Hiser second to none vs. Williamsport

June 14, 2000|By DAN KAUFFMAN

WILLIAMSPORT - If Billy Keyes has earned his spot as Funkstown's ace this season, then P.J. Hiser proved on Wednesday he's as good a number two pitcher as you may find.

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After working out of jams in the first two innings, Hiser settled down to strike out 13 in five innings, and his two-run homer in the third proved to be the winning runs in Funkstown's 10-1 American Legion victory over Williamsport.

"We consider ourselves to have two of the best pitchers in the district," Funkstown coach Darryl Powell said. "It really gives you a comfortable feeling."

Hiser allowed two walks to lead off the game, and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. But Hiser struck out the next three batters.


"I just tried to slow myself down and throw strikes," Hiser said. "I loosened up and got the butterflies out."

It was more of the same in the second inning, as Williamsport loaded the bases before Hiser struck out the side, getting Justin Moore to end the threat.

"That tells the story, right there's the ballgame," Williamsport coach Ron Palmer said of his team's five men left on base in the two innings.

Hiser allowed only a second infield hit - both were hit by Joe Widmyer - and walked three before being pulled in the sixth. The one run he gave up was unearned.

"Usually when P.J. pitches, he's really pumped the first couple of innings," Powell said. "Once he gets settled in, he gets into some type of rhythm."

Hiser got Funsktown on the scoreboard in the third, hammering a full-count fastball from reliever Josh Berger out to center.

"I knew he had to bring the ball into me," Hiser said. "He just left it up in the zone."

Joe McGhee hit a solo shot in the fourth, while Danny Fowler added a two-run homer in the same inning as Funkstown grabbed a 5-0 lead.

From there, five Williamsport errors led to five unearned runs as Funkstown pulled away.

Funkstown 10, W'msport 1



Hiser, Keller (6) and S. Henry, A. Showe (7). Hoffman, Berger (3), Moore (6) and Selby. WP-Hiser. LP-Berger. HR-F: Hiser (3rd, one on), McGhee (4th, none on), Fowler (4th, two on).

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