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Funkstown takes two from Brunswick

July 14, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • Funkstowns Brandon Greene goes head first safely into second on a stolen base in the first game of a doubleheader sweep of Brunswick on Saturday.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

FUNKSTOWN — After losing their last two district games, Funkstown Post 211 swept a Western Maryland District American Legion doubleheader from Brunswick Post 96 on Saturday, winning 4-3 and 27-5.

The second game was stopped after 4 1/2 innings because of the 10-run rule.

“It was a good turnaround,” Funkstown manager Jeff Williams said. “This puts a spark in the team, which is what we need in order to do well in the second half of the season.”

In the first game, Brunswick (3-8 overall, 2-8 district) held a 3-2 lead after 3 1/2 innings.

But Funkstown (14-6, 8-4) scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take the lead for good at 4-3.

Aaron Jones started the rally by reaching on an infield error. Brandon Greene followed with a single to center and Jones took third on the play on an outfield error. Brock Heiston was retired on a squeeze bunt that scored Jones with the tying run and sent Greene to second. Greene then stole third base.

After Hunter Williams walked, Charles Cvijanovich hit a sacrifice fly to right to drive in Greene with what turned out to be the winning run for Funkstown.

Greene had an RBI single in the second inning and Zach Lucas had an RBI single in the third.

Funkstown starter Scott Bennett allowed only three runs in six innings to pick up the victory. Tyler Byers retired the side in order in the seventh to get the save.

Funkstown overcame five errors in the first game, which started at 11 a.m.

“We are not a morning team,” Williams said. “We just didn’t play our best in the first game. We made a lot of errors in the first game.”

In the second game, Brunswick took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first that was quickly and emphatically erased.

Funkstown answered back by exploding for 14 runs in the bottom of the first to put the game out of reach right from the get-go. Funkstown only got five hits in the marathon inning, but instead took advantage of three errors, six walks and a hit batsman.

The big blow was Cvijanovich’s grand slam to left that made the score 10-1.

After getting a run in the second, Funkstown added three more in the third on a solo homer to center by Aaron Stoner and a two-run homer to right by Lucas.

Funkstown completed its scoring with a nine-run fourth inning.

“They gave up a lot of walks in the first inning of the second game and we took advantage of them,” Williams said. “Brock Heiston made a pair of great catches in the doubleheader.”

Brad Spickler was the winning pitcher in the second game.

Robby Tucker had three hits for Brunswick in each game, while Bruce Beachley had two RBIs in the second game.

“Funkstown is a good ballclub,” Brunswick manager Ronnie Wenner said. “They hit the ball real well. They are fundamentally sound.”

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