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Conococheague falls short in 10-11 state tourney

July 14, 2013|By CURT HORNBECKER | curt.hornbecker@herald-mail.com
  • Elkton catcher Gavin Tereszcuk makes the play as Conococheague's Kyle Hott (12) is out at the plate for the final out of the fifth inning Sunday afternoon in Williamsport.
Joe Crocetta / Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — For Conococheague, it was a matter of opportunities squandered.

And those lost opportunities resulted in an 8-7 loss to Elkton in the winners’ bracket of the Maryland State 10-11 Little League Baseball Tournament at Ebersole Field Sunday.

After Marcus Ross broke a 7-7 tie in the top of the seventh inning with a solo home run for Elkton, Conococheague put runners on first and third with no outs in the bottom half of the inning.

But Bella Itnyre was thrown out at second on an attempted double steal, while Luke Roark stayed at third. Trey Osborne then grounded to third for the second out, with Roark again staying at third.

Elkton got the final out on a routine ground out to second by Justin Moschel.

“As hot as our bats were, I figured we’d be able to get a base hit,” said Conococheague manager Scott Osborne. “We just weren’t able to do it.”

After Elkton grabbed an early 4-0 advantage, Conococheague began chipping away at the lead. Moschel walked and scored on a Bryce Romsburg double. Romsburg moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a Corey Walters groundout to second.

Singles from Colby Sluzarz and Trey Osborne put runners on the corners with one out in the fourth for Conococheague, before Moschel doubled to score Sluzarz. But Osborne ventured too far off third base, and was cut down, thwarting a chance at a big inning.

Each time Conococheague scored, Elkton responded in the following inning, keeping Conococheague at bay.

“Every time (Conococheague) scored, we came back,” said Elkton manager Chris Hall. “Our strength is our hitting. They’re a scrappy team, and they never let themselves get down.”

Conococheague scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to force extra innings. A bases-loaded single by Walters made it 7-6. The third error of the inning for Elkton allowed Romsburg to tie the game at 7-7.

Conococheague will play Easton at 4:30 p.m. Monday in a losers’ bracket game, while Elkton will face West Salisbury in the winners’ bracket final, also Monday, at 7 p.m.

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