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Funkstown eliminated from regional tournament

August 09, 2013

BROOKLAWN, N.J. — Throughout the 2013 season, pitching had been the strength of the Funkstown Post 211 baseball team.

But for the second time in as many games, that pitching failed to deliver.

West Seneca (N.Y.) rapped out 14 hits against three Funkstown pitchers and scored in each of the first four innings to grab an early cushion in an 8-5 victory in the losers’ bracket of the American Legion Baseball Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament.

Funkstown, which was making its first appearance in the regional tournament since 2005, was eliminated with the loss.

The top five hitters in West Seneca’s order did most of the damage, accounting for 12 of the 14 hits.

Aaron Roby took the loss for Funkstown, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks in three innings of work.

West Seneca took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. With two outs, Ian Allen singled and scored on Mike Prentice’s double. Prentice advanced to third on an error and scored on Alex Pacer’s RBI single.

West Seneca made it 3-0 in the second on an RBI single by Allen and Pacer scored on a balk in the third to make it 4-0.

Funkstown got a run back in the bottom of the third when Mark Grunberg walked and later scored on a single by Charles Cvijanovich.

Allen got his second RBI of the game in the fourth when he drove in Bill Sulkowski, who had doubled off Aaron Jones, to give West Seneca a 5-1 lead.

Funkstown started the bottom of the fourth with back-to-back doubles by Zach Lucas and J.T. Root, putting runners on second and third. Lucas scored on a groundout by Brandon Toloso and Colby Johnson’s sacrifice fly plated Root to cut the deficit to 5-3.

It stayed that way until the top of the seventh when Pacer led off with a single and scored on Austin Spindler’s double for a 6-3 West Seneca lead.

Funkstown got that run back in the bottom half. Johnson drew a one-out walk and Ryan Butts and Brad Enfield followed with singles to load the bases. Grunberg reached on a fielder’s choice that forced out Butts at third but scored Johnson.

C.J. Owings followed with a fielder’s choice that loaded the bases again, but Cvijanovich grounded out to the pitcher to end the threat.

West Seneca added two more runs in the eighth off John Britton. Sulkowski led off with a single and Allen walked, then both runners moved up on an error. Prentice picked up his second RBI with a base hit and Allen scored on another balk for an 8-5 lead.

Funkstown tacked on a run in the ninth when Owings walked and later scored on a grounder by Root.

Cvijanovich and Lucas each had a pair of hits for Funkstown.

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