P-31 juniors face Greenwood Post 20 to open Legion playoffs

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Legion playoffs

By The Staff



The Lancaster Post 31 junior team, which finished regular-season play as the League V runner, will open the 2014 S.C. American Legion playoffs with a home game against Greenwood.

The series, a best-of-three first-round series, moves to Greenwood Post 20 for game two on Tuesday, July 8.

The series is expected to close Wednesday, July 9. All games will be played a 7 p.m.

The winner moves on to second-round play which opens Monday, July 14.

The Lancaster juniors, 10-4, wrapped up American Legion League V play with a 5-4 win over Rock Hill Post 34 to end regular-season action with an exciting comeback victory on Wednesday, July 2.

The narrow win came a day after the Lancaster juniors clubbed Clover Post 38, 12-2 at Eggleton Field.

Lancaster, with the two wins, wrapped up the League V runner-up and home-field advantage for the opening round of the Legion baseball playoffs.

In the comeback win over Rock Hill, P-31 trailed 4-2 going to the bottom of the seventh when it ignited for three runs for the win.

Eric Miles’ two-run triple tied the game and Miles alertly dashed home on a throwing error at third base for the winning run.

Miles led the offense with two hits and two RBIs.

Byron Haigler, who worked the final three frames, was the winner, yielding three hits and two runs. He fanned two.

Miles, the juniors’ starter, pitched four innings and yielded five hits, two runs and three walks. He whiffed three RH P-34 batters.

Holden Payne aided the Lancaster offense with two hits and a RBI. Heath

Gandy, C.J. Brown and Trey Rollings each had a hit to aid the Lancaster attack.

“This was a good win for us as we move to the playoffs,” Lancaster Post 31 junior team coach Paul Caskey said. “The game was much like a  playoff game. I hope it provides us a boost of momentum as we head to the playoffs.”

Lancaster had a much easier time of it Tuesday, July 1 as it rolled to a 12-2 home win over Clover Post 38.

Andrew Caskey led the Lancaster offense with three hits, two singles and a double.

C.J. Brown, Brady Horton, Holden Payne, Eric Miles, Trey Rollings, Dylan Sistare, Heath Gandy and Spencer Funderburk each had one hit for the Lancaster P-31 team. The juniors used seven different hurlers with each working an inning.

Byron Haigler allowed a hit and a run, while Funderburk gave up no runs and no hits. Holden Payne yielded no runs, no hits and a walk. Brady Horton, in an inning, surrendered three hits and a run.

Trey Rollings gave up a walk and no hits and no runs. Dalton Haven walked two and Sistare yielded no hits in his mound stint.

The Lancaster senior team will also open the Upper State playoffs on Monday, July 7 on the road as it also faces Greenwood.

The Lancaster seniors, who finished fourth in American Legion League V, will play the Greenwood Post 20 Braves in a five-game opening round series. The opening pitch in the first game is 7:30.

In the final League V standings, Rock Hill finished first, with Fort Mill second and Clover third.

Lancaster was fourth in League V.