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11-12 tourney: Valley gets out of a hole with hitting

July 06, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

CHEWSVILLE — Even though Valley and Conococheague combined for 15 errors, they made up for it with the bats.To the tune of 33 runs and 26 hits.In the end, Valley managed to hang on for a 17-16 victory over Conococheague on Friday night in a Maryland District I 11-12 tournament.Conococheague will now play at Hancock today at 6 p.m. in a losers’ bracket game, while Valley will now play at National on Monday at 6 p.m. in a winners¿ bracket game.“If you like runs, it was a great game,” Valley manager Danny Barnes said. ¿It was a high-scoring battle. We didn¿t play defense, but everybody on our team hit the ball well. (Conococheague) also hit the ball well. We just hit it a little bit better. Hitting-wise, we are where we want to be.¿Valley had plenty of run production. Dylan Eyler slugged a grand slam and had six RBIs and three runs scored, while Chase Metz cracked four hits — including a solo homer ¿ for two RBIs and three runs scored. Austin Moser had three hits, an RBI and three runs scored, while Gavin Shubert scored four runs and Chris Martin whacked a two-run homer, his second homer of the tournament in two nights.Conococheague also showed that it can score plenty of runs. Blake Gooden banged a three-run homer and a two-run triple en route to six RBIs and three runs scored. Logan Wilmoth added a two-run homer and Trenton Von Philp had a solo homer.¿Honestly, I believe we had some jitters and nerves,¿ Conococheague manager Pat Taylor said. ¿It took us a little bit longer than what I thought to overcome those nerves. But we showed guts, determination and drive to stay in the game.¿Valley led 17-11 after five innings, but Conococheague refused to die as it proceeded to score five runs during the top of the sixth inning to narrow the gap to one.Valley brought on relief pitcher Matt Dunn, whon needed only one pitch to get a save by coaxing a grounder to the shortstop to end the game.After Conococheague got two runs in the top of the first, Valley responded with five runs in the bottom half of the inning.Conococheague tied it up with three runs in the second, but Valley came back with five runs in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead for good at 10-5.

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