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Murray, Funkstown get back on track

June 19, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

FUNKSTOWN - Funkstown Legion Post 211 first baseman Matt Murray needed just one game to get his groove back.

Murray, who missed a week of action while on vacation, struggled in his first game back on Saturday, going hitless with four strikeouts in a pair of Funkstown losses to Mount Airy.

But the Post 211 clean-up hitter returned to form on Sunday with a home run in the first inning of Funkstown's 12-2 opening game win and another homer in the last inning of a 10-0 nightcap victory of a doubleheader sweep of Berkeley County Post 14 at Funkstown Memorial Park.

Murray also doubled twice in the opener and finished the day 4-for-8 with five RBI to help Funkstown (5-9) snap an eight-game losing streak.

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"(Saturday) I had a rough day," Murray said. "I just got back from vacation and, not to make any excuses, I didn't see any pitching for a while. But today I saw the ball well."

Murray made solid contact Sunday, launching both homers well over the high fence in left field. He was just a link in the Funkstown offensive chain that finally got back on track.

In the opener, Funkstown got 12 hits from eight different players. Trevor Cobb was a home run shy of the cycle and had three RBI, while Justin Weaver knocked in pair of runs.

Kevin Brashears led the 10-hit attack in the second game with three, while Freddie Kreiger and Matt Byers each added two. Byers and Matt Fortese each drove in two runs.

"We hit the ball today," said Post 211 coach Brian Smith. "We scored a bunch of runs with two outs and we worked to get in position. We had a lead all day and were aggressive with it."

And for the first time since the start of the season, Funkstown's hitting and pitching were on at the same time. Cam Shifler scattered seven hits and struck out seven in the complete-game win in the opener and Kent Worthington followed with 5 2/3 shutout innings, allowing just five hits.

"We definitely saw some of the better pitching that we'll see this season," said Post 14 coach Steve Everhart. "But we learn lessons from games like this to help us get better. We'll see Funkstown three more times and hopefully we'll get them back."

Justin Everhart and Brandon King each had run-scoring singles and Logan Clark had two hits in the first game for Berkeley (9-4).

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