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Funkstown's Hiser whiffs Damascus

August 01, 2000

Funkstown's Hiser whiffs Damascus



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


FREDERICK, Md. - Eight would have been more than enough for Funkstown Post 211 on Tuesday.

P.J. Hiser made sure that one was sufficient.

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Hiser fired a five-hit shutout and struck out 14 to make a single second-inning run stand up as Funkstown squeezed by Damascus Post 171 1-0 in the Maryland American Legion State Baseball Tournament at McCurdy Field.

Funkstown (27-9) plays Greenbelt (34-8) today at 10 a.m. at Loats Field, behind the left field wall of Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick. That game was scheduled to be played later Tuesday evening, but thundershowers made the field at McCurdy unplayable.

Damascus (41-6) will play the winner of the Funkstown-Greenbelt game for the state title today at 1 p.m.

Hiser had to work to improve his record to 6-3. He threw 143 pitches, but was able to keep the Damascus hitters guessing.

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"I just wanted to try to keep them off balance and hit my spots," Hiser said. "I felt pretty good about my performance. I felt like I had them under control for the whole game. I was throwing the fastball by them and I had the curve ball right in front of them."

Funkstown scored the game's only run in the bottom of the second. Danny Fowler and Aaron Showe started the inning with infield singles. Matt Hess reached on a fielder's choice that forced Fowler out at third before Simon Henry singled home Showe.

Fowler and Hiser led Funkstown with two hits each.

Hiser admitted he was tiring toward the end of his marathon outing, having to rely more on placement than power in the late innings.

"I was a little tired at the end, but I just kept my adrenalin up," Hiser added. "I didn't have as much pop in the last few innings like I had in the early part of the game. So I just mixed up my pitches and I kept them out in front."

"That is definitely P.J. Hiser's best pitching performance this year," Funkstown manager Darryl Powell said. "He spotted his fastball and his curveball where he wanted it basically, and that is what kept them off balance. He wasn't out of the zone or completely wild. His pitches were pretty much there for the whole time."

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