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Funkstown uses small ball to earn doubleheader split

June 24, 2007|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

FUNKSTOWN - Funkstown Post 211 scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out a 6-5 victory in the second game of its American Legion doubleheader against the Jefferson Bulls, earning a split.

"I'm glad to come back and get a split," Funkstown manager Brian Smith said. "Patience at the plate, a good sacrifice bunt, heads-up base-running and a sacrifice fly all added up to a run in the last inning."

Jere Mills started the winning rally for Funkstown (3-7-1) by drawing a walk. Cody Poffenberger laid down a sacrifice bunt to the third-base side to get Mills to second, and Mills took advantage of third base being left uncovered and took the extra base.

Pinch-hitter Derrick Hendershot followed with a fly ball to left for the second out. More importantly, Mills tagged up and scored from third to end the game.

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Funkstown starting pitcher Kenny Feigley allowed two runs in five innings of work. Reliever Jason Sutherland got the win thanks to the run in the seventh.

Matt Byers collected three hits for Funkstown. Brock Jamison had two hits and scored twice, while Jeremy Barron also scored twice.

Jefferson (6-8) defeated Funkstown 17-7 in six innings in the first game.

"I was real pleased with the first game," Jefferson manager Chuck Stevens said. "We swung the bats real well."

The first five Jefferson hitters put balls into play that resulted in errors in the first inning. The first two Jefferson hitters singled and took second on fielding errors. Jefferson scored three unearned runs in the inning.

Funkstown eventually tied the score at 4 in the bottom of the third before Jefferson took the lead for good at 8-4 with four runs in the fourth. Jefferson added six runs in the fifth and three in the sixth.

Joey Wilt clubbed a grand slam in the fifth and winning pitcher Brian Collins socked a two-run homer in the sixth for Jefferson.

Poffenberger blasted a three-run homer in the fourth for Funkstown.

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