Legion baseball: Frederick forces Funkstown from first

July 11, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

FUNKSTOWN — Francis Scott Key Post 11 got a two-for-one special on Wednesday.

Frederick’s Post 11 took over first place in the Western Maryland District American Legion standings with a 5-2 victory over Funkstown Post 211.

Frederick (17-5, 7-3) owns a half-game lead over Funkstown 12-5, 6-3).

“We started out pretty good,” Frederick manager Tom Long said. “This puts us back in first place. I think that we have a good chance of winning the district.”

Frederick led for the entire game.

“We had no effort today,” Funkstown manager Jeff Williams said. “We just didn’t show up. We had no drive today.”

Frederick pitcher Brian Smith allowed one earned run and five hits in six innings to record the win. Taylor Hussong pitched one inning of scoreless  relief for the save.

“Brian Smith pitched a good game tonight,” Long said. “He just tried to stay ahead in the count. We played well behind him offensively and defensively.”

Travis Phelps had three hits for Frederick, while C.J. Winpigler, Logan Manz and Smith added two hits each.

Brock Heiston and Brad Spickler had two hits each for Funkstown.

Frederick opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the first inning, started when Phelps singled to left and moved to third on a double by Winpigler.

One out later, Michael Omelchenko drove in both runners with a single.

Frederick added a run in the second to extend its lead to 3-0. With one out, Ian Foland tripled to center and scored on Manz’s single to center.

“That meant a lot to us when we built a big lead early,” Long said. “We did a good job of hitting tonight.”

Funkstown got two runs in the bottom of the fifth to narrow the gap to 3-2.

With two outs, Spickler reached on an infield single and Hunter Williams walked. Heiston hit an RBI single before Williams scored when Brandon Greene reached on an infield error to bring Funkstown to within one.

Frederick added two insurance runs in the seventh to boost its lead to 5-2. Manz hit a one-out single to left before Phelps singled and Winpigler walked to load the bases with two outs. Smith helped his cause with a two-run single.

Frederick kept Funkstown at bay by turning three double plays.

“Frederick made some good defensive plays,” Williams said. “Their double plays took us right out of a few innings.”

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