Tuesday night’s American Legion game between Clover Post 38 and Rock Hill Post 34 had a little bit of everything, including a triple-play by the losing team and two ninth-inning rallies.
The start was delayed by a thunderstorm, so it seemed appropriate that the game ended with fireworks.
Rock Hill scored four runs in the ninth, with a little help from Clover’s defense, to take a one-run lead, but the home team answered with two in the bottom half to walk off with the 10-9 victory.
Davis McCarter was 3-for-6 with two RBIs and scored the game-winning run when Chase Goldberg laced a double into the left-centerfield gap with two outs in the ninth to score him from second. McCarter reached second by tagging up at first and advancing on Chase Galant’s sacrifice fly to right that tied the game. McCarter went to second on the throw home. Galant was 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs. Zane Van Hook had walked with one out and, after McCarter singled, scored the tying run on the sacrifice fly.
Clover had led most of the game until the top of the ninth.
Mat Hill, who was 2-for-3 with two walks, reached on an infield hit for Rock Hill with one out and John Robbins, who was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, followed with a double. Hill scored on Caleb Hamilton’s grounder to third, which was misplayed by Corey Parham. Jeremy Hyatt then drove a double over the left-fielder’s head with one out to make it 8-7.
Hyatt was 2-for-2 with two runs scored. With two outs, Zac Thompson’s slow roller towards third was thrown away by Parham, allowing Hamilton and Hyatt to come home and give Rock Hill a 9-8 lead.
Cam Norwood was 4-for-5 for Rock Hill but struggled on the mound. He gave up seven runs, four earned, on 11 hits in five innings, while walking one and striking out three.
Norwood was the MVP of the SC Baseball Coaches Association’s North-South All-Star game over the weekend at Ripken Experience Park in Myrtle Beach. Hunter Hurst struck out five in 2 2/3 innings for Clover.