Post 31 returns to play

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By Robert Howey

The Lancaster Post 31 Legion baseball team will return to League V play, looking to build off its latest success.
Lancaster, 3-5, opened the 2017 Legion baseball season with five straight losses, but rebounded to notch three straight victories.
Lancaster was off last week, but will return to play Monday when Post 31 will host Rock Hill Post 34 in the League V mini-series.
Game two is slated for Rock Hill Post 34 on Tuesday, with game three slated for Thursday at Lancaster’s Eggleton Field. All games begin at 7 p.m.
“We were slow out of the gate early, but we picked it up in our last week prior to our break last week and we will look to build on that streak we had with the three straight wins over Chester,” Lancaster P-31 coach Andrew Caskey said.
Lancaster, in its last week of League V play, posted two lopsided wins over Chester Post 27 to open the week, prevailing 18-5 and 17-6.
Then, in its final game before the break, Lancaster edged Chester 3-2 on June 15.
Lancaster, locked in a 2-all draw, scored the winning run as John Cauthen dashed home on Neil Taylor’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth.
Cauthen opened the eighth inning when he was hit by a pitch. He took second as Pierce Funderburk grounded out.
Trey Rollings reached on an error to put runners at first and second.
Lancaster then pulled a double steal, with the runners moving to second and third, respectively.
Taylor’s sac fly scored Cauthen for what proved to be Lancaster’s winning run in the League V victory.
In the ninth, Chester rallied to load the bases with an out, but winning pitcher Christian Joplin, who went the distance for the win, registered a clutch strikeout and sealed the win with a grounder to him and he threw to first base to end the game.
Joplin, in going the distance, registered two strikeouts. He allowed five walks, 11 hits and two runs.
Joplin, who played high school baseball at Buford, is coming off his freshman season at the University of South Carolina at Union where the Bantams played on the club level last spring, but will move up to NJCAA Region X play next season.
“We have some momentum coming into the final week of regular-season play against Rock Hill and we will look to build on it,” Caskey said.
Lancaster, in addition to the games with Rock Hill, will also be in action Friday, June 30 when P-31 hosts York Post 66 in a make-up game which was rained out during the first week of regular-season play.