Funkstown can't capitalize in region opener

August 12, 2005|by BRADLEY SCHLEGEL

CAMDEN, N.J. - Jay Love handled Nor-Gwyn earlier this season. In the rematch, Funkstown Post 211 couldn't contend with Greg Folgia.

Foglia permitted just one unearned run and struck out 11 in eight solid innings to lead the Hawks to a 7-1 victory in the first game of the Mid-Atlantic American Legion Tournament on Thursday.

The Maryland champions, who committed six errors and stranded seven runs in the final three innings, return to Campbell's Field for an elimination game at 9:30 a.m. today. Nor-Gwyn, the Pennsylvania champ, advances to a winners' bracket semifinal today at 4:30 p.m.

Funkstown manager Darryl Powell said the team must forget its opening-round struggles.

"With kids this age, it can become a mental thing," Powell said. "We've got to rebound."

Post 211 (41-13) made solid contact early. But it managed only an unearned run to get within 2-1 in the third. Tyler Beard, who reached on a fielder's choice grounder, scored on Trevor Cobb's double.


"We were hitting the ball pretty hard," Powell said. "But it wasn't falling in."

The Hawks (37-6), who got RBI singles in the first from Brendan Fanslau and John Kalis to open the scoring, scored four runs in the top of the fifth to secure their 16th straight victory.

A throwing error by shortstop Cobb, on a grounder by Renda leading off the ininng, started the rally. Renda stole second and moved to third on a single by Mike Dertouzos.

Rendboth scored on a sacrifice fly by Folgia and Fanslau added an RBI double to put them ahead, 4-1. Kalis and Brent Terkey each added an RBI hit to make it 6-1.

Love (7-3), who beat Nor-Gwyn with six strong innings on May 28, came out in the fifth. He absorbed the loss after giving up six runs - five earned - on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings.

"Jay definitely didn't pitch to his capability," Powell said. "He just didn't have it. But Nor-Gwyn is on a roll. They are a dominant club."

A four-error flurry by Funkstown in the sixth led to Nor-Gwyn's final run. Dylan Salduti reached on a fielding error leading off, moved to second on a wild throw on an infield hit and scored on an errant throw by first baseman Phil Powell.

"We couldn't field anything in that inning," Darryl Powell said. "That was the key to the game."

Funkstown threatened down the stretch, but couldn't score. It loaded the bases in the seventh with no outs, then put runners on second and third with one out in the eighth against Folgia (6-0).

Another bases-loaded rally, against reliever Hawks reliever Pat McCusker in the ninth, ended on a double-play ground ball.

The manager said Funkstown's sixth-inning defensive woes affected its offense the rest of the way.

"One or two more hits and we would have been right in the game," Darryl Powell said. "The last four or five games we haven't been hitting the ball well. And we've got to find a way to make that happen."

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