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Funkstown rebounds with rout

June 21, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent
  • Funkstown's Jake Bachtell safely reaches second base on an error in the bottom of the first inning Thursday.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

FUNKSTOWN — The Funkstown American Legion Post 211 baseball team shook off its first loss in the Western Maryland District in a big way Thursday, throttling Woodsboro Post 282 19-5.

Funkstown fell to Frederick 20-11 on Wednesday, but put it all together Thursday. Despite falling behind 3-0 in the first inning, Funkstown (4-2, 2-1) scored 12 runs in the bottom of the frame, taking advantage of four Woodsboro errors and shaky pitching.

Charles Cvijanovich started the 12-run rally with a leadoff homer to deep left field, and Tyler Byers capped it with an RBI single. In between, Phillip Pietro hit two of his four doubles in the game, Zach Lucas hit a two-run single and C.J. Owings had an RBI single.

“We rebounded very rapidly tonight. We made up for yesterday’s bumping,” said Funkstown coach Jeff Williams. “We have a hitting ballclub. All 18 guys on this team can get a hold of the ball.”

Funkstown added seven more runs in the third inning, highlighted by two-run doubles by Byers and Pietro. Cvijanovich, Brandon Greene, Lucas, Pietro, Jake Bachtell, Byers and Aaron Stoner all scored in the inning.

“I’ll tell you what, we have a great core in our lineup,” Williams said. “Our 3-4-5-6 hitters (Lucas, Pietro, Bachtell and Byers), I wouldn’t want to be a pitcher facing them.”

Funkstown’s “core” hitters contributed 10 runs and seven RBIs in the contest.

Aaron Jones pitched a complete game for Funkstown with five strikeouts and a walk on 88 pitches.

“Aaron Jones pitched a good game today. The catcher (Hunter Williams) called a good one,” Williams said. “Catchers sometimes don’t get a lot of credit, but they really help a pitcher’s confidence.”

Woodsboro’s runs in the first inning came on a three-run homer by cleanup hitter Brady Policelli. Policelli also scored on an error in the fifth. Evan Lambert hit an RBI single to score Austin Carter in the fourth inning.

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