Three straight offensive outbursts, three straight wins.
Now to continue it.
Rock Hill Post 34 blazed into the second round of the American Legion playoffs on Wednesday with a 13-2 demolition of Greenwood Post 20, the third straight game Rock Hill has scored at least 11 runs. This time, a four-run, 10-batter fourth inning broke open a close game as Post 34 again abused Greenwood's pitching staff.
"When we all got back two weeks ago, we had 12 games in 14 days," coach Steven Knight said. "One part of the lineup would start to click, then the other. Then it all came together."
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Got that right - Post 34 has scored over 140 runs in its last dozen games.
"I can't really describe it," said Josh Bowers, after getting three hits on Wednesday. "We're a team of hitters, we practice it all the time. We're just seeing it really well right now."
Ahead 3-0 after two innings, courtesy of Bowers' RBI single and a two-run home run to left from Michael Hill, Post 34 was ahead but not comfortable. Rock Hill had already committed four errors - it had two combined in the series' first two games - and two of them on Wednesday put two Greenwood runners in scoring position with two outs.
Winning pitcher Stewart Hunt wiggled out of the jam by coaxing a grounder to second from Pete Fontana. Immediately after, Post 34 came to Hunt's rescue.
Zach Knight's single down the third-base line put two runners on and Hill followed with a walk.
Greenwood pitcher Christian Powell then got a grounder to short, but Knight was taking off from second base and had to avoid the ball.
Confused by Knight's acrobatic leap, Tyler Boyles never got a bead on the ball. It bounced over his head, two runs scored and Post 34 was in business.
Rock Hill added two more runs when Bowers benefited from another bad-hop grounder, this one stung to first and over Ryne Stack's mitt.
Greenwood got its first run in the top of the fifth - off Post 34's fifth error - but Rock Hill again answered.
Two hit batters helped load the bases, then two straight wild pitches from Davis Behrendt each plated a run.
With a 9-1 lead, the tiring Hunt gave up a sacrifice fly in the sixth but otherwise escaped unscathed.
Post 34 took advantage of another Greenwood error and an inability from pitcher Nathan Prater to find the plate to score four more runs in the sixth and get into mercy-rule territory. Hunt gave up a leadoff single in the seventh, then got a double play and a popup to finish the complete game.
"When I give up all the damage I do, I know these guys have always got my back," Hunt said. "It gives you so much confidence. I love pitching ahead."
Post 34 advanced to play the winner of Spartanburg and Irmo, a series Spartanburg led 2-0 going into Wednesday's game. If Spartanburg wins, Rock Hill will host the first game of the next series on Monday. Post
34 would also host Game 3 on Wednesday and if necessary, Game 5 on Friday. If Irmo wins, the host site would come down to a coin flip for home-field advantage.
At Rock Hill High School
ROCK HILL 13
GREENWOOD 2 (7)
Christian Powell, Davis Behrendt (4), Nathan Prater (6) and Hunter Riley, Thomas Walker (2). Stewart Hunt and Chris Hyatt. W - Hunt. L - Powell. 2B - Drew Hardee (RH). HR - Michael Hill (RH).