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Legion Baseball: Funkstown falls in opener at region tourney

August 08, 2013

BROOKLAWN, N.J. — Funkstown Post 211 found out home-field advantage is a dangerous thing.

Brooklawn Post 72 played anything but gracious host as it took advantage of nearly every opportunity to hang a 12-0 pasting on Funkstown in the first round of the American Legion Baseball Mid-Atlantic Regional.

Brooklawn scored its first three runs without the benefit of a hit to set an early tone for the game.

The loss drops Funkstown into the double-elimination tournament’s losers’ bracket, where it will play West Seneca (N.Y.) Friday at 12:30 p.m. West Seneca dropped a 6-2 decision to Boyertown, Pa., in the second game of the eight-team tournament.

Brooklawn will face Boyertown in a winners’ bracket game Friday at 7 p.m.

Funkstown starter J.T. Root struggled through four hitless innings, allowing four runs with eight walks, while striking out five. Funkstown pitchers issued 12 walks in the game.

Post 211 managed just one hit in the game, a third-inning single by Enfield. Funkstown had only four baserunners.

Brooklawn starter Michael Shawaryn went six innings, allowing one hit and a walk, while striking out nine.

Brooklawn used five walks and a wild pitch to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.

Post 72 added a run in the third, starting as Pete Farlow drew a leadoff walk before eventually scoing when Phillip Dickson laced a shot into left field, but pulled up lame running to first. He was thrown out at first by left fielder C.J. Owings, while Farlow scored for a 3-0 lead.

Root walked Sean Breen to start the fifth inning before being lifted for Brad Enfield. Brooklawn scored two runs in the inning on a pair of RBI singles after Enfield issued a walk to take a 5-0 lead.

Brooklawn added three runs in the sixth, one run in the seventh and three more in the eighth to complete the rout.

Fran Kinsey led Brooklawn with three hits and four RBIs, while scoring three times.

Enfield pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out one. Ryan Kinter and Ian Moss finished out the game for Post 211.

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