Darius Good gave York Post 66 his all on the mound in Tuesday's 13-3 victory over Greenwood Post 20 in the opening round of the American Legion Upstate playoffs at the old York High School diamond.
"He pitched real good for us tonight," York coach Danny Mazzell said of his right-handed starter. "He gets stronger as the game goes. He threw 122 pitches, but he was not going out there for one more inning. That was as far as he could go for us tonight."
Good went the distance as York pushed across three runs in the bottom of the eighth to end the contest with the 10-run rule.
"I was getting a little bit tired," said Good, who scattered eight hits in eight complete innings. "It was good to have a nice lead and I also knew that the defense had my back."
Good got tremendous support with York coming through with several acrobatic catches, including two fielding gems from centerfielder Josh Green.
The Post 66 offense was also spectacular with a 16-hit explosion. Tyler Sizemore and Jacob Ramsey had three hits each.
York trailed 2-1 in the top of the fourth but used a 7-run rally in the bottom of the fifth to gain control. Post 66 delivered five hits and capitalized on three walks to blow the game open with an 8-2 lead.
Greenwood, 8-9 overall, had several scoring opportunities, but squandered nine runners on base. That, said coach Billy Minor, told the story of the outcome.
"York also had scoring chances and the difference is that they got their runs in and we did not. We left too many on base. York won their league and their ability to drive in runs is what seperates a good team from an average team."
Mazzell, however, knows that things could change as the best of 5 series shifts to Greenwood tonight.
"They have an outstanding team and the way this game is, it could easily be reversed; We just was able to hit the ball well and made some solid defensive plays."
York improves to 11-5 and could really put themselves in the driver's seat in this series with a win today at Greenwood, who usually plays their home games at the Lander baseball facility.
Game time is slated for 7 p.m.