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Conococheague powers way to District 1 10-11 crown

July 05, 2013|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • Conococheague's Kyle Hott slides into home plate past Valley catcher Dawson Rinehart on Friday during the Maryland District 1 10-11 championship game at Valley Little League.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

CHEWSVILLE — Conococheague had no problem producing runs on Friday night as it beat Valley 18-6 in five innings in the championship game of the Maryland District 1 10-11 Little League Tournament championship game.

“I am very proud of all of my kids,” Conococheague manager Scott Osborne said. “We took advantage of the opportunities that came our way.”

Conococheague finished 3-1 in the tournament, its only loss an 8-7 setback to Valley on Wednesday in the opening game of the championship round.

Conococheague will host the Maryland State Tournament on its own field in Williamsport, which will begin on July 13.

Valley finished the tournament with a 3-2 record, with both losses against Conococheague.

Conococheague took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Justin Moschel led off with a bunt single. One out later, Walters singled to center.

Both Kyle Hott and Christian Stanton were hit by pitches to force home one run. Colby Sluzarz added a two-out RBI single to left.

Conococheague added three more runs in the second for a 5-0 lead. With one out, Moschel walked and Bryce Remsburg singled to center. A two-out fielding error allowed the first run, Stanton hit an RBI single to center and the third run scored on a throwing error on the play.

Valley got on the board in the third on an RBI single to center by Matt Eyler.

Conococheague responded with two runs in the fourth for a 7-1 lead. Moschel blasted a solo homer to center and Stanton hit a sacrifice fly to center.

Conococheague pulled away with an 11-run fifth to increase its advantage to 18-1. Remsburg hit a three-run double to left and Corey Walters launched a two-run homer as the first 13 batters of the inning reached safely.

Valley did not go down without a fight, scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth before succumbing. The runs came on a three-run double to center by Sonoma Ferguson, a sacrifice fly to right by Jimmy Updegraff and an infield error.

“Our boys showed that they don’t have any quit,” Valley manager Jim Updegraff said. “They battled right down to the very end. I think that showed some heart in them when they battled back after being down 18-1 in the fifth inning.”

Walters started for Conococheague and got the win, allowng only one run over the first four innings.

“It was a great pitching performance by Corey,” Osborne said. “He had great command all night and he kept their hitters off balance.”

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