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Funkstown unleashes bats and unloads on Frederick

June 21, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

FUNKSTOWN - The Funkstown Post 211 American Legion baseball team did not want to end the first half winless in the Western Maryland District.

So out came the bats.

A six-run third inning - capped by Matt Murray's grand slam - allowed Funkstown to play the role of spoiler Tuesday night, keeping Frederick Post 11 from moving into a first-place tie with Mount Airy Post 191 with an 11-5 win.

Mount Airy (6-2) won the first-half title over Frederick (5-3) by one game. Funkstown finished 1-7 in the first half and is 6-9 overall.

"At least we didn't go winless in the first half," Funkstown manager Brian Smith said. "Hopefully, we can get a winning streak going in the second half. As long as we can score runs and play defense and if our pitchers can throw strikes, we can have success."

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Funkstown erased a 3-0 deficit in the third, with the first six batters of the inning reaching base and scoring.

David Warrenfeltz led off with a single to right and Matt Byers reached on a bunt single. Kevin Brashears singled to center to knock in Warrenfeltz. Trevor Cobb singled to right to drive in Byers. After Justin Weaver walked to load the bases, Murray belted his slam to left-center field to cap the rally.

"It just felt good coming off the bat," Murray said. "I don't know if I got all of it. He just threw me a fastball down the zone and I just got hold of it. We are starting to bond as a team. The chemistry is getting there. We just have to keep it going."

Murray finished the evening with three hits and six RBI. Matt Byers had three hits, while Matt Ridenour added two hits and three RBI.

Southpaw pitcher Andrew Blickenstaff went the first six innings for Funkstown to earn the win. Ridenour pitched the final inning.

Funkstown added four runs in the fourth on a two-run double by Murray and a two-run single by Ridenour. Its last run came in the sixth on a RBI single by Ridenour.

Chaz Remus hit a two-run homer for Frederick.

"Funkstown looked good," Frederick manager Tom Long said.

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