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Phillips Memorial showcases talent

May 24, 2003|By LARRY YANOS

larryy@herald-mail.com

An outstanding array of amateur baseball talent will be in Washington County this weekend to participate in the second annual Dave Phillips Memorial Baseball Tournament.

The 16-team event, named in honor of the long-time Funkstown Legion manager who died in 2002, gets under way on Friday and will feature four separate divisions and four different locations:

-- Funkstown Memorial Park (National Division);

-- Williamsport High School (American Division);

-- Hagerstown Community College (Central Division);

-- Greencastle, Pa., Barkdoll Field (Northern Division).

The championship game will be played at 3:30 p.m. on Monday at Williamsport.

"All of the Western Maryland District Teams will be represented and we will also have outstanding talent coming in from the state of Maryland and surrounding areas," Williamsport Legion manager Rick Keefer said.

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Keefer and Funkstown manager Darryl Powell are co-chairmen of the tournament.

In addition to Williamsport's and Funkstown's American Legion teams, the tournament includes defending Maryland champion Greenbelt, Charles Town (second in the W.Va. Tournament last year) and Cissal Saxon, which won the Maryland championship in 2001.

"We'll have a number of major league scouts and college coaches here this weekend watching the assembled talent," said Western Maryland District co-chairman Lou Guerrero. "What an opportunity for these guys to be seen in such a competitive atmosphere.

"This type of competition draws major league scouts and gives great exposure to the athletes. It should be a great event."

Walt Cline, the tournament chairman who has been involved with Legion baseball for 30 years, said the weekend activities will feature a points system.

A win will equal two points, a tie nets one point. Bracket tiebreakers include head-to-head results, fewest runs allowed and total runs scored in all games.

"This will be a real showcase tournament. Folks will be seeing some fine talent," Cline said.

Phillips managed the Funkstown Legion team for 14 years, winning 11 district championships and three state titles (1971, 1979, 1980).

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