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Post 211 notches American Legion state title

July 27, 2013
  • The Funkstown baseball team celebrates after winning the Maryland American Legion state title on Saturday in a 6-2 victory over Damascus.
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CUMBERLAND, Md. — Funkstown Post 211 won its first American Legion state baseball title since 2005 with a 6-2 victory over Damascus on Saturday to cap an undefeated run through this year’s Maryland State Tournament.

“I’m not sure I have words for what I’m feeling yet,” Funkstown manager Patrick Moore said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the team and what they accomplished this week. These boys left their hearts out on the field.”

Funkstown advanced to the Mid-Atlantic Regional in Camden, N.J., from Aug. 8-12. The regional includes eight teams — two each from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and one each from Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia and New York. Funkstown will face Brooklawn, N.J., in its opener on Aug. 8 at 7 p.m.

Colby Johnson — who was named state tournament MVP — gave Funkstown a 3-2 lead in the final with a home run leading off the seventh inning. He also had the walk-off double in Funkstown’s 1-0 victory over Cecil County in the tournament opener.

Funkstown took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a sacrifice fly.

Damascus tied it at 1 in the bottom half, then took a 2-1 lead in the second.

Funkstown tied the game at 2 in the sixth before Johnson’s homer to left center in the seventh. Post 211 added a run in the eighth when Ryan Butts’ safety squeeze bunt scored Brandon Toloso, and capped the scoring with two in the ninth, including Johnson’s RBI single.

Brad Enfield and Zach Lucas each had two hits for Funkstown in the final.

J.T. Root started on the mound and got his second victory of the tournament, going six innings. Aaron Roby worked a hitless seventh and eighth, and Brad Spickler allowed one hit in the ninth before Funkstown closed the game and the tournament with a double play.

Root pitched 14 innings in the tournament, allowing just two runs. He was the winner against Cecil County in the opener.

John Britton was named pitcher of the tournament. He allowed just one hit and struck out 14 in 8 1/3 innings against Damascus in a 4-0 victory in the winners’ bracket final on Thursday.

Moore said Funkstown’s second victory of the tournament — a 12-inning 8-6 test against Talbot — was huge.

“These guys started to believe we might actually be able to do this,” Moore said. “All year long we weren’t the best hitting team, but we pitched and played defense. This tournament, we capitalized on our opportunities.”

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