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Juniors rally to trip York

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By Ernie Rowell

The Lancaster Post 31 junior team improved its American Legion baseball League V record to 2-1 with a 5-3 win over York at Eggleton Field on Monday night.Will Gaston, who worked five innings in relief, was the winner. Gaston, a right-hander, allowed no runs, two hits, a walk and hit a batter.Gaston also had the key hit in the game as he delivered a clutch double in a three-run fifth inning.Gaston unloaded a two-out, two-run double to put Lancaster on top, 4-3.Ron Trapp later scored on a passed ball to give Lancaster its two-run edge which Gaston protected the rest of the way.York broke on top with a single run in the first inning, but Lancaster countered with a run in the bottom of the first inning when Dillon Hydrick ripped a run-scoring single.York Post 66 scored two runs in the top of the second to take a 3-1 edge. Lancaster came back with a run in the second inning as Ricky Lewis had a sacrifice fly to tally Trai Sanders to make it a 3-2 game.The contest stayed the same until the Lancaster fifth inning when Gaston delivered with his two-run double to put the home team ahead to stay.Hydrick led the Lancaster offense with three hits and drove in a run. Gaston generated a double and a pair of runs batted in.Lewis had a hit and drove in a run.Adam Eubanks and Trey Cauthen each had a hit for Lancaster.Gaston worked in relief of starter Eric Mojica, who went two innings. Mojica allowed three runs, three hits, a walk and hit a batter. He struck out three.On Saturday, Lancaster defeated Charlotte 7-3 in a non-league junior game. Trapps worked five inning and Eubanks went two frames without allowing any runs.Richie Robinson had a double and a single to lead the Lancaster junior team offense. Trey Cauthen, Scott Mathis, Joseph Threatt, Forrest Woodard and Mojica each had a hit for Post 31.Rollings had a sacrifice fly in the Lancaster juniors’ win.The Lancaster Post 31 junior team is back in action Thursday when it hosts Clover in a 7 p.m. game at Eggleton Field.The juniors cap the week as they venture to Cherokee County to meet Gaffney in a 3 p.m. game on Saturday.The Post 31 senior team, which is off this week with the annual June week break following area graduations, returns to action Tuesday when it ventures to Clover for a League V clash at 7.Lancaster, 3-4, 0-2 in League V play, will be shooting to rebound from a 7-6 home loss to Clover. The Post 31 senior team’s next home game is set for June 12 when Lancaster faces Rock Hill Post 34 in a 7 p.m. contest.