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Conococheague falls in Junior League state final

July 27, 2012

Conococheague’s run finally came to an end at the Maryland State Junior League Tournament.

Chesapeake City snapped Conococheague’s four-game winning streak with an 11-0 victory in the championship game Friday.

It was the seventh game in seven days for Conococheague, which finished 5-2 for the tournament.

“It was a heck of a run, but we just ran out of gas,” Conococheague manager Jeff Forsythe said. “Coming up through the losers’ bracket and playing seven games was tough. But these kids have nothing to be ashamed of, overcoming adversity the way that they did. They played their hearts out.”

After winning their first game 17-0 against Laurel last Saturday, Conococheague lost 18-5 to Berlin on Sunday to fall into the losers’ bracket, where they came alive.

Conococheague defeated St. Mary’s 9-2 on Monday, Caroline 16-6 on Tuesday and then avenged its loss to Berlin on Wednesday, prevailing 7-6 in the losers’ bracket final.

“That was tooth and nail the whole game,” Forsythe said of the victory over Berlin.

In the championship round Thursday, Conococheague beat Chesapeake City, the winners’ bracket champion, 9-4 to force Friday’s winner-take-all finale.

“We gave them a run for their money, but just fell flat at the end and ran out of gas,” Forsythe said.

Austin Golden had nine hits, including two doubles, and drew 10 walks for the tournament for Conococheague, while Austin Sigler also had nine hits, including a double, Ethan Moats had eight hits, including a double, Bryce Byers had six hits, John Davies had five hits, Austin Socks had four hits and Donnie Travis had three hits and eight walks.

On the mound, Moats had 10 strikeouts, while Golden had eight and Byers had five.

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