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Funkstown Legion explodes in victory

July 04, 1999|By JACK HILL III

FUNKSTOWN - When Mount Airy Gold Star Post 191 jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning, Funkstown Post 211 could have easily thrown in the towel.

Instead, Funkstown came back like gangbusters.

A big offensive explosion in the fourth inning enabled Funkstown to beat Mount Airy 19-8 in a Western Maryland District American Legion baseball game.

Every starter in the batting order hit safely as Funkstown provided its own fireworks on the Fourth of July, banging out 19 hits, including three home runs.

The game ended after 6 1/2 innings because of the 10-run rule.

P.J. Hiser pitched a complete game and helped himself out by belting a three-run homer as he finished with four RBIs, three runs scored and two hits.

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"We were due to hit the ball," Hiser said. "So, we came out and got on top of them early."

After giving up five runs in the top of the first, Hiser pitched five scoreless innings before allowing three runs in the seventh.

"In the first inning, I was just trying to overpower everybody," Hiser added. "But everything was up in the strike zone and they were hitting it real well. After the first inning, I was able to keep the ball down better and hit my spots. I was able to keep them off balanced."

Zack Swisher also ripped a three-run homer, while Danny Fowler added a solo homer for Funkstown. Both Swisher and Fowler ended up with three hits, three RBIs and two runs scored. Brandon Boger and Dustin French banged out three hits each, while both John Schnebly and Mike Squibb added two RBIs and two runs scored for Funkstown. French scored three runs and drove in a run.

After getting one run in the bottom of the first, Funkstown exploded for 10 runs in the third and eight runs in the fourth to build a 19-5 advantage.

"On a hot 100-degree day, I couldn't ask for any more from these guys," Funkstown manager Darryl Powell said. "The big thing was that we were patient at the plate. When the pitcher made a mistake, we made him pay for it."

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