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Valley rallies for Junior tournament victory

June 26, 2013|By BRETT NIEVES | brett.nieves@herald-mail.com

CHEWSVILLE — After falling behind early, Valley put together a five-run third inning to rally for an 8-4 victory over Conococheague in the Maryland District 1 Junior tournament on Wednesday evening.

Valley will travel to Hancock on Friday evening at 5:30 for the winners’ bracket final. Conococheague will host the Maugansville-South Mountain winner on Friday evening at 5:30 in a losers’ bracket game.

Valley produced some timely hits to support a strong outing from starting pitcher Ryan Kolich.

“We preach team ball and accepting your role and to give 120 percent while doing it, and I think everyone has really bought into that,” said Valley manager Frank Bywaters.

A perfect example of Bywaters’s philosophy came in the third inning, when Duke Zimmerman stepped to the plate as a pinch hitter. He looped a double down the third-base line for an RBI.

Dez Johnson was the next person up for Valley — also in a pinch-hitting situation — and connected on a single that scored Zimmerman.

“Everyone contributed tonight,” Bywaters said. “If you were to look up ‘team effort,’ I think we had a good example of it tonight.”

Kolich earned the win, pitching 5 1/3 innings and allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while fanning seven.

Conococheague opened the scoring off Kolich in the third inning. After reaching on a walk, Jerry Moschel scored on a fielder’s choice, and Tanner Bower scored on another fielder’s choice for a a 2-0 advantage.

In the bottom half, Robert Tracey — pinch running for Trevor Hatcher — scored Valley’s first run on a throwing error. Kolich tied the game with an RBI single that scored McCoy Dutrow.

Alex Myers drove in Kolich to put Valley up 3-2, before Zimmerman and Johnson did their damage to extend the lead to 5-2.

In the fourth, Dutrow tripled and Kolich followed with his second RBI single of the game to give Valley a 6-2 lead.

In the fifth, Brandon Eyler drove in a run to build Valley’s lead to 7-2.

Conococheague’s bats were quiet until the sixth, when Grant Adams hit a solo shot to right center to cut Valley’s lead to four runs.

Dutrow hit a solo blast to left center in the bottom half to put Valley up 8-3.

A bases-loaded walk in the seventh scored Colin Smigelski to cap Conococheague’s scoring.

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