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O-Zone claims two in tourney

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By The Staff

Staff Reports

The Lancaster O-Zone team, ages 11-12, downed Lexington, 16-1, in game two of state tournament play in Denstville.

Corley Faulkenberry led off the inning by drawing a walk. Tripp Rollings walked and Doopy Cloud came up to bat with two outs and two men on base and knocked a two-run double scoring Faulkenberry and Rollings.

Doopy then took the mound in the bottom of the first and went three up, three down. In the top of the second, Kipp Rollings led off the inning with a solo home run. Marshall Jackson followed with a single but was left on base. At the bottom of the second, Doopy Cloud again shut down Lexington by allowing no runs and no hits. In the top of the third, Lancaster was held scoreless, but Corley Faulkenberry got a single in the inning.

In the bottom of the third, Chandler Neal took the mound and the lead-off batter got a single. The defense then turned a double play when the next batter hit the ball to Cloud on third and he went to Kipp on second then to Austin Pate on first, turning the first and only double play of the game. Lexington then knocked a solo home run, which was their only run of the night.

In the top of the fourth, Doopy Cloud and Chandler Gardner hit back-to-back home runs. Kipp Rollings walked and Kholby Pate came to the plate and hit a two-run home run.

In the fourth inning, Chandler Neal pitched three up three down allowing no runs and no hits.

In the top of the fifth, the action started with a single from Tripp, then Chandler Neal got a single and Quadarius Fair walked. Doopy Cloud came to the plate with the bases loaded and got a 2 RBI single. Kholby Pate kept the pace going with an RBI single. Marshall Jackson then drilled a double and Coley Faulkenberry hit an RBI single. Tripp Rollings came to the plate again and hit a three-run home run. Chandler Neal then followed with a solo home run.

Chandler Gardner took the mound in the bottom of the fifth and allowed no runs and no hits ending the game on the 10-run rule.

Lancaster set a record by hitting six home runs in one game.

“Our pitchers had another great night, allowing one run and two hits, striking out five and walking more,” said coach Hope Rollings. “The defense also had a good night in supporting the pitcher.”

Lancaster downs

Mid-Carolina, 15-3

In game one, Lancaster defeated Mid-Carolina, 15-3. Doopy Cloud got the start on the mound and allowed no runs and no hits in the first inning. Lancaster came back in the bottom of the first and scored five runs.

Tripp Rollings got the action started with a solo home run, Chandler Neal walked and Quadarius Fiar then hit a two-run home run. Chandler Gardner kept the action going by getting a ground rule double. Tripp Rollings walked and Kholby Pate tripped a double scoring 2 runs.

Doopy Cloud again took the mound in the top of the second and Mid-Carolina hit a solo home run to get one run for the inning. In the bottom half of the second, James Gardner got a two-out single and was followed by Corley Faulkenberry drawing a walk. Tripp Rollings got a single, then Chandler Neal got an RBI single driving James Gardner home.

Chandler Neal then took the mound in the top half of the third. Mid-Carolina again hit a solo home run to get one run for the inning. The bottom half of the inning was started off with a solo home run by Doopy Cloud. Chandler Gardner and Kholby Pate also got singles in that inning.

In the top half of the fourth, Chandler Neal shut down Mid-Carolina. Tripp Rollings hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth. Chandler Neal followed with a single. Quadarius Fair then drilled an RBI double.

In the fifth inning, Chandler Gardner took the mound. One run was scored on two hits. Lancaster then came to bat and scored five runs.

Marshall Jackson started the action by hitting a single. Corley Faulkenberry got a single and scored Jackson. Tripp Rollings reached on an error. Chandler Neal walked. Quadarius Fair came to the plate and, with the bases loaded, hit a grand slam to end the game due to the 10-run rule. The game set a state record with seven home runs during one game.

“Our pitchers did a great job allowing three runs on four hits with 11 strikeouts and only allowing four walks,” Rollings said. “The boys are working hard on and off the field to put themselves in a position to win every game.”