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Berkeley cracks Funkstown with holiday fire

July 06, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

FUNKSTOWN - The FireCracker Tournament sure lit a fuse under the Berkeley County Post 14 baseball team over the holiday weekend.

Berkeley won its final three games to win the tournament and continued to roll Wednesday, knocking off Funkstown Post 211 8-4 at Funkstown Memorial Park.

"It all started at the FireCracker Tournament," said Post 14 coach Steve Everhart. "We had a rough start, going 1-2, but came back and won three straight elimination games. We just hit the crap out of the ball."

Berkeley had three hits in the first inning and took advantage of two Funkstown errors to score four runs off Kehr.

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"We gave up six outs in the first inning," said Funkstown coach Brian Smith. "We didn't get the job done when we needed to."

Justin Everhart added a solo home run in the third inning to give Berkeley a 5-1 lead.

Meanwhile, the only baserunners Funkstown could muster early came on free passes from Berkeley starter Paul Chenoweth. Chenoweth kept Post 211 hitless through four innings but had seven walks.

"He was rushing himself and missing some spots," Steve Everhart said. "If he's on, he'll step back off the rubber and relax himself. He wasn't doing that and he was missing high."

Funkstown scored twice off Chenoweth in the first four innings, but left five runners on base. Post 211 stranded nine for the game.

"We had the opportunities with people on base, we just didn't get the hits," Smith said. "(Chenoweth) did a nice job out there."

Berkeley gave Chenoweth more support in the top of the sixth as it used three more hits, along with another error, to plate three runs for an 8-2 lead. The insurance runs proved to be important as Funkstown rallied in the bottom of the inning.

Back-to-back Post 211 batters reached base with one out in the sixth and later scored on a two-out double by Kevin Brashears to cut the lead to 8-4. The double chased Chenoweth from the game in favor of Jesse Simmons, who gave up two hits over the final 1 1/3 innings, but held Funkstown scoreless.

"We're on a high right now," Steve Everhart said. "We just have to put the ball in play and good things will happen. We did it today and it shows that even a team as good as Funkstown is human."

Funkstown swept a doubleheader against Berkeley on June 18 and will have a chance to do it once again when it sees Post 14 for two games at P.O. Faulkner Field on Saturday.

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