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Rinehart delivers for Valley in 10-11 championship round

July 03, 2013|By BRETT NIEVES | brett.nieves@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT — Dawson Rinehart was 0-for-3 when he stepped to the plate with two outs in the bottom eighth inning Wednesday.

With a runner on second and the game tied at 7-7, there wasn’t a more opportune time for Rinehart to lace his first hit.

He connected nicely with a pitch, scoring teammate John Carter and elevating Valley past Conococheague 8-7 in a Maryland District 1 10-11 championship-round game.

“He’s been making good contact the past couple of games,” Valley manager Jim Updegraff said. “We figured he was due. We took a chance on him and he came through for us.”

Valley with host Conococheague Friday night at 6 in the championship game.

Valley scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 7-7. Valley benefited from five walks in the inning, including two with the bases loaded. Connor Dorsey scored the other Valley run on a squeeze play that was initiated by Ryan Clapper.

“I think the bunt with the bases loaded really set the tone for that inning. That was big, and it really pumped the kids up,” said Updegraff.

Conococheague grabbed the early lead in the first when Justin Moschel scored on a fielding error. Another fielding error plated two more runs in the second and Conococheague held a 3-0 lead.

Nate Walker hit a solo blast for Valley in the bottom of the second and Jimmy Updegraff scored on a bases-load walk to trim Conococheague’s lead to 3-2.

As a team, Conococheague issued 12 free passes in the game.

“Our defense made some mistakes, but we gave up too many walks. It’s tough to will ball games when you have a lot of walks,” Conococheague manager Scott Osborne said.

Carter and Walker each had an RBI single in the third inning to give Valley a 4-3 advantage.

Conococheague scored four runs in the fourth that was highlighted by a Corey Walters two-run homer. Bryce Romsburg and Clay Dunahugh added RBI singles to put Conococheague ahead 7-4.

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