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The Lancaster Post 31 Legion baseball team is in the final four of the Legion baseball state tournament.
P-31, 23-9, eliminated Sumter Post 15 in a solid 9-5 win over Post 15 on Monday night in Greenwood.
Lancaster, up 6-5, put the game away with a three-run seventh inning rally.
Post 31 was slated to face Florence Post 1 in the state semifinals Tuesday night at 7. The game was completed after The News’ deadline for the Wednesday paper, so check the website and see the Friday paper for a full report.
P-31 second baseman Devin Rodgers, who had a solid defensive game, highlighted the Lancaster seventh with a bases-loaded, two-run single to stake Lancaster to a 9-5 lead.
Rodgers led the offense with two hits and drove in four runs.
“We came out with clutch hits,” Lancaster coach Quinton Rodgers said. “We had the big hits at key points.”
Lancaster broke on top with five runs in the second as Devin Rodgers rapped a two-out, two-run single.
Chandler Neal had a RBI-hit and Tripp Wright drove home a run with a fielder’s choice.
Sumter answered with four runs in the second to make it 5-4. Lancaster scored a run in the fourth inning as did Sumter to make it 6-5.
Lancaster ignited for three runs in the seventh to take a 9-5 lead on the way to the win.
Chandler Neal, who went four frames, allowed seven hits and five walks. He fanned three.
Brien Clyburn went five innings and yielded a hit and a walk. He fanned three.
Bobby Delly aided the Lancaster offense with two hits and drove in two runs.
Colt Ellis drilled a double, single and drove in a run. Wright added a hit and drove in a run.
Tyler Rodgers supplied a double. Jonah Crenshaw, Trey Payne and Neal each added a hit.
Lancaster Post 31 remained alive in the American Legion baseball state tournament, taking a 5-1 win over Union Post 22 on Sunday, July 29.
Tripp Rollings, the winning Lancaster hurler, combined with Kendall Knight to hurl a four-hitter. Rollings, in six frames, allowed three hits and struck out six. He walked four. Knight, in three innings, allowed a hit and fanned two.
Brien Clyburn led the Lancaster offense with two hits. Bobby Delly had a hit and scored three runs. Jonah Crenshaw had a hit, RBI and scored twice.
Tyler Rodgers supplied a hit and drove in a run.
Rollings and Devin Rodgers each had a hit for Lancaster.
Goose Creek tops P-31
Lancaster Post 31 fell in its opening game of the American Legion state baseball tournament, dropping a 4-1 loss to Goose Creek.
Lancaster snapped a scoreless draw in the sixth when Tripp Rollings’ RBI-hit scored Bobby Delly who had singled and stole second base.
Goose Creek came back to score two unearned runs in the sixth and a pair in the eighth to take the three-run win.
“We made five errors and they came back to hurt us because all of Goose Creek’s runs were unearned,” Lancaster coach Quinton Rodgers said.
Chandler Gardner worked five innings and allowed three hits and two walks. He fanned four. Chandler Neal pitched three innings and gave up two hits and a walk. He whiffed one.
Rollings led the Lancaster offense with a hit and a RBI. Delly had a hit, stolen base and scored a run. Jonah Crenshaw and Trey Payne each added a hit.
Zack Lavery went the distance for Goose Creek, hurling a four-hitter.