Rock Hill up goes 2-0

Rock Hill Post 34's Russell Cook is congratulated by teammates after a home run Tuesday against Spartanburg Post 28.
Rock Hill Post 34's Russell Cook is congratulated by teammates after a home run Tuesday against Spartanburg Post 28.

Rock Hill Post 34 pounded out 18 hits against a trio of Spartanburg pitchers and blasted Post 28 17-7 in American Legion baseball playoff action Tuesday night at The Winthrop Ballpark.

The victory gives Rock Hill a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five second round series. Game three is tonight at Dorman High School at 7.

The teams traded three-run scoring outbursts in the first inning. David Vaughn's bases-loaded triple was the big hit for Spartanburg. Russell Cook's towering two-run home run was the key for Rock Hill. After that it was all Post 34.

While the Post 34 bats were busy for the second straight night, Rock Hill starter Cam Walters turned in a complete game. He struggled in the first inning, but after that he settled down and picked up his second win in the playoffs. It marked the fifth game in the playoffs that Rock Hill had a complete game effort.

"After the first inning, Cam and I talked," Rock Hill head coach Steve Knight said. "He was more focused after that. I was very pleased with the way he battled back after the first inning. He appeared to get stronger as the game went along."

Rock Hill added a pair of runs in the third for a 5-3 lead. Walters walked and Kyle Glass doubled to open the inning. Walters scored on an error and Glass crossed on a sacrifice fly to deep left field by Josh Salay.

Post 28 regained the lead in the fifth by scoring four times. Andrew Patterson got the rally started with a single. Kyle Worthy singled and Vaughn was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Aaron Story's infield ground out and singles by Kyle Caldwell and Cameron Beasley accounted for the four runs in the inning.

Rock Hill countered with four in the bottom of the frame. Glass singled and Cook doubled before Salay unloaded a three-run home run off the scoreboard in left field.

With one out, Will Madsen walked and Taylor Wallace singled. Brent Oakes grounded out, and Madsen scored on a error to give Post 34 a 9-7 cushion.

Walters retired the side in order in both the sixth and seventh. Four of the six outs during the two innings were strike outs. The left-hander finished with 11 strikeouts for the contest. He walked only two batters.

Rock Hill's bats went to work in the bottom of the sixth. They collected seven more hits and scored six runs.

Walters started the rally with a triple. He scored on a single by Glass. Cook, Salay, Tyler Lehman and Oakes singled and Rock Hill was in front 13-7. After Casey Seay walked, Walters capped the outburst with a two-run single to make it 15-7.

In the bottom of the seventh, Rock Hill scored two more runs before any outs, and the game was called because of the 10-run rule.

Salay was hit by a pitch to open the inning. Lehman walked and Madsen ended the game with two-run double off the left field wall.

"We hit the ball very well again tonight, "Knight said. "We also played another good game defensively. When all that happens, you usually have a good result."

Spartanburg is now 20-4 overall, with all four losses coming in the playoffs. Post 28 has been behind before and come back.

"We came out early tonight and took the early lead," Spartanburg head coach Adam Newberry said. "We had our chances, but we could not get things together."

Post 28 had a good offensive night, but poor play in the field hurt their chances of evening the series.

"We just made too many errors tonight," Newberry added. "You can not do that against a quality team like Rock Hill and expect to win the game."

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