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No Funkstown miscues equate to needed win over Williamsport

No Funkstown miscues equate to needed win over Williamsport

June 24, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

FUNKSTOWN -- After a woeful weekend filled with mistakes in a doubleheader loss to Frederick, Funkstown Post 211 got things turned around on Tuesday with an error-free 12-6 victory over Williamsport Post 202 in American Legion baseball.

The mistakes belonged to Williamsport and, for a third straight time this season, Funkstown came out victorious over the Nationals in a Western Maryland District battle.

Tim Jacobson hit his first two home runs of the season and Brandon Knight led a 13-hit attack, while Williamsport threw in four recordable errors along with other mental mistakes.

"The last two games against (Funkstown) we've had 10, 11 errors and mental mistakes," said Williamsport manager Duane Myers. "Tonight, (Funkstown) hit the ball better and they really played defense."


Knight drilled a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning after Joey Miller reached on a Williamsport error to give Funkstown (7-3, 6-3) a 3-2 lead. Tyeler Presgraves walked and Jeremy Barron doubled and both eventually scored for a 5-2 lead off Nationals pitcher J.J. O"Neill.

Jacobson led off the bottom of the third with his first homer -- a shot to left -- to knock out O'Neill. Knight reached on an error, advanced on Presgraves' double and Knight scored on a grounder for a 7-2 lead.

Colby Fisher doubled in the Funkstown fourth and scored with two outs when Jacobson knocked a Josh Green pitch over the left-field fence for a 9-2 advantage.

"I've been popping everything up and dipping my shoulder," said Jacobson. "I got back to being more straight up at the plate, but I certainly didn't expect to hit two home runs."

"We've had some guys in slumps hitting and Tim is one but he's showing signs of coming out of it," said Funkstown manager Jeff Williams. "We got an early jump on them tonight."

Fisher started but ran out of gas in the fifth when Williamsport (4-6, 3-6) hit Funkstown with four runs, keyed by back-to-back two-run doubles by Jared Ferguson and Sean Colgan to cut the deficit to 9-6. A walk put two runners on base and gave the Nationals the tying run at the plate.

However, Presgraves made a nice fielding play and first baseman Jordan Nicewarner picked the one-hop throw perfectly to end the Williamsport rally.

Tim Leather pitched two scoreless innings of relief to preserve the win, but Funkstown added insurance with three runs in the last two innings on run-scoring singles by Farron and Knight and a Williamsport error.

Fisher won his fourth game in as many decisions, allowing six hits.

"(Fisher) has been a horse for us and we know he always can go the little extra," said Williams. "He's had a little wrist bruise and he was getting tired, but Tim came in and did a nice job."

Tyler Walsh had two of Williamsport's hits, including a solo home run in the second inning that gave the Nationals a brief 2-1 lead.

Funkstown 12, Williamsport 6
Williamsport 110 040 0 -- 5 7 4
Funkstown 142 212 x -- 12 13 0

O'Neill, Green (3), Cline (6) and Colgan. Fisher, Leather (6) and Ti. Jacobson. WP--Fisher. LP--O'Neill. HR-W: Walsh (2nd, none on); F: Knight (2nd, one on); Ti. Jacobson 2 (3rd, none on; 4th, one on).

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