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Funkstown tops Williamsport-legion baseball

June 10, 2002|by JACK HILL III

WILLIAMSPORT - Funkstown Post 211 made sure that it stayed within striking distance of Williamsport Post 202 for the first-half title by scoring an 11-8 win on Sunday in Western Maryland District American Legion action.

With the win, Funkstown (9-2, 3-2) is now only a half game behind Williamsport (13-5, 4-2) in the district standings for the first half. All four teams in the district play nine district games in each half.

"We are in the thick of things as usual," Funkstown manager Darryl Powell said. "This is a tough district to win."

Funkstown produced five runs in the top of the sixth inning to build its lead to 9-2. The first two runs came on a two-run homer by Aaron Showe, who had three hits.

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"I really didn't hit it all that good," Showe said. "It kept carrying. We needed the runs to get our offense going. We look good right now. We have got good pitching and we have got big bats."

Showe will play at West Hills Community College at Colinga, Calif., in the fall.

Brandon Fisher and David Miner added three hits each for Funkstown. Miner hit a two-run homer in the fourth to put Funkstown ahead to stay at 3-2.

"The home runs by Showe and Miner were both big home runs at crucial times," Powell said. "Aaron has been hitting the ball well all year long and you can only hold him down for so long."

T.J. Hose gave up one earned run, walked two and struck out 10 in seven innings to get the win. Cole Bellon pitched the last two innings.

"My pitching was good today," Hose said. "I kept the ball down real good. It was real good to get all of that offensive support. It gave me confidence to throw strikes, instead of just spotting the ball. I let my defense do the work."

Aaron Davis hit a three-run homer, while Marty Kaetzel had three hits for Williamsport.

In games Saturday:

Post 211 swept a doubleheader from Charles Town, 12-4 and 20-2. Matt Johnson went 4-5, while Matt Allen and Matt Hess each had two hits in the first game. In the second game, Sean Ryan hit a grand slam and David Miner hits a two-run homer. Matt Tedrick and Robbie Peterson each had three hits, while Miner, Johnson, Tommy Jesson and Gerry Spessard each had two.

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