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Upper State teams foiled the Lancaster Post 31 teams’ playoff baseball hopes.
The Greenville Generals swept the Lancaster P-31 senior team with a 9-6 win Friday, July 19 at Eggleton Field.
The Lancaster junior team saw its season end in a 5-3 loss to Greer on Thursday, July 18 in Greer.
Seniors’ season ends
Greenville built a 9-1 lead through six innings, but Lancaster fought back to make it interesting at the end.
Lancaster tallied five runs in the eighth to make it close, but Greenville held on for the victory to advance to the state tournament with the round two sweep.
Corey McKenzie belted a two-run double and Evan Flynn drilled a run-scoring single to key the Lancaster rally.
Chandler Neal had a sacrifice fly RBI and Jonah Crenshaw, who led P-31 with three hits, scored on a passed ball in the eighth.
“I was proud of our guys for battling the way they did,” P-31 coach Marc Rape said. “We kept plugging and didn’t quit when we could have.”
Greenville scored three in the third for a 3-0 edge and added two in the fourth for a 5-0 lead. The Generals tallied one in the fifth and three in the sixth to hold a 9-0 spread before Lancaster rallied late.
C.D. Pelham, who went 4.2 frames, took the loss, allowing six hits and nine walks. He struck out four. Kholby Pate worked a third of an inning before giving way to Jordan Brock who went three frames. Brock fanned three and allowed three hits. Evan Flynn went an inning and gave up a hit.
Crenshaw led the P-31 offense with a double, two singles and scored two runs. Flynn had two hits, a RBI and scored a run. McKenzie drilled a two-run double. Wyatt Duncan doubled and walked. Skylar King had a hit and scored a run. Dustin Eddins added a hit. Trey Payne walked and scored a run. Chandler Neal had a RBI.
“It’s a tough way to end the season, but when it’s all over this summer, there’s only going to be one Legion team happy at the end,” Rape said. “This team pulled together and we had a solid season.”
Lancaster, which captured the League V title in Rape’s first season as head coach, finished 12-11, including a 9-3 league record.
Lancaster opened the best-of-five series, dropping a 7-2 home loss to Greenville on Wednesday, July 17. Greenville took a 2-0 series lead with a 19-9 victory at Wade Hampton High on Thursday, July 18.
Tripp Rollings took the loss. Wyatt Duncan belted a two-run home run and Rollings had a solo shot. Brandon Cato rapped a double.
Juniors fall to Greer
The Lancaster Post 31 junior team rallied late, but Greer held on to take a 5-3 win and sweep the best-of-three second-round series in the Upper State baseball playoffs in Greer on Thursday, July 18.
Greer opened the series with an 8-3 win in Lancaster on Tuesday, July 16. Greer’s two-run win Thursday advances Post 115 to the state tournament in Rock Hill where it will be held July 20-24.
Lancaster pitcher Trevor Cauthen worked four innings and took the loss, allowing five hits and two walks. Eric Miles pitched two innings and struck out four.
Brady Horton led the Lancaster offense with two hits and drove in a run. Gage Hinson had a hit and drove in a run. Byron Hegler rapped a double and tallied two runs. Holden Payne supplied a hit and tallied a run. Logan Lucas chipped in a hit and drew a walk. Miles added a hit.
The juniors, who earned a playoff bid as the League V champion, finished 11-9.
Lancaster defeated Spartanburg, 4-3 to capture the opening round series, 2-1 to advance to face Greer in round two. In the series clinching win over Spartanburg, Lancaster trailed 3-1, but rallied to tie the game and force extra innings. The P-31 juniors scored a run in the eighth to cap the comeback win.
“We didn’t get the big hits when we needed them in the Greer series,” Lancaster coach Gavin Flynn said. “Overall, we had a big turnaround this season. I felt we put Lancaster Legion baseball back on the map.
“I’m proud of our kids for sticking with it this season,” he said. “I see good things to come for Lancaster County baseball.”