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Senior Tournament: Valley climbs to top of heap

June 27, 2013|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

CHEWSVILLE — Valley advanced to the championship round of the Maryland District I Senior League tournament with a big 8-1 win over Conococheague on Thursday night.

Conococheague will play at Maugansville at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday in the losers’ bracket final of the three-team, double-elimination tournament. The winner advances to play at Valley in Monday.

“We played better than what I thought we would,” Valley manager Jeff Parks said. “Our boys came in with a lot of energy.”

Valley starting pitcher Hunter Martin allowed just an unearned run in four innings.

After Martin gave up a leadoff double to Zach Barr in the top of the fifth, relief pitcher Josh Miller came in and retired all nine Conococheague batters he facedto seal Valley’s win.

“Hunter Martin pitched a great game for us,” Parks added. “He threw strikes and he made them hit the ball. It was nice to have somebody like Josh Miller come out of the bullpen and shut them down.”

Conococheague took a 1-0 lead in the first when Ethan Moats scored on a single to center by Colin Osborne, which was the first of his two hits.

Valley erupted for five runs in the third to take a 5-1 lead.

Ray Breland was hit by a pitch and Chris Hutzell walked to start the rally. Both runners pulled off a double steal and scored on a one-out single to right by Joe Forti.

After Forti stole second, Jacob Barr was hit by a pitch. Both of those runners also came up with a double steal and then they also scored, another out later, on a double to right by Kyle Bywaters. Bywaters, who got two hits, stole third and scored on a throwing error.

Valley added one run in the fifth on a balk and two more runs in the sixth on a dropped third strike and a RBI groundout by Miller.

“We were hitting the ball, but we hit it right at people,” Conococheague manager Herbie Golden said. “Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to play them again.”

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