POTOMAC PARK — Funkstown pitcher John Britton wasn’t perfect but was the closest thing to it Thursday night at the American Legion baseball state tournament.
Emory McMinn singled to begin the game but Damascus got nothing else the rest of the way as Funkstown earned a 4-0 victory in a battle of the last two unbeatens.
After McMinn’s single, Britton retired nine batters in a row, and later sat down 11 in a row. The right-hander struck out 10 of the first 20 Damascus hitters.
“John was lights out tonight,” said Funkstown coach Patrick Moore. “When he has command of his curve ball this is the kind of game you get out of him,’’ Moore said.
Britton, who had a 6-1 record at North Hagerstown High, threw first-pitch strikes to 17 of 23 batters through the first seven innings. He was lifted after walking two in the ninth, and in 8 1-3 innings allowed only the leadoff single, walked five and struck out 14.
Ian Moss completed the one-hitter and earned a save by getting the final two outs.
Brad Enfield, the No. 9 hitter in the Funkstown order, had the big hit of the night and was 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs.
With two outs in the fifth, after J.T. Root had singled and Bradley Toloson reached on an error, Enfield hit a slicing liner down the left field line on a 3-2 pitch for a two-run double.
“It was a big hit for us, and Brad had a good approach to that at-bat. He was looking for something middle-away, something to slap down the line and not do too much with.” Moore said.
C.J. Owings singled and scored on a two-out infield error in the sixth, and Ryan Butts singled, moved to third on another double by Enfield, and scored on a balk in the seventh to make it 4-0.
Damascus pitcher Zach Thompson threw six strong innings, allowing only three hits and three walks with two strikeouts.
But while Funkstown played errorless defense, Damascus had two errors that led to three unearned runs for Funkstown.
“I said before we’re not the best hitting team, but we can pitch and play defense,’’ Moore said. “We put the ball in play and make things happen.”
In today’s games, Damascus plays Cecil County at 10 a.m. and Funkstown takes on Talbot at 1 p.m.
Cecil County 18
Brad Garrant went 5 for 6 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs as Cecil outlasted Greenbelt in an elimination game that featured 31 runs, 39 hits and 11 errors.
Cecil won despite committing seven errors and answered Greenbelt’s seven-run first inning with a 10-run third to take a 13-11 lead.
John Harvey went 4 for 5 with three doubles and four RBIs, Taylor Karn had a double, single and three RBIs and Robert Williams three singles for Cecil, which had 23 hits.
Harvey and John Griffith pitched the final 8 2-3 innings and teamed for 12 strikeouts and no earned runs. Greenbelt’s only earned runs came in the seven-run first inning.
Darren Prebble was 3 for 4 with two RBIs for Greenbelt. Antonio Rosanova doubled and singled twice and Robbie Napoli and Michael Dunn had three singles.
Sandy Spring 4
Bob Shultz threw 5 2-3 solid innings of relief and Talbot erased a 4-0 deficit with a six-run sixth to eliminate defending champion Sandy Spring.
Talbot had 12 hits, all singles, with Taylor Slaugenhoupf getting three and Zack Correa, Taydon Blake, Dustin Jones and Dylan Rabbitt two.
Shultz gave up three hits and one run, walked none and struck out eight for the win.
Sean Van Geisen tripled and Pete Gartland had two singles and three RBIs for Sandy Spring.
Sandy Spring 4
Emory McMinn and Alex Salem, the first two hitters in the Damascus order, combined for five hits, five runs and six RBIs to power Damascus past Sandy Spring in a game that ended just before midnight.
McMinn tripled, singled twice, knocked in three runs and stole three bases, while Salem added two singles and three RBIs.
Dan Johnson had a double, single and two RBIs, and Michael Zerafa, Colin McMahon and Taylor Abrams added two singles.
Pete Gartland doubled and singled and Nick O’Brien singled twice for Sandy Spring.
Mike Mathews is a Cumberland Times-News sportswriter. Write to him at email@example.com