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P-31 squads eye playoffs

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Seniors host Monday night; Juniors at home Tuesday night

By Robert Howey

Lancaster American Legion baseball teams are set to open their postseason runs at home.

The Lancaster Post 31 senior team will launch its playoff hopes with a home game Monday night at 7.

As of Friday afternoon due to the recent wet weather across the state,  the Lancaster seniors were unsure of their first-round playoff foe.

P-31 athletic officer Scott Cato said it would likely be Dalzell of Sumter County or Lexington.

No matter, Lancaster, which won the League V crown with a 9-3 record, is slated to open the best-of-five first-round series at home.

Game one is set for Lancaster, with game two away. Game three, scheduled for Wednesday, would be back in Lancaster.

Game four would be on the road, with game five, if needed, set for Eggleton Field.

Lancaster wrapped up the League V title with a 10-2 win over Rock Hill Post 34 on Monday, July 1.

The eight-run win was the first game of a League V twin bill.

Rock Hill took a 14-8 win in the nightcap.

Lancaster, in the opener, rode the pitching of P-31 veteran right-hander Tripp Rollings, who worked  five innings for the win. The right-hander struck out seven and allowed three walks and three hits. Jordan Brock pitched two innings and fanned four.

Rollings aided his cause with a double, single and scored two runs.

Skylar King paced the Lancaster offense with three hits, a walk, two stolen bases and two RBIs. C.D. Pelham had two hits, including a three-run home run, and a single in the Lancaster win.

“The League V championship was a goal and it gives us a chance to have the home-field edge in the playoffs,” Lancaster coach Marc Rape said.

Lancaster is 9-8 overall.

In other Legion playoffs, Inman won League VII, with Spartanburg as the runner-up.

Legion baseball senior team second-round play begins July 15. The state tournament will be played July 27-31 at Riley Park in Sumter.

The Lancaster junior Legion team, which also won the League V title, will open a best-of-three first-round series with the winner of a tournament play-in game between Clover and Belton.

The Lancaster juniors host game one of the opening round series on Tuesday, July 9 at 7 p.m.

Game two would be Wednesday, July 10 on the road, with game three in Lancaster on Thursday, July 11 at 7. Juniors’ second round play is set for July 15, with the state tournament held July 20-24 in Rock Hill.

Lancaster captured the League V juniors baseball crown with a 10-0 win over Clover Blue on Wednesday, June 26. Holden Payne, who hurled five innings, was the winner. Austin Caskey pitched the final inning to cap the title-clinching victory. Logan Lucas laced a triple to boost the Lancaster juniors’ attack.

The shutout of Clover Blue came a day after Lancaster swept a twin bill over Rock Hill, 7-5 and 5-2.