Funkstown pulls win out of umpire's bag

July 22, 2003|by JACK HILL III

FUNKSTOWN - The ball was bouncing Funkstown's way - and the umpire's - Monday.

Funkstown Post 211 took a 2-0 first-inning lead with help from a wild pitch into the umpire's baseball bag on strike three and went on to edge Williamsport Post 202 3-2 in an American Legion baseball game.

With one out in the first, Matt Hess walked and stole second. With two outs, Matt Allen ripped a high-bouncing shot down the left-field line for a double to drive in Hess.

Phillip Powell then struck out, but he took first and Allen advanced to third when the ball bounced past the catcher and into the home plate umpire's bag. Daniel Lynn followed with a single to right to knock in Allen.


"It was the craziest game I have ever seen in my 25 years of coaching," Williamsport manager Rick Keefer said. "We had some crazy bounces out there. We had strike three on a batter and the ball bounced into the umpire's bag."

Funkstown (25-12, 5-3 Western Maryland District) added a run in the third when Allen tagged a two-out, solo home run to left-center.

"I was seeing the ball well today," said Allen, who finished 3-for-3. "I was looking for fastballs and that was what I got. The ball just crept over that big fence and that's that."

Funkstown starter David Miner did the rest, as he locked into a battle against Williamsport's Adam Mills.

Miner gave up one earned run and four hits while fanning seven batters in a complete-game victory.

Mills allowed two earned runs in six innings and struck out seven.

"The key to today's game was that this was the first time against Mills that our team was patient and waited for fastballs," Funkstown manager Darryl Powell said. "The three runs in the first three innings definitely helped. That is the key to beating him, getting to him early."

Williamsport (18-20, 5-5) got a run in the fifth when Josh Bowers singled home T.J. Bowser, and added a run in the seventh when Gerad Haupt hit a high-bouncing double to right, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a grounder by Marty Kaetzel.

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