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Frederick rains in win with late rally

July 01, 1999|By DAN KAUFFMAN

FUNKSTOWN - As the weather turned sour Thursday afternoon at Funkstown Park, the fortunes of Mike Squibb and Funkstown Post 211 turned equally sour.

Squibb, who allowed just two hits in 2 1/3 relief innings prior to the seventh inning, made a costly throwing error on a sacrifice bunt by Tom Wasniewski, who would come around to score the winning run as Frederick Post 11 overcame a 6-5 deficit for a 7-6 victory in a American Legion Western Maryland District game.

"We hung around long enough and took advantage of a break when we got it," Frederick coach Steve Oden said. "It took us a while to get it, but we got it."

Funkstown scored five runs in the second for a 5-1 lead, highlighted by Frankie Linton's RBI double and RBI singles by John Schnebly and Matt Jenkins.

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But Frederick came back with four runs in the third. Dustin Dreisonstok hit a two-run single and Matt Hammond added an RBI single.

"When they got 5-1 up, we came in and got four right away," Oden said. "That's a momentum breaker."

Squibb came on to relieve Billy Keyes, who had a stiff back, in the third and held Frederick scoreless through the sixth. In the fourth, Linton flashed his bat again, hitting a solo homer to left for a 6-5 lead.

"He's starting to hit the ball, and the middle of our lineup is really been coming on lately," Funkstown manager Darryl Powell said.

But as the rain drizzled down, so did Funkstown in the seventh.

Squibb allowed a leadoff single to Travis Hebron, and Wasniewski followed with a sacrifice bunt down the first base line.

Squibb slipped, regained his footing, but threw left of Linton at first, allowing Wasniewski to reach and Hebron to go to third.

"The ground being a little damp probably had something to do with (the error), but you take advantage of the breaks when you get them," Oden said.

Frederick did. Dreisonstok and Pat Calloway both hit sacrifice flies to center field, scoring Hebron and Wasniewski with the tying and winning runs.

"For some reason, we can't win here right now," Powell said. "We're not getting the job done here."

Frederick took two of three games from Funkstown at Funkstown this year, but Oden is still glad to be finished there. "I love the refreshments and the burgers and everything here, but I don't like this field ... I don't like this place."

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