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Funkstown's actions louder than words

June 05, 2004|By JACK HILL III

FUNKSTOWN - Attitude, discipline, practice.

Those are the words the Funkstown Legion Post 211 baseball players wear on the back of their warm-up T-shirts and the words they've demonstrated in their 9-1 start.

Funkstown's latest victory was a 4-3 win over Frederick Post 11 on Friday night in a Western Maryland District American Legion baseball game - the first district game for both teams.

"I think that it was a big, key win," Funkstown manager Darryl Powell said. "We did well right off the bat. I think that we played hard in some key situations and we made some key plays."

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Frederick manager Tom Long was impressed with Funkstown.

"Funkstown has got a good team," Long said. "They should have a consistent year. Their kids are playing well together."

Funkstown starting pitcher Jeff Mills gave up only two runs and struck out six in five innings to get the win.

"Jeff Mills threw a good game," Powell said. "Right now, he is just trying to get into game shape. Josh Bussard came in and gave us one strong inning. Then, Cole Bellon came in and shut the door."

Funkstown got all four of its runs during the bottom of the second inning. Kyle Robinson reached on a throwing error and Matt Tedrick walked to start the rally. One out later, Bryson Appel singled to left to drive in Robinson. Tim Kellinger was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Brandon Painter then hit a sacrifice fly to center and Tedrick scored when he beat the throw to home plate. Appel and Kellinger also scored on the play when Frederick catcher Travis Hubbard made a wild throw past the third baseman and into left field.

Frederick's Dan Leatherman pitched a complete game, giving up no earned runs and one walk, while fanning six in six innings.

Frederick leadoff batter Lowell Coats had a game-high three hits.

Joe Hayes slugged a solo home run to left for Frederick in the top of the third.

Frederick added a run in the fourth on an RBI single to center by Coats and another run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly to center by Leatherman.

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