Acre helps Post 202 cover lost ground to beat Funkstown

June 04, 1998|By JACK HILL III

WILLIAMSPORT - If you ask Williamsport Post 202 manager Scott Jennings, Ryan Acre got just what he deserved.

Acre ripped a two-run home run off Shane Carbaugh to cap a three-run sixth inning Wednesday to lift Williamsport to a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over Funkstown Post 211 in a Western Maryland District American Legion baseball game.

Post 202 rallied from a 4-1 deficit with one run in the fifth to get in position for Acre's last-inning heroics.

"We were hoping to get to Shane Carbaugh late in the game when he was starting to get up in the pitch count. That game-winning home run couldn't have happened to a nicer kid," Jennings said. "Ryan is the type of kid that comes to play every game. Any manager would be happy to have nine kids with his type of attitude."


Williamsport (1-3 district, 5-5 overall) started the comeback as Rusty Tritsch reached on an infield error and scored on Isaac Henry's double off of the center field fence. Acre followed one out later with the home run to right field.

"When I got up there and I saw Isaac in scoring position, I just tried to make good contact," Acre said. "My teammates gave me a chance. I am just glad that I came through for them. This is a good turning point for us."

Williamsport has won 12 of its last 14 games against Funkstown, including seven in a row.

J.R. Fitzwater pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief with six strikeouts for the win. He scored in the fifth on D.D. Barrett's sacrifice fly to cut the Williamsport deficit to 4-2. Tony West had two hits and Henry added an RBI triple for Williamsport.

Carbaugh went the distance for Funkstown (0-3 district, 4-6 overall), fanning eight in six innings. Brad Taylor had two hits, including a two-run single, while Chris Purnell added an RBI triple for Funkstown.

"Shane Carbaugh pitched a heck of a good game," Funkstown manager Darryl Powell said. "Defense beat us. We have had bad defense in all of the games that we have lost."

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