Having won two of their last three games, the Fort Mill Post 43 American Legion baseball team has jumped into a first place tie with Rock Hill.
Now at 5-3 in League V play, Fort Mill has a key three-game series this week against Rock Hill. It’s likely the winner of the series takes the title.
Post 43 split a doubleheader with Clover and tore through Lancaster Post 31 15-3 to improve to 7-3 overall.
Fort Mill’s Josh Jones improved to 4-0 on the season after going six innings and allowing two runs on five hits while striking out four and walking one. Jones surrendered his first walk of the year against Lancaster in the sixth inning.
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However, Post 43’s bats gave Jones the run support he needed early on. First baseman Mason Jordan went 5-5 in the game, scoring four times and driving in two runs. Jordan singled in the first and was driving in by an RBI double from catcher Justin Tepper in the first inning.
Post 43 added two more runs in the third inning off shortstop Brett Netzer’s solo home run and a RBI single from Jones, scoring Jordan, who doubled earlier in the inning.
Then Fort Mill’s bats really awoke in the fourth inning as Post 43 scored six runs on four hits. Cole Avery started the inning off being hit by a pitch and Matt Navarro walked to get on before Josh Borland singled in Avery and Netzer drove in Navarro with a RBI triple.
Jordan then drove in another run with his second double and Tepper hit a two-run home run to give Post 43 a 9-1 lead.
Post 43 scored six more runs in the sixth inning on five hits to put the game out of reach.
Netzer reached on an error and was driven in by a single from Jordan. After Tepper got on after getting hit, Jones drove in Jordan on a RBI double. Second baseman Alex Endler then drove in both Tepper and Jones on a single and Avery brought Endler home on a single.
Netzer came in and closed the game out despite surrendering a run to Lancaster; He struck out the side to end the game.
Complete game for Corley
Against Clover, Post 43 won the first game 7-4 with Josh Corley going the distance to improve to 2-1. Corley allowed four runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out three.
Jaden Savage went 2-4 in the game and Avery went go 2-3 with two RBIs in leading Post 43 at the plate.
In the second game, Clover hitting got to Post 43 pitching often and scored in six of the seven innings as Fort Mill fell 13-9.
Post 43 had 15 hits in the loss as Savage went 3-4 in the second game and Endler was 1-5 with three RBIs.
After the three-game series with Rock Hill this week, Post 43 finishes the regular season Thursday at home against Lancaster.