Dillon pounded out fourteen hits and beat Rock Hill Post 34 by a count of 16-1 in the second day of action in the American Legion Junior State Tournament on Sunday afternoon at Rock Hill High School.
The one-sided loss eliminated Rock Hill from the tournament. Dillon moves on to play on Monday.
Rock Hill took the early lead by scoring their only run of the game in the bottom of the first. With one out Bo Taylor walked and stole second. He scored on a single by Bradley Kirkman.
Dillon scored a pair of runs in the second. Kaleb Page and Josh Price each had run-scoring singles in the inning, which featured a hit batter and a Rock Hill error.
Dillon put the game away in the top of the fourth with nine runs. Heath Freitas opened the frame with a single. After Page walked, Price doubled home Freitas.
Austin Moody walked and when Gunnar Grosetti reached on an error, Page scored. Weston Rogers and Pat Herring delivered back-to-back two-run doubles, and Dillon had an 8-1 lead.
Carson Rogers’ single plated another run, and Jackson Williams’ sacrifice fly to deep right field upped the count to 10-1.
Price capped the rally with a run-scoring double and Dillon was in control with an 11-1 lead heading to the bottom of the fourth.
Dillon was not finished. They scored five more in the top of the fifth for a 16-1 lead. A hit pitch, a walk and Herring’s single loaded the bases with no one out.
A wild pitch scored the first run, and Rogers’ single produced the second. Williams sacrifice fly to center accounted for another run.
Run-scoring singles by Price and Grosetti completed the scoring. When Rock Hill was retired in the bottom of the fifth, the game was called by the ten-run rule.
Post 34 got one runner aboard in the second, fourth, and fifth innings, but could not manage another run.
Price picked up the win. He worked four inings, allowing only three hits. He struck out three and walked only one.
Sadler Poe, the first of four pitchers for Post 34, took the loss. He was relieved in the fourth inning.
Price helped his own cause on offense. He had a pair of doubles and two singles in four trips to the plate. He also drove in four runs. Herring added three hits, including a double, and drove in one run.
In the opening game on the tournament’s second day, Belton scored a pair of runs in the third and added three more in the fifth to defeat Greer 7-4. The loss eliminated Greer.
In the first winner’s bracket game on Sunday, West Florence scored early and often and rode a no-hit performance by Bryce Huckabee to a 15-1 win over Goose Creek in a game called after five innings by the ten-run rule.
In the second winner’s bracket game, Conway scored six runs in the fifth inning to break a 5-5 tie and claim a 13-6 victory over South Florence.
1 p.m.: Dillon vs. Goose Creek (Loser’s Bracket)
4 p.m.: Belton vs. South Florence (Loser’s Bracket)
7 p.m.: West Florence vs. Conway (Winner’s Bracket)