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York falls short in Junior Legion state championship

Florence Post 1 coach Josh Brown preached having a short memory following his team’s loss to York on Tuesday night.

His players definitely did that as Florence put together one of its best games of the postseason with a 12-1 victory over York on Wednesday to win its second consecutive South Carolina Junior Legion state championship.

It’s Post 1’s sixth title in the last eight seasons.

“These guys weren’t going to be denied,” Brown said. “That just shows you the character of these guys and how bad they wanted it. This core group has been together the last two years and won it back to back. They come ready to go every single day.”

“We knew York had to come out and use their pitching in the game before and then come beat us,” Florence’s Cody Green said “So we had to have a short memory and play our best and we ought to do good.”

After managing only two hits in Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to York, Post 1 (30-3) pounded out 12 hits and scored in all but one of the five innings in the run-ruled victory.

Green, the tournament MVP, led Post 1’s offensive attack with four hits, including a triple and drove in three runs. The first baseman missed a game with a foot injury during the second-round series against Marlboro but came back strong for the tournament.

Green hit .615 (8-for-13) and had four RBIs in Florence’s five games.

“I was nervous and shaky. We just didn’t blow everything we worked hard all season for,” Green said. “But those two runs in the first inning got us going, and we just kept on putting them on.”

Jake Swartz added two hits, including a triple and two RBIs. Marion McCutcheon and Jadarius Mumford also had two hits and McCutcheon scored twice.

Grayson Cottingham, the tournament’s Most Outstanding Pitcher, got the win after allowing a run on two hits in the complete-game victory. For the tournament, the right-hander went 2-0 with a 0.58 ERA and struck out 14 in 12 innings pitched.

“He’s our best player. He’s our horse,” Brown said of Cottingham. “We feed off of him, and he makes us go.”

John Moorefield took the loss for York, giving up three runs on four hits in two-plus innings of work. York advanced to the championship with a 1-0 victory Socastee earlier Wednesday on a complete-game by Trent Alexander.

York entered the title championship after not allowing run in 16 straight innings. But Post 66 ran out of pitching against Florence after playing its fourth game in two days.

Alexander and Will McSwain accounted for both of York’s hits. York’s Caleb Clayton was given the tournament’s sportsmanship award.