P-31 seniors rebound with road win

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The Lancaster Post 31 senior team ignited for seven runs over the final three innings to notch a 12-8 American Legion baseball League V road win over Clover Post 38 on Tuesday night.
The four-run win came after P-31 had dropped its first league loss in a 12-3 defeat to Rock Hill Post 34 on Monday night at Eggleton Field.
“It was good to come back and get back on track with a road win,” P-31 senior team baseball coach Quinton Rodgers said. “That’s the great part of baseball. Often after a loss, it doesn’t take long for the next game and a chance to get back on track.”
Lancaster, 9-1 overall and 7-1 in League V play, trailed 4-2 after one inning. The game was tied at 5-all after six innings and Lancaster outscored Post 28, 7-3 in the final three innings for the win.
Chandler Neal, who had three hits and drove in three runs, smashed a two-run home run to give Lancaster a 9-5 lead in the top of the eighth inning.
Clover scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to close the gap to 9-8, but Lancaster responded with three runs in the ninth inning to seal the win.
Colt Ellis, 2-0, went 7.1 innings, allowing 12 hits and no walks. The right-hander struck out nine.
Brien Clyburn, in 1.2 innings of relief, allowed two hits and two walks. He fanned two batters.
Neal led a 13-hit attack with three hits. Ellis backed his cause with a single, triple and two RBIs. Trey Payne and Sid Watson each had two hits.
Clyburn contributed a double and drove in a run. Tripp Rollings had a hit and a RBI. Bobby Delly laced a double and Tyler Rodgers added a hit.
“Colt gave us a good mound effort and Brien came in and finished it out for us,” Rodgers said. “After the Monday loss, I thought we responded pretty well.”
The Lancaster senior team hosts Fort Mill tonight at 7 at Eggleton Field.
Juniors split
The Lancaster junior team, 3-6, split a home twin bill with York Post 66 on Tuesday night.
York won the opener 7-2 and Lancaster took the nightcap, 11-5.
In the second game, Austin Pate went five frames for the win, yielding seven hits, five runs and four walks. He fanned seven.
Dalton Creighton led the offense with two hits and drove in a run. Autry Blackmon and D.J. Drakeford each had a double and drove in two runs.
Wesley Knight had a double and drove in a run. Austin Pate and Troy Cunningham had a hit and one RBI apiece. Daniel Mackey added a RBI.
In the opener Autry Blackmon took the loss in 4.1 innings of work. He gave up four hits, four walks and hit four batters. Blackmon fanned six. D.J. Drakeford went two thirds of an inning and allowed two hits and a walk.
On offense, Daniel Mackey and Dalton Creighton each had a double. Wesley Knight and Troy Cunnngham added a hit each.