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Funkstown rolls over Williamsport

June 02, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent
  • Funkstown's Nick Stubbs, right, is greeted at home plate after his first-inning home run Tuesday against Williamsport in an American Legion baseball game at Funkstown Park.
Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

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FUNKSTOWN -- Funkstown Post 211 used a pair of nine-run innings to beat the Williamsport Nationals 23-2 on Tuesday in a Western Maryland District Legion baseball game that was called after 4 1/2 innings because of the 10-run rule.

"That is the team that we thought we had," Funkstown manager Jeff Williams said. "We have got a lot of talent throughout the team."

Funkstown (2-1, 2-1) took control of Williamsport (2-2, 2-2) immediately with a nine-run first inning. Funkstown got its first run when Tyeler Presgraves drew a bases-loaded walk. J.J. O'Neill then ripped a three-run double to right to boost the lead to 4-0.

"I was just trying to put the ball in play," O'Neill said. "I hit a liner to right field and I was able to clear the bases. We all were seeing the ball well. We just capitalized on the situations. Whenever our bats get started, there is nothing stopping our bats."

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O'Neill scored after advancing two bases on two wild pitches, the second on a ball four to Aaron Stoner.

After Thomas Allen was hit by a pitch, Ty Benson hit a two-run double to left.

Nick Stubbs followed by clubbing a two-run homer to left to give Funkstown a 9-0 lead.

O'Neill added a two-run homer in the second to go along with a double and a bases-loaded hit by pitch in the fourth. O'Neill finished with six RBIs and four runs scored.

Jeremy Barron a two-run homer in both the third and the fourth for Funkstown. Benson and Stubbs banged out four hits each for Funkstown. Benson ended up with five RBIs and three runs scored, while Stubbs added four RBIs and four runs scored.

Earlier, Williamsport won the completion of a suspended game over Funkstown, 18-16.

After Funkstown scored two runs in the top of the seventh to tie the score, Williamsport started its winning rally in the bottom half of the seventh.

Will Bowen drew a leadoff walk. One out later, Blake Bandeff blasted a two-run homer to right.

"I told Blake before he came up that I just wanted him to pull the ball, because the wind was blowing towards right field," Williamsport manager George Kibler said.

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