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Mount Airy sweeps Funkstown Post 211

June 20, 2004|By JACK HILL III

FUNKSTOWN - Saturday was a day that the Funkstown Post 211 baseball team would like to forget.

Mount Airy Gold Star Post 191 swept Funkstown 6-2 and 17-4 in a Western Maryland District American Legion baseball doubleheader.

"We got outplayed in both games today," Funkstown manager Darryl Powell said. "Our kids weren't ready to play ball yet. This was what I was afraid of. We have been off for a week and a half, because some of the players went on a beach trip. You can't expect to do well against a good Mount Airy team after being off like that. Mount Airy hit the heck out of the ball."

The wins propelled Mount Airy (5-11, 3-2) into first place, a half-game ahead of Funkstown (11-3, 2-2) in the district standings.

Mount Airy manager George Richardson had been wondering when his team would finally start playing up to its potential.

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"We haven't been playing very well at all until today," Richardson said. "We had good fielding, decent pitching and excellent hitting. We did well in all three of those phases. When you play good sound baseball, you should win. We had never hit the ball like that all year. I have been waiting for us to break out. Today, we were able to do it."

In the first game, Mount Airy starting pitcher Clay Gumphrey was one out away from a shutout when Tim Kellinger ripped a two-run homer for Funkstown to cut the lead to 6-2. After that, Funkstown loaded the bases. But relief pitcher Weston Szymanski came on to get the final out and the save.

Funkstown starting pitcher Andy Taylor allowed just two runs in six innings.

Mount Airy led 2-0 before scoring four runs during the top of the seventh inning to pad its lead to 6-0. Drew Counselman, who scored three runs, had the big blow with a two-run triple.

In the second game, left-handed hitting Aaron Gabrielian blasted three of Mount Airy's six home runs. Steven Rice, D.J. Payne and Jimmy Mudgett also homered for Mount Airy.

Phil Powell belted a three-run homer for Funkstown.

Mount Airy had three big innings as it scored five runs in the third, four in the sixth and six in the seventh.

Matt Gust had a game-high four hits for Mount Airy. Ben McMurry, Gabrielian, Rice, Payne and Mudgett added three hits apiece.

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