a string of passed balls to put Conococheague ahead, 2-0.

In the second, the bats started to light up a bit. After two quick outs, Alex Jacoby reached on an infield error, then went to second on Bryce Byers’ follow-up single. Two wild pitches allowed Jacoby to score and put Byers on third.

Sigler drew a walk and stole second before taking third on Moats’ single, which plated Byers. Sigler scored and Moats took third on a throwing error and Moats eventually scored on a passed ball for a 6-0 Conococheague lead.

In the third, Tanner Bowen singled and advanced to third when DeAundre Gonzalez doubled down the left field line. Tate Hopkins reached on an error that loaded the bases and Byers walked to force in Bowen and make it 7-0.

Conococheague tacked on the last three runs in the fifth. Donnie Travis led off with a single to center, then stole second and third. Gonzalez walked and landed on third on a wild pitch that also allowed Travis to score.

Hopkins walked and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice by Byers that saw Gonzalez thrown out at home. Hopkins moved to third and Byers to second when Sigler was struck by a pitch. Up 8-0, Golden aided his own cause with a two-run double to score Sigler and Byers.

The mercy rule was invoked after Golden retired the bottom of the Maugansville order to seal the no-hitter and the victory.

“The boys made the plays, hit when they had to, aggressive baserunning.” Conococheague manager Jeff Forsythe said.  “They played a heck of a ballgame,” he added.

 Maugansville will host the Valley-South Mountain winner, Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Conococheague will play host to the winner of that contest in the championship round Thursday at 5:30.

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