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The Lancaster Post 31 juniors baseball team capped League V regular-season play, notching a pair of wins.
The P-31 juniors, 10-4, rallied for a 5-4 win over Rock Hill Post 34 to end regular-season action with an exciting comeback victory Wednesday, July 2.
The one-run win came a day after the Lancaster juniors clubbed Clover, 12-2 at Eggleton Field.
Lancaster, with the two wins, wrapped up runner-up in League V and home-field advantage for the opening round of the playoffs which open Monday, July 7 at Eggleton Field.
P-31 trailed 4-2 going to the bottom of the seventh when it rallied for three runs for the win over Rock Hill.
Eric Miles’ two-run triple tied the game and Miles hustled home on a throwing error at third base for the winning run.
“These guys have never dropped their heads this season and have stayed focused on what they had to do,” Lancaster P-31 baseball coach Paul Caskey said.
“They battle all the way in each game. The game Wednesday night was typical of our season.”
Miles led the offense with two hits and two RBIs.
Byron Haigler, who worked the final three frames, was the winner, yielding three hits and two runs. He fanned two.
Miles, the juniors’ starter, pitched four innings and gave up five hits, two runs and three walks. He whiffed three RH P-34 batters.
Holden Payne aided the Lancaster offense with two hits and a RBI. Heath Gandy, C.J. Brown and Trey Rollings each had a hit to aid the Lancaster attack.
“This was a good win for us as we head to the playoffs,” Caskey said. “The game had the feeling of a playoff game. I think it will give us momentum as we head to the playoffs.”
Lancaster had a much easier time of it Tuesday, July 1 as it rolled to a 12-2 win over Clover.
Andrew Caskey led the Lancaster offense with three hits, two singles and a double.
C.J. Brown, Brady Horton, Holden Payne, Eric Miles, Trey Rollings, Dylan Sistare, Heath Gandy and Spencer Funderburk each had one hit.
The juniors used seven different hurlers with each working an inning.
Byron Haigler allowed a hit and a run, while Funderburk gave up no runs and no hits. Holden Payne yielded no runs, no hits and a walk.
Brady Horton, in an inning, surrendered three hits and a run.
Trey Rollings gave up a walk and no hits and no runs. Dalton Haven walked two batters and Sistare yielded no hits.
Lancaster will return to play Monday, July 7 when Post 31 will host Greenwood Post 20 to open the best-of-three first-round series.
Game two is Tuesday, July 8 in Greenwood, with game three, if needed, in Lancaster on Wednesday, July 9. The first-round winner will advance to second-round play which is slated to begin July 14.
The Lancaster senior team will open the Upper State basell playoffs on Monday, July 7 on the road as it also faces Greenwood Post 20.