Rock Hill Post 34 defeated Easley Post 52 11-1 Wednesday night at Rock Hill High to sweep the first round series of the American Legion state baseball playoffs 3-0. The game ended after seven innings due to the 10-rule mercy rule. Their second round opponent is to be determined.
Trent Autry launched a two-run home run into the trees beyond left field in the first to put Rock Hill up 2-0.
Cameron Smith’s grand slam in the second hit halfway up the light pole in left and gave Post 34 a 6-0 advantage. A one-out ground-rule double to the left field corner by Autry scored Chase Watts and made it 7-0.
Autry was 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
That chased starting pitcher Mason Covey after 1 1/3 innings. Covey allowed seven runs on four hits, walked four and struck out one.
Stuart Hodge got the start for the hosts and only gave up one unearned run on six hits in six innings.
Garrett Rast came on in the seventh to close it out.
Rock Hill got two more in the fifth on a bases loaded one-out double to right by Chance Montgomery that put it up 9-1. Montgomery was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Colton Pagoota finished the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the sixth that plated Autry.