Mayo Launches Title Defense

August 01, 1991

Mayo Post 226 begins its quest for an unprecedented fourth straight American Legion state baseball championship tomorrow with a first-round game against Funkstown at 10 a.m. at Grove Stadium in Frederick.

Funkstown is 26-10 and the Western Maryland District champion.

The eight-team, double-elimination tournament concludes Tuesday, with the winner advancing to next week's regionals in Lyndhurst, N.J.

The legion World Series takes place the following week in Boyertown, Pa.

Mayo, the defending national champion, brings a 41-17 record into the state competition.

No other team had won three consecutive state titles.

"We're very excited about the possibility of winning four straight. It's a special opportunity," said Mayo coach Bernie Walter.

"I think our team's starting to peak at the end of theseason. We've got a good chance," he added.

Other teams hoping todethrone Mayo are Prince George's County champion Cheverly (25-2), Montgomery County champion Gaithersburg Post 104 (26-13), Eastern Shore champion Talbot (19-1), Northern Central champion A. J. Raveio (14-11), Mountain District champion Farraday (18-2) and host Frederick (13-15).

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