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Funkstown wraps up first-half title

June 22, 2005|by JACK HILL III

FUNKSTOWN - Funkstown Post 211 scored early and often on Tuesday night as it clinched the Western Maryland District first-half title by defeating Frederick Post 11 10-5 in an American Legion baseball game.

"The best thing about this is that we won it outright," Funkstown manager Darryl Powell said, "so we don't have to worry about a one-game playoff. We had a lead early in the ballgame. It was good to jump out. But no lead is big in this ballpark."

Funkstown (19-4, 6-1) scored two runs in each of the first five innings.

Josh Bowers, fresh off his first season at Shepherd University, was the catalyst for Funkstown, slugging a two-run homer in the second inning and a solo homer in the fifth.

"I think today was a big part of us coming together as a group," Bowers said. "It's good ... starting a game on top. I don't think we lost a lot of ballgames when we started out on top."

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Funkstown led throughout after loading the bases with no outs in the first inning when Tim Kellinger was hit by a pitch, Matt Ridenour singled to right and Bowers walked. One out later, winning pitcher Andy Taylor drew a bases-loaded walk. Another out later, Dave Warrenfeltz reached on an RBI infield single.

Funkstown extended its lead to 4-0 in the second. Drew Crawford led off with a single to left for the first of his three hits. Two outs later, Bowers slugged his two-run homer to left.

Frederick (7-6, 4-3) cut the lead to 4-3 in the top of the third on a bases-loaded walk and a two-run single by Dustin Kolb.

Funkstown increased its lead to 6-3 in the bottom of the third. Trevor Cobb hit an RBI infield single and later scored on a close play at the plate on a double steal. The lead grew to 8-3 in the fourth on a two-run double to center by Phil Powell.

Ridenour and Bowers led off the fifth with solo homers to give Funkstown a 10-3 lead.

Andy Taylor struck out six in five innings to earn the win for Funkstown.

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