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Lancaster National AAA all-stars, ages 9-10, will be vying for the state title in Hartsville. They earned that right by defeating Clover, 9-1, and claiming the District II championship title in Union on Thursday night.
Clover scored one run on two hits in the top of the first inning. Lancaster came back and scored two runs in the bottom of the first. There were no scores in the second, third and fourth. Lancaster scored the remaining seven runs in the bottom of the fifth.
In the first inning, Alex Brasington had a lead-off hit and scored on a base hit by Dylan Robinson. Dylan scored on a base hit by Eric Miles.
In the bottom of the fifth, Alex Brasington had one hit, followed by Gunnar Lucas getting a hit. Dylan Robinson then hit a double and knocked in Brasington and Lucas. Druw Rollings reached a base on an error. Eric Miles also reached a base on an error and scored Dylan Robinson. Robinson then hit a double and scored both Rollings and Miles.
Scottie Moser then walked. Buckshot Flynn hit a double and scored one. Austin Wrape had a sacrifice bunt and scored Flynn.
Clover made four errors in the game.
Alex Brasington went two for three at bat. Dylan Robinson went two for three. Eric Miles went two for three. Darius Robinson went two for three. Gunnar Lucas went one for three. Buckshot Flynn went one for three.
The pitching of Lancaster allowed five hits and one walk, and struck out seven. On the mound for Lancaster were Eric Miles, Gunnar Lucas and Dylan Robinson. Miles gave up three hits, had one walk and struck out two. Lucas struck out four, had no walks and no hits. Robinson gave up two hits, had no walks and struck out one.
Coach Mike Lucas said he was proud of the team.
“We only struck out twice in the whole game and had no errors,” Lucas said. “Our pitchers dominated again. The team did an outstanding job in the district tournament. Out of the 170 teams, there are only 12 left and we’re one of the 12.”
Lucas also credited catcher Buckshot Flynn.
“A lot of times catchers don’t get the accolades that other players do,” Lucas said. “But I call him my Iron Man behind the plate.”
Lancaster defeats Clover, 9-2, in Tuesday game
In Tuesday night action, the Lancaster team defeated Clover, 9-2. Eric Miles, Gunnar Lucas and Dylan Robinson pitched two innings each.
Miles struck out four and walked one.
Lucas struck out four and walked one. Robinson struck out one and walked no one.
The top Lancaster hitter was Gunnar Lucas, who went three for three, had one walk and scored two runs. Eric Miles went four for four and scored one run.
Scotty Moser was one for three, had one walk and scored one run.
Darius Robinson was one for three and scored one run.
Alex Brasington was one for three and scored two runs. Buckshot Flynn was one for three.
Lucas credits his pitching staff for the win.
“Our pitchers dominated again,” Lucas said. “Our batters committed five errors and we need to do a better job on that.
“But the kids did good. We only struck out twice and walked five the whole night.”
Lancaster will play the District 3 winner in Hartsville at 6 p.m. on July 16. The game will be played on field 3 at Byerly Park.
Lucas said he is grateful for the support of the community.
“I am proud of our team and our fan support,” he said. “They have a lot of class and character.
The team has represented the town well – both on the field and off the the field. Clover is also a class act. I think it was a well-run tournament.”