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Funkstown, Boonsboro split DH

June 21, 1998|By JACK HILL III

BOONSBORO - After dropping a 7-3 decision to Funkstown Post 211 in the first game of a Western Maryland District American Legion doubleheader, Boonsboro Post 10 felt that it had something to prove.

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Boonsboro responded with some consistent run production during the second game to gain a 9-3 victory over Funkstown and gain a split of the doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.

Justin Flook had the big blow for Boonsboro with a 370-foot, three-run homer to center field in the third inning.

"We picked it up in the second game," Flook said. "We had a little bit more enthusiasm. We definitely wanted to come out and win the second game, since we all knew that we were capable of beating Funkstown and that we couldn't afford to drop another game in the standings. I was going up there to get a base hit. There was a pitch down the middle and I just drove it."

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B.J. Mercer, Josh Cenate and Bobby Ord collected two hits apiece for Boonsboro (5-6 district, 5-6 overall).

Eric Smoot went the distance to get the win as he limited Funkstown to two earned runs and five hits while striking out seven. Smoot also hit a solo homer in the sixth inning.

"Everybody that we had here today had to suck it up and play hard all day," Boonsboro manager Brian Smith said. "We did a good job. The offense came through and scored some runs. Eric Smoot threw a good ballgame."

Chris Purnell had two hits for Funkstown (5-6 district, 9-10 overall).

Boonsboro scored three runs in the sixth to take its biggest lead at 9-3.

In the first game, Funkstown pitcher Jayson Cannon fanned 10 batters in seven innings, while allowing only one earned run and four hits. French had two hits.

"Jayson Cannon pitched a good game," Funkstown manager Darryl Powell said. "Basically, if it wasn't for his good pitching performance, we wouldn't have won the ballgame. With our defense, we were fortunate to split a doubleheader today. We have been inconsistent on defense all year long. Basically, 12 hits in two ballgames isn't a lot. We just couldn't get the hits at the key times."

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