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Binford dominates

Funkstown splits

June 18, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

Funkstown Post 211 split a Western Maryland District American Legion baseball doubleheader with Woodsboro Post 282 on Saturday.

Funkstown won the first game 10-3 and lost the second game 9-4.

In the first game, Funkstown starting pitcher Christian Binford did not surrender a single hit and had 10 strikeouts in his five innings of work. Woodsboro had just two baserunners during that time on an outfield error and a walk.

“I just went out there and I just wanted to throw strikes,” Binford said. “I had good velocity out there. I was just happy to keep a good Woodsboro team off of the bases. I had good offense and good defense behind me. It was a good day. I’m just happy to be out playing. It is a perfect way to go about the summer. I wanted to keep it between 60 and 70 pitches. I am going to have an innings limit this summer. It is going to vary from time to time.”

Binford, who threw 65 pitches Saturday, has signed to play college baseball next year at the University of Virginia, which is currently ranked No. 1 in the country.

“Christian pitched a terrific game,” Funkstown manager Jeff Williams said. “He shut them down. Christian always pounds the strike zone. He always hits his spots.”

Funkstown (4-1, 2-1) scored two runs in the bottom of the second and three runs in the fifth to build a 5-0 lead.

But Woodsboro (2-2, 2-2) got three runs in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to 5-3.

Funkstown answered with five runs in the sixth to increase its advantage to 10-3. Jack Schwartz capped the rally for Funkstown with a two-run single to center. He finished with three RBIs.

In the second game, Jake Bachtell and Ryan Sword had three hits each for Funkstown.

Bachtell, who also had three RBIs, belted a solo homer to center in the bottom of the second to even the score at 1-1.

Both teams scored two runs each in the third inning for a 3-3 tie. One of Woodsboro’s runs came on a solo homer by Brady Policelli.

Woodsboro broke the game open with five runs in the fourth to take an 8-3 advantage. Policelli whacked a three-run homer and Landon Routzahn smacked a two-run homer for Woodsboro.

Each team added a run in the seventh.

“We had very good pitching and no hitting,” Williams said. “We were swinging at a lot of bad pitches. We couldn’t hit the ball. We weren’t effective at the plate today. We have got to hit the ball.”

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Funkstown 10, Woodsboro 3
Woodsboro    000    003    0    —    3    4    5
Funkstown    020    035    x    —    10    4    0
Dayhoff, Tucker (5), Lambert (6) and Johnson. Binford, Eyler (6), Jones (6) and Haupt. WP — Binford (1-0). LP — Dayhoff.

Woodsboro 9, Funkstown 4
Woodsboro    012    500    1    —    9    7    0
Funkstown    012    000    1    —    4    8    4
Kurchey, Angleberger (6) and Policelli. Colliflower, Jones (4) and Owings. WP — Kurchey. LP — Colliflower. HR — W: Policelli 2 (3rd, none on; 4th, two on), Routzahn (4th, one on); F: Bachtell (2nd, none on).

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