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Seniors edge Chester, 5-3

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Late scores key in 2-run home win

By Ernie Rowell

Ernie Rowell
For The Lancaster News
The Lancaster Post 31 senior team capped a 3-0 week, but it was with a tough win.
P-31, in Legion baseball League V play, edged Chester, 5-3 to push its mark to 6-0 on the season.
“It was a battle, but we pulled through,” Lancaster senior team coach Quinton Rodgers said.
Chester, with two first-inning runs, held a 2-0 lead early.
Lancaster came back to take a 3-2 lead after four innings, but Chester tied the game at 3-all in the top of the seventh.
Lancaster, limited to three hits, scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to seal the two-run win.
P-31 took the lead at 4-3 in the seventh when Colt Ellis walked to set the stage for Tripp Rollings, who followed with a hit on a hit-and-run, to send Ellis to third base.
On the relay to third base in an attempt to get Ellis, the ball sailed into the dugout and Ellis came home for the run.
An inning later, Jonah Crenshaw, who scored twice, walked and advanced to second on a Cody Cooper bunt.
Tripp Wright singled Crenshaw third, and he later scored on a wild pitch.
“Our hits didn’t fall on Thursday night, but we had some opportunities and made the most of them. It was about heads-up play and hustle,” Rodgers said. “Our pitchers rebounded from a tough start and held Chester to a run over the next eight innings.
Chandler Neal, 1-0, went four innings and allowed five hits and a walk. He struck out four Chester batters.
Tripp Rollings hurled 2.1 frames and fanned three, allowing no walks and no hits.
Brien Clyburn, in 2.2 innings, whiffed three and gave up four hits.
Tripp Rollings, Tripp Wright and Trey Payne each had a hit for Lancaster.
Crenshaw scored twice, while Devin Rodgers, Ellis and Wright each tallied a run.
“I thought we played good defense behind our pitchers, who found a groove and allowed one run after they scored two in the first,” Rodgers said. “We settled down after that first inning and pieced together a solid pitching effort.”
Lancaster has a key League V clash with Rock Hill at home Monday night at 7.
“Rock Hill has played well since they got off to a slow start to open the season,” Rodgers said. “We need a solid effort from our players and coaches.
“I hope our fans turn out and give us a strong showing of support.”
Post 31 visits Clover on Tuesday.
Lancaster was scheduled to play Fort Mill Post 43 at home on Thursday, but the game was moved to Friday at 7 p.m. to avoid a schedule conflict.
The Lancaster junior team, 2-5, was slated to play at Rock Hill on Thursday night, but the game was moved to June 21 due to a schedule conflict.
The P-31 juniors host York Post 66 on Tuesday night at 7.