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Williamsport closes with flourish

June 24, 1999

Williamsport vs. FunkstownBy DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Correspondent

photo: MARLA BROSE / staff photographer




FUNKSTOWN - Movies tend to leave their biggest impression on viewers at the beginning and the end.

Williamsport Post 202 left quite an impression on Funkstown Post 211 on Wednesday afternoon.

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Williamsport scored three runs in the first inning, then broke open a 5-4 lead with a seven-run seventh to claim a 12-4 victory at Funkstown Park.

"We started off well, and we got on top early, which I think is always important," Williamsport coach Scott Jennings said. "Then we finished strong."

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Williamsport used a walk, singles from Les Martin, Matt Bowman and J.R. Fitzwater and two Funkstown throwing errors to break to an early 3-0 lead.

"There were a couple of balls I think we could've handled," Funkstown coach Darryl Powell said. "We could have been leading the game.

"We've been battling back the last three or four games from deficits early. It's nothing new."

Martin's RBI single in the second increased Williamsport's lead by one, but Funkstown got the run back in the fourth when P.J. Hiser doubled and Frank McAllister singled him in.

Williamsport went up 5-1 in the fifth when Clint Lapole was hit by a pitch from Funkstown starter Hiser with the bases loaded. But Hiser blasted a three-run homer to left to get Funkstown to within one, 5-4.

It that way until the seventh, when Williamsport turned the game into its own box office smash.

With one out, John Quail walked and Lapole doubled to bring him in. Then a walk, a hit batter and another walk forced in a run.

Troy Butts relieved Hiser and gave up a pair of two-run singles, one to Martin and one to Fitzwater, as Williamsport took an 11-4 lead.

"We got timely hits, base on balls, a hit batter ... it all came together for all the makings of a big inning," Jennings said.

Bowman pitched six innings, allowing four runs, just one earned, on nine hits while striking out six for the win.

"Matt's a pitcher, he's not a thrower," Jennings said. "He pitches smart, he pitches with his head."

The loss continues Funkstown's current slump. "We've kind of really laid down the last couple of games, we've been thinking more on getting to the beach and outside things," Powell said.

"If they concentrate on playing baseball, hopefully we'll make a run at (the title) in the second half."

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