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Fort Mill foiled the Lancaster Post 31 senior team’s return to League V Legion baseball play with an extra-inning win over P-31 on Monday night at Fort Mill High School.
Fort Mill, snapping a 2-all draw, scored an unearned run in the bottom of the 12th inning to lift Post 43 to a 3-2 win over Lancaster.
Fort Mill had runners at first and second and snapped the seven-inning deadlock with a run on an error.
“It was a tough game, but that’s the way baseball is,” Lancaster coach Steve Sinclair said. “When it gets late in a game like that, it comes down to making a play, or making a mistake.”
Richie Robinson, who worked four solid innings in relief of starter Trevor Hammond, took the tough-luck loss.
Robinson, in four frames, allowed a run, two hits and a walk. He struck out three Fort Mill batters. Hammond, who hurled a no-hitter in his last outing on June 1, pitched eight solid innings. He allowed seven hits, no walks and hit a batter. Hammond struck out seven.
Fort Mill scored a run in the first inning and held a 1-0 lead to the fifth inning when Lancaster scored two runs for a 2-1 edge.
Fort Mill answered in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game at two.
Lancaster had six hits in the narrow loss.
Hammond had a single and a double and his hit drove in Bobby Delly. Delly drew two walks, drilled a double and tallied a run to boost the Lancaster offense.
Tyler Rodgers rapped a RBI-double. Ricky Lewis had a hit as did Robinson.
The loss, which dropped Lancaster to 2-3, was its second to Fort Mill this season.
Post 43 topped Lancaster, 15-13 in the League V opener in Lancaster on May 23.
“I thought our defense played pretty well,” Sinclair said. “We hope to rebound and learn from this loss. We played well and battled, but just came up short. We have two more tough games this week in league play.”
Lancaster was slated to visit Chester on Thursday, but the game was moved to tonight at 7. Post 31 travels to Rock Hill Post 34 on Friday.
The 7-1 Lancaster junior team, coming off a 3-2 road loss to Union Post 22 last Thursday night, is at home tonight to face Rock Hill Post 34’s junior team at 7 p.m.