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Funkstown lets it go, lets it flow to rout Williamsport

July 16, 2008|By JACK HILL / Staff Correspondent

FUNKSTOWN - Scoring runs wasn't a problem for Funkstown Post 211 on Tuesday.

Funkstown got all it wanted in a 15-5 victory over Williamsport Post 202 in a Western Maryland District American Legion game which ended in 4 1/2 innings by the 10-run rule.

"Hitting with runners on base was a big key for us tonight," Funkstown manager Phil Powell said. "We basically executed the whole night."

Left fielder Raymond Rosario paced Post 211 (18-7, 15-6) with six RBIs, most coming on a grand slam. Shortstop Tyler Presgraves added a three-run homer and scored twice, while center fielder Marcellus Sumlin had two RBIs for Funkstown, while Zeke Ricketts got two hits and Jay Shafer ripped a two-run triple.

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Funkstown pitcher Brandon Knight struck out nine in five innings, while allowing three earned runs for the win that improved his record to 2-2.

"Knight pitched a really great ball game," Powell said. "He finally got back in the swing of things. He had a leg injury at the beginning of the season. He had his first start just three weeks ago."

Brad Kretzer led Williamsport (13-12, 11-9) with two hits, which included an RBI single in the top of the second inning for a brief 1-0 lead.

Funkstown answered back emphatically in the bottom of the inniing with eight runs for an 8-1 lead.

The rally started with a Jeremy Barron single to right. Knight walked and Sumlin was hit by a pitch to load the bases to set up Rosario's two-run double to right. Presgraves capped the rally with his three-run homer to left.

Funkstown added five runs in the third to take a commanding 13-1 lead on a bases-loaded walk to Sumlin and Rosario's grand slam to left.

Williamsport reduced the deficit to 13-5 with four runs in the fourth. The first two runs came on a bases-loaded walk to Jake Pendergraft and a RBI single by David Bowen. The last two runs scored on a fielding error.

Funkstown got two of the runs back in the fourth on Shafer's two-run triple to center.

Entering Tuesday's action, Funkstown trailed Mount Airy by only one game in the loss column in the district standings in a battle for one of the district's two state playoff spots. Frederick has an automatic bid as host of the state tournament, which starts on July 25.

"We're really starting to come together as a team," Powell said. "We have won 12 of our last 15 games. This is definitely the right part of the season to come together. If we keep winning, we have a good shot of making it to the state tournament."

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