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Juniors rout Rock Hill, eye playoffs

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Legion baseball report

By Ernie Rowell

The Lancaster Post 31 American Legion junior baseball team put the finishing touches on its stellar regular-season finale with a 14-4 win over Rock Hill Post 34 on Thursday night at Eggleton Field.

Lancaster, the League V champion, capped regular-season play with a 13-2 record.

Lancaster, in the six-inning win, had plenty of contributors in the 10-run verdict.

Wyatt Duncan delivered two hits, including a two-run home run. Trey Payne produced two hits and drove in a run.

Chandler Neal had two hits. Chandler Gardner blasted a three-run homer.

Kendrick Trapps supplied a hit and drove in a run.

Marshall Jackson and Kholby Pate each had a hit.

Brandon Cato and Jordan Brock each added a RBI for Lancaster.

Neal, in four innings of work for the win, allowed four hits, four runs and two walks. He struck out four.

Brock worked two frames, yielding four hits, three walks and a run.

Lancaster opened the week, splitting a road twin bill with Gaffney.

The P-31 juniors launch the Legion baseball Upper State playoffs, hosting Gaffney on Tuesday night at 7.

The best-of-three series continues Wednesday with a road game with Gaffney.

A third game, if needed, will be played in Lancaster on Thursday.

During regular-season play this season, Lancaster took two of three games from Gaffney, including a twin bill split at Gaffney. Lancaster’s other loss came at Union Post 22.

The Lancaster Post 31 senior team capped its regular season, falling to Clover Post 38, 20-10 on Thursday night in Clover.

Lancaster, which finished 5-10 on the season in League V play, entered the final week of regular season play tied for second, but dropped five straight losses, including four home games.

“We had our chance, but didn’t come through in the final week,” Lancaster coach Steve Sinclair said. “We just couldn’t come up with the key hit with men in scoring position.

 “It was a disappointing end to the season.”