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Post 211 sweeps Frederick

June 07, 1998

By JACK HILL III

Staff Correspondent

Things went from one extreme to another on Saturday afternoon at Funkstown Community Park.

Funkstown Post 211 kicked back as it eased to a 12-2 win over Frederick Post 11 in the opening game of a Western Maryland District American Legion doubleheader halted in the sixth inning by the 10-run rule.

It wasn't so easy in the nightcap. Funkstown was in the fifth, two outs away from another 12-2 10-run rule victory. This time, Frederick didn't cooperate. Instead, it chipped away and eventually tied the score at 13-13 in the seventh.

Dustin French plugged Funkstown's leak with a one-out solo home run to left field in the bottom of the seventh to secure Funkstown's dramatic 14-13 victory and sweep of the doubleheader.

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"Anything can happen," French said. "You have got to play seven innings. It's the ballpark. You have got the wind blowing out of the ballpark and it is 288 feet down the left-field line. It is going to be a hitter's day. You just can't go out and relax like we did. We were up by 10 runs in the fifth inning and they just came back and tied the game. It should have never happened."

French had four hits, including two home runs and a double, and four RBIs in the nightcap. Winning pitcher Shane Carbaugh slugged a grand slam for four of his five RBIs. Doug Wynkoop also homered and drove in three runs and Zack Swisher had two doubles and an RBI for Funkstown (2-3 district, 6-6 overall).

David Stone and Tyler Johnson each had two hits, including a home run, and four RBIs while John West added three hits and four RBIs for Frederick (5-2 district, 11-3 overall).

"I was just happy that after we gave up the 10-run lead that we battled back to win the ballgame," Funkstown manager Darryl Powell said. "The way the first two games went last week in Frederick, it seems like no lead is comfortable. For us to throw away that 10-run lead, it was just a clutch home run by Dustin French."

In the opener, Funkstown left-handed pitcher Mike Squibb allowed one earned run on six hits while fanning six batters in six innings to get the win.

Matt Jenkins capped Funkstown's five-run third inning with a grand slam for a 7-1 advantage. Jenkins also doubled.

After Seth Sherwood hit a solo homer in the fourth for Frederick, Funkstown countered with three runs in the fifth to establish a 10-2 lead. Jenkins and Frank Linton hit back-to-back one-out doubles and Swisher singled to produce two runs. One out later, French singled home the third run.

Funkstown closed out the game with two runs in the sixth. Wynkoop led off with a double to left, moved to third on a single by Rodger Bachtell and scored when Carbaugh reached on an infield error. Jenkins and Linton drew back-to-back walks to force home pinch runner Josh Knable with the final run.

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