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Funkstown runs to victory

June 08, 1998|By JACK HILL III

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro Post 10 wasn't sure which was faster, the speed of the wind or the speed of its opponent.

It didn't matter, because Boonsboro couldn't catch up with either of them.

Funkstown Post 211 went 11-for-11 in stolen base attempts to rally for a 9-6 victory Sunday in a American Legion Western Maryland District game.

"With the way that the wind was blowing, their catcher was having problems throwing the ball," Funkstown manager Darryl Powell said. "Once we saw that, we took advantage of it."

Chris Purnell stole three bases for Funkstown, while Matt Jenkins, Dustin French and Brad Taylor added two apiece.

Boonsboro (2-4 district, 2-4 overall) led 5-4 after seven innings, but a three-run eighth put Funkstown (3-3 district, 7-6 overall) ahead for good.

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Donald Keatts started the rally by reaching on an infield single, stealing second and moving to third on a sacrifice by Frank Linton. After Jenkins walked and stole second, Purnell hit a sacrifice fly to left to bring home Keatts with the tying run. After Jenkins stole third, French walked. Jenkins scored and French took second on a throwing error. French stole third and scored on another throwing error.

Josh Cenate slugged a third-inning, two-run homer among his three hits and three RBIs to give Boonsboro an early 4-1 lead. Boonsboro starting pitcher Eric Smoot struck out 11 batters in 7 2/3 innings and gave up only three earned runs.

"We got on top and then we just got complacent," Boonsboro manager Brian Smith said. "We have got to play all nine innings."

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