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The Lancaster Post 31 senior team survived in a slugfest to post its first win of the 2011 Legion baseball season on Tuesday night in York.
The Post 31 seniors, with a five-run ninth-inning rally, snapped a 12-all draw for a 17-12 League V victory over host Post 66.
Lancaster opened the season, dropping a 15-13 home loss to Fort Mill Post 43 on Monday night.
In the win at York, the Lancaster seniors snapped a 12-all draw with its decisive five-run rally.
Jonah Crenshaw hightlighted the rally with a two-run single. Colt Ellis, the winning pitcher, also had a RBI-single and Dylan Sinclair drove home a run on a bunt. Eric Mojica also tallied on a wild pitch.
Lancaster held a 3-0 lead until the bottom of the fifth when York scored four to take a 4-3 lead. P-31 tied the game with a single run in the sixth, but York answered with two runs in the sixth to gain a 6-4 edge.
Lancaster had a six-run seventh for a 10-6 spread, but York closed to 10-8, with a pair in its seventh. Post 31 tallied two in the eighth to take a 12-8 edge before York plated four in the eighth inning to stalemate the game at 12-all.
Lancaster then scored five to notch the win.
Ellis, in 1.2 innings, allowed a run, three hits and three walks. He fanned three.
Richie Robinson, the Lancaster starter, hurled 4.2 innings and yielded seven hits, four runs and two walks. He fanned two. Adam Eubanks worked a third of an inning, yielding to Logan Segee, who pitched 2.1 innings and gave up seven runs, four hits and four walks. He struck out one.
“Richie gave us a good effort on the mound and Colt came in and shut the door,” Post 31 coach Keith Lewis said. “Our bats also responded with some key hits in a couple of big innings in the seventh and ninth.”
Zack Rollings led the Lancaster offense with two hits, including a two-run home run, four RBIs and a walk.
Jacob Jamison had two hits and scored twice. Dalton Johnson added two hits and a pair of walks.
Brien Clyburn clubbed a two-run home run and Trai Sanders smashed a solo homer.
Crenshaw, in addition to his two-run single, walked, was hit by a pitch and scored twice.
Sinclair supplied a hit, sacrifice bunt, three RBIs, walk and scored a run. Ellis had a hit, RBI, two walks and tallied twice. Logan Segee had a hit, walk and scored a run. Eric Mojica chipped in a hit, walk and scored two runs.
Trey Cauthen drew a walk and scored two runs. Bobby Delly and Ricky Lewis each walked and Tyler Rodgers scored a run.
The seniors visited Chester on Thursday and host Clover on Wednesday.
The Lancaster Post 31 junior team moved its mark to 2-0 with a 14-4 home win over Clover in League V play on Tuesday.
Chandler Gardner, in 3.2 innings, was the winner with four strikeouts. He allowed five walks and a hit.
Gabe Glover hurled 2.1 innings, registering five strikeouts.
The Lancaster pitchers were backed by an 18-hit attack.
Kholby Pate produced a hit, double and two RBIs. Trey Payne had a double, single and drove in a run. Seth Graves supplied a single, double and RBI. Kendrick Trapps had two hits and a pair of RBIs. Gardner generated two hits and a RBI.
Kendall Knight had a single, two RBIs and a walk. Wyatt Duncan and Brandon Cato each had a hit and drove in a run.
Gabe Glover, Tripp Wright, Sid Watson, Marshall Jackson and Doopy Cloud each added a hit.
“We said our offense would play a key role in our season,” P-31 junior team coach Brant Barnes said. “We’ve done a good job of putting the ball in play making things happen on the bases.
“We did have three errors Tuesday and that’s an area where we need to keep in check.”
The juniors host Gaffney on Monday and visit Rock Hill on Thursday.