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Funkstown wins legion game

June 07, 1999|By JACK HILL III

When a baseball team has a big inning early in the game, it can sometimes pay off later.

Funkstown Post 211 exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the second inning and then contained a comeback effort by Cumberland Post 13 to come away with a 14-7 victory on Monday in a Western Maryland District contest.

Second baseman Danny Fowler, hitting leadoff, had the big bat for Funkstown by going 4-for-5, scoring three runs and driving in one.

"I was seeing the ball real well," Fowler said. "I was just hitting the ball out in front of the plate. I'm just trying to help the team win."

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Funkstown was trailing 1-0 in the second inning. With one out, Heth Troncatti doubled to left and Matt Jenkins belted a two-run homer to left to put Funkstown on top for good.

After Jon Showe was hit by a pitch, Fowler ripped an RBI double to center. Brandon Boger walked and Zack Swisher was hit by a pitch to load the bases. One out later, John Schnebly walked to bring Fowler home.

Frank Linton and Troncatti followed with back-to-back, two-run doubles to cap the rally.

"In the second inning, we were more patient at the plate," Fowler added. "That enabled us to get the pitches that we wanted to get."

Troncatti went 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Troncatti also pitched the first 4 2/3 innings as he gave up only two earned runs, while fanning seven batters.

Troy Butts, who got the win, pitched the next 2 1/3 innings and Swisher pitched the final two innings.

Jenkins collected three RBIs and two hits, while Schnebly finished with three RBIs and two runs scored. P.J. Hiser had two hits and scored two runs, while Boger also added two hits.

Funkstown manager Darryl Powell is pleased with his team's 10-1 start.

"I just think that we have been very consistent," Powell said. "We have been more patient at the plate and that has made us a better hitting team. Our pitching has been fantastic, since our team ERA was 2.33 going into today. We have also been playing very well defensively. So, we are clicking on all cylinders very well."

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