Conway Post 111 scored six runs in the top of the first inning and held off a seventh-inning rally to defeat Rock Hill Post 34, by a run, 10-9, in the final game of the opening round of the American Legion Junior State Tournament Saturday night at Rock Hill High School.
Conway got its quick lead in their first bat with only three singles. They took advantage of two Rock Hill errors, a walk, three wild pitches, and a passed ball.
Issac McCloud and Dylan Jordan had the only two runs batted in for Conway in the frame. The outburst gave Conway a 6-0 lead heading to the bottom of the first.
Rock Hill cut the deficit to 6-2 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. Fuller Wilson walked. He moved up on an error and an infield groundout. He scored on a sharp single to left by Will Gardiner.
Gardiner moved up on a wild pitch and a single by Jordan Brewer. He scored on a wild pitch.
Conway upped its lead to 10-2 with four more runs in the top of the third. They made the most of three hits, and took full advantage of a walk and a pair of Rock Hill errors.
Tryston Causey’s two-run single, which scored Blake Jordan and Ben Campfield, was the big hit in the outburst. Causey moved to third on a single by Colby Ard, and scored the final run in the inning on a double steal.
Jay Bargiel, a hard-throwing right hander, picked up the win. He worked into the fifth and left with a 10-2 lead.
Bargiel allowed only four hits while he was on the mound. He struck four and walked three.
Fuller Wilson took the loss for Post 34. He was relieved in the second inning by Preston Belk, who allowed Conway to score the four runs in the third.
Rock Hill threatened to cut into the Conway lead in the bottom of the fourth. Ian Estes singled with one out. He moved up on a walk to Gardiner. Landon Yeager’s ground ball in the infield was misplayed by Post 111, and the bases were loaded.
Bargiel got out the inning by getting a comebacker to the mound, which he turned into a double play. He threw to Jordan at home. Jordan threw a perfect strike to first base and the threat was over.
Conway got one base runner in each of the final four innings, but could not score. Rock Hill got a pair of runners on both the fourth and sixth, but could not score.
In the bottom of the seventh Post 34 scored seven times and almost pulled the game out. Belk reached on an error, and Bo Taylor followed with a single. Tripp Barringer reached on a fielder’s choice, which resulted in no one being put out.
Bradley Kirkman’s bases loaded walked drove in the first run. Wilson’s sacrifice fly plated the second one, and Estes’ two-run single made it 10-6. The final three runs came across on errors by Conway.
In the opening game of the day West Florence scored three runs in the first and made them stand up for a 4-1 win over Greer.
In the second contest South Florence scored a pair of runs in the third to break a 1-1 tie and register a 3-2 win over Dillon.
The third game saw Goose Creek score four runs in each of the fourth and sixth innings and rout Belton 11-4.
10 a.m. - Greer vs. Belton (Loser’s bracket)
1 p.m. - Dillon vs. Rock Hill (Loser’s bracket)
4 p.m. - West Florence vs. Goose Creek (Winner’s bracket)
7 p.m. - South Florence vs. Conway (Winner’s bracket)