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Funkstown avoids slips to slide by Frederick

July 20, 2005|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

FUNKSTOWN - Funkstown Post 211 did not let a little rain affect its play Tuesday night.

Funkstown played error-free baseball on its way to a 5-2 win over Frederick Post 11 in a Western Maryland District American Legion contest.

"Defensively, we played well considering the field conditions from the rain," Funkstown manager Darryl Powell said. "Basically, everybody hit the ball tonight. We got the runs when we needed them."

Funkstown (34-9, 2-3) snapped a 2-2 tie with Frederick (22-15, 2-4) by scoring three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

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Tyler Beard started Funkstown's fourth-inning rally with a single to center and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dave Warrenfeltz. Drew Crawford singled to center and Tim Kellinger walked to load the bases. Trevor Cobb singled to left to drive in Beard, Josh Bowers singled to left to knock in Crawford and Matt Ridenour drew a bases-loaded walk to force home Kellinger.

Bowers went 4-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Ridenour was 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBI.

"Josh Bowers and Matt Ridenour, our 3-4 hitters, just really stepped up and knocked the ball around," Powell said.

One of Bowers' hits was a third-inning, solo home run.

"I just saw the ball real well and I just got key hits," Bowers said. "The key part of beating them was that three-run fourth inning. Everybody just stepped up tonight and played real well."

Bowers also praised Funkstown starting pitcher Andy Taylor.

"Andy Taylor threw one heck of a good game," Bowers said. "He located his pitches real well. It is always nice to have a pitching staff that you can rely on to keep us in the games."

Taylor gave up two runs and struck out seven in five innings for the win. Bowers came on in relief and pitched two scoreless innings.

"Andy Taylor gave one great effort," Powell said. "I had to pull him out after the fifth because he threw 100 pitches. Josh Bowers came in relief and did a good job."

Cobb and Crawford added two hits each.

"Both of Funkstown's pitchers pitched well," Frederick manager Tom Long said. "They hit the ball and we gave up a few walks. We just didn't hit. We just left a lot of runners on."

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