Legion baseball: Funkstown cleans house with sweep over Severna Park

July 15, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

FUNKSTOWN — Funkstown Post 211 won its own Sweep-Stakes this weekend.

Funkstown made sure it had the winning ticket as it swept Severna Park Post 175 3-2, 11-5 in a Sunday American Legion doubleheader to complete a four-win weekend.

Post 211 swept a pair games from Brunswick on Saturday.

“Overall, I am pleased with the effort of the whole team,” Funkstown manager Jeff Williams said. “Our team is starting to come around.”

In the opener, Severna Park broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the top of the fourth inning. John Mayer and Dan Fielder led off with singles and advanced on an outfield error. Tyler Wilson brought them home with a two-run single to center.

Funkstown tied the game in the fifth it loaded the bases to set up Jake Bachtell’s two-run single to left.

Funkstown scored the winning run in the ninth as Charles Cvijanovich drew a one-out walk and stole second. One out later, Cvijanovich stole third and scored on a throwing error.

Funkstown starting pitcher Ben Bushong alloowed two runs, without allowing a walk, en route to his complete-game victory.

“We had very good pitching versus a very nice ballclub,” Williams said. “There were a lot of first-pitch strikes and got on top in the count. Our entire defense played very well today.”

Funkstown led from the start in the nightcap, starting with three runs in the first.

Cvijanovich drew a leadoff walkd and took second on a passed ball. One out later, Zach Lucas whacked a two-run homer to right. Bachtell followed with a solo homer to left.

Funkstown added four runs in the secondas Cvijanovich reached on an infield single, stole second, took third on a wild pitch before scoring on C.J. Owings’ sacrifice fly to right. Lucas added a solo homer to center for his second homer of the game.

Bachtell walloped a triple to center and scored on a single to center by Philip Pietro. Pietro went to second on a wild pitch, took third on a ground out to first by Aaron Stoner and scored on a single to left by Brandon Greene.

Funkstown tacked on one run in the fourth and three runs in the sixth.

“We were hitting better in the second game,” Williams said. “If we get on top first, it gives us some comfort.”

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