Maugansville stays alive, beats Conococheague in Junior tournament

June 28, 2013|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT — The Maugansville Junior All-Stars used a trio of four-run innings to erase an early 2-0 deficit and rolled to a six-inning 12-2 victory over Conococheague on Friday night in the District 1 losers’ bracket semifinals.

Maugansville advanced to the losers’ bracket final and will travel to Hancock on Sunday evening at 5:30.

“We are very excited and proud about the win,” Maugansville manager Jason Carbaugh said. “I just told the boys before they went out that no lead is safe enough. I just told them to keep the pressure on.”

Maugansville pitcher Ben Quirple did not allow an earned run in getting the complete-game win. Quirple gave up three hits and one walk in six innings.

“I think the key of this game was the pitching of Ben Quirple,” Carbaugh said. “He pitched one of the best games I have seen in a long time.”

Conococheague took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second, but Maugansville answered back with its first four-run rally in the bottom half. Two runs scored on an error, the third scored on an RBI single to center by Brady Munson, and the fourth scored on another error.

Maugansville started opening the lead with its second four-run rally in the fifth for an 8-2 cushion. After Justin Akin walked and Kenny O’Bryan reached on a bunt single, Steve Eyler smacked an RBI single to left. Tucker Brugh walked to load the bases, and one out later, Devin Corley cleared them with a three-run double to left.

Maugansville finished its scoring with four more in the sixth. An RBI groundout by Josh Miller scored the first run, and two errors led to the final three runs to end the game.

“Maugansville outplayed us,” Concocheague manager Jeff Forsythe said. “They hit the ball well and they hit in spots when they needed to. We were limited to three hits and we made too many errors.”

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