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Yacyk powers Post 211

June 19, 2010|By BRETT NIEVES/Staff Correspondent
  • Funkstown's Andrew Yacyk, right, is greeted at home plate after hitting a grand slam in the first inning of Post 211's 16-4 win over the Williamsport Nationals on Friday.
Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

FUNKSTOWN --The towns of Funkstown and Williamsport are close in proximity, but they were on the opposite ends of the baseball spectrum on Friday night.

The Funkstown American Legion Post 211 team exploded on offense in a 16-4 lashing of the Williamsport Nationals.

Right fielder Andrew Yacyk drove in seven runs on just two swings -- a grand slam and a three-run homer -- for Funkstown (3-3). He finished with eight RBIs.

With the bases loaded in the first inning, Yacyk fought off several pitches before Williamsport pitcher Jake Mann hung a curveball and Yacyk belted it the other way.

"I fouled a lot of pitches off. He hung a curveball and I made him pay," Yacyk said.

His next at-bat, with two runners on in the second, also left the yard as Funkstown took a 9-0 lead.

"I was just trying to drive it, but it was a more solid hit than my first hit," Yacyk said.

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First baseman Joey Miller hit a big fly of his own, a three-run shot in the third inning.

"I was sitting fastball," Miller said. "I was trying to work myself into a fastball count and saw one that I liked."

Funkstown got a solid performance on the mound by left-hander Dwight Boward, who struck out five and allowed six hits.

Funkstown coach Jeff Williams was rightfully pleased following the game.

"We just wanted to come in and hit well and throw strikes," Williams said.

The Nationals (2-3) finally got on the scoreboard in the third when Seth Poffenberger scored on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, Tyler Walsh connected for an RBI single.

"We haven't played many consistent games," Williamsport coach George Kibler said. "If you can't throw strikes and can't hit, you can't win."

Phil Hershberger hit a two-run homer in the sixth for the Nationals.

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