FORT MILL — Fort Mill Post 43 didn’t get off to the best start against Lancaster Post 31 to open the 2013 American Legion baseball season, but bounced back in its second game.
Post 43 fell to Lancaster 8-4 Tuesday, but came back the next night to beat Clover Post 38 7-0.
Against Clover, Fort Mill was led by Jake Windham, who pitched six innings allowed three hits, while walking just one and striking out two.
Windham also went 3-4 at the plate with a double and three runs scored in the leadoff spot.
Post 43’s pitching allowed just four hits in the game.
“It was a good effort by everybody,” said Fort Mill head coach Tom Skula. “Windham pitched a gem. Jesse [Horine] did a great job striking out the side and [Chris] Cash did a great job.”
At the plate, Post 43 scattered 14 hits as five players in the starting lineup had multi-hit games. Second baseman Brett Netzer went 2-4 with a double and three RBI, while third baseman Josh Turner and first baseman Connor Mull both went 2-4 with an RBI each. Shortstop Chris Clare, a Charlotte Catholic prospect, went 3-4 with two RBI.
Post 43 opened the game against Clover by scoring four runs on five hits in the first inning.
Windham led the game off with a single, and then was knocked in by a double from Netzer, who scored on a single from Clare.
After a walk from outfielder Tyler Borland, Turner singled in Borland and Mull singled in Turner to put Post 43 up 4-0.
In the fifth inning, Windham again would lead the inning off with a single and was knocked in by Clare two hitters later.
Post 43 added two more runs in the sixth inning as an error allowed catcher Kody Flynn to reach and a double by Windham allowed Netzer two knock them both in with a single.
In the bottom of the seventh, Horine saw one inning of action on the mound and made it count, striking out the side.
Cash then worked the eighth and he too would set down the three batters he faced, fanning two of them.
Borland closed the game in the ninth, and worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam to preserve the shutout.
Against Lancaster, Post 43 struggled in the field, making three errors and striking out 13 times.
Fort Mill should have known from the opening batter of the game that things weren’t going to go its way as leadoff hitter Jaden Savage was hit on the hand and eventually had to come out of the game. His status is day-to-day and he didn’t play against Clover the next night.
Post 43 did have eight hits against Lancaster, but Post 31 pitcher Jordan Brock worked eight innings and struck out a dozen.
Netzer led the way at the plate going 2-5 with two doubles and two RBIs. Clare also went 2-5 with a double and two RBIs. Turner went 2-4 with two doubles as well. Tristan Broome also hit a double for Post 43 as the team hit six doubles in the game.
Up next for Post 43 are three games this week against Rock Hill and Clover and one out of league game against Mint Hill.