Post 31 team remains unbeaten

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Lancaster leads Legion League V, 5-0

By Ernie Rowell

The Lancaster Post 31 baseball team remained the lone unbeaten team in American Legion League V play, taking a 6-2 win over Fort Mill Post 34 on Wednesday night.

Lancaster, 5-0, built a 4-0 lead through seven innings before Fort Mill answered with two runs in the eighth inning.

Lancaster responded with two key runs as Devin Rodgers tripled home two runs in the ninth inning to seal the P-31 win.

Chandler Gardner, 3-0, worked eight innings before giving way to Brien Clyburn, who worked an inning to cap the four-run victory.

“Chandler gave us another strong effort on the mound and he did a good job of keeping the ball low on them,” Lancaster coach Quinton Rodgers said.

“When we needed a big hit, we came up with the hit.

“It was another complete game for us,” Rodgers said.

Gardner, in eight frames, struck out eight. He allowed five hits and two walks.

Colt Ellis led the Lancaster offense with a single, double and two RBIs.

Tyler Rodgers had two hits.

Bobby Delly delivered a hit and scored twice. Sid Watson rapped a double.

Tripp Wright had a RBI and Kendall Knight tallied a run in the Lancaster win.

“A goal for this team this season is to make the playoffs and I feel we’re headed that way,” Rodgers said. “We have a lot of baseball to play, but we’re off to a good start.”

On Tuesday night at home, Lancaster rolled to a 7-1 win over York Post 66.

Post 31 built a 4-0 lead after three innings on the way to the six-run win.

A three-run third, highlighted by Tyler Rodgers’ two-run home run, staked Lancaster to the early four-run edge.

Right-hander Colt Ellis took advantage of the early surge to gain the win in his first mound effort dating back to his senior season at Buford High School last spring.

“Colt had a good, solid effort on the mound since it was his first pitching effort in about a year and he responded well,” Rodgers said. “We’ve had quality pitching performances and I was proud of Colt’s effort.”

Ellis went 6.2 innings and allowed a run, six hits, a walk and hit a batter. He whiffed two York batters.

Tripp Rolling worked 1.1 innings and allowed a hit, with three strikeouts.

Kendall Knight went 2.3 frames and fanned one.

Rodgers led the offense with three hits, including a two-run home run, and two RBIs. 

Trey Payne produced a single and a double. Tripp Rollings had a double and drove in a run.

Chandler Neal and Tripp Wright each had a hit and a RBI. Bobby Delly added a hit. Devin Rodgers scored two runs.

The Lancaster seniors capped their week, hosting Chester Post 27 on Thursday night.

u The Lancaster junior team fell to 2-5 on the season, dropping a 13-4 home loss to Clover on Wednesday night.

Hank Thompson led the offense with three hits. 

Daniel Mackey supplied two hits and drove in two runs. 

Troy Cunningham had two hits and Trey Cunningham added a hit.

Dalton Creighton went 4.2 innings and allowed six hits and fanned three.

Autry Blackmon went 1.1 innings and D.J. Drakeford worked an inning.

The juniors ventured to Rock Hill on Thursday night for a make-up game with the Post 34 junior team.