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Funkstown hammers Woodsboro

July 19, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT -- Funkstown Post 211 had little trouble at the plate Sunday afternoon, banging out 18 hits in a seven-inning 22-6 win over Woodsboro Post 282 in the losers' bracket semifinals of the Western Maryland District tournament.

Funkstown (21-11, 14-8) will host Frederick (26-14, 12-11) in the losers' bracket final today at 5 p.m. in a rematch of Saturday's first-round game won by Frederick, 4-3. Frederick dropped into the losers' bracket with a loss at Mount Airy on Sunday.

Woodsboro (10-9, 9-8) was knocked out of the tournament.

Second baseman J.J. O'Neill drove in eight runs with four hits Sunday for Funkstown.

"I'm really happy with the way that we were getting runners on base and hitting the ball," O'Neill said. "We weren't leaving runners on base. We were capitalizing."

Funkstown opened the bottom of the first inning with four straight singles by Ty Benson, Ryan Sword, O'Neill and Joey Miller for two runs. An RBI single by Jack Schwartz and a sacrifice fly by Trevor Haupt made it 4-0. Jeremy Barron capped the rally with a three-run homer to make it 7-0.

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"It was very nice to get those runs when we needed them at the beginning of the game," Barron said. "At this point, we control our destination. We'll take advantage of all of the opportunities when we get them."

Funkstown added eight more runs in the second to make it 15-0 and end all suspense early. Schwartz got an RBI on a fielder's choice grounder, and three bases-loaded walks set up O'Neill's grand slam to right.

"It was an 0-2 count and I was just looking to put the ball in play," O'Neill said. "I got the ball into right field and it just carried over the fence. At that point, I knew that we were not going to lose this game."

Benson had three hits for Funkstown. Tyeler Presgraves, Sword, Miller, Schwartz and Barron added two hits each.

"We got on top early and that was the main thing," Funkstown manager Jeff Williams said. "We played very well. We rebounded nicely from yesterday. It was fantastic. Our defense played very well. We just have to come back out tomorrow and do the same thing that we did today."

Ricky Pardo had three hits and Brandon Roser added a two-run double for Woodsboro.

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