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Win just in the cards for Williamsport

June 06, 2002|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

FUNKSTOWN - Williamsport Post 202's ace was wild on Wednesday, but Funkstown Post 211 flushed the ensuing full house of opportunities straight down the drain.

Nick Adenhart allowed two hits over six innings and his control problems - eight walks and two hit batters - failed to catch up with him as Funkstown left 11 runners on base, giving Williamsport a 3-1 victory in a Western Maryland District American Legion baseball game Wednesday.

"The whole game, I was lucky to get out of jams," Adenhart said. "Usually those walks come back to bite you, but they only bit me once."

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Meanwhile, Funkstown (6-2, 2-2) got bit by a little of everything: fielding errors, a lack of clutch hits and one critical call.

Gerad Haupt led off the game with a single, and Marty Kaetzel's sacrifice bunt led to a Funkstown fielding error. John Quail's bunt and Keith Kellinger's groundout scored Haupt for an early 1-0 lead.

Funkstown appeared to tie the game in the third inning, when David Miner ran home from third on Aaron Showe's flyout to center for the second out. But on an appeal, Miner was called out for failing to tag up, erasing the run and ending the inning.

"What I'd seen was a lot of confusion at third base," Williamsport coach Rick Keefer said. "Anytime I see confusion at third, I take a chance (on an appeal). It was the right call for us as far as I'm concerned."

Funkstown coach Darryl Powell argued the call to no avail.

"When the ball was caught, (Miner) left the bag early," Powell said. "He realized it, came back to the bag and scored on the play. It was a close play (at home). He's the fastest kid on the team, and it wouldn't have been that close (had he not tagged)."

Williamsport (12-3, 4-1) added two runs in the fifth on three hits, a wild pitch and two more Funkstown errors for a 3-0 lead.

Adenhart struck out five and got key outs as Funkstown left two runners stranded in the third and fourth. Funkstown pushed across its run in the sixth on three walks, Gerry Spessard's single and a wild pitch, but Adenhart got Matt Johnson to ground into a fielder's choice with the bases loaded.

"We had him on the ropes," Powell said. "We were patient, but we weren't patient in the crucial situations."




Williamsport 3, Funkstown 1

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Funkstown0000010-133

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