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Funkstown garners split with Frederick

June 18, 2007|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

FUNKSTOWN - Funkstown Post 211 and Frederick Post 11 each scored 10 runs on the day but only managed one win each on Sunday in a Western Maryland District American Legion doubleheader.

Frederick won the first game 6-2 before Funkstown came back for a 8-4 win in the nightcap.

"It would have been great to win two, but it was good to come back and get a split," Funkstown manager Brian Smith said. "Our hitting is starting to come around. We are starting to swing the bats a little better. It seems like the more games that we play, the better that we swing the bats. Defensively, we still have some work to do. We are still not making the routine plays."

The split left the three teams of the Western Maryland District tied for the lead. Frederick is 2-2, while Funkstown and Mount Airy check in at 1-1.

Funkstown came back in the second game behind pitcher Ken Feigley, who allowed one earned run and one walk in a seven-inning, complete-game win.

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"I rely on my defense to make the plays," Feigley said. "I just wanted to try to throw them everything that I had. I wanted to try to keep them off-balance. I get stronger as the game goes on. The defense helps out a lot. It was just a good, all-out baseball game. Everybody was doing their part. If somebody was making an error, then somebody else was picking them up."

It appeared Feigley did get stronger as the game went on as he retired eight of the final 10 batters.

Fred Kreiger collected three hits, while Derrick Hendershot added two hits for Funkstown (2-6-1).

Nick Bourque got three hits for Frederick (13-5).

"We didn't hit the way that we can," Frederick manager Tom Long said. "I thought that Funkstown hit the ball well in certain situations in the second game."

Funkstown came back from a 4-3 deficit to score three runs in the bottom of the third inning for a 6-4 lead. Funkstown scored on a throwing error, an RBI double by Paul Merson and a wild pitch.

Funkstown scored its last two runs in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Cody Poffenberger and an RBI single by Derrick Hendershot.

Frederick won the first game by building a 6-0 lead with a pair of three-run rallies in the third and fourth innings.

Frederick starting pitcher Thomas Wachter didn't allow an earned run in 4 1/3 innings of work for the victory.

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