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.


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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