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The Lancaster Post 31 American Legion senior team evened its baseball record in a big way Wednesday night.
P-31 veteran right-hander Trevor Hammond, in his first outing this season, hurled a no-hitter and the seniors’ offense responded with 13 hits as Lancaster rolled to a 12-0 League V win over Clover Post 38 at Eggleton Field.
“Our players came together and played good ball tonight,” Lancaster coach Steve Sinclair said. “The bats came around with some big hits, our defense was strong and Trevor threw strikes.”
Hammond, a Lancaster High School baseball product and a sophomore at the University of South Carolina Lancaster, struck out nine and allowed a single walk.
“Trevor stayed ahead in the count,” Sinclair said. “He gave us a veteran effort on the mound.”
Hammond aided the Lancaster cause, drawing two walks and scoring a pair of runs.
Post 31, 2-2 on the season, snapped a scoreless draw with two runs in the third inning.
Jonah Crenshaw, who had a big night at the plate, smashed a two-run home run in the third inning to give Hammond the only runs he would need on the night.
An inning later, Lancaster added a single run to forge a 3-0 edge.
Post 31 broke open the game in the fifth inning with a nine-run uprising.
Crenshaw, who had six runs batted in on the night, sparked the Lancaster rally with a grand slam to left field.
Trai Sanders, who had two hits, also belted a two-run home run in the frame to left field.
“This was a big win for the seniors,” Lancaster Post 31 athletic officer Scott Cato said. “They’re fixing to go on a break and they needed a lift. It was a team effort and I feel it will help them.”
The P-31 seniors will be idle until June 13 when they travel to Fort Mill to face Post 43. Fort Mill downed Lancaster, 15-13 in its opener May 23.
Crenshaw, with his pair of homers, paced the Lancaster offense. Sanders also had two hits, a single and a two-run homer, and drove in two runs. Logan Segee supplied two hits, a RBI and scored a run.
Adam Eubanks drilled a double. Colt Ellis had a hit, scored twice and drew three walks. Zack Rollings had a hit, scored two runs, walked twice and had a stolen base. Dalton Johnson had a hit, walked twice and tallied a run.
Brien Clyburn chipped in a hit, scored a run and had a walk. Bobby Delly had a hit and a stolen base and Eric Mojica added a hit.
The P-31 seniors are idle to June 13 when they visit Fort Mill to begin a three-game League V road trip. Lancaster travels to Chester on June 16 and visits Rock Hill on June 17.
The 4-0 Lancaster junior team is back in action Tuesday when it hosts Chester.
The juniors visited Rock Hill Post 34 on Thursday night in League V play.