Roby pitches gem as Funkstown wins

July 25, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

FUNKSTOWN — The Funkstown Legion Post 211 baseball team earned its 20th victory of the season on Wednesday, a 2-0 triumph over Mount Airy Gold Star Post 191 in a Western Maryland District American Legion game.

Funkstown improved to 20-8 overall and 11-6 in the Western Maryland District.

Aaron Roby came out on top of a pitcher’s duel against Mount Airy starter Nick Peifer. Roby hurled a three-hit shutout to get the win for Funkstown. Peifer gave up two runs on five hits for Mount Airy.

“Tonight, it was phenomenal pitching by Aaron,” Funkstown manager Jeff Williams said. “We called him up to the varsity team in the middle of June. Aaron hit all of the spots. He got on top in the count early. He threw strikes consistently. He was hitting his spots. He had a very good defense behind him today. Our pitching was able to hold them and we made some nice defensive plays out there.”

Funkstown broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth inning. C.J. Owings led off with a double to center and took third on Aaron Stoner’s sacrifice bunt, with Owings scoring and Stoner reaching second when the ball was thrown past the third baseman into left field for an error.

Funkstown made it 2-0 in the sixth. Phillip Pietro singled to center and stole second. One out later, Owings doubled to left to drive in Pietro.

“I just tried to do whatever I could to help,” Owings said. “I was trying to bunt in the fifth, but I didn’t get it down. So they gave me a fastball down the middle and I hit that. I was just looking for another fastball on the first pitch in the sixth inning and he gave it to me, so I hit it.”

Owings finished with three hits for Funkstown.

“I feel like when we play as a team, we play well,” Owings said. “As long as we continue to play as a team, we should do really good.”

Williams was glad that Funkstown was able to score a couple of clutch runs.

“We came through in the end on some key hits,” Williams said. “That kid pitched a good game for Mount Airy. He kept us in stride until the fifth and sixth.”

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