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Seniors net League V title

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Post 31 decks Rock Hill P-34, 10-2 for crown

By Robert Howey

 

   

The Post 31 senior team’s split with League V foe Rock Hill Post 34 resulted in a diamond delight.

The Lancaster seniors opened the league doubleheader on Monday, July 1 with a 10-2 win behind veteran right-hander Tripp Rollings to capture the American Legion V championship with a 9-3 record.

“Tripp threw well and Jordan came on to complete the job and we backed them with offense,” Lancaster coach Marc Rape said. “We took care of business and the League V championship has been our goal since we opened the season.”

Rollings, who starred at Andrew Jackson High School and is headed to Spartanburg Methodist College, hurled five innings for the win.

The right-hander struck out seven and allowed three walks and three hits. Jordan Brock went two innings and fanned four.

Rollings backed his cause with a double, single and scored two runs.

Skylar King led the Lancaster offense with three hits, a walk, two stolen bases and two RBIs. C.D. Pelham had two hits, including a three-run home run, and a single.

Drew Hopper had a hit, two walks, was hit by a pitch, stole a base and scored a run. Wyatt Duncan drilled a hit, scored three runs and drew a walk.

Trey Payne posted a hit, drove in a run and scored a run. Jonah Crenshaw rapped a hit, walked and scored a run.

In the nightcap, Lancaster dropped a 14-8 loss to Rock Hill.

Tripp Rollings and Jonah Crenshaw each had two hits. Rollings had a pair of singles, including a RBI-hit. Crenshaw supplied two hits, scored twice and walked.

Pelham belted a double and drove in a run. Jordan Brock had a RBI-hit and scored a run. 

Chandler Neal drilled a hit and drove home a run. Corey McKenzie had a hit and tallied a run. Brandon Cato added a hit.

Lancaster used five hurlers in the loss, with Gavin Flynn taking the loss. Flynn followed starter Jordan Brock. Dustin Eddins, Sid Watson and Corey McKenzie each worked the mound in the defeat.

Lancaster was coming off an appearance in the Palmetto Invitational at Florence where the P-31 senior team went 0-4.

Lancaster fell to host Florence Post 1, 4-1 in its tourney opener on Friday and then lost to Whiteville, N.C., 11-6, Potomac Valley W.Va., 10-8 and Fort Pierce, Fla., 12-3.

Florence went 4-0 to capture the crown.

“That was a tough field and we saw a lot of good teams over three days of play,” Rape said. “I felt we gained some good experience and saw areas where we need work. I thought we came back on Monday after a tough weekend and regained our focus for a key win in nailing down the league title and a home berth for the playoffs.”

The Legion baseball Upper State playoffs begin Monday, July 8 when Lancaster will host Lexington, or Dalzell Shaw of Sumter County.

The Lancaster junior team, which also won the League V title with a 10-0 home win over Clover Blue, will host an opening round playoff game on Monday, July 8.