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Funkstown qualifies for state tournament

July 26, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT -- Funkstown Post 211 built a 12-1 lead before an hour-long rain delay in the bottom of the fourth inning, then withstood a comeback attempt by Fort Cumberland in an 18-12 win Sunday afternoon at Williamsport High School to qualify for the Maryland State Legion Tournament at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Funkstown, the No. 2 seed out of the Western Maryland District, will play its first game in the state tournament on Wednesday night at 7:30 against Gaithersburg Post 295.

"We got out on top early," Funkstown manager Jeff Williams said. "That makes us feel more comfortable when we jump out to a lead first. The offense was excellent. When you put that many runs on the board, it is hard to lose a ballgame. We have got good sticks through our lineup."

J.J. O'Neill and Thomas Allen had three hits each for Funkstown (23-12). Joey Miller finished with two RBIs.

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Sean Collette slugged a three-run homer for Fort Cumberland (21-8). Jeff Conley had four hits and Chris Wilson added three hits.

Funkstown took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, scoring two runs on a throwing error before Tyeler Presgraves' RBI double.

After Fort Cumberland got a run in the bottom half, Funkstown responded with four runs in the second for a 7-1 lead.

O'Neill ripped a two-run double to center and Joey Miller socked a two-run homer to right.

"I was just looking for a good pitch to hit," Miller said. "I got that pitch and I drove it to right field. We have always been a good hitting team. One through nine, this team can hit. There are no weak spots in our order. We worked hard all year. We had some down points in the season, but we are coming together as a team at a good time."

Funkstown made it 12-1 with a five-run third on a two-run double by Jeremy Barron and a couple Fort Cumberland errors.

Fort Cumberland narrowed the gap to 13-8 in the seventh, but Funkstown scored five runs in the final two innings and did enough defensively to nail down the win.

"We did a very good job of hanging onto the lead," Williams said. "I think the rain delay took the momentum out of us."

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