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The Lancaster Post 31 senior team continued its quest for postseason play with a 9-2 American Legion road win over Clover Post 38 on Wednesday night.
The 5-5 seniors, with productive bats, forged a 6-2 lead after six innings and cruised to the seven-run win.
Lancaster cranked out 12 hits on the way to the League V win.
Dalton Johnson drilled three hits to pace the offense. Trai Sanders, the winning hurler, and Tyler Rodgers each had two hits. Jacob Jamison had a hit, drove in a run on a squeeze bunt and scored a run.
Zack Rollings, Adam Eubanks, Bobby Delly and Jonah Crenshaw each added a hit.
“We’ve picked up our play in the last week and really come together to make a run for the playoffs,” Lancaster coach Steve Sinclair said. “Our team chemistry is coming around.
“Our parents have been patient and supportive and we appreciate them. Our athletic officer Scott Cato has also been a big plus for our team and makes the coaches job that much easier.
“I also appreciate Keith Lewis and Todd Ellis for their backing as coaches in the dugout and on the bases.”
Sinclair also saluted the Lancaster defense.
“We didn’t have any errors and Trey Cauthen, Adam Eubanks and Bobby Delly played well with solid play in the outfield,” Sinclair said.
Sanders, who hurled six frames, allowed three hits and no walks. Ricky Lewis, in three innings, yielded no hits and three walks. He struck out one.
Lancaster returns to play Monday when it hosts Chester Post 27. Rock Hill Post 34 visits Eggleton Field on Tuesday. P-31 hosts York for a doubleheader at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
P-31 caps regular-season play with a road game at Clover on Thursday.
Seniors end skid
The Post 31 seniors snapped a two-game skid in a big way Tuesday night.
The seniors, 4-5 on the season, unloaded for 19 hits, including five home runs, to notch a 14-5 League V win over Fort Mill Post 43 at Eggleton Field.
Colt Ellis, who returned to the team Monday after playing in the annual North-South All-Star game over the weekend, was the winning pitcher in relief.
The right-hander out of Buford High School, who has signed to play at the University of South Carolina Lancaster, worked 6.1 innings in relief for the win. Ellis struck out three and allowed four runs and six hits. He aided the P-31 attack with four hits.
Tyler Rodgers joined the P-31 offense with three hits, including a solo home run. Dalton Johnson also had three hits and smashed a homer.
Trevor Hammond drilled two hits and drove in a pair of runs. Ricky Lewis had two hits.
Adam Eubanks blasted a three-run home run. Zack Rollings belted a two-run homer and Bobby Delly clouted a solo shot.
Trai Sanders had a hit and drove in two runs. Jonah Crenshaw chipped in a hit and a RBI.
Fort Mill snapped a scoreless draw with a single run in the top of the third, but Lancsater answered with a four-spot in the bottom of the third and added at least one run in each of the next three frames to take the nine-run win.
Lancaster led 7-5 going to the bottom of the sixth, but ignited for five runs to take control.
Richie Robinson, who worked 2.2 innings, was the P-31 starter and struck out two. He allowed three hits, two walks and a run.