Funkstown pulls away late to defeat Woodsboro

July 26, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

FUNKSTOWN — Funkstown Post 211 snapped a 7-7 tie with Woodsboro Post 282 by scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, then held on to pull out an 11-8 win Thursday night in a Western Maryland District American Legion baseball game.

“It was a hard-fought victory against a good ballclub,” Funkstown Post 211 manager Jeff Williams said. “It was a team effort throughout the whole game. Our hitting was clutch today. We had pretty good pitching today against a strong-hitting ballclub.”

Funkstown (21-8, 12-6) started to put together its four-run rally with one out in the sixth.

Phillip Pietro was hit by a pitch and stole second before C.J. Owings drew a walk. Both runners advanced on a double steal. One out later, Ryan Butts walked to load the bases. Pietro and Owings scored when Brad Spickler reached on a fielding error, and a throwing error left runners on second and third before Aaron Jones ripped a two-run double to center.

Woodsboro gave one final effort in the seventh against Funkstown closer Tyler Byers.

Funkstown first baseman Jake Bachtell made a great catch, stretching to snare a line drive by Ryan Howard for the first out. David Stauffer walked and took second on a wild pitch. After Byers caught Brandon Smith looking at a third strike for the second out, Ricky Pardo singled to right to score Stauffer. But Byers got Andrew Weaver to ground out to second, with Bachtell coming off the bag to catch the wide throw before hustling back to touch the base to end the game.

“We had some key defensive plays there in the seventh,” Williams said. “When Jake dived and turned around to touch first base, that was the key to the victory right there.”

Owings and Jones got three hits each, while Bachtell slugged a solo homer in the fourth for Funkstown. Scott Bennett pitched two scoreless innings of relief to get the win.

Devin Bell and Landon Routzahn had three hits each, while Brady Pollicel hit a two-run homer for Woodsboro. Bell hit a solo homer.

“Both teams fought a good battle,” Woodsboro manager Jeremy Long said. “We made some errors that cost us. Our team doesn’t give up. We have come from behind in the last five games and I am proud of my players for that.”

Funkstown took advantage of a couple of errors in a five-run rally in the second to build an early 6-2 lead. Brock Heiston had an RBI single, Byers added an RBI double and Owings ripped an RBI triple.

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