Funkstown edges past Royals

June 13, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

FUNKSTOWN — The Funkstown Legion Post 211 baseball team improved its record to 3-0 by pulling out a 6-4 win on Monday against the Maryland Royals.

The Royals (4-6) are a 19-under baseball team from Clear Spring that plays in the Baltimore Metro Baseball League.

Funkstown snapped a 4-4 tie by getting two runs during the bottom of the sixth inning.

Trevor Haupt drew a walk and Nic Martin reached on a fielding error to start the rally. Dylan Eyler sacrificed both runners up one base. One out later, Haupt scored on a wild pitch and Martin moved to third. Tyeler Presgraves then came through with a RBI single to right to drive in Martin.

Funkstown starting pitcher Brad Spickler allowed just three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings to keep his team in position to win.
Jake Bachtell pitched in relief to get the win for Funkstown.

Ryne Willard moved from shortstop to pitcher for the top of the seventh inning for Funkstown and retired the Royals in order to pick up the save.

“It was a well-played game, all-around,” Funkstown manager Jeff Williams said. “Brad Spickler pitched a heck of a game against a very nice ballclub. He had very good control. He hit his spots. Ryne Willard came in and did a great job of closing. The key tonight was our timely hitting. We needed every run that we could get to win that game.”

Funkstown got its first run with two outs in the bottom of the first. Ty Benson walked, took second on a balk and scored on Bachtell’s single to center.

Funkstown added three runs in the second to take a 4-2 lead when Brock Heiston got a RBI single to right and Ryan Sword added a two-run single to center.

The Royals got a run in the fifth when Brad Banzhoff scored on a wild pitch and another run in the top of the sixth when Ryan Butts scored on Brad Jordan’s RBI grounder.

“We missed a few opportunites,” Maryland Royals manager Rodney Jordan said. “It was a good ballgame, though. We’ll be all right.”

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