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Post 211 can't rally twice

July 29, 2000

Post 211 can't rally twice



Funkstown falls in semifinals of state tourney

By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer


FREDERICK, Md. - At first glance, it seemed pretty ironic that a Funk - Severna Park's Jason Funk - hit the game-winning three-run double that doomed Funkstown on Saturday in the Maryland American Legion tournament winner's bracket semifinal.

But while Funk's two-out drive to the right-filed gap with the bases loaded in the seventh inning sparked Severna Park to the 8-6 victory at McCurdy Field, it was the error and two walks preceding his at-bat that ruined what had been a thrilling Funkstown comeback.

"They hit the double, but before that defensively, we should have been out of the inning," Funkstown manager Darryl Powell said.

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Indeed, shortstop Danny Fowler's fielding error - his second of the game - gave Severna Park a runner on with one out. Back-to-back walks from Funkstown starter Billy Keyes loaded the bases, and after a pop fly that, minus the error, would have been the third out, Funk took advantage of the extra opportunity and slammed both the ball and Funkstown's comeback bid.

"They got the timely hits, we didn't," Powell said.

Severna Park had a chance to close Funkstown out early, scoring three runs in the first on Matt Cipillone's RBI single and Chris Odom's two-run double, and tacking on runs in the third and fifth for a 5-0 lead.

But Funkstown finally found its offense in the sixth, scoring four runs off Severna Park starter John Tessarzik to make a game of it. Josh Carter and Matt Allen had RBI singles, and an error helped score the other two runs.

Funkstown got its only lead of the game, 6-5, in the sixth on Carter's second RBI single and a wild pitch from reliever Jason Carl.

"They battled," Powell said. "They could have packed it in. We battled right here to the very end."

While Funk's double in the seventh signaled the end, Funkstown's stranding of runners on first and second in the eighth, when Carter lined a shot to right that Geoff Hughes ran down, closed the door.

"We stranded some people, and even late, we had opportunities with the top of the order up," Powell said. "We couldn't get the timely hit we needed."

Sev. Park 8, Funkstown 6

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Keyes, Keller (8) and A. Showe. Tessarzik, Carl (7) and Odom. WP-Carl. LP-Keyes.

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