Funkstown doubles up Williamsport

June 20, 2009|By JACK HILL III

WILLIAMSPORT -- Joey Miller hit a grand slam and finished with five RBIs as Funkstown Post 211 beat Williamsport Post 202 16-8 in a Western Maryland District American Legion baseball game Friday night.

Funkstown (6-1, 5-1), which is in first place in the district, got on the scoreboard first with four runs in the top of the first inning on an RBI single to center by Miller and a three-run homer to right by Dwight Boward.

However, Williamsport (4-5, 3-5) proved that it was going to make things interesting for at least a little while, scoring all eight of its runs in the bottom of the first to take an 8-4 lead. Seth Poffenberger got two of his three hits in the inning, including a two-run double, while Jared Ferguson had a pair of RBIs on a single and a groundout and J.J. O'Neill drew two of Williamsport's five walks in the rally.


"We started out good in the first inning," Williamsport coach Duane Myers said. "Then we just fell apart for the rest of the game."

Funkstown scored five runs in the top of the third to take the lead for good at 9-8. Miller blasted a grand slam to left to tie the score. Tim Jacobson doubled to center, took third on a single by Todd Jacobson and scored on an errant pickoff attempt.

"I usually don't do very good with the bases loaded," Miller said. "I was just trying to put something down to get some RBIs. That was my first career grand slam. It felt good to finally hit a grand slam. It came at the right time. We have fought from behind all year. There is no quit in this team."

Funkstown added three runs in the fourth on an RBI grounder by Boward and a two-run single to center by Tim Jacobson.

Funkstown scored its final four runs in the seventh on an RBI single by Brandon Knight, a two-run double by Tim Leather and a throwing error.

Todd Jacobson had three hits, Tim Jacobson added two hits, Boward had four RBIs and Leather scored four runs.

Aaron Stotelmyer came on in relief with no outs in the first and allowed just one earned run in six innings to get the win. Leather pitched a scoreless seventh inning in relief.

"We have scored 60 runs in seven games," Funkstown manager Jeff Williams said. "I think that we have the potential to be one of the top contending teams in the district."

Adam Chambers and Ferguson added two hits each for Williamsport.

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