P-31 ignites, clubs Clover

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11-1 win keeps seniors on pace for league title

By The Staff

Two days prior to July Fourth, the Lancaster American Legion Post 31 senior baseball team produced their share of fireworks on the diamond.

Post 31 rolled to an 11-1 win over Clover, posting the League V win in seven innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Senior games usually are nine innings in regulation.

Lancaster unloaded for 13 hits, seven for extra bases, including four homers.

Clover took a 1-0 lead with a single run in the second inning, but Lancaster quickly answered with four runs in the bottom of the second inning to gain the lead for good.

Brien Clyburn, who had a double and a solo homer with three RBIs, put Lancaster ahead for good with a two-run double in the four-run rally.

An inning later, Tripp Rollings clouted a solo homer and Tyler Rodgers followed with a solo home run to give Lancaster a 6-1 edge.

In the fourth inning, Jonah Crenshaw, who had a double and a single, drilled a two-run hit and Tripp Rollings had a sacrifice fly RBI.

Clyburn blasted a solo home run in the fifth inning and Colt Ellis smashed a solo homer in the sixth.

“This was a big win for us because it helped us keep pace in the League V race,” Lancaster coach Quinton Rodgers said. “I thought we played well and opened a tough week with a big win.

“We hit the ball well and played tough defense behind our pitchers with no errors,” Rodgers said. “That’s the kind of effort we’re going to need this week.”

Tripp Wright led the Lancaster attack with three hits, including a double and two singles.

Crenshaw had a single, double and two RBIs. Clyburn supplied a home run, double and three runs batted in.

Tripp Rollings had a homer and two RBIs. Ellis and Rodgers each drilled a homer.

Brandon Cato had a hit and tallied a run. Bobby Delly and Chandler Neal each had a hit for Lancaster.

Neal, 2-0, worked five innings for the win, allowing a hit, two walks and fanned seven. Kendall Knight completed a solid P-31 pitching effort, going two frames and yielding no hits. He fanned two and walked one.

“We needed a strong pitching effort and Chandler and Kendall teamed to give us what we had to have,” Rodgers said. “With two more games this week, we were able to save on some pitching which is important.”

Lancaster traveled to Chester for a Tuesday night League V game and ventures to Fort Mill Post 43 on Thursday.

Lancaster, 10-3 in League V play, needs a win in each game to tie Rock Hill Post 34 for the League V title and force a special play-off for the league crown.

“This was our final regular-season home game and we really appreciate the support tonight and all season for the Post 31 baseball program,” Rodgers said. “The fans have been wonderful and we appreciate the Center Field Gang for their support.

 “They fed the team and coaches after the game Monday night and we really are grateful for what they do for us.”