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York rallies to edge P-31

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Five-run 6th inning keys P-66 to win

By The Staff

York ignited for five runs in the sixth inning on the way to a 5-2 win over Lancaster Post 31 in American Legion baseball League V play Monday.

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York trailed 1-0 to the bottom of the sixth when Post 66, bolstered by a three-run home run, erupted for five runs to take a 5-1 lead on the way to the three-run win.

Lancaster Post 31 scored a lone run in the top of the seventh inning, but York held on for the win.

“York scored all the runs it needed in the sixth and their pitcher did a real good job of holding the lead against us,” Lancaster P-31 coach Quinton Rodgers said. “He pitched well and did a good job of keeping us off balance at the plate.”

Tripp Rollings, the P-31 right-hander, went five innings and allowed two hits. He struck out six batters.

Brien Clyburn, who took the loss, hurled 1.1 innings and yielded three hits and two runs. Colt Ellis went the final 2.2 innings and gave up a hit and three runs.

Tripp Wright paced the seven-hit Lancaster attack with two hits and drove in a run. Bobby Delly delivered a hit and drove in a run. Brandon Cato had a double.

Tripp Rollings, Cody Cooper and Ellis each had a hit for Lancaster.

Lancaster hosted Chester on Tuesday. The P-31 seniors cap the week as they travel to Rock Hill Post 34 for a 7 p.m. League V game Thursday night.

“We have some key games coming up and we’re going to have to play well the rest of the way because the League V race is getting tight,” Rodgers said. “Rock Hill and York have improved a great deal since the first week of the season. We’ve been pretty consistent this season and we have to keep that pace.”

Seniors roll, gain bid

The Lancaster Post 31 senior team clinched a postseason bid, doing so in impressive fashion on Friday night with a 15-5 win over Fort Mill in eight-innings.

The 10-run win, halted in the eighth inning with the 10-run mercy rule, saw Lancaster ignited for 15 hits.

Fort Mill led 3-1 going to the bottom of the fifth inning, but Lancaster responded with five runs to gain a 6-3 edge.

Tripp Rollings, who smashed two homers, unloaded a three-run home run and Colt Ellis had a solo home run to highlight the five-run frame.

An inning later, Rollings crashed a solo shot for a 7-3 edge.

In the seventh, Bobby Delly, who had three hits and six runs batted in, drilled a three-run home run for a 10-4 spread. Delly also had a double in the win.

Lancaster added five runs in the eighth to seal the win. 

Chandler Gardner, 4-1, went five frames for the win, allowing three runs, two hits and three walks. He struck out eight and hit a batter.

Rollings, in addition to his bat, went three innings and allowed two runs, two hits, two walks and a hit batter. He whiffed two.

“Our big bats came through to back out pitching,” Lancaster coach Quinton Rodgers said.

Jonah Crenshaw supplied two hits and drove home two runs. Ellis had two hits, including his solo homer.

Tripp Wright and Cody Cooper each had a hit and drove in a run. Brandon Cato chipped in a hit and scored a run. Tyler Rodgers,  Seth Graves and Trey Payne each had a hit.

P-31 juniors visit York

The Lancaster junior baseball team, 3-8, travels to York tonight to face Post 66.

A Lancaster win will put the P-31 juniors in a chance to gain a postseason berth.

P-31 youth baseball night

The Lancaster American Legion Post 31 baseball program will host community youth baseball night for Little League and Dixie Youth players, ages 14 and under, on Monday, July 2 for the senior team’s home game with Clover at 7 p.m..

 Players wearing their uniforms will be admitted free and can participate in the on-field pre-game ceremonies that night.