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Mount Airy sweeps Funkstown for second-half title

July 24, 2005|By JACK HILL III

FUNKSTOWN - Funkstown Post 211 had a chance to finish in a first-place tie with Mount Airy Gold Star Post 191 in the American Legion Western Maryland District second-half standings, had it swept Mount Airy in Saturday's doubleheader.

Instead, Mount Airy swept Funkstown 9-2 and 16-14 to wrap up second-half honors. Funkstown won the first-half title with a 6-2 district record.

Funkstown (35-11, 3-5 second half) will play Mount Airy (26-17, 7-1 second half) in a best-of-3 district championship series to determine the champion, starting today at noon at Mount Airy. The second game will be played on Monday at 5 p.m. at Funkstown. If necessary, the third game will be played Tuesday at 5 at a site to be announced.

Saturday's first game was tied at 2-2 after five innings, before Mount Airy broke the game open with seven unearned runs in the sixth.

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"We didn't hit the ball in the first game. Josh Bowers threw a great ballgame and got no support," Funkstown manager Darryl Powell said. "Right now, Mount Airy is peaking at the right time and we are not. I just hope that we can turn it around in the next few days. Somebody has to step up."

Mount Airy left-hander Dan Gerjets allowed no earned runs in the complete-game victory. Bowers fanned seven in 5 1/3 innings for Funkstown.

Funkstown claimed a 2-0 lead in the second on Drew Crawford's two-run double to left. Mount Airy evened the score at 2-2 in the fifth on Steven Rice's two-run single to left.

"It's great to win the second-half title," Mount Airy manager George Richardson said. "The best-of-3 series should be a good series. It all comes down to who prepares themselves the best and who wants to win it the most."

Rice slugged two homers for Mount Airy in the second game, the importance of which was diminished when Mount Airy clinched the second-half title in the first game. Robbie Mathias and Matt Gust also homered. Daniel Lynn, Crawford and Bowers homered for Funkstown.

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