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Post 11 downs Funkstown, too by too

June 07, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

FUNKSTOWN - Too many things went wrong for Funkstown Post 211 on Tuesday.

It was too much, too little, too late with too deep of a hole and too many shortcomings.

Funkstown fell behind early and fell short in a valiant comeback try in suffering a 12-9 loss to Frederick Post 11 in a Western Maryland District American Legion game.

"We battled back, but we dug ourselves too deep of a hole right from the get-go," Funkstown manager Brian Smith said. "Offensively, I thought that we swung the bats pretty well. But in some situations, we took too many called third strikes and we left too many runners on base. We just have to keep on working on improving as the season goes on and compete."

Nick Meekins, Brandon Whipp, Frank Zeir and Josh Nestor collected two hits each to account for all eight of the hits for first-place Frederick (4-1, 3-1). Whipp added two RBI and Meekins drove in one.

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"We just jumped on top of them early," Frederick manager Tom Long said. "We were up 10-3, but Funkstown is a team that you just can't put away. We're a young team. We have got six 16-year-olds on this team. We're swinging the bats well. The kids are really playing hard for a young team. We have got kids that won't quit."

Funkstown relief pitcher Matt Fortese allowed one run over the final three innings as post 211 mounted its comeback try.

Frederick took advantage of its opportunities as Funkstown walked 12 batters and committed five errors.

Justin Weaver blasted a three-run homer to center during the bottom of the first inning to give Funkstown (3-6, 0-3) a 3-1 lead.

But it did not last long.

Frederick sent 13 batters to the plate in the second, scoring seven runs to build an 8-3 lead. Four of the five walks Frederick received in the inning came with the bases loaded.

Frederick added two runs in the third to raise its lead to 10-3.

Funkstown reduced the deficit to 10-5 in the third on a solo homer to left by Matt Murray and a RBI single by Jere Mills.

After Frederick got a run in the fourth, Funkstown responded with three runs in the fifth to chop the lead down to 11-8 on a RBI infield single by Trevor Cobb and a two-run single by Matt Ridenour.

Frederick scored a run in the sixth to extend its lead to 12-8.

Funkstown got another run in the bottom of the seventh on a RBI single by Cobb to move within three runs, but couldn't put together a final rally.

Whipp won for Frederick in relief, while Jacob Darr got the save.

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