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Swisher sticks it for Funkstown win

July 16, 1998

photo: MIKE CRUPI / staff photographer

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Swisher sticks it for winBy JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

In a close game, sometimes you've just got to wait for a break.

Zack Swisher got tired of waiting.

Leading off the bottom of the eighth inning, Swisher crushed a 3-2 pitch over the left-center field fence for the game-winning homer, lifting Funkstown Post 211 over Boonsboro Post 10 2-1 on Wednesday in an American Legion Western Maryland District baseball game.

"I just saw the ball and I hit it," Swisher said. "At first, I was just trying to get on base. ... Then, I was just waiting for something to slap around. I got hold of a fastball and drove it over the fence."

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Even though Funkstown Community Park is commonly known as a hitter's park, the game turned out to be a pitcher's duel between Funkstown right-hander Shane Carbaugh and Boonsboro southpaw Josh Cenate.

Carbaugh (7-2) gave up only one earned run and six hits, while fanning seven batters, in eight innings to get the win.

Cenate allowed one earned run and four hits - three of them by Swisher - while striking out nine batters in seven innings before giving up Swisher's homer.

Cenate also contributed at the plate for Boonsboro with two hits, including a solo home run in the fourth inning for Boonsboro's only run.

Funkstown scored its first run in the third. With two outs, Frank Linton reached on an infield error, moved to third on a single to right by Swisher and scored when Dustin French reached on an infield error.

"Both pitchers threw a good ballgame," Boonsboro manager Brian Smith said. "Zack Swisher did what he had to do in that situation and that was the ballgame."

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