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Conococheague opens 11-12 states with win

July 20, 2013

Saturday, July 20, 2013

YOUTH BASEBALL

WALDORF, Md. — The Conococheague All-Stars romped to an 11-2 victory over Brunswick in the opening game of the Maryland 11-12 Little League state tournament on Saturday.

Conococheague rapped out 13 hits, played solid defense and received strong pitching from starter Maddux Grove and three relievers, holding Brunswick to four hits.

“We were selective and patient at the plate,” said Conococheague manager Pat Taylor.

None of the hits were bigger than Jaustin Itnyre’s grand slam in the second inning that gave Conococheague a huge 8-0 lead.

Conococheague took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on only one hit, using two hit batters, an error and a sacrifice fly to its advantage.

Josh Gerber doubled and scored on a single by Ryan Greene in the second, before a bloop single and a walk left the bases loaded to set up Itnyre.

Grove, who had two hits, pitched the first three innings and allowed just one hit.

Alonzo Coleman also had two hits and Dalton Blundell drove in two runs for Conococheague.

Conococheague returns to action Sunday at noon against Arbutus in the winners’ bracket semifinals.

Maryland Senior Tournament

Valley 3, Elkton 2

HURLOCK, Md. — Josh Miller allowed one hit and struck out 11 in 6 1/3 innings, and Steve Clapper stuck out the final two Elkton batters to finish off Valley’s victory in the opening round of the state tournament.

Kyle Bywaters had two hits and Chris Hutzell had a two-run single for Valley.

Valley plays next on Monday at 8 p.m. in a winners’ bracket game.

Maryland Junior Tournament

West Salisbury 9, Valley 6

RISING SUN — The Valley Junior League All-Stars opened play in the state tournament with a loss to West Salisbury on Saturday morning.

Ryan Kolich and Ryan Bywaters each had two hits for Valley, the District 1 champions.

Durning’s sacrifice fly gave Valley a 1-0 lead in the first inning. After West Salisbury scored two runs in the second, Zimmerman drove in two runs with a single in the top of the third for a 3-2 lead.

However, West Salisbury scored the game’s next seven runs from the bottom of the third through the sixth to take a 9-3 lead.

Bywaters, Kolich and Alex Myers each singled and scored in the seventh for Valley, but it was not enough.

Valley will play in a losers’ bracket game Monday at 5 p.m.

CABC 17U World Series

Nationals rained out

EUCLID, Ohio — The Williamsport Nationals junior legion team had both of its scheduled games postponed on Saturday at the Continental Amateur Baseball Association 17U World Series.

The Nationals will continue pool play with two contests Sunday.

PONY 13 East Zone

Premier Pythons 6, Hagerstown 5

CRANBERRY, Pa. — Jaret Lazich had two hits, including a home run, for Hagerstown in a loss to the Premier Pythons in the East Zone tournament.

Connor Michael had two RBIs and Garrett Embly and Alphanso White had an RBI each for Hagerstown.

Hagerstown will play New Bedford on Sunday at noon, with the winner advancing to the championship game at 2:30 p.m.

Colt League Super Regional

Struthers Astros 13, Hagerstown 7

STRUTHERS, Ohio — Hagerstown was eliminated from the Super Regional after suffering its second loss of the double-elimination tournament, to the Struthers Astros.

Cody Hammond had two hits, including a triple, and Brandon McCumbee also had two hits for Hagerstown.

In a 6-3 loss to the Ohio Glaciers on Friday, Hammond and Cam Johnson had two hits each and David Fisler added two RBIs.

Rally at Valley 7-8

Federal 14, Waynesboro 1

Federal: Bronson Taylor 2 HRs; Jacob Hill, Dylan Kolb 2 hits each.

Brett Crowell 11-12 Tournament

Maugansville 15, West End 3

Maugansville: Will Klein 2 hits, 2 RBIs; Bryce Kauffman 2 hits; Ryan Clark 3 Ks.

West End: Devon Cicary 2 hits.

Halfway 9, Clear Spring 5

Halfway: Dorian Pike 2 hits.

Clear Spring: Jesse Leggett 6 Ks.



YOUTH SOFTBALL

Little League 11-12 Eastern Regional

Sharpsburg 11, Delaware 1

BRISTOL, Conn. — Karly Payne fired a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts and Sharpsburg exploded for seven runs in the sixth inning to finish off a rout of Delaware in the first game of pool play.

Payton Smith had two hits, including a double and two RBIs, Taylor Neff had three hits and an RBI, Jossie Minnick had two hits and an RBI, and Mikayla Miller added two hits for Sharpsburg. The Maryland state champs finished with 13 hits.

Sharpsburg will play New Jersey in the second game of pool play on Monday at 11 a.m.



LEGION BASEBALL

Funkstown 3-3, Sykesville 2-6

SYKESVILLE, Md. — Funkstown Post 211 split a doubleheader with Sykesville and finished the regular season as the Western Maryland District champion for the 29th time.

In a 3-2 victory in the opener, C.J. Owings and Brandon Toloso each had two hits and J.T. Root earned a save for Funkstown (21-8, 12-5).

Brad Spicker had two hits for Funkstown in a 6-3 loss in the nightcap.

Funkstown will open play in the Maryland American Legion Tournament in Cumberland on Tuesday against Cecil at 9 a.m.



BRIEF

Renegades Athletic Club 11U baseball tryouts Aug. 4-5

The Renegades travel baseball team, based in the Chambersburg, Pa., area, will have tryouts for its 11U team on Aug. 4 and Aug. 5 in Scotland, Pa. To be eligible for the 11U team, a player must be born on or after May 1, 2002. The 11U team will compete in the fall 2013 season and spring/summer 2014 season. Players interested in trying out must pre-register in order to be assigned a tryout time. If a player is unable to attend the assigned time, an alternative time may be provided. For more information, email renegade11ubaseball@yahoo.com.

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