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Junior tournament: Conococheague wards off Maugansville

July 08, 2012|By KYLE RAIOS | Staff Correspondent

MAUGANSVILLE — Winners never quit. Defense wins championships. Championships don’t come easily.

Pick a favorite cliche. Then, paste it on Conococheague.

After an up-and-down week that included a no-hitter and a two-day extra inning affair, Conococheague emerged victorious Sunday night, beating Maugansville 10-8 to secure the Maryland District 1 Junior tournament championship.

“These last two games we played, Maugansville gave us a handful.” Conococheague manager Jeff Forsythe said. “We had to do a lot of things differently than we normally do.”

Conococheague made its statement early.

Playing home team by virtue of the coin toss, Conococheague scored eight runs in the bottom of the first inning, sending 11 hitters to the plate. Conococheague collected four hits and took advantage of three Maugansville errors.

“We told the kids to jump on top like we always have.  We always like to apply pressure,” Forsythe said.

Maugansville continued playing its role of spoiler to make it interesting in the third.

After two walks and a single loaded the bases, Kenny Daniels reached on a fielder’s choice to score Tyler Long for Maugansville’s first run. Jordan Washington hit a sacrifice fly before Dylan Alexander added a two-run double Josh Miller had an RBI single to cut the deficit to 8-5.

Conococheague got a run back  in the fourth as John Davies led off with a double and scored on Tanner Bowen’s single.

Maugansville scored three in the fifth — highlighted by Washington’s RBI double — to once again erase a big deficit, this time trimming Conococheague’s lead to 9-8.

Conococheague added an insurance run in the sixth and held off Maugansville in the seventh to seal the victory and the championship.

“The first inning killed us. After that, the kids settled down and battled back,”  said Maugansville manager Phil Daniels. “It’s been a great tournament. Hopefully we’ll see them next year.”

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