Rain, Indians plague Lancers

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USCL swept, seeks to rebound

By Robert Howey

The University of South Carolina at Lancaster Lancers hit the road this weekend in hopes of getting back on track.

The Lancers, after being rained out Saturday in a home twin bill with USC-Salkehatchie, dropped two losses to the Indians on Sunday afternoon at the Lancaster High School baseball field.

“We’re a better team than we showed on Sunday,” USCL coach Steve Williams said.

USCS took an 8-5 win in the opener and then rolled in the nightcap in a 12-0 victory.

In the opener, the Indians, 17-14, 10-6, held a 5-4 lead after five innings and added three runs in their final two at-bats to take the three-run win.

USCS scored a single run in the sixth and added two in the seventh inning.

The Indians were led by shortstop Cameron Louis, who had two solo home runs.

Mark Henderson was the winner in 5.2 innings of work, evening his record at 3-3. Griffin Spires worked in relief and Ryan Rowe, who pitched two-thirds of an inning, earned the save.

Thomas Little, 1-3, took the defeat in five innings of work. Little struck out three and allowed three walks and six hits. He allowed five runs, four earned runs.

Shawn Thomas, a former Indian Land High School standout, hurled two innings, notching two whiffs. He allowed three runs and four hits.

Ryan Burt led the USCL offense with three hits, including a three-run home run. Burt also had a single and a double.

Nick Hartman and Trey Thames each had two hits. Evan Jumper had a hit and drove in a run. David Stone also had a hit for the Lancers.

In the nightcap, the Indians closed the game out in five innings, scoring at least two runs in every inning but the second frame.

Aaron Story, in 4.2 innings, took the loss for the Lancers. He yielded 10 runs, six hits, two walks and seven earned runs. Story fanned four. Jonah Smith worked a third of an inning, allowing two runs and two hits.

Ryan Burt and Dyson Coker each had two hits. Dee Jones had a hit as did Michael Cobb.

Ali Williams, 4-3, was the winner for Salkehatchie, going five innings and striking out 10. He allowed six hits and no walks.

The Lancers, 11-14, 2-10 in Region X play, travel to Pitt Community College (N.C.) for two weekend doubleheaders. The twin bill Saturday is set to start at 4 p.m., with the nightcap at 7.

The Sunday doubleheader begins at 1 p.m.