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Funkstown Post 211 aims to improve on last year's runner-up state finish

June 03, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

For the past several years, the Funkstown Post 211 baseball team has not been able to crack through and win the Maryland American Legion state tournament.

With a mix of new and returning characters, Post 211 hopes to end the trophy famine.

Funkstown last won a state championship in 2005 and lost in the championship game last year to Chaney Enterprises to finish off a 22-7 campaign.

Patrick Moore has taken over for Jeff Williams as manager of Post 211, but is no stranger to the surroundings, having been an assistant under Williams.

Returning players include Zach Lucas and Ryan Butts (Williamsport High School), C.J. Owings and Aaron Jones (North Hagerstown) and Brad Spickler (Smithsburg).

Funkstown has plenty of pitching with two of the top arms coming from North Hagerstown.

J.T. Root, from North’s 2012 state semifinals team, and John Britton, from the this year’s state semis unit, will toe the rubber for Funkstown.

The season got off to a promising start for Post 211 with a doubleheader sweep of Fort Cumberland Post 13 on Saturday. Root and South Hagerstown’s Aaron Roby picked up the wins, while former North Hagerstown reliever Aaron Jones recorded two saves.

After a 7-6 loss to Winchester Post 21 on Monday, Post 211 is off until June 17 when it opens the home portion of its season at Funkstown Park against Berkeley Post 14 at 5:30 p.m.

The gap between games is not all that bad in the eyes of Moore.

“We still have some guys banged up (from the high school season) and some of them are at the beach right now,” Moore said. “Right now we’ve got 10 to 12 arms and they’ll be rested.”

Moore expects his team to manufacture runs any way it can without much power, even though South Hagerstown’s Colby Johnson belted a home run against Cumberland.

“We’ll pitch and play every inning of every game,” Moore said. “We won’t hit for alot of power. We’ll be a station-to-station team.

“I think we can be a team that pitches and plays defense better than ever, I just don’t know how we’ll hit,” Moore said.

Matt Smith, Doug Hornbecker and Tom Allen are coaches for Funkstown this season.

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