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Prior to the start of the 2014 American Legion League V junior baseball season, Lancaster juniors coach Paul Caskey noted it would be a battle between the Lancaster Post 31 juniors and York Post 66 each time they met.
Lancaster took the first two games of the Legion junior season, but fell in the third meeting on Thursday, June 12 at York High School.
Lancaster, which dropped a 5-2 loss to York, opened a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but York answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame and stayed on top for the three-run victory.
Post 31 sliced the York lead to 3-2, but York tallied single runs in its next two at-bats to take the league win.
“We didn’t hit the ball tonight,” Caskey said. “We didn’t cash in like we needed to in a game of this type. It wasn’t our night.
“We made a few errors after we played three straight games without an error,” Caskey said. “We needed to do a better job at the plate and on defense in the game at York.”
Lancaster Post 31 juniors right-hander Evan Flynn, who worked three innings, took the loss, allowing two hits, four runs and two walks. He fanned two.
Holden Payne, who went three frames, yielded four hits, one run and no walks. He fanned one.
Trey Rollings led the Lancaster juniors’ offense with two hits and scored two runs.
Eric Miles had two hits and drove in a run.
Jamias Shropshire and Payne each had a hit. Byron Heigler drove in a run.
Lancaster is back in action Monday, June 23 when the Post 31 juniors will visit Rock Hill Post 34 for a 7 p.m. League V game.
Lancaster topped Rock Hill, 2-1 on Tuesday, June 10 at Eggleton Field.
In the bottom of the fourth, Lancaster took the lead as Heigler doubled with two out.
Caskey inserted C.J. Brown to run for Heigler. Rock Hill, in an attempt to pick off Brown, made an errant throw to send Brown to third base.
He tallied on another errant throw for be the winning run.
The Lancaster P-31 seniors, idle since May 28, will return to action Monday, June 16 when Lancaster will be at home to face Rock Hill Post 34 at 7 p.m.
The Lancaster Post 31 senior team, 2-1, notched a 3-2 home win over Fort Mill Post 43 on May 28.
Chandler Neal’s RBI-hit to score Trey Payne lifted Lancaster to the victory over Fort Mill.
P-31 veteran right-hander Jordan Brock, 2-0, posted his second straight complete game, throwing 112 pitches. He hurled a three-hitter and struck out six batters in the Lancaster victory.
Brock aided his cause with a hit and a RBI in the Post 31 seniors’ win.
Contact sports editor Robert Howey at (803) 283-1157