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The Lancaster Post 31 American Legion senior team came up short in its 2011 baseball opener, but the juniors were impressive in their debut.
The senior team, playing host to Fort Mill, dropped a 15-13 loss to Post 43.
The juniors, on the road at Chester, rolled to a 13-0 win over Post 27.
In the senior game, the game was a seesaw issue for the first four innings, but the visitors used a four-run fifth inning to take a 10-6 lead on the way to the two-run win.
Lancaster used five pitchers in the game.
Fort Mill, after going up 10-6 after four, added three in the fifth for a 13-6 spread, but Lancaster answered with five in the sixth to slice the gap to 13-11. Each team scored two runs each the rest of the way and FM held on for the win.
Lancaster, trailing 15-12 in the ninth, mounted a rally and pushed home a run, but Fort Mill survived for the League V win.
Dalton Johnson led Lancaster with four hits, three singles and a double, and scored three runs. Tyler Rodgers had two hits, scored twice and was hit by a pitch.
Colt Ellis drilled a two-run homer, scored a run and drew three walks.
Bobby Delly had a hit, three walks and scored four runs. Ricky Lewis had a hit, scored a run and was hit by a pitch.
Logan Segee, Trevor Hammond and Jacob Jamison each had a hit. Zack Rollings walked, was hit by a pitch and scored twice.
Lancaster starter Trai Sanders, who went 1.1 innings, allowed six hits, two walks and four runs. He fanned one. Richie Robinson worked 1.2 frames and fanned two and walked a pair.
Segee, in a third of an inning, yielded two walks, two hits and two runs. Ellis, in 1.2 innings, struck out two and allowed two walks, five hits and four runs.
Lewis, in four innings, allowed four hits, five runs and a walk. He struck out two.
Lancaster visited York on Tuesday and travels to Chester on Thursday.
Juniors rout Chester
The Lancaster junior Legion team snapped a scoreless tie with a four-run second inning on the way to the 13-0 road win over Chester on Monday night.
“We played fundamental baseball,” said P-31 junior team first-year head coach Brant Barnes. “We had no errors and that was a plus for us.”
The juniors were coming off a tough 3-2 loss to the senior team in the annual Post 31 Legion baseball exhibition opener last Friday at Eggleton Field.
In the win over Chester, Lancaster broke open the game with an eight-run fourth inning with 12 batters going to the plate on the way to the win which was halted after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Jordan Brock, who worked three innings, was the winning hurler with seven strikeouts. He allowed a hit and a walk.
Brock aided his cause with a hit and run batted in.
Kholby Pate, who pitched two frames in relief of Brock, yielded three walks and struck out three Chester batters.
The Lancaster juniors, who produced 12 hits, were led by Wyatt Duncan who smashed a solo home run and a single to go with two runs batted in and a walk.
Sid Watson supplied a pair of singles and drove in a run. Brandon Cato drilled two singles and drove in two runs.
Tripp Wright and Trey Payne each had a hit and drove in a run. Doopy Cloud added a hit and Kendall Knight drew three walks in the juniors’ victory.
“The key to our season is hitting the ball and we put the ball in play Monday,” Barnes said. “I was pleased we could get a win because Scott Cato, our athletic officer, has worked hard to help our Legion program succeed.”
The P-31 juniors host Clover on Tuesday and Union on Thursday.