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Post 211 cruises through

July 28, 2000

Post 211 cruises through



By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer


FREDERICK, Md. - In the end, Funkstown Post 211 got everything it wanted out of its opening game in the American Legion Maryland State Tournament.

It got a big early lead thanks to a couple clutch hits and several Garrett miscues.

It got to rest ace pitcher P.J. Hiser and give Ryan Wingerd and Josh Carter a couple low-stress innings of work.

Most of all, it got an easy 10-2 victory over Garrett at McCurdy Field on Friday, the kind that allowed Funkstown to breathe easy before facing stiffer competition over the next couple of days.

"It wasn't pretty, but it was a win," Funkstown coach Darryl Powell said. "Once you get this far, you take what you can get."

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Funkstown scored six runs in the second inning on a two-run single by Trey Cobb, a bases-loaded walk to Matt Hess and five wild pitches from Garrett starter Justin DiSimone, three which led directly to runs.

"We came out tight, and when we got those six runs, we seemed to loosen up a little bit," Powell said.

Funkstown scored three more runs in the fourth on Matt Johnson's RBI groundout, Hiser's RBI double and Matt Allen's sacrifice fly to right.

Hiser dominated Garrett through four innings, allowing no hits, two walks and striking out six. With a 9-0 lead, Powell moved Hiser to center field and brought in Wingerd, saving Hiser for later in the tournament.

"That was our goal," Powell said. "We got P.J. out of there in four, and we got some guys in who haven't pitched in a while, got them some work."

Wingerd gave up one run on four hits and one walk while striking out two, and Carter pitched the final two innings, giving up two hits and one run while striking out two.

Funkstown 10, Garrett 2

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Hiser, Wingerd (5), Carter (8) and A. Showe, J. Showe (7). DiSimone, J. Sleeman (4) and Workman. WP-Wingerd. LP-DiSimone.

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