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Lancers split with Stanley, host Pioneers

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USCL baseball mark stands at 3-1

By Ernie Rowell

The University of South Carolina at Lancaster baseball team dropped its first-ever loss, falling in the second game of a home twin bill with Stanley (N.C.) Community College on Friday afternoon at the Lancaster High School baseball field.

The Lancers, 3-1, opened the doubleheader, blanking Stanley 10-0 in five innings before dropping a 10-3 loss in the nightcap.

“We split with Stanley during the fall season, so this was close to what happened then,” USCL baseball coach Steve Williams said. “We did work in a number of players for both games and we were able to see some areas where we need work.”

The Lancers, who swept Prince’s George Community College of Largo, Md., in their opening twin bill Feb. 13, rolled to a 10-0 win over Stanley in the first game.

USCL snapped a scoreless draw with six runs in the third inning and added four in the fourth frame to close out the game in five innings under the 10-run mercy rule.

The Lancers scored five of their six third-inning runs with two out.

Former Lancaster High School and Post 31 Legion baseball standout Derek Parker slammed a three-run home run to boost the USC-L six-run surge.

Parker, for the day, drilled two hits and drove in three runs in the Lancers’ win.

Freshman southpaw Ramel Graham worked five frames for the win, allowing a hit and a walk. He fanned three.

Dee Jones aided the Lancers’ attack with two hits and a RBI.

Pierce Labrador had two hits, while Evan Jumper and Trey Thames each had a hit and drove home two runs.

Ben Pinckney and Mobley Jeter each had a hit. Kyle Heffner, a former Great Falls standout, drove in a run.

In the nightcap, Stanley Community College built a 5-2 lead after three innings and added five more runs over the next three innings to cap the seven-run win.

Dee Jones led the offense with two hits and a RBI. Evan Jumper added a hit and a RBI. Ben Pinckney and Chip Mallory each chipped in a hit.

Chad Thompson, who went 1.2 innings, dropped the loss. He was one of five USCL hurlers used in game two.

The Lancers are back in action this weekend with a 1 p.m. game Saturday with No. 5 Spartanburg Methodist College at the LHS baseball field. The teams play a twin bill Saturday and Sunday. The teams play Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Pioneers have  a solid Lancaster flavor, led by head coach Tim Wallace and assistant Matt Williams. Wallace played high school and Legion baseball in Lancaster as did Williams, the son of USCL head coach Steve Williams.

The Pioneers’ roster includes freshman outfielder Nick Ferguson and sophomore hurler Marc Rape, a pair of former LHS and P-31 baseball stars.

SMC was 14-0 on the season entering a Tuesday clash with Walters State.