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Funkstown falls to Chaney

July 29, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — Funkstown Post 211 was looking to win the Maryland American Legion tournament outright, but hit a speed bump Thursday night.

A six-run third inning spelled the end for Funkstown as it fell to Chaney Enterprises 10-5 at Municipal Stadium.

“(Brendan) Colliflower (Funkstown’s starting pitcher) was lights out in the first two innings but started to leave the ball over the plate there in the third,” Funkstown coach Patrick Moore said.

Chaney made the most out of the third inning, batting around and scoring six of the eight baserunners.

“Chaney is a heck of a hitting ball club,” Moore said.

Colliflower only allowed one baserunner over the first two innings but Chaney’s Jeremy Remalia singled on the first pitch he saw to jumpstart the third inning. Mike Escamilla and Trey Simmons were both walked to load the bases when Tre Harding hit a two-run single that broke a scoreless tie.

A two-run single by Zach Keeler and an RBI double by Jeff Fitch gave Chaney a 5-0 lead. Brandon Remalia hit an RBI single later in the inning to push the lead to six.

Chaney pitcher Alex Fowler was on his game over the first four innings, only allowing one hit — a Brock Heiston single where he beat out the throw — before giving up his first run in the fifth.

“The top of our lineup didn’t do as well as we had hoped,” Moore said. “There were too many guys left on base.”

Funkstown had two bases-loaded situations and only managed one run from those opportunities — a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning.

Funkstown finally got on the board in the fifth inning when Jake Bachtell scored on a fielder’s choice play. Tyeler Presgraves hit and RBI single to close the gap to four runs.

Funkstown added one more run in the seventh and two in the ninth to cap its scoring.

Reliever Brian Lesher shut Chaney down after the third inning, tossing four straight scoreless innings, but the lack offense overshadowed his performance.

“Lesher did a great job for us tonight,” Moore said.

Funkstown will play Cecil County today at 2 p.m. while Chaney will play Gaithersburg Post 295 tonight at 7.

Gaithersburg 13, Fort Cumberland 9

Gaithersburg Post 295 advanced to the third round of the Maryland American Legion tournament with a victory over Fort Cumberland Post 13 on Thursday.

Bobby Donson paced Gaithersburg with three RBIs, while Drew Karlin drove in two runs.

Kevin Myers was a bright spot for Fort Cumberland, going 2-for-5 with a triple and three RBIs.

Gaithersburg will play the Chaney winner today at 7 p.m., while Fort Cumberland will play Wicomico.

Cecil County 9, Sandy Spring 8

Cecil County stayed alive Thursday, while eliminating Sandy Spring Post 64.

Chris Henze led Cecil, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs. Kyle Williams added three hits and an RBI and Shane Muller drove in a run as well.

For Sandy Spring, Sean Whalen had three hits and an RBI, while Nick Brien was 2-for-2 with two RBIs.

Cecil will play Funkstown today at 2 p.m.

Wicomico 18, FSK 8

Wicomico Post 64 ousted FSK Post 11 on Thursday.

Tyler Ilian led the charge for Wicomico with three hits and four RBIs. Connan Cropper had two hits and four RBIs and Dylan Shupe, Jeffery Fleetwood and Andrew Dane each had two RBIs.

C.J. Winpigler drove in three runs and Michael Omelchenko went 3-for-5 with three doubles and an RBI.

Wicomico will play Fort Cumberland game today at 9 a.m.

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