American Lancaster Post 31 defeated Inman Post 45, 7-3, Sunday night at Eggleton Field to advance to the second round of the American Legion playoffs.
With Lancaster leading 1-0 going into the bottom of the third, pitcher Brien Clyburn helped himself by slugging a two-run home run to extend Lancaster’s lead to 3-0.
“Inman came in with all the momentum and we needed to get the lead early to set the tone,” said coach Quinton Rodgers.
Post 31 got runs in the fifth and sixth innings on Trey Payne and Tripp Wright RBI singles.
The Lancaster Dixie Pre-Majors all-stars opened play in the state tournament at the Lancaster High School baseball field, posting two solid wins.
The Lancaster stars rolled to a 19-2 win over Greer on Saturday and then downed Hilton Head, 11-1.
In the 10-run win over Hilton Head, Jordan Caroway was the team’s player of the game with two singles, a walk and a pair of stolen bases.
Lancaster held a 3-1 edge in the top of the fifth inning when Gabe Glover delivered a two-run single for a 5-1 lead to put Lancaster in charge.
Glover generated two singles in the win.
The Lancaster Dixie Darlings all-stars earned a bid to the world series in Georgetown, on July 27-Aug. 2 by capturing the state championship in Hanahan on Wednesday.
The all-stars claimed that right by winning five games during the five-day tournament, from July 7 to July 11.
Lancaster’s first win came July 7, when the girls defeated Midland Valley, 20-7.
On July 8, they lost to Aynor, 5-4.
Thursday night at Eggleton field, Lancaster Post 31 used a six-run fourth inning to spark a come-from-behind 14-4 win over Inman Post 45 in game two of the American Legion playoffs.
With Inman leading 4-1 going into the bottom of the sixth, P-31 center fielder Bobby Delly bolted a three-run home run to tie the game.
Tripp Rollings singled home Jonah Crenshaw to give P-31 the lead, 5-4. Tyler Rodgers drilled a two-run homer to make the score 7-4.
Lancaster scored four more runs in the fifth, keyed by Crenshaw and Colt Ellis’ run-scoring singles.
Mayor Joe Shaw has released an official proclamation officially honoring Saturday, July 14, through Wednesday, July 18, for the Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball State Tournament.
The tournament is at the Lancaster Bruins’ baseball field with host team Lancaster and seven other district teams.
The tournament will kick off today, July 13, with a shrimp boil prepared by Founders’ CEO Bruce Brumfield at the Fairway Room, 1821 Springs Club Road.
The shrimp boil is open to players, coaches, staff and sponsors.
The Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association played its fourth event of the season at the Chester Golf Club on July 9. The golf course was in great condition and the weather cooperated with temperatures a little cooler than had been seen for the past two weeks.
Play in all age groups was good. One of the highlights was Haley Thurmond chipping in from 50 yards on the par 4 fourth hole. She plays in the 8 and 9 year-old girls division.
The Lancaster Post 31 seniors took game one of the American Legion playoffs best of five series 18-10 over Inman Post 45 Monday night.
Lancaster jumped on top 2-0 in the first inning when Tripp Rollings doubled in two runs.
Lancaster added two more in the bottom of the second to go up 4-0.
Inman took the lead in the third as they scored six runs to make the score 6-4.
Inman’s lead didn’t last for long as P-31’s first baseman Tyler Rodgers drilled a three-run home run to give P-31 a 7-6 lead after four innings.
The Lancaster Dixie Baseball AAA all-stars, ages 9-10, have won two games and lost one in the district tournament that got under way this weekend in South Spartanburg.
The AAA stars, after falling to Clover 6-4 on Saturday, rebounded to take a 17-5 win over Rock Hill National on Sunday.
Landon Jordan, the winning pitcher, worked two scoreless innings for the win. Alex Griffin pitched two frames and Canon Stogner pitched an inning.
Bry Neal led the offense with three hits and scored two runs. Gavin Blackmon had two hits and scored three runs.
Lancaster Post 31 fell short in its bid to post its first seniors’ League V baseball championship in five seasons on Friday night at Rock Hill High School.
Host Rock Hill Post 34, which won the League V title with a 13-3 mark, edged Lancaster 4-3.
Rock Hill will host Spartanburg Post 28 in the S.C. American Legion baseball Upper State playoffs, while Lancaster, as the League V runner-up, will be at home to face Inman Post 45.
The best-of-five series open Monday night at 7.
The Lancaster Dixie Baseball Ozone stars did it the hard way, but got it done.
The Ozone stars, on the final day of the tournament after battling out of the loser’s bracket, need two wins to capture the district title and a bid to the state championship tournament and completed the task as they defeated the Rock Hill Nationals, 9-4, 5-4.
The Ozone state tourney will be played at the new complex in Georgetown July 14-19. Lancaster, the District 2 champions, will play the District 5 champs at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14.