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Bowers towers to power Funkstown

June 23, 2004|by JACK HILL III

FUNKSTOWN - Josh Bowers did his homework.

Bowers made all his studying pay off by pitching Funkstown Post 211 to a 6-4 win over Frederick Post 11 on Tuesday in a Western Maryland District American Legion baseball game.

Bowers, who will play baseball at Shepherd University next year, gave up three earned runs on five hits for a complete-game victory to raise his record to 4-1.

"We have seen these guys a few times, already," Bowers said. "I was looking at some charts before the game. I knew where I needed to throw the ball."

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Frederick was ready to send Bowers back to the drawing board in the first inning. Post 11 (2-6, 5-10) scored three runs as Lowell Coats scored on Jonas Brinks' grounder and Robbie Davis clubbed a two-run homer to left.

But Funkstown (4-2, 14-3) answered with four runs in their half of the first, starting with Drew Crawford leading off with a walk, stealing second and took third on a throwing error. Nate Himes drew a one-out walk and Andy Taylor was hit by a pitch to load the bases, setting the stage for Phil Powell hit a sacrifice fly. Kyle Robinson followed with a two-run double to center to tie the game before Orland Dean ripped an RBI triple to the right-field corner.

"The main thing is that run support is always convenient," Bowers said. "We got that tonight. It makes it easier for the pitcher."

Funkstown added a run in the second when Himes' RBI single scored Bryson Appel.

Frederick scored a run in the third on Travis Hubbard's solo homer to left.

Funkstown got its final run in the sixth when Tim Kellinger tripled to center and scored on Crawford's single to center.

"We have had some injuries to our pitching staff," Funkstown manager Darryl Powell said. "We needed a complete game from Bowers and we got it. We got the key hits when we needed them. We also played sound defense."

Frederick relief pitcher Hugh Wescott allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings of work.

"That was a tough loss for us," Frederick manager Tom Long said. "Wescott came in and pitched a heck of a game. We stranded a lot of runners and that is something that we cannot do. We just came up a little bit short."

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