Juniors win, go to 3-0 on the season

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By Eric Rowell

The Lancaster American Legion Post 31 junior team capped its first week with a third straight win at Eggleton Field on Thursday night.

The P-31 juniors, with their third straight 10-run win, rolled to an 11-1 win over Union Post 22.

Jordan Brock, who had a no-hitter through 3.2 innings, hurled four frames to post his second win of the week. Brock scored a run to boost the winners.

Kholby Pate went two-thirds of an inning and yielded a run, hit and two walks. He whiffed one. Chandler Neal hurled a third of an inning.

“This is a good start for us,” juniors coach Brant Barnes said. The juniors wasted no time in getting Brock the lead as they scored six runs.

Lancaster sent 12 batters to the plate to take the early lead.

Neal and Wyatt Duncan led the offense as each player had two hits, two RBIs and scored a run.

Gabe Glover generated a hit, two RBIs and scored twice. Kendall Knight had a hit, RBI and scored a run. Kendrick Trapps had a hit and drove in a run. Seth Graves and Doopy Cloud each had a hit and scored a run. Sidney Watson supplied a hit, scored a run and reached after he was hit by a pitch.

Trey Payne also scored two runs in the Lancaster win.

The P-31 juniors, after their six-run first, added three in the third and a pair in the fourth.

Union scored one run in the fifth before Lancaster closed out the victory in the fifth inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Lancaster opened the week with a 13-0 road win over Chester and then downed Clover 14-4 on Tuesday.

“I’m real pleased with our start and we want to keep it going,” Barnes said. “We’ve done well in hitting the ball, scoring runs and giving our pitchers support.”

The juniors host Gaffney on Monday at 7 and visit Rock Hill on Thursday.

Seniors fall at Chester

Host Chester scored a run in the bottom of the 10th inning to down the Lancaster Post 31 senior team, 8-7 on Thursday night.

Lancaster, 1-2, held a 7-5 lead going to the bottom of the ninth inning, but Chester tallied twice to tie the game and then scored a single run in the 10th inning for the comeback win.

Post 31 starter Brien Clyburn worked eight innings and allowed eight hits, seven runs and four walks. He struck out seven.

Ricky Lewis, who took the loss to put his record at 0-2, pitched two innings and allowed two intentional walks, a hit and a run. He whiffed one.

Chester loaded the bases in the 10th and scored the winning run on a groundout to second.

“Brien was the spark for us with a good pitching effort,” Lancaster coach Keith Lewis said. “He got stronger as the game wore on and he also had a two-run homer for us.”

Clyburn’s two-run homer in the third inning tied the game at three-all.

Bobby Delly had two hits, a RBI and scored a run as did Colt Ellis. Jonah Crenshaw supplied a double, single and scored a run.

Lewis had two hits and scored two runs. Zack Rollings added a hit and a RBI. Jacob Jamison was hit by a pitch and scored a run. Tyler Rodgers was also hit by a pitch and Dalton had a sacrifice bunt.

 The seniors host Clover on Monday at 7 p.m.