Showing that its season-opening, come-from-behind win was no fluke, the American Legion Post 43 team did it again -- beating Chester Post 31 7-6, before falling to Rock Hill Post 34 10-4 for its first loss of the season.
The team now takes a week off before returning for the stretch run Monday, June 9. Last week, Post 43 met an offensively -minded Rock Hill Post 34 team that scatted 16 hits in its win.
Fort Mill used four pitchers in the game, with Shawn Thomas taking the loss to fall to 0-1 on the year.
Rock Hill started hitting early, scoring two runs on three hits to start the game. Starting pitcher Indian Land's Zach Johnson lasted just one-third of an inning and gave up the two runs and walked two.
Thomas came in and stopped things at first, but couldn't make it out of the second inning as Rock Hill added five more runs, He went two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs on three hits.
Post 43 did start hot like Rock Hill, with Indian Land's Alex Matzeit driving in Fort Mill's Jonathan Romano. Thomas drove in Matzeit later in the inning to tie the game at 2-2 after the first inning.
Rock Hill added two more runs in the third inning to make it 9-2. Matzeit led Post 43 at the plate, going 3-5, and Nation Ford's Kyle Whitman went 2-4 with a RBI to contribute as well.
Against Chester, Post 43 rallied from being down 6-2 after six innings to get the 7-6 win.
Nation Ford's Anna Kimbrell picked up the win, making state history as being the first girl to win an American Legion baseball game. Kimbrell went three and a third innings, allowing just two hits while striking out two.
At the plate, Romano and Matzeit both went 3-5 and catcher Michael Baker went 2-4 with a key hit in the eighth inning. Post 43 scored four runs in the eighth to get the win after a throwing error by Chester's pitcher Chad Thompson allowed two runs to score.
• June 9 at Chester, 7 p.m.
• June 10 at Rock Hill,
• June 13 vs. Lancaster,