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Funkstown, Squibb can't close out

June 16, 1999|By DAN KAUFFMAN

FUNKSTOWN - For 5 2/3 innings, Funkstown Post 211 pitcher and Seattle Mariners draftee Mike Squibb had all the answers against Frederick Post 11.

The last four outs were mind bogglers.

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Frederick sent Squibb to study hall, using Brad Crum's bases-loaded triple and Dustin Dreisonstok's RBI single to grab a 4-3 lead en route to a stunning 10-4 win on Tuesday at Funkstown Park.

"Our kids were pressing a little bit knowing his reputation," Frederick coach Steve Oden said. "The game is seven innings, and you know, if you don't get him the first time, there's always a chance to get him later in the game."

Squibb struck out seven and allowed just two hits in the first five innings, facing just 15 hitters as Funkstown (13-4, 3-2 Western Maryland District) took a 3-0 lead. Dustin French homered to lead off the second, Zack Swisher singled in Danny Fowler in the third, and Matt Mauriello's squeeze bunt scored French in the fourth.

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Squibb got two outs on grounders in the sixth when the floor caved in.

He walked Matt Hammond and hit Travis Hebron with a pitch. Tom Wasniewski's infield single set the table for Crum, who drilled a pitch into the right field gap, clearing the bases. Dreisonstok's soft liner to right scored Crum and gave Frederick (7-7, 4-5) a 4-3 lead.

"They had a couple timely hits when they counted, and they came through as a team for the first time this year," Oden said.

Frederick added six more runs in the seventh on four hits, five walks (including four in a row) and two Funkstown errors.

"Everything broke loose," Darryl Powell said. "Errors and botched balls, the whole nine yards."

Tyler Wingerd earned the complete-game win, allowing eight hits and three walks while striking out 11.

"He's only 15 years old," Oden said. "He's gonna be a good one."

Oden watched most of the game with the crowd after being ejected in the second for arguing a call on a ball hit down the first base line.

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