GAFFNEY -- Through two games of the American Legion playoff series between Fort Mill and Gaffney, one team's coach is all smiles.
The other is trying hard not to frown.
Gaffney Post 109's Jeff Osment has had nothing to complain about, with two wins by a combined margin of 31-4 and a 2-0 series lead after Tuesday's 12-2 win.
"In this series, we've gotten runners on and gotten them in," Osment said. "We haven't left people standing. Hopefully, we've got one more game of that left in us. There's really not a whole lot to complain about."
On the other end of the spectrum, Fort Mill Post 43's coach, Erik Baddeley, summed up his team's fortune perfectly.
"No breaks. No breaks from pitch one," Baddeley said after Tuesday's road loss. "We didn't get any breaks. Our kids played their rear ends off. We're just going to strap it on and be ready for (today)."
It'll be must-win time for Fort Mill today with the best-of-five series shifting back to their home field.
Gaffney went ahead early Tuesday, with a 3-0 lead after three innings, 4-2 after four and 5-2 through five. In the bottom of the sixth, Post 109 broke it open -- thanks in large part to some poor defense by Post 43.
Bubba Wright and Spencer Epps singled and walked, respectively, to start the frame. Leadoff hitter Dylan Jolley then laid down a sacrifice bunt toward third base, forcing Fort Mill pitcher David Flanagan to field the ball and make a quick turnaround throw. The throw sailed wide right, allowing Wright and Epps to score and Jolley to get all the way to third.
Lee Gerwick then followed with an RBI single to right and put Gaffney in front 8-2. Post 109 added four more runs in the seventh to end the game early via the mercy rule.
"To be honest, that's our year," Baddeley said. "In the games we've lost, we've had one error or two errors that get us in trouble. When we don't make them, we win."
Flanagan took the loss for Fort Mill. He went six innings and allowed eight runs on 13 hits and three walks.
Gaffney's Dustin Byars battled through shoulder pain to pick up the win. He also pitched six innings but allowed only two runs on six hits and two walks.
"I felt good in the first part of the game," Byars said. "Going into the third inning, I had to take some Ibuprofen (for the shoulder). I just tried to fight through it, throw some strikes and let my defense make some plays behind me."
Jolley and Epps each scored three runs for Post 109. Gerwick drove in two runs on two singles and a double. McCrae Norton had two RBIs with two singles, a double and a stolen base.
"We've been told that (Fort Mill) are front runners, and they'll lay down if we get ahead (early)," Norton said. "So that's really what we need to do ... come out and get a run or two in the first inning and then maybe we can get out of here early."