Funkstown needs two wins for state title

August 02, 2005

SALISBURY, Md. - It comes down to this for Funkstown Post 211: Sweep Chaney Enterprises in a doubleheader today, and it wins the Maryland American Legion state title.

After three games in a 36-hour period - and an early-morning wake-up call for today's 8 a.m. start - accomplishing a sweep will be difficult, indeed.

Funkstown advanced to the best-of-3 championship series with a 7-2 victory over Salisbury on Monday afternoon. But Post 211 suffered a heartbreaking 6-5 loss in 10 innings in Game 1 of the series Monday evening, and now must win Games 2 and 3 today. Game 3, if needed, will be played at 1 p.m.

"The kids were pretty down, probably a mixture of being down and being exhausted," Funkstown manager Darryl Powell said. "I think (Sunday night's) game against Gaithersburg was emotionally draining. It's a lot of baseball in 24 hours. But we'll see what type of players they are. They have to bounce back now and win a doubleheader, basically."


Trailing 5-2 after Chaney scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning, Funkstown responded with three runs in the bottom half to tie the game and seize the momentum. Tyler Beard, who had three hits in the game, drove in two runs with a triple, and Beard scored on Drew Crawford's sacrifice fly.

But Funkstown stranded several runners, and it came back to haunt Post 211 as Chaney won the game in the 10th on a double and the game-winning single.

"It just seemed like against Chaney we left a bunch of runners on. We left the bases loaded twice and we couldn't get a ball out of the infield," Powell said. "We should have hit their pitching. They were low on pitching and we didn't capitalize and execute."

Phil Powell and Trevor Cobb each had two hits for Funkstown against Chaney.

Powell had three hits against Salisbury, including a three-run home run in the fifth inning to highlight the victory. Kyle Robinson had two hits and drove in two.

Funkstown's goal of a state title is within sight, but there's a lot of work yet to be done.

"The big key tomorrow is whoever just hits the daylights out of the ball," Powell said. "(We're) going to have to score a boatload of runs."

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