Funkstown starts fast to get win

July 20, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

FUNKSTOWN -- If something is successful, don't change it.

For the second straight day, Funkstown Post 211 used a first-inning rally and rode it to a decisive victory.

Funkstown scored eight times in the bottom of the first to pave the way to a 14-3 victory over Frederick Post 11 on Monday in a game halted after 6 1/2 innings by the 10-run rule.

"We came out and jumped on top," Funkstown manager Jeff Williams said. "That is our goal: To get on top. That builds our confidence when we get started like that. We have got sticks all through our batting order. We had very strong pitching, too. We refocus and go to Mount Airy tomorrow. I have all of the confidence in the world that this ballclub can continue to get on base consistently."

Funkstown advances to the Western Maryland District American Legion baseball tournament championship round, beginning today at 5 p.m. at No. 1-seeded Mount Airy.


Second-seeded Funkstown (22-11, 15-8) will have to defeat Mount Airy twice to win the league title and a berth in the state tournament in College Park, Md. If Funkstown wins today, it will force a final game on Wednesday at 5.

Ty Benson, who is hitting .615 for the tournament, led the game off with a double to right and Ryan Sword walked. They scored to give Funkstown a 2-0 lead when J.J. O'Neill reached on a fielder's choice grounder and throwing error.

Joey Miller followed with a double and Aaron Stoner walked to load the bases. Tyeler Presgraves and Jack Schwartz each had RBI singles before Thomas Allen blasted a grand slam to left center to give Funkstown its 8-0 advantage.

"I got hold of a curve ball," Allen said. "It felt good to get back on track after that hit. We can hit all day. We're stacked from top to bottom. Everyone in our lineup is capable of hitting a home run."

Schwartz added a two-run homer in the sixth to finish with three hits and four RBIs. Presgraves added three hits and two RBIs.

Funkstown starting pitcher Christian Binford allowed just two runs in four innings to get the win. Stoner came on in relief and allowed one run in three innings.

C.J. Winpigler had two hits, including a solo homer, and two RBIs while Tyler Long also homered for Frederick.

Even if Funkstown loses in the championship round, it can earn an at-large berth to the state tournament. The Western District runner-up will host the Mountain District champion (Cumberland) in a one-game playoff on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Williamsport High School.

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